Sunday, March 13, 2011

When Will We Ever Learn?

This is a post meant to remind us of how lucky we are. And how we can care better. And the lessons that I am personally getting, and would not ever dream of imposing on anyone, yet wish to share. Also, it shows how the so-called myth of Atlantis can suddenly change from myth to history, sceptics notwithstanding. How it can explain, to our horrified eyes, how an entire region can suddenly disappear almost in the blink of an eye and leave practically no trace.

There have been many prophecies, notably from Edgar Cayce, that foresaw the disappearance of Japan. I, for one, tended to be sceptical. Even in my wildest conjectures, I could not imagine how it would ever happen. I was also guilty of ascribing Atlantis to some mythical past. With the vivid example of tragic Japan, it appears that a gigantic tsunami caused Atlantis to be eradicated from the map. Plato, whom we can credit with credibility after all, spoke of Atlantis. Not as a mythical place, but a very real one, even giving its location. And so, despite my own paranormal experiences, I stand just as guilty as many who will not believe without seeing. Perhaps it is that we must first believe in order to see. What follows is the latest link about Atlantis.

On a more practical level though, I think that we, living in some of the most advanced industrialized countries of the world at present, do display a certain arrogance. One new technology at a time, we have grown used, even expecting, to have machines do for us what we used to do by hand. I’m not advocating that we revert to the lifestyle of our ancestors in pioneers days. But couldn’t we exercise a bit more restraint? Just because we CAN does not imply that we SHOULD. Nuclear energy, supposedly clean, permits us the use of ever more power for our convenient labour-saving devices. Yet, it can potentially destroy lives and the very environment on which we depend for our continued existence. Where’s the wisdom?

Why spend millions on research to create by cloning living creatures? Nature does it magnificently with a lot less trouble… and expenditure. In our quest for more power to run all our convenient machines, we have distanced ourselves from our earth roots. With that, we have altered the face of the very “living being”, the Earth also called Gaia, that sustains our life, and this at the expense of other living species. We have irremediably poisoned the very source of the food that sustains our existence, the soil.

Years ago I read a most enlightening book titled “Sastun”, about a Mayan curandero or bush doctor called Don Emilio Panti and his trainee Rosita Arvigo. The source of all his medicines came from plants from the rain forest in Belize. One day, as they were both trekking up the hill to go collect plants, he remarked to Rosita as they were passing a field planted with watermelons glistening in the early morning sun, exclaiming, “… Look at these melons shiny from poison. I wouldn’t touch one. They (those who were growing the melons) are fooling themselves thinking that they can go on withdrawing without depositing first! Who would expect a bank to keep on giving without deposits?”

Far from me to think in terms of sin and punishment. But I do believe in an Almighty. benevolent God. I do believe that we reap what we sow. As I do believe in giving respect and gratitude for the extraordinary bounty provided on our home planet. As Gandhi once said, “There is enough for everyone’s Need, but not for everyone’s Greed.” 

My compassionate prayers go to the unfortunate people of Japan. What next after earthquakes, a horrific tsunami, two nuclear explosions and possible meltdowns, and to top it all, an erupting volcano? Besides people from many countries providing material aid, we need to join in dedicated prayers around the world to help relieve the incredible suffering of companion human beings. Beyond the physicality of other human beings, we do share a spiritual (metaphysical) bond, don’t we?



With the apparent acceptance that Atlantis may have existed after all, so do I hope that one day, metaphysical musings no longer be wild conjectures born of fanciful imaginings, but an accepted part of our very human existence. The part that recognizes a shared spiritual bond beyond our cherished physical, therefore limited, perceptions.