Before enlightenment; chop wood, carry water. After enlightenment; chop wood, carry water. - Zen Proverb
You have to chop wood to get the fires started. They do not magickally happen. Even as a witch I know it is not like that. There are still laws of physics to be reckoned with. And in life and love we must chop wood or prepare ourselves so that our lives, hearts, minds, souls, and bodies can catch fire. There are so many times we are not in balance and we just do not catch flame. Or if we do catch fire, the fires go out, it sputters and sparks but never catches hold properly, because the wood was not stacked properly or it was out of balance somehow.
So many things can go wrong if we are not set up right or correctly.
Wrong thinking, wrong feelings. These get in the way of our Lives catching fire and burning brightly, in positive ways.
If we are to live we need water. We use water to cook, drink, and bathe in. We need it o grow our food, wash our clothes, to keep our homes clean and sanitary. Most of us have not had to carry water to do these things. Most of us live with electricity and have taps that “magically” bring forth water. And we might complain but most of us have access to pure water to drink and do these other things listed.
Many do have to carry water. Many do not have clean safe drinking water. Many bathe in polluted waters that cause sickness. Those are realities and facts. It is a hard life, yet ever so many live with joy and gratitude in spite of these hardships.
Water is life. We humans can only live about 3 to 5 days without water.
Water is indeed life; it is the birth waters of the salty seas and oceans, it is embryonic fluid of the mother, it is the tears we cry.
Water is in our rain, rivers, lakes, springs and ponds. We have wells, and we have running water from cities.
Water is our bodies. We are made up of 60% water in our bodies, and our brains are 70% water. We need this to live and it is a natural source we are losing.
If we do not stay hydrated we die.
*** So it is with Love.. without it we perish.
If we do not have the intimacy of hugs and touching our health suffers. It has been proven that babies in the NICU (newborn intensive care unit) thrive upon human contact, touch, talking to them, and holding them. They even put twins in together to help one another to thrive and grow, to heal through touch.
Therefore physical contact in positive manners Matters.
Humans need touch. There is power in that. It is necessary like water to us, as is hugs. It improves our health, and happiness.
It is a way to show affection of course, of reaching out to one another. Yet so many do not reach out to give or receive either. Even the simple act of holding a persons hand increases health, positivity, and is an intimate as well as beautiful gesture.
1 [mass noun] the action of enlightening or the state of being enlightened: Robbie looked to me for enlightenment
the action or state of attaining or having attained spiritual knowledge or insight, in particular (in Buddhism) that awareness which frees a person from the cycle of rebirth: the key to enlightenment is the way of the Buddha
For me it is a path and part of my life. To keep on learning, moving forward even if I have been knocked down or backwards. To never stop becoming me, the woman, the person, and spiritual being I am meant to become in this lifetime.
I think I have gained some enlightenment. I am nowhere near a “buddha”. I do not see myself as a any great teacher either. I learn and I mess up. I start again. I get mad as heck, cuss, throw my temper around a bit. I chastise myself, I start over After apologising to all, and sundry for my piss poor attitudes, and behaviours.
I am fallible, weak, and a beautiful mess. I am strong, smart, and seek to be kind.
And I am learning to have a grateful heart, and lighter spirit as I go through Life. I am enough as I am now when it comes to both Life and Love.
That does not mean I will stop where I am in this place of my growing, and enlightenment. It only means I have found my Inner Peace, and a balance that allows Blessings in the form of people, situations, things, and love to come to me.
The Right Kind of these actually.
I am still and always will be a work in progress, and I will always seek to Become a better person. Not measured by any one else’s ways of thinking, only by Spirits and Deity, and Universe.
Though for the Man in my life and love, I hope to always be as pleasing as possible to Him, with Him, for Him. For He matters to me “muchly”, as He is my Anam Cara.
I will Chop Wood, Carry Water, and Hold His Hand in the Journey towards Enlightenment. I do not know where the Path and Journey takes me, or us, but I know I want to walk with Him if this is Deity’s will.