Forest Fires

                  For almost forty years my ego carried me through life. It protected me from seeing a larger picture of life. You see, I lived in the “real world”. I always had an opinion from my small view of life about anything that happened on the news or in my personal life. I lived in fear and control, thinking it was a safe way to live. Being in survival every day, I did not do too much thinking from a higher place or even about the future and how life here really works with its positive and negative polarities in actual harmony. My limited thinking did not let me see the whole picture of a situation and how we are just visitors to this Planet Earth.

Other than the weather, I did not connect life and death into the cyclical happenings of the Planet. I had heard it was the case but I did not know it. I was not able to see beyond the loss. In that “real world” we only have one life. Death is bad because it is final. I never thought we had any choice. And I certainly did not know how to celebrate a life after death through the pain of grief. The heart connects us to wisdom and it takes grief to open it. That is if we can get through the grief.

            It was the observation of a natural occurrence that opened my perceptions of life and then I was able to expand the thoughts to being human and the experience of it. Certainly if I were a farmer I would have thought more soulfully about life sooner because farmers are in touch with nature every day.

Fires raged in the western states for months during that summer This was not the first time I had heard reports of forest fires. However, it was the first time I was so aware that this was occurring for so long a time and the losses were so great. As I went to work, did my chores, watched television in the evening, I could hear the reports of forest fires destroying large quantities of trees that would be lost forever. Some of the fires started by electrical storms, or just the heat of the summer. Others were reported to be carelessly ignited by campers. We ate dinner with radio or television on and I would hear the same things over and over. I became so aware of the fires it began to irritate me almost to tears when I would hear about the loss. I found myself mourning the loss of the forests and disliking the careless people who might have started the fires.

             In September of that year, I watched a television show about forests. Fires had been put out and some fizzled out themselves. The narrator spoke of how old the trees were in the forests and that trees have a life span. About every two hundred years or so fires break out and destroy sections of the forests. The burning of the trees deposits minerals into the soil, thus enriching the top six inches or more of soil. This prepares a bed for the new growth that will occupy the forest for another few hundred years.

Scientists know this by studying the layers of earth and can tell when the layers were formed. They know this is a cycle of life for forests. When I heard this, I stopped mourning the loss of the forests, knowing that new trees will grow and we as humans can help this process and let it happen more naturally if we are careful. I realized the trees were not gone forever. It was nature at work, a cycle of life to be observed. There was a purpose and wisdom involved here.

Thoughts about many things fell into place for me. I began to understand the temporary cycles of the earth. They can be seen in every aspect of our human experience.

            Grief comes and goes if we let it flow through and out of us. Time does heal wounds if we let it happen. Hard times end if we let them go. Letting go allows the new to flow to us so we can experience an expanded view.  

            This clarified for me how we are visitors, the eternal soul and spirit, living in our temporary residence of the body.

            Everything made from this earth has a lifespan. However, the soul and spirit are not of the earth, they are eternal. Life is eternal.


 By  Cathy Andrews

        Taken from “Launch Your Inner Radar” by Maxine Jones









1 Comment(s)

  1. The problem with wild fires in the west is not a clamite problem, but instead a problem with stupid laws written and put in place over the last 50 years by environmentalists. These very dumb laws require maintaining what is called a natural virgin wilderness. The result of this is where people used to go through wilderness areas and forests removing dead scrub brush and trees and graze goats, cattle and sheep there to keep the trash would down they are no longer allowed to do this and can be tossed in jail if they do so. Same with the Hispanic and Indian charcoal makers who used the dead wood to make charcoal and the dead scrub to cook the charcoal.Before environmentalists came along the world took care of itself quite well through natural means, but then with stupid ill considered laws we now have firestorms trying to correct for the mistakes of the liberals. I just hope that the houses that burned were those of the idiots who got those virgin wilderness laws passed and if not it should have been theirs.

    Alerson | Aug 29, 2013 | Reply

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