Humbled

Where the Flycatcher was

Where the Flycatcher was

NEAR SWAN VALLEY, ID

September 5, 2015 1:19 PM

As I looked up from my Kindle, as I thought over the words I had just read, as I expanded and my self boundaries collapsed and vanished, I noticed the trees around me were filled with dozens of various birds of all shapes and colors: black and white woodpeckers skittering on the trunks, grey and dusky flycatchers looping off the branches, robins hopping about among the fallen leaves, and these yellow and brown wrens(?) flittering about in the bushes by the creek. None of these birds were here yesterday, and, as I type this an hour later, none of these birds are here now.

What I had been reading just before looking up, was a quote from Francis Bennett’s book, I Am That I Am, a quote by Ramana Maharshi who in turn was quoting the Bible:

The whole truth can be summed up in one verse from the Jewish/Christian scriptures, “I am that I am.” And the entire method for realizing this truth is found in another of those scriptures, “Be still and know that I am God.”

—Sri Ramana Maharashi

The quote, the birds, the expansion into Emptiness, all left me feeling oddly humbled and connected.

Earlier in the morning, I had been humbled by the photography of this courageous woman whose blog I had stumbled upon via this blog which I had stumbled upon via this post by Randy. Such wonderful and powerful photography… it makes mine look amateurish at best.

And even earlier this morning, I was humbled by a constructive (and slightly painful (thus probably very accurate)) criticism from an ongoing email exchange with Jerry.

So to put my morning in chronological order:

“Ouch. Damn, he’s probably right.”

“Geez, she’s good. My work sucks.”

“Be still and know that I am God.”

Still and Expanding and Collapsing into the Witness.

Dozens and dozens of birds. Beautiful birds. Magically here and alive and vibrant.

Humbleness, Peace, and Gratitude.

Be still and know that I am God.

—God

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6 thoughts on “Humbled

  1. “as I thought over the words I had just read, as I expanded and my self boundaries collapsed and vanished”

    Wayne, thanks for this. I’ve been puzzling about the moving back and forth and you make it clear.

    Last night as I left the movie, A Walk in the Woods, I spotted a light grey shading into dark grey feather on the sidewalk. I stepped on by, and then thought, “Oh that’s a message, I can’t ignore it.” I picked it up and tucked it in my pocket.

    Birds and feathers. Ah yes.

    And by the way, the Robert Redford movie is gentle, funny, philosophic and touches on numerous thoughts all while walking a portion of the Appalachian trail. Great panorama shots, too. The photographer in you would soar.

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