know your no

Homophones bring me joy. I love language, so I love deciphering not only words and meanings, but connections between words and meanings. Connection is the starting point of all significance.

The English words “know” and “no” are fun to play with and tease. “Know” represents a specific type of awareness, generally understood by “westerners” to root in the physical. When one attempts to explain how one knows of or about something others cannot physically sense, that knowledge is called into question. It’s an extremely immature and unscientific response, especially given what we now understand about atoms and molecules and all things microscopic, yet it persists.

We will not limit our understanding of the word “know” in that manner for this thread of thought.

The word “no” represents rejection. We might say it represents negativity, but I feel that is a repetition. Rejection is the primary intention behind use of the word “no”.

When we think of “know” as awareness and “no” as rejection, we ride a specific wavelength. There’s a certain energy there that is fun to explore. Can we be aware of one thing without limiting our awareness of something else? Isn’t rejection an example of limitation, as well?

Both words energetically represent limitation. When we focus too much upon what we know, we limit ourselves and our human experiences. There is more that we don’t know than we ever shall know. To be mindful of this is to grow past the limitations of knowledge. Yet, that does not make knowledge insignificant. With knowledge, one can more carefully cultivate one’s lived experiences. To know something is to further inform the way one travels; that information (in-formation) is a good thing, if one can label things good.

“No” is another powerful limitation that informs how we move through our space and time. I love it when a baby first learns the word “no”. It’s the first verbal sign that they are learning how to reject what doesn’t work for them, and that is a vital part of the human experiences. No one accepts everything that comes their way, unless they’re on a very specific spiritual path. And, even then, those folks have said “no” to “no”.

We all limit our experiences in one way or another.

The trick, as I see it, is conscious limitation. Are you aware of what you are rejecting and what you are accepting? Do you know what is going on in your life?

In our current dysfunctional, American society, both “know” and “no” have become vilified ideas and words. Certain people would prefer we remain ignorant and just accept what was handed to us by previous generations and the “powers that be”. To know the problems and reject them… that has become a contentious plot point. It’s not our first time here, but it may be the last time. Those who depend upon our ignorance and acceptance of injustice and hatred know this, but do the rest of us? As more of us become aware of how much power we hold (all of it), the plot will thicken and all may seem lost.

When things seem bleak is the most powerful place for “know” and “no”.

Know what you know. Reject what you reject. But, remember that what you know is not ALL there is to know. Don’t remember that from a fearful or anxiety-ridden awareness; remember it so that you can step into the power of the unknown (also all of it). When you surrender, only surrender to your faith and trust in how what you know has given you a glimpse of how amazing and wonderful and beautiful what you don’t know can be… and walk into it. You know, now, what to reject. You are proficient in saying “no” to what doesn’t serve you and the rest of humanity.

Now is the time to know that you know how good life can be. And, make it so.

make magic

I hope this day finds you crying.

Crying out in laughter, tears streaming down your howling face.

Crying with tears of love, your heart radiating so brightly it hides the sun in the sky.

Cry tears of grief that leave room for the sweetness you missed while lamenting the bitters.

Cry out in the pain of birthing a new you, stomping upon fallen, wet leaves within the forest of your mind.

May you leave your mind and find a space that calls out for your voice, your tears creating new rivers and oceans, like the Mothers of olde.

Surely, you realize this Earth is no mistake. She exists because women like you, women with their tears and love and anguish and joy, have always existed.

Thank you for continuing the tradition of crying, for tears contain salt and salt has always been a healer and cleanser.

The salt of this Earth is women like you.

You, woman.

end/beginning

We are coming upon a time that some of humanity’s peoples traditionally thought of as the ending of one year and the beginning of another. The time to reap and harvest was perceived as a reasonable beginning point for time.

Other peoples perceived Spring to be a good time to begin the new year, as Mama Earth was awakening.

I’ve been giving a lot of thought to the differences between a life lived from a sense of personal control (harvest) and a life lived from natural abundance (Spring). I’ve been giving a lot of thought to how agrarian cultures lose their connection to the Divine through their worship of their own achievements, even though that was not the original practice.

We live in an agrarian culture. Or, at least, a culture that was formed during an agrarian period.

I often wonder how that’s serving us.

If it’s not serving us, anymore… Have we picked up something better? Are the expectations we are currently normalizing and cultivating an improvement? Or are we disconnected further?

Time will tell. Perhaps this month. Perhaps in March.

photo courtesy of Mother Earth and Aaron Burden