My beautiful Praying Mantis friend returned to my garden bigger than ever!! You can see a video on Facebook. He had disappeared for awhile and I honestly felt heartbroken because his presence added so much to my life and garden. Such a strong presence for such a little guy... Then one day when I was watering and pruning, I tuned my Hibicus plant around and there he was. So much bigger and he had changed color to match the changing season. He was the color of the worn wood on the deck. I am continually amazed and awed at the magic and intelligence of nature and how we are meant to live in harmony with these amazing plants and Beings that grace our planet with their wisdom and grace.
The message of the Praying Mantis is to pray and find wisdom in the stillness, and I can't think of a better time in which this message is more relevant. With the recent weather patterns causing such tragedy for so many, and for whom we send our prayers for peace, healing, and resilience, the question that haunts me the most these days is "What's it Gonna Take?" This country, (and really the planet), has endured challenges due to weather, terrorism, banking, government, the economy, and healthcare. We have been challenged to look at ourselves and the collective impact we have on each other and the earth, and the message doesn't seem to be getting through. 9/11 wasn't enough. The senseless acts of terrorism aren't enough. A nurse getting handcuffed and arrested for being a patient advocate isn't enough. The weather where Mother Earth is screaming to be heard, isn't enough. Banks taking advantage of people isn't enough. The state of our insane government isn't enough. The abuse people suffer at the hand of insurance companies when their health is suffering isn't enough. And yet here we are, in ill health, slaves to jobs and relationships that do not serve the highest good, and addicted to technology, as we are looking down and out instead of looking up and within, at ourselves, each other and at beautiful and amazing nature itself, of which we are a part.
We can clearly see that when it comes down to it, when we are pushed, people will step up to the plate regardless of race, religion, sexual preference, or political affiliation and do the right things. Why must it take a tragedy such as Hurricane Harvey, Irma, or an earthquake to bring out the best in us, when it is our birthrate to have our light shine no matter what the situation. The weather? - It's all about the emotions as much as people do not want to hear that. Water is the emotions, fires are transformation, and the winds of change are pushing us to change our self-centered ways and our focus to the whole. We need to dig deep to find, express, reveal, journal, or do whatever it takes to know Who We Are and where we need to heal so that we can own ourselves and not fall victim to the atrocities that have dictated how we live our lives. We live in an environment of emotional and financial slavery. We don't ask questions. We don't question the sanity of the rules by which we abide. Now more than ever is the time to take that ball and stand up for what is right and True.
We saw it in the US Open Ladies SemiFinal, when Sloan Stevens enjoyed a lengthy and deep embrace with Madison Keys, went and sat next to Madison when that had never been done before - what a metaphor for how we need to view each other, our connection and our relationship to all that is. Two women, both American, black and white, honoring their hearts instead of their differences or what has never been done before.... This is the expression of Unity within competition. The millennials seem to have a better grasp on this than what we've experienced. I eagerly look forward to a day when we do not need or want to compete with one another, for any reason.
So what's it gonna take for you to make the choices you need to make to heal yourself, to declare that the toxicity in your life is no longer acceptable, and the take action accordingly? To contribute to the collective consciousness by healing yourself..... Your Divine right is to love yourSelf enough to do what is necessary to find the peace, health, wealth, and happiness of which you are so deserving. This, by definition metaphysically is good for you, your family, the community and the collective whole. Because when you do, that will support the attainment of that for All.
So, What's it gonna take? Only you can decide.
Dr. Joanna Carmichael is an RN, Doctor of Metaphysics & Divinity, Interfaith Minister, Ayurveda, Meditation & Yoga Practitioner, Spiritual Teacher and animal activist.