R: Dearest Seraphin: as so often recently, I have been wondering about the fate of our earth and her inhabitants, with such a massive transformation of unimaginable proportions lying ahead of us all. When I look at photos of our planet from space, my feelings of wonder at her immense size and beauty increase, paralleled by an overwhelming and somewhat fearful anticipation. While enjoying these amazing pictures, I simultaneously try and imagine the millions of people on the ground going about their daily lives, governed by the “matrix”, by an all-pervasive unseen force, but all this pales when I again look upon the huge areas of ocean, the mountain ranges, the huge plains and rivers.
S: Yes, Dearest, it would be well for everyone to hold this view of beloved Gaia in their hearts – a perspective which rises above their daily scenarios of petty arguments and struggles, their contemplations of what to wear, what menu to cook, what strategy to employ to impress, what avenue to choose to succeed. “Nature” is above these processes, functioning perfectly within the laws of God.
Nature wears her natural colours and garments. Trees do not strive to impress, water does not aim to succeed, seeds do not give parties when they germinate, flower or die. They are providers of life, air and food, and they receive no payment for the services they provide (and, as you said recently, a bird manages to get through life without spending a single Euro). They are not crowned with honours or medals for providing more than the next. They are not focus of media attention, neither do they cease to provide or retreat “on holiday” because they think they need a rest, neither do they “retire” because they have reached a certain age. They only stop when their natural cycle has come to an end, and they end without pomp or circumstance, without tears and regret.
Consider that the concepts of “work”, “play”, “holiday” and “retirement” are all vestiges of human invention, but which are considered an integral part of the human experience. The sharp divisions into “work” and “play” causes great discontent – unhappiness if there is too much of one and “not enough” of the other. Work in the sense of commitment to something beyond oneself, something commendable for the benefit of the community and mankind is admirable, but I ask you ones: CAN COMMITMENT END? IS NOT COMMITTMENT FINAL? IS NOT CONTINUOUS COMMITMENT IN THE KNOWLEDGE THAT YOU ARE SERVING TO YOUR UTMOST CAPACITY A REASON FOR CONTINUOUS JOY? Can anyone who truly serves intend to break their commitment for pure pleasure or a “holiday” when they are already experiencing the PURE PLEASURE OF PURE SERVICE?
To those who are disheartened or bored I would say: engage in that which your heart desires, live intensely, and take well-earned breaks to ensure your rest, but be aware of your continuous duty to expand and excel at that which you have chosen (and if you have not chosen it, why have you let someone else do that for you?) and in which you delight, so that your enthusiasm and dedication inspires those around you. “Success” is merely a by-product of this core of continual enthusiasm.
Nature commits fully to her purpose. THERE ARE NO DEGREES OF COMMITMENT. YOU CANNOT BE A LITTLE BIT COMMITTED OR GREATLY COMMITTED. The immense body of Gaia has been providing with great dedication for humankind to the point of self-injury. It is with great regret that her dedication and beauty is spurned by the majority of her populace.
LOOK AT HER AND WONDER. TREAD HER FORESTS, CLIMB HER HILLS, SWIM IN THE WATERS WHICH SHE FREELY OFFERS AND IN TURN OFFER HER YOUR SERVICES. GIVE LOVE FREELY TO HER, FOR YOUR OWN FATES ARE INTERMINGLED, YOUR SUFFERINGS MUTUAL, AND YOUR JOYS ENTWINED.
THE PASSION OF CONTINUOUS COMMITMENT
Seraphin through Rosie, 13th February 2011