And while I stood there I saw more than I can tell and I understood more than I saw; for I was seeing in a sacred manner the shapes of all things in the spirit; and the shape of all shapes as they must live together like one being. ~ Black Elk
I have spoken before about unplugging from the man-made matrix; removing ourselves from the stories that hold us prisoner to fear, hate, ego, and dis-ease. The man-made matrix is essentially the dominant paradigm comprised of a system of beliefs that has been in place for thousands of years and perpetuates the separation of the human species from the earth, from all other beings, and from each other. This matrix exists, essentially, in all aspects of life. It infects our food supply, our oceans and rivers, our rain forests, our wildlife, our air. Our hearts, minds, and spirits are suffering as a result of everything this man-made matrix touches. It resembles a plague; a disease that vigorously attempts to infect everyone in its path. And since it is everywhere, we are all in its persistent path of destruction as it continually attempts to feed off of the life force of everything, ourselves included. The man-made matrix is the direct cause of all human suffering.
When we remove ourselves from the distractions of the world and enter into silence, a world of information beyond our ordinary senses emerges filling us with wonder and wisdom. It is when we connect with the earth in silence that the oneness and unity of all things become clear to us. Our seeing becomes activated. Seeing is more than looking with our eyes, it is our ability to perceive and sense and feel the energy of the cosmos and each thing within it as it truly exists.
Seeing is not something that is exclusive to shaman, it is a sense to which we all have access. If we are caught up in the distractions of the world and the illusions that we are constantly bombarded with, our seeing becomes limited or disappears completely. And then our belief in the man-made matrix increases, fueling separation and futility and we become more strongly chained to an illusory construct that doesn’t even belong to us.
When we take the time to sit within silence, we are able to identify the patterns of the world. It is through meditation, sweat lodge, vision quest or going within that we recognize the patterns upon patterns. This is restorative to our spirits and our souls and as our true knowing begins to increase it strengthens our will to succeed in transcending old, destructive, repetitive patterns.
Why is it that we humans become so caught up in the stories and dramas of the world? What motivates us to give away our power to deceptive realities? The stories that we buy into are the very illusions that prevent us from living our lives in a state of balance, connection, mutual respect, well-being, abundance, and love. When we became disconnected from the earth, from silence, we became disconnected from our hearts and our souls and each other.
As seers we have the potential and the power to create new stories and visions, new and amazing points of awareness, to truly be a multi-faceted reflection of the diverse and inexplicable beauty that flows through the universe. We can transform the profane into the sacred. In so doing we will once again embody a sense of connection with all living things within this great and beautiful web of creation, this all-encompassing and mysterious web of life.