Ancient Land

What a relief to spend the last few days in a country that doesn’t have a president named Bush. The cheery Cumbrian men who stopped in to repair a leak in the ceiling listened with patience while we complained about how difficult it is to be an American abroad, and then pointed out that the UK is far from trouble free. “Grass always looks greener on the other side, don’t it?”

Fair enough, but this grass feels so good to me right now. Eckhart Tolle talks about creating space around the emotions and thoughts that cause suffering. Just be an observer of them, the watcher. That, he says, is how you can quiet the mind’s incessant chatterings.

The same could be said for the larger zone of the collective consciousness. I am far enough away from my life to see it with a watcher’s eye. And in this place where the land is an open armed welcome and the frequency gentle, I have an excellent perch.

And then of course there is the sacred presence of the ancient evidence, the menhirs and standing stones and stone circles that jewel this landscape with an energy of connection and sanctuary. I feel I am being held tenderly by these 4000 year old structures, sharing an unspoken wisdom from witnessing the passage of time and thousands of human generations.

So for now, I am in a soft surrender. While my eyes and hands are still waiting for the electric current to return me to the studio and to my work, I have no master plan to pursue. The cosmic grid has so many access points, I know I’ll stumble onto one that suits me—in a field, in a meadow, on a fells, by the stream, in the hedge. I’m ready.

6 Replies to “Ancient Land”

  1. Diana Johnson says:

    Deb, the pics are simultaneously majestic and humble. Grass in which to run bare foot.

    Yes, quiet the mind’s incessant chatterings, I’m a newbie but I love Tolle.
    And starting the walk of stillness…of Being…of Presence.

    How ironic that a cushion would be a 4000 year old stone….

  2. Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful. Loved your opening line.

  3. I find it difficult traveling to America as a Canadian! I went to Vegas last month and struck up a conversation with three Texans. They argued with me that Canada is a territory of the United States! I was also asked how many dogs I have for my sled and how big my igloo is. I was disgusted and I don’t want to go back now.

    Love the photos

  4. Diana Johnson says:

    Were the 3 Texans named George H W, George W and Neil (Jeb must have been at the cashier paying off his bets with a S&L promissory note.)

    Most Americans are not delusional and do not want to invade/possess a sovereign nation.

    The saying, “What happens in Vegas stays in Vegas,” reigns because it is a forgettable place.

    Come to Pittsburgh and I will take you to the Carnegie Museum!

  5. Sounds like heaven, to be amid the fresh grass in an ancient land. Who’s Bush?
    The photos are lovely, as is the way you express your relationship to your creative life in the last paragraph. You’re on a pretty nice axis of the cosmic grid, I’d say.

  6. Thank you so much for your words of encouragement…I don’t know if I hit a hot spot or not. It may be too soon to tell.

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