Can Dandelions Determine Your Future?

Untitled design-2There is no solid, true reality in our world – there is only our own individual perception of experiences in our individual lives that form our unique version of reality.  There is also no concrete future for us either.  We only have the now moment and the perceptions of what happens around us, combined with the thousands of daily decisions we make, to steer the direction of our lives towards a possible future.  Don’t believe me?  Let’s look at some dandelions for clarity.

We have four houses in a row.   A new dandelion springs up in each of the 4 front yards overnight.  Here’s what happens.

  1.  Bert is one of those people who obsesses over his yard.  Every blade of grass must be cut to the exact, optimal length.  Every flower bed has to be mulched to perfection, and God have mercy on any poor soul who inadvertantly lets the tires of their car get off the edge of the driveway onto his perfectly manicured lawn.  Bert walks out of his house to survey his kingdom and there it is – the dandelion!!!!  Fury rises in his very soul as he bolts to the garage to grab the bottle of poison needed to kill his foe.  After carefully dousing just the weed so as not to get killer on any surrounding grass, he runs to the phone to call his lawn care professionals and orders them to come out today to spray every inch of his domain to eliminate any possibility of further invasions by the enemy dandelions.   Bert’s perception of reality is that dandelions are vile weeds with no reason to exist.  He will eliminate them in any way possible, even at the risk of poisoning his water system and the soil.
  2. Casey has a job that he loves.  This job keeps his mind challenged and engaged 24 hours a day every day.  He is so pleased with his his work life that very few things outside of work catch his attention.  Casey happily walks out his front door with his laptop and coffee and heads to his car which will take him to the place he finds fulfillment.  He strolls confidently past the dandelion without even noticing that it is there.  Casey’s perception of reality is that dandelions are completely neutral and have no impact on his life whatsoever.
  3. Savannah walks out of her door just as the sun is rising and spots the dandelion.  She is ecstatic!  Savannah is an Herbalist and she knows the potent, medicinal properties found within the dandelion plant.  She knows that dandelions are best in the early spring when their green leaves can be cooked and used as a tonic to revive the body after a long, cold winter.  She knows that the root can be dried and ground to make an herbal tea that nourishes the liver and digestive tract while also being a diuretic.  She sees every single part of the dandelion plant as a useful tool in her herbal medicine chest.  Savannah’s perception of reality is that the dandelion plant is a gift from God for which she is very grateful.  She finds great value in the dandelion plant.
  4. And lastly we have Gracie.  Gracie is a 4 year old, joy filled, happy-go-lucky child who loves her life.  She races outside under the careful watch of her mother.  Then she spots it!  That most beautiful, bright, yellow flower – the dandelion.  She squeals with delight and plucks the flower from the plant.  After admiring the most perfect thing she has seen all day, she runs up to her mother and gives her mother this most wonderful gift with a heart of unconditional love.  When her mother accepts the gift with the same level of enthusiasm as it was given, Gracie is filled with joy that she has made her mother happy by sharing this beautiful gift with her.  Gracie’s perception of reality is that gorgeous, yellow flowers that magically spring up in your yard are gifts to share with others to spread joy.

Four different reactions to the same neutral event.  This shows exactly what I mean when I say there is no actual reality – only each person’s perception of reality. This is why it is so critically important that we be willing to at least try to see events through other people’s eyes so that we can try to understand their perception of reality.  Too often we only see our perspective.  We see an issue as black and white.  We are right, our viewpoint is the only viewpoint.  If you don’t share my viewpoint you are just plain stupid and wrong.

Maybe if we took some time to talk to another person we would find out why they believe what they do and maybe we could see where they are coming from.  We definitely don’t have to change our perception of reality to match theirs, but maybe we could judge less harshly when we understand that their perception actually has some merit.

So, how did the decisions each person made about how to react to the dandelion create the path to each person’s future?  Bert’s continued to obsess over his yard until he developed a full blown obsessive compulsive disorder.  This eventually forced him into years of mental health counseling.  Casey continued to love his job.  He climbed the ladder to financial wealth so he could buy a luxury, loft condo in the downtown area of the city where he worked.  Lawn care was never a concern for him.  Savannah built a YouTube channel where she could share her knowledge and wisdom of herbs with a huge audience of like minded people, which gave her much joy.  Gracie grew up to be a fashion jewelry designer creating beautiful works of art that brought joy to everyone who wore them.

And to think – it all started with a dandelion!

I hope you all have a magical day filled with delightful thoughts that bring joy to your version of reality.

Love to all,

Suzy

 

 

These Festering Pimples Had To POP!

Untitled designIt seems our whole world is on fire as we speak.  The flames are growing hotter and more wide spread every minute!   As someone who LOVES words, it mystifies me that I am not able to find the words to describe my feelings over what is happening.  It has taken several days for me to think it through before bringing this post to light.

