Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Sea Level is for Sissies

My friend Mike and I like to joke about our difference in age. I say "When you were ten I was zero," and he says, "You just like saying you were zero." He's right.

Years ago, I got a tarot card reading I really liked. The lady reading used beautiful circle-shaped cards called Motherpeace. I liked it so much I wanted it to come true. A big part of the whole deal was the zero from the round deck, The Fool. Moving from intuition more than thought I put The Fool on my altar. Its been there ever since.

Each day in my brand new life in New Mexico I am reminded of The Fool.

Angeles Arrien says, "The Fool is the universal principle that is associated with the state of consciousness that we experience before birth and after death." I like to practice this state whenever I remember, I know of it as "the space before thought."

In the space before the beginning, anything is possible. Arrien goes on, "(The Fool) represents the creative power of giving birth to new forms from a state of wonder and anticipation, rather than from fear."

For the longest time, I only did things that I was already good at. But then one day I quit. And now, a most of what I do everyday is stuff that I am brand new at doing. Sometimes I get tired and sometimes I get shy, but my friendship with zero gets deeper everyday.

I used to live at sea level, back then, I thought I was in good shape. Then I moved to 7,000 feet, I went for a bike ride and I lost my breath. From up here my ego was taken down.

I am reminded of a bumper sticker on the back of my mom's car from a race that she participates in every year, it says, "Sea Level is for Sissies." I always thought it was kinda judgmental, another expression of ego. But back when I only did things all day everyday that I was already good at, I was kinda a sissy. Just sayin.

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