By Steve Clayton
I find it hard to believe 2011 is upon us. Does anyone know where 2010 went? It appears time is speeding up to match how busy we have become as a society. Actually, I think time is now moving even faster than us to mock us for believing we can conquer it with our multi-tasking and our technology. We have handheld computers that have greater capacity than the computers used to take us to the moon and yet we still do not have enough time.
Native Americans, so nobly portrayed as savages by Hollywood and history books, had a saying or belief: ‘Always make plans to the seventh generation’. Think about that for a moment. (Sorry, I don’t mean to rush you; take longer if you wish). For me those seven words could be one of our greatest commandments. They encapsulate the idea that we, everything, all life, is closely interconnected, interrelated and interdependent.
‘Do what you do but remember the consequences,’ is another phrase that springs to mind here. Every action, big or small, has a consequence, good or bad. Life being so closely intertwined feels each and every consequence our actions, either as an individual or as a society, creates. Mother Earth, the planet we call home, also experiences and feels these consequences and She reacts. These strings of natural disasters we are living through are merely the planet trying to restore the harmonic balance that is needed for life, for all future life, to be successful.
If we wish for a wonderful world and life for future generations, for our children and grandchildren, we have to start thinking beyond the edge of our noses. Some of you are probably thinking, “What about living in the moment, in the Now?” We are told of the power of Now and that is how we should be living. I do not dispute that; in fact, I believe in it. But to truly live in the Now is not done from a narcissistic starting point where we damn the world and future life for our own ease and convenience. Living in the Now begins by Living in the Heart. Within our hearts, away from ego, reside Love and the peace, harmony and joy that are Love’s handmaidens. When we are within our hearts there are no past scores to settle, no gaping holes that have to be filled by distractions, no competition. Within each of our hearts there is Love from which everything has sprung. Making plans seven generations hence is not difficult for when we are within our hearts we know we do not have to destroy parts of ourselves to survive. Living in our hearts leads us to the understanding we are one with Love and, therefore, one with everything. With that revelation we discover ‘the Peace that passes all understanding’ is found deep within our hearts.