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April 22, 2010 | Fear Of God
I crawled out of the back of my truck as soon as I woke up, and drove to a local restaurant to work on my journal. For some reason, I didn’t feel very comfortable staying in the AMC neighborhood. It was very safe and quiet, but I wasn’t so sure that the neighbors appreciated a strange vehicle parked on the street.
After breakfast, I headed back to Lady Byrd Johnson Park to hang my wet clothes out to dry, from the day before. I spent the next several hours exploring the park but keeping a very close eye on my truck at all times.
While I was walking around the park, I came upon the following sign. In one sentence it read, “Wildlife Protected Under Law” and then directly below that was a health advisory for people fishing in the nearby waters. I guess the wildlife wasn’t that protected after all, neither were the people.
I returned to my truck and while sitting on the curb, noticed an inchworm slowly crawling across the ground next to me. Laughing and feeling a bit silly, I thought about my long journey and how I had inched my way across the country.
Worm offers the following wisdom:
- Purifies the Earth
- Ability to find nurturing within the Earth
- Camouflage – Copyright www.animalspirits.com
- Ability to wiggle out of difficult situations
Caterpillar offers the following wisdom: The power of the whirlwind, Reincarnation, Transformation, Transmutation, Magick.
And then I discovered another interesting message from Mother Nature. This time it was the ever-elusive 5-leaf clover. I looked online for the superstition for 5-leaf clover and discovered the following: “The superstition for the 5-leaf clover is extra good luck and attracting money.”
I could sink my teeth into this superstition, especially at this stage of my journey. After discovering the 5-leaf clover, I got online again to check my email and realized that it was Earth Day 2010. Mother Nature had been doing everything possible to remind me. I was glad that I finally made the connection.
At that point I decided to dedicate today’s mediation and the following song to all people everywhere, who took care for and love Mother Earth, as best they can. We should all fear the God of cause and effect when it comes to our planet.
I got back in my truck and laughed out loud when I thought about the fact that I was so into Earth Day, but my truck only got about sixteen miles to the gallon. That made me realize how life, the government, and even spiritual journals can have certain contradictions.
That evening around 6:00 PM I returned to Rincome for a second helping of Thai food. Victor joined me, and we reunited with one of our favorite servers. The three of us always had so much fun together. The first thing she said when I walked in the door was, “I almost didn’t recognize you! You look different!” It had been almost five years since I had seen her. After we caught up on things, she smiled at me, slapped me on the hand and told me to shave my beard and to get a job! We both laughed.
Later that evening, around 8:00 PM, I checked my email once again and found a new poem from Casey. It read:
It is time for the hawk to appear
A visitor, Chris holds dear.
We miss the hawk’s flight
In the sky, when it’s light,
With his message of hope and cheer.
I couldn’t have agreed more. I missed the hawk. A visit from the hawk would have been perfect for Earth Day, but something told me that the hawks main purpose was to escort me from Oregon to North Carolina and then lead me to the incredible experience with the Native American spirits. I continued, however, to search for any future sightings and remained hopeful and cheerful on my last seven days of my journey.