While contemplating the different paths we each choose to let curiosity lead us down, I literally stumbled across an experience that cast a bit of light on the shadow of emerging wakefulness that annually marks February’s initiation. Shortly after a new student withdrew from our Tai Chi group I found myself drifting across the room towards my teacher while practicing with my eyes closed. Reorienting myself it struck me that both my directional shift and our member’s departure were results of the same cause : magnetic attraction/repulsion. Later a long solitary walk in nature’s powerful presence reiterated this same awareness of how influential this inner directional magnetic compass is. I’m sure by now we all agree that much of nature is driven by this same instinctual magnetic wisdom; that which draws the groundhog out and sends flocks southward at approximately similar times each year. Our misinterpretation of this same pull of curiosity’s creator can sometimes cause us to poke our noses into dens of mystery that would be better off left alone.Those of us who choose to ignore these natural laws and rhythms in favor of playing knowledgeable magician will not escape the backlash when our self created aberrated planetary field takes on it’s own Frankenstein’s Bride life and comes back to bury us in the wintery blanket of eternal sleep. I still hope we choose to forgo those devastaing directions and heed our inner ancestral wisdoms. I hold the faith that among the continuing numbers of emerging hermetic hibernators, I will meet at least some “otter” and “beaver” cousins who have found the way to play, build, and create with the openhearted curiosity that celebrates listening to the guidance of life’s natural songlines.
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