Our dog, Max, is scared nearly to death of thunder—panicked pacing, trembling, pushing to get his body underneath one of ours. When my daughter was little, she’d place blankets over the dining room table to make a fort and call him in, which worked until the next big boom. Then he’d charge out and run around the house, desperate to get away from the terrifying sounds of the storm. We live in an apartment now and when it thunders, I put him in the windowless interior bathroom and close the door, where he rides it out.
I watched the news last night about the snow back East, two feet deep in some places, falling in just a day. Then they showed some video of thunder and lightning—during the snow storm! I thought if I lived where thunder and lightning appeared with a blizzard, I’d have to join Max in the bathroom.
All this extreme weather does make you wonder what’s going on. Is Mother Nature sending a message or, as my brother believes, is God angry at the level of sinning by humanity? Will we receive a sign and fall to our knees, pleading for a second chance, a chance to clean up our thoughts and actions? Can we clean them up soon enough to save ourselves from hurricanes, tornados, earthquakes, volcanoes and floods, and how many of us would it take to tip the scale? Is it even possible to put Mother Earth back to herself? Who can answer these questions?
What is our greater purpose—that which is beyond the same old, same old desire for more? Does ‘more’ for a homeless family mean work, shelter, food and water? Probably. What does ‘more’ mean for you? I dream of having a house again, which means more money. What is ‘more’ for the wealthy? Another home or plane? Gold, maybe?
We do have a greater purpose, which is to understand wholeness, the union of our dark and light selves, of each other and oneness with our planet and our Creator. An entire world of love and health, blessings and creativity unfolds when we humans are no longer stuck in the muck, driven by desires. Aren’t you curious about the possibilities, about higher ways of being? I know I am.