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Week Twenty-Two: The Great MKMMA Adventure – The Sounds of Silence

 

Long ago in a galaxy far away, Simon & Garfunkel released a beautiful ballad, The Sounds of Silence. The lyrics resonated with the generation out to change the world. I am a part of that generation, and was actively working to change the world then, as I am now.

The Sound Of Silence

Hello darkness, my old friend
I’ve come to talk with you again
Because a vision softly creeping
Left its seeds while I was sleeping
And the vision that was planted in my brain
Still remains
Within the sound of silence

In restless dreams I walked alone
Narrow streets of cobblestone
‘Neath the halo of a streetlamp
I turned my collar to the cold and damp
When my eyes were stabbed by the flash of a neon light
That split the night
And touched the sound of silence

And in the naked light I saw
Ten thousand people, maybe more
People talking without speaking
People hearing without listening
People writing songs that voices never share
No one dare
Disturb the sound of silence

“Fools” said I, “You do not know
Silence like a cancer grow
Hear my words that I might teach you
Take my arms that I might reach you”
But my words like silent raindrops fell
And echoed in the wells of silence

And the people bowed and prayed
To the neon god they made
And the sign flashed out its warning
In the words that it was forming
And the sign said “The words of the prophets
Are written on subway walls
And tenement halls
And whispered in the sounds of silence”

© 1964 Words and Music by Paul Simon

As I reflect upon them now, five decades later, I recognize in them the Hero’s Journey. I see the traps, habits, patterns, and distractions that keep us from our life purpose and passion, and the sound of the Herald’s Call, beckoning those with ears to hear of the great adventure of their life. Without a Helper, a Wizard or Witch in the Woods who appears in the life of the Hero while on his journey, quicksand, bandits, and the snake pits of old habits of thinking, being, and doing successfully sidetrack the Hero. I was sidetracked for years, but I continually returned to the Quest.

As a Certified Guide in The Master Keys, I have had the honor of being a helper to 15 brave and courageous men and women. Our tribe started with 25, but the hazards of the journey took some of us. The transformation bursting forth in the lives of these heroes astounds me, and humbles me. One woman called me with ecstatic joy realizing that she finally met her heart, her true self, and because of this work, she is free. Another man has shed all that slowed him down from fulfilling his life dream and is moving, full steam ahead, into his purpose. All of those who stay the course return to their origins with treasures beyond price. Self-Discovery…it’s found in the Sounds of Silence, every day, for 15 minutes, doing the work of the mind, the heart, and the spirit. I bow to all who dare to hope, to dream, that they can change the world through changing themselves and their lives. You can, too, if you choose.

This is sometimes what a Hero’s Journey can look like:

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Week CW8: The Great MKMMA Adventure – Firefly Storms & The Law of Least Effort

 

sherrod-1833meteorsTonight, Planet Earth passed through the remains of a disintegrated comet, creating a once in a lifetime opportunity to see a Firestorm of Shooting Stars! The Astronomers said up to 1000 an hour, every hour, all night long! I was SOOOO Excited!! I love living in a “Dark Sky” location, so I was very much looking forward to this amazing display of incinerating space debris that once amazed humanity as the long, bright harbinger of ill otherwise known as a comet. I waited until about 10:30pm, when the sky would be strewn with the usual thousands of diamonds comprising the Milky Way Galaxy. Walking out into a large pasture surrounded by mountains, I turned my face to the heavens. The stars sparkle, brilliant white against a black velvet sky. The moon has not yet risen, so the faint shadows are from the Milky Way herself. Centuries ago, men built roads based upon the light cast by our galaxy. We were more able to discern subtly of light and shadow in ages past.

My expectation was that there would be a light show of epic proportion, and I was not disappointed, but it was a light show very different from the one I expected.

Zero Shooting Stars. Thousands of Flashing Strobe Light Fireflies, Flashing like mini-strobe lights firefly-forest-england-one-million-picturesover the meadow and up into the trees. Dancing across the meadows, higher and higher. Flashing the secret light dance of desire to attract another firefly. Pick me! Pick Me!!! I live in a magical firefly forest.

Expectation is the mother of disappointment. That is an operative statement driving the behaviors and emotions of millions. But I live in a world of miracles, and I practice the Law of Least Effort. Practicing the Law of Least Effort means living each day with Acceptance, Responsibility, and Defenselessness. Acceptance in this Law is defined as knowing that people, situations, places, and things are exactly as they should be because the universe is exactly as it should be, and deciding not to fight against a perfect universe. Responsibility means personal accountability for your actions and all conditions of my life. Defenselessness is just that. Relinquishing the need to defend my point of view or convince anyone else of its ‘rightness’ while simultaneously being open to all other points of view. It’s the ultimate definition of “Open Mindedness”.

firefly-long-exposure-photos-1The Law of Least Effort is hardwired into my brain, and as a result, I was given the gift of an amazingly beautiful sight which is drowned out by modern society’s fixation on artificial lighting. The wonders of nature miraculously unfold if and when you choose to be a part of God’s astoundingly splendiferous creation. Open Mindedness see miracles all around me, all the time. What an enlightening way to see the world and experience it.

And the Meteor Storm? It ended up being a light shower instead of a torrent. And it happened between 2am and 4am whilst I was blissfully asleep, dreaming of Tree Stars, Fireflies dancing across the meadows and up into the trees.

The Privilege of a Lifetime

 

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