Recieved: 2000/06/04 17:36
Subject: Re: [K-list] Will this do, El?
On 2000/06/04 17:36, Lynda posted thus to the K-list:
Good questions are hard to find. (oh - and hard questions are good to
Lynda aka as the nutty tart
There ae two kinds of truths. There are the superficial truths, the opposite
of which are obviously wrong. But there are also the profound truths, whose
opposites are equally right.
----- Original Message -----
Sent: Sunday, June 04, 2000 8:30 PM
Subject: Re: [K-list] Will this do, El?
> In a message dated 06/04/2000 5:11:14 AM Pacific Daylight Time,
> pythonissaATnospammadasafish.com writes:
> << I've been watching a blasted tree. Literally, blasted by the elements.
> particularly strong blast of wind, perhaps. It was a big tree. Once it
> have been very tall, reaching for the sky, as a tree should. As is it's
> nature, throwing up it's branches towards the sun. Did it reach too high?
> knows? It was toppled. Did it slowly lean further and further until it
> to rest? Or did it happen suddenly? One moment upright, the next brought
> It's still alive. It was not uprooted. Damaged, but not enough to kill it.
> It's still growing - sideways. It's trunk now a low arch across the grass
> the river bank. Two branches now have parts deep in water. Have they
> like the naturally hidden parts? Have they changed their nature or their
> function? One branch touches the Earth on the otherside of the river. I
> see this plainly because spring is late and the leaves too small to
> the shape of the distorted, bent tree. It exists quietly in May sunlight.
> Frustrated in it's tree nature. As I watch I imagine all the creatures
> have walked, scampered, crawled, across what to them was a bridge. Did
> recognise the bridge's fallen treeness? Does the tree grieve that all the
> effort it put into reaching for the sky is doomed to lie close to the
> Or, does it realise it's disability to be a tree serves a purpose? Or is
> just enough that the little piece of conciousness that I carry is aware?
> Thank you for posting this, Lynda. When something captures our attention
> like this, it's a "story" that is somehow shared -- it has personal
> significance to us. If you enter into it as if you are that tree, can you
> feel yourself growing "very tall, reaching for the sky" as you "should"?
> you feel that you "should" be lofty-minded and have very high aspirations?
> Or do you criticize yourself for this, and think that you are an overly
> ambitious tree? ("Did it reach too high?")
> Can you feel yourself toppling, still alive but "growing sideways"? In
> way does this resemble your life? How do you feel that your growth has
> the wrong direction?
> Can you feel yourself arching over so that you create a bridge for other
> beings to cross the river safely? How are you serving in this way? How
> your "distorted, bent" experiences (or the results of those experiences)
> enabled you to help others make an easier journey? Do you feel that what
> has cost you to be able to help others goes unrecognized by them? ("Did
> recognize the bridge's fallen treeness?") Or do you feel others
> you, not realizing that you are in some way "fallen"?
> I see three processes going on in the tree story. One is the tragedy of
> great tree toppling over, which makes it feel both grief and frustrated in
> realizing its true nature. The second process is the service that the
> is able to give as a direct result of its fall. To me, this second
> has a Boddhisatva tone: one who delays her own liberation to endure a more
> lowly, "blasted" existence in order to ease passage for the others. Do
> know you are that Boddhisatva?
> The third process is the least conscious (because it has the least
> in the story). This is all the creatures walking, crawling and scampering
> across the tree-bridge. I see this as your creative ability to turn
> conditions in your life into something meaningful and positive. This is a
> process that has just begun to unfold: you are "imagining all the
> at this point. Your full creative potential hasn't manifest yet.
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