At some point in all our lives, each of us has had one of those deep, swollen, painful pimples or boils under our skin.   We can feel it – it’s just kind of festering under the skin, not yet ready to come to the surface.  As we wait for it to surface, it grows larger and more painful.  And then, there it is!  It has come to the surface and it explodes.  It has to come to a head and explode before it can begin to heal.  That is exactly how I feel about what is happening.  As horrifying and terrible as so many recent events have been, they had to happen so that this whole ugly, festering, nastiness that has been brewing under the skin of society could finally come to light – hopefully for the last time.   As a society, we have looked the other way for far too long.   We have known forever that our police force harbors an ugly, infected, puss pocket of dirty cops.  It is not a new thing! Hollywood brings them to our living room in all their movies about big cities, crime, the Mob, etc.  They didn’t make it up – it really exists and we all knew it, we just chose to ignore it like we try to ignore that bump that forms under our skin.  I truly believe that the vast majority of police officers are honest, hard working, public servants.  I am not pointing fingers at cops in general.  We must have law and order for society to function successfully.  It’s just that now the fact that there are a few horribly rotten apples in the barrel is really coming out into the light for us all to look at.  Before we can get rid of it, we have to be able to see it for exactly what it is. It’s only by bringing this dark energy into the light that it can be eliminated.

Not only is a small pocket of our law enforcement totally corrupt, so is a huge part of our Government.  The fact that there are high level political leaders PAYING protesters to come to cities across this nation to destroy property and destroy people’s lives is as disgusting as the original event.  To intentionally cause social unrest and to use a cold blooded MURDER for political gain makes me sick!  Again, this has been going on for a very long, long time.  It’s not new!  There are FAR more dirty politicians than there are dirty cops.  These politicians are being paid for votes by huge companies who stand to make huge profits off the decisions made by politicians – even if it hurts people!  Money and Greed and the thirst for Power – that’s all it is!  The time has come to expose the darkness and bring it into the light for all to see.  Then it can be eliminated.

The same can be said for many other social injustices that are now coming to light for us to look at such as human trafficking.  Sexual abuse of all kinds has been going on since the beginning of time.  Selling  people into sexual slavery is certainly not a new thing but over the past couple of years it has been coming to light.  It’s ugly and nasty and Hellish, but it’s not new.  Praise God it is coming to the light so that we can see how disgusting it is.  Again it is the light that will force out the darkness.

All of these social diseases are caused by greed and the lust for power.   As I said in a prior post, I dream of a society that thrives on cooperation instead of competition.  This is my soapbox.  All of us MUST work to raise ourselves above ANY type of discrimination and we MUST link hands with our neighbors to lift them up with us.

If you are reading this thinking to yourself that you have already risen above discrimination, I challenge your belief.  ALL of us have had or still have feelings about other people that equal discrimination.  You think it’s only about race or sexual orientation?  NO!  It goes so far beyond that!  I am just as guilty as any other human on the planet.  To say I have never thought negative thoughts about someone because of whatever it might be, I would be lying.  If we have ever looked at a person who is morbidly obese and thought a negative thought about them, we are guilty.  If we have ever looked at someone as being below us because of what job they have, we are guilty. If we have ever looked at someone as being below us because they are handicapped, or less educated, or poor, we are guilty.  If we really think about it, for a society to be sanitary and as rodent free as possible, trash collectors are more valuable than lawyers yet we look down on trash collectors.  We have judged people based on their clothing choices, their music preferences, even the piercings and tattoos they have.  Something that hits particularly close to home for my family is when hateful comments are made about adoptions and adopted children.  Believe me, your heart breaks when your child looks you in the eye and asks, “Mom, what is wrong with being adopted?  I thought it was pretty cool and that I was hand picked.  Why do people make fun of it?” or when you hear people say, “we don’t want to adopt, we want to have our OWN child.”  How hateful and selfish can people be?

As long as a person is not harming another person, animal or the earth, it is not our place  to judge!  Jesus tells us very plainly that it is our job to love one another.  That’s it!  That is our job – to love one another!  He also very plainly tells us that it is not for us to point out the fleck of dust in another person’s eye when we have a plank in our own eye.  “Let him who is faultless cast the first stone.”

This is humankind’s greatest challenge.  If we are ever to progress to higher levels of humanity, we must rise above competition, greed, power hunger and judgment.  We are all connected to one another and to God.  What happens to one of us spreads to all of us.  Just as the ripples in a pond spread out in all directions to touch the shore when a stone is tossed, so our actions ripple through the universe to touch everyone and everything in some way.  We must strive to toss stones of love and acceptance if this is what we want to spread to all.

We, as a collective are dragging so many evil, dark things into the light so that they can be seen for exactly what they are – horrid, festering, wounds.  Now comes the hard part.  We have to clean the wounds.  We have to wash out the infection and pour in the burning, germ killing alcohol.  We have to care for the wounds so that they never come back again and we have to pray that it heals without leaving too much of a scar.  But how? . . . . . . .