there is a time and place for NO and then there is another story to this word.
one of the learnings that came to me that calls to me is the shift in perception from NO to something else
note I do not say yes
I am not talking opposites
rather I am referring to a change of perceptual space
a change of focus and use of energy
how often do I want to say
no ! no way!! not happening!!! not in my name!!!!
offhand I can think of a dozen scenarios and I don’t wish to bore you but to frame a few :
the continuing incarceration of asylum seekers
the slaughter of our forests
the poisoning of creeks rivers oceans drinking water
the making of weapons
making toxic toys
actually my list is probably quite long and this could be seen in a healthy light or as a sickness.
take your pick.
instead of spirit crying NO
I shift I swivel I twirl I turn ever so slightly obliquely subtly but determinedly
and embrace opening my heart and home to asylum seekers
living in and caring for a forest
developing a relationship with earth and spirit based on respect
practicing gratitude for everything
the air I breathe the sun moon and rain.
catch the rainwater in a tank
grow flowers put them in vases make a beautiful meal and eat with loving people
make herbal tinctures and ointments – weapons of another kind if you will
I loan the wee man my hammer and he bangs the nails back into the verandah as well as nailing any errant bits of wood to posts etc.
he takes his wheelbarrow gathers the wood races it back to the kitchen and chucks it beside the stove.
still with me?
it is like a side step
a movement in
an energetic shift
or to quote charles
make a beautiful world that our hearts know is possible.
and then there are the days when only NO will do…