Aldo Leopold shot a She wolf. When he looked into the fierce green fire shimmering in the eye of the dying wolf, he saw something profound and touched with wisdom. Unmistakably mysterious and numinous, and it changed him for life; from a user of Nature to Her protector as a conservationist and ecologist.
Green Fire is a flame so fierce and hot, that in nature it cannot be extinguished by water. Is this not a mirrored reflection of our essential Truth and it's unsurpassable qualities of vastness, openness and luminous light which calls itself Soul, True Nature, Buddha Nature, our 'secret undamaged self?"
This essential quality of Being is not extinguishable by rivers of emotion, tidal waves of tragedies, or a rain of terror.
In what is acknowledged as the Dark Night of the Ego and for some, the Dark Night of the Soul of the World, there is shimmering green fire light to show the way in the darkness to the "new day on the horizon."
Everyone we BE, everywhere we ARE, the 'GREEN LIGHT' of Spirit is realized through confidence born of fierce compassion married to diligence and discipline. A number of wisdom traditions claim green is the color of compassion; fresh, calm, natural and enduring.
Oprah's exhortation of "Times UP!" at the Golden Globes is just one of many "green lights" to encourage us forward with curiosity and determination.
A call to awaken with maturity to collective and personal habitual patterns that need to be uplifted in a green light arena in our lives. Some arena where you've had enough and feel a surge of courage to befriend a problem, issue, person and therefore transform and call it freedom!
A call to mature your aspirations for positive action in disruptive inner and outer landscapes, in order to befriend and become, and anchor actively through sheltering IN place in our deep wise self.
I love this engagement at the edge of our worldviews and personal consequences. I love listening with the ears of my heart, in individual therapy and mentoring sessions (in-person or remotely via phone/Skype) and in seminar circles like Befriending Aging: Wisely and Well (8 Sunday afternoons Feb 4-Mar 25, 2018; registration is open), Befriending Small Deaths ~ Big Deaths, or Becoming Familiar with Dying(coming in Fall 2018 in concert with my good friend and colleague Douglas Frank).