Here are four pictures from yesterday, August 21, 2020:
Another day of smoky air. A little ash in the yard, better visibility than yesterday, possibly a little clearer.
Locally, we have 24 clustered fires north and a big one south of us (1,600 plus acres). Each of the closest areas burning is about 15 miles away, which is a healthy distance. Other than that, there are big fires (up to 100,000 acres) 30 plus miles away, in all directions.
There is slightly less oxygen in the air, but thankfully it is still clear near the ground here. No power interruptions. The feeling is of not doing much, relaxed, but ready to go at a moment’s notice. Full tanks in the truck and RV. As someone said on-line, we know we are safe, but ringed by fires, we remain alert.
We are better prepared collectively than prior to the awful season of 2018. There is more local, state, and federal awareness, cleared land, and much better on-line resources: In addition to the Calfire maps, there is a new federal site at fire.airnow.gov, which gives us detailed satellite and ground data in near real-time, on smoke plumes, fires, and air quality for our immediate area (though coverage is for all of the US, southern Canada, and northern Mexico).
Timing is everything. Late last week, just before the lightning strikes that set the state ablaze, we were able to get wildfire insurance again, after ours was cancelled following the 2018 Camp Fire. So more peace of mind, though there is little chance of our community getting tagged this round – on the other hand, fire season has just begun.
All three of the meta-events going on now, the thousands of climate-change fires burning in California and elsewhere, the global and national geopolitical contests, and this worldwide virus, feel connected – accomplishing the same purpose. All of them drive us towards a more comprehensive self-awareness, and as a result, a more awake collective consciousness.
It may seem on the surface, particularly during our political challenges, that the heavy handed and the underhanded always win, or that ‘the meek’ will never inherit the earth. However, ‘the meek’ are those now established in Being, living Cosmic Law …and none of them are truly meek at all… 🙂
Just as a magician does not reveal his or her tricks, the Cosmos too brings about vast changes with subtlety. Although it looks like a battle between two equally matched opponents, the trends of time now support the good, Godliness.
The foundation and cosmic laws favoring the acts of resolution, redemption and righteousness have become powerful and active again, now that the ability to reliably and directly discover our spiritual source has again been provided to humanity. No longer must we rely on the well meaning but weak and confused measures of the religions. Instead, we can act directly, and bring about the world we long for, and that which we are all growing to deserve.
So the battles for the good of humankind are being won in our favor, not by vanquishing or destroying the majority of those who would think evil thoughts, but by establishing an aggregated global leadership that favors equality, compassion and an end to suffering, speaking to all of us in ways that are intrinsically human, and taking life-supporting actions that can be readily adopted, benefiting all. Transcending political systems, nationalities, gender, race, and economies. Then evil doesn’t just die, it suffocates.
The fires here in the West (California, Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Arizona, Nevada and Colorado), the floods to the East, and the destructive winds in the Central and Southern United States are all examples of our loss of stewardship over the immense bounty we have been granted. Immersed for over two hundred years in the dedicated exploitation of our natural wealth, our people, and our resources, we need such radical and painful events to shake us from our slumber.
Cosmic life is never needlessly wrathful, though it is also undeterred. Mother’s job is to always raise her children, no exceptions, nor time wasted. Cooperation for the good of all, for the good of the planet is the clear message, or else we can no longer participate in our present form. Thankfully, there is time to right our excesses.
This global COVID-19 virus is also affecting all of us personally, drawing the line clearly between what is important to us as a species, as a single human unit, vs. the many ways in which we oppose and alienate ourselves.
All of these challenges present a choice to each of us, confronted by the full magnitude of our world’s natural power, do we seize the time for favorable change, reconnecting to Reality, our foundation, or not? It is the easiest choice it has ever been, taking one moment, one hour, one day at a time, towards an inevitably brighter future.
It doesn’t matter any longer what setbacks may be apparent, our karma becoming more obvious, in a faster world beyond any single person’s control. All we need do is listen to the depths of ourselves, the many voices who have been heard these past years, sharing and exposing the truth of life, that we all must live better in order for any of us to do so.
Inordinate wealth, weaponry, physical distance and fortification, or even the heights of our lonely egos cannot keep us from the issues that beset us today. It isn’t a time to give over to the cheap and plentiful emotions of fear and anger, exclusion, or distraction. No need. The only need is to be true to ourselves, living Cosmic life, and living in harmony and success. It is literally much easier to do than we think. 🙂
~ All Glory to Sri Brahmananda Saraswati, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, all of the Saints, and all of the good people in this world ~