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Nature’s Fireworks

Looking up at the night sky, I saw the colors were amazing. A huge white/gray cloud lit up with beautiful bright pink flashes. It seemed that a storm might be brewing, and Nature was putting on a fireworks show.

I live in a beautiful part of North Carolina, but much of the area is also economically poor.  One thing I’ve learned is that you don’t have to be rich or have a college education. You may have traveled all over the world or never been out of the county. Maybe you’re a professor at the nearby university or a grocery store clerk in town. It doesn’t matter. You may run marathons or be in poor health. Regardless of these things, you, I, we are still a part of the whole. We still affect the other parts, and they affect us. We can all, each of us, experience God all around us, through us, in us, every day.

The sacred is as close as your breath, the mountain laurel and wild azaleas blooming on the mountain, the family pets, the laughter of children, camping at Standing Indian, the stars overhead on a clear night, fishing on Bear Lake, and eating cobbler made from blackberries picked on the side of the road…oh yeah, and looking at Nature’s fireworks, so unexpected after a long hard day. I really do believe in God, and to quote Elizabeth Barrett Browning, “Earth’s crammed with heaven and every common bush afire with God.” Sky or earth, Nature gives us an awesome and colorful show.

~Sharon

(this is an update of a previous post from August 2005)

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O Holy Night

Last night was the lunar eclipse.  Right off let me say I didn’t see it.  I tried. I went out early on and saw the big beautiful moon off and on between the thick wisps of clouds that were rolling in.  I looked a few more times, including once pretty late, around 3:15 a.m, after I had dozed off for a while, and by then it was all clouds and I couldn’t see anything.  But, regardless of that it was still an amazing experience for me.  The knowledge that the eclipse was happening and being viewed by people all over the place, combined with winter solstice, combined with the quiet peaceful beauty when I was out on my porch during the time I’d normally be sleeping, gave me a feeling once I had settled back into bed like I had when I was a kid on Christmas Eve.  I’d wake up every hour, knowing something amazing was going on while I tried to sleep, and part of it was happening in my living room but simultaneously all over the world,that expectant feeling, excitement, and happiness that you never forget.  Wow! I didn’t expect to feel that last night but what a joy!

Earlier I lit a candle for this season of light and turned the tree lights on.  This season for me is about birth, not just the story of one particular baby, but all beings, and the birth of light, physical light, knowledge and emotional opening up, the return of the sun to our days, a little more bit by bit, the birth of all life everywhere.  It kind of hit me like a ton of bricks that even though “O Holy Night” is usually reserved for the Christian viewpoint of this time of the year, really every night is and can be a holy night if I’ll just let it be so.  No, I didn’t see the eclipse, though I can see the beautiful photos by those who did, but know that I was sharing it with you anyway.  I’m so glad to know that those wonderful childhood feelings are still available to me if I’m open to them. One difference….no presents in my living room when I woke up this morning, just my sweet pets and the smell of coffee and the light of day, still very cloudy, but with the promise of unexpected treasures to come.  I feel different this morning.  I think I did get a gift after all.

~Sharon

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Fireworks

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Tonight as we pulled up in the driveway and looked up at the sky, there was a huge white/gray cloud that had lightning in or behind it, and it was lighting up the whole cloud in beautiful bright pink flashes. It truly was like Nature’s fireworks show.

This display reminded me of something neat I had thought about this morning regarding how pantheism is truly a religion/philosophy for anyone and everyone. I live in a beautiful part of NC, but much of western NC is also an economically poor area. To be a pantheist, you don’t have to be rich or donate lots of money or have a college education. You may have traveled all over the world or never been out of the county. Maybe you’re a professor at the nearby university or a grocery store clerk in town. It doesn’t matter. You may run marathons or be in poor health. Regardless of these things, you, I, we are still a part of the whole. We still affect the other parts, and they affect us.

Pantheism reveals the sacred as close as your breath, the mountain laurel and wild azaleas blooming on the mountain, the family pets, the laughter of children, camping at Standing Indian, the stars overhead on a clear night, fishing on Bear Lake, and eating cobbler made from blackberries picked on the side of the road…oh yeah, and looking up at Nature’s fireworks, so unexpected after a long hard day.

I think that’s one of the cool things about pantheism and part of why I want to help the movement grow.

~Sharon

copyright (c) August 2005 by Raindrop Ridge Press