Monday, 13 June 2011

The Pollen Path

Pollen Path Navajo sand painting
The days of June, encompassing both the astrological signs of Gemini and Cancer, have always been a favorite occasions for joyful unions, weddings and honey moons. As Spring gives way to Summer with the Solstice on 21 June, the Sun and the Earth marry, Fire blesses the planet, shedding increased light and energy upon the physical environment and all its relationships.

This transition between spring and summer, as those who suffer from allergic rhinitis know, is the climax of pollination and the highlight of The Pollen Path. In some ancient myths this is the way of the heart of gods and men, expressing the intimate communion between the multidimensional realms and the mysteries of the Earth.

The Pollen Path is the journey towards the centre, the quest for God and true Love, a voyage thriving with divine beauty and ecstatic love, unconcerned of any final destination, and right in the present moment. Whatever you can best anticipate about the future is here and now, if only you are available to embrace it. 

As Karlfried G. Dürckheim put it, "When you're on a journey, and the end keeps getting further and further away, then you realize that the real end is the journey." 

The goal lies in the life journey itself, not in the future. “There is one life, and that I share with God” (ACIM, W167). This is the awareness that heals all misery, suffering and fear. 

”God goes with me wherever I go. […] You can never suffer because the Source of all joy goes with you wherever you go. You can never be alone because the Source of all life goes with you wherever you go. Nothing can destroy your peace of mind because God goes with you wherever you go.” (ACIM, W41).

Forgiveness is letting go of the part in us that denies the above experience. It is systematically releasing our insane ideas of separation, with all their cults of obscurity and ignorance. Here the healing voyage is meant to unveil the ongoing presence of God at all times and spaces. Once this presence is accepted, the journey becomes the end and the end becomes the journey, a most beautiful journey and a most beautiful end.

The Navajo, or Diné, use a powerful chant, that says: "Oh, beauty before me, beauty behind me, beauty to the right of me, beauty to the left of me, beauty above me, beauty below me, I’m on the pollen path." 

Similarly, the St. Patrick’s Breastplate prayer, says: “God above me. God beneath me. God before me, God behind me. God within me.”

© Franco Santoro, Cluny Hill College, Forres IV36 2RD, UK,

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