Being Grounded
April, 2007

  So much rain!  The ground is saturated.  
Torrents of rain fill ponds in our front yards;
water overflows the banks of rivers and we hear of floods.  
Water quickly fashions new paths for itself.
One storm lines up after another.  

The winds scowl at our finiteness.  
The land is muddy and soft.  
Some storms spawn tornadoes and uproot trees,
snapping them like matchsticks.  
Lightning strikes and trees are split.
Hail can cover the greening earth in minutes with its white coat.  
The weather patterns are violent.  

Once in a while we get a “slow soaker”
that comes through to visit us.  
Farmers, although grateful for the rain,
begin to moan and grumble about the lack of sun
and their need to get into the fields.  
The winds blow constantly endeavoring to dry out the land…
good kite flying weather on clear days.  

  Flying kites has been a hobby of mine for over 20 years.
I have a collection of 30-40 kites:
Some small and some large.
Some get staked in the ground…
to be looked at
and enjoyed while others are for stunts and tricks.
Mastering the wind is essential when flying kites.  
The line grounds the kite to the earth while the winds give lift.  
The process of lifting and grounding allow flight.

In soul journeys we can experience great winds
that put incredible lift to our sails.
However, we are headed for a crash
if we are not grounded to the earth.

  What does it mean to be grounded?  
Some images may appear:  
being anchored, foundations of  buildings,
feet on the ground, centeredness.

One of the initiations most of us eventually embrace
is the changing of “center” from outside of ourselves
to one that is within our hearts.  
We can live for years worrying what others think of us
and trying to please others.  
At some point after much sorrow and pain
we come home to our own hearts
and begin living from our center.

Paramount to the development of the “center”
is a spiritual value system.  
For us, the presence of the Father/Mother God, Jesus,
and the Holy of Holies (the Holy Spirit)
with the scriptures brings us rootedness
in which to test all the voices and sounds that come our way.  

  “You, O Lord, keep my lamp burning;
my God turns my darkness into light.  
With Your help I can advance against a troop;
with my God I can scale a wall.
As for God, His way is perfect;
the word of the Lord is flawless.  
He is a shield for all who take refuge in Him.
For who is God besides the Lord?
And who is the Rock except our God?
It is God who arms me with strength and makes my way perfect.  
He makes my feet like the feet of a deer;
He enables me to stand on the heights.
He trains my hands for battle;
my arms can bend a bow of bronze.  

Your right hand sustains me.  
You broaden the path beneath me
so that my ankles do not turn” (Psalm 18:28-36).

“He alone is my Rock and my salvation;
He is my fortress, I will not be shaken” (Psalm 62:2).  

  We need a foundation that is built on a rock
so when the rains, winds, and storms come,
our house will stand. (Matthew 7:24-27).  

From this place, we sing a new song!

                                              
Addendum
Soul Journey Through the Seasons
Alive--05/07
Burst of Spring--04/06