Sunday, August 28, 2011
The weather predicts us
In scary weather situations (as in all scary situations) the instinctual will to survive kicks into gear. That's why people buy toilet paper and milk, you know - they aren't really thinking rationally, they have somehow forgotten that as soon as the storm passes, shops and supermarkets will immediately re-open. Yeah. It's easy to make fun of the folks who buy every last gallon of milk, but they are trying to soothe the savage beast of the brainstem, they are trying to feel safe. I don't blame them.
Hurricane Irene was gentle with Washington DC, hence my will to survive was not active. I stayed out of the storm, mostly, though I woke up between 2:00 and 3:00 this morning, stood in the front yard taking in the rock 'n roll of the storm. This morning I figured out that the eye of the storm was passing to the east of us at that time.
Waking up, standing in the wind and rain at 2:30 in the morning is likewise not rational behavior, but it is shamanic. I can't help but dance in alignment with the energy that flows around all of us. You do it, too, in one way or another. You have a brainstem, too. The people buying toilet paper and milk definitely are engaging with the storm in their own way.
Big events like earthquakes and hurricanes affect we homo sapiens at a core level, whether we want to admit it or not. Once the dust settles from this past week in DC, we will integrate what has happened. What I'm curious to integrate is the way in which a good shake and a serious flush can help us heal.
May all who still are in the path of the storm, north of DC, be safe and well. May it be so. Shalom.