Friday, March 20, 2009

Raw Materials

Yvonne writes:
When we lived on the coast of North Carolina, we found the water table to be about three inches below the surface of the soil. Geologically, the entire coast might accurately be described as a wetland (the local word is pocosin). The word basin has locally been shortened to bay as in Bay River. Anyhow, natives claim the mosquito as their state bird. Humans in their wisdom have seen fit to dig drainage ditches everywhere to fit the land to serve for agricultural purposes. Indeed, it has become almost a rite of passage among a certain social stratum of high-school males to drive a vehicle into one ditch or another before graduation day.
Anyhow, this is all to set the scene for my real thought here. It concerns water lilies and silt.
The muddy bottom of the ditches is a fertile place indeed. Much, much material comes to rest there. The investigating shovel may find simple saturated earth, runoff fertilizer from the potato fields, waste from careless septic tanks--any amount of assorted material, all of it rich in nutrients. We city-dwelling humans are likely to scorn the material if we are thinking stereotypically; yet there is a class of life form that regards it as desirable. That is the life form that we call water lilies. Such plants put out hungry roots and ingest the material gratefully.
What do they do with it? They convert it into blossoms of unsurpassed beauty. Recall the Buddhist mantra, "Om mane padme hum!"--"Oh, God, the jewel in the lotus!" The lotus or padme perfectly symbolizes the upward-striving spirit in every human--yet its roots are nourished in substances labeled filth.
There is a metaphor here.

7 comments:

Blue Skull said...

My father-in-law was a Mexican farmer in life. When he visited us in the city, he would send us to a nearby ditch to bring back some of the soil. We used it for planting.

Return said...

Have you talked to your friend Glenn Malec recently?

Interesting fellow...

Paths are...paths.

Sandy said...

Wether it is because I am becoming older and looking for closure or because I can not put you out of my mind the last few weeks wondering if everyone is well I am asking for a private email address where we might communicate poutside your religious beliefs.
Sandy

Blue Skull said...

Glenn Malec is an excellent guy to be around. His knowledge of reptilian aliens and astrology is very profound. I met him once in New Bern when I traveled there for Samhain.

StarWomyn said...

I lived in a community where Water Lilies were used as method for purification of water. What happens in the SpiritWorld via Ritual also occurs in the Mundane World.

RunicAngel said...

Well, I'm a neo-pagan... wiccan at heart... 26 years old... just been reading alot about you Frosts and understand alot of what you write... I hope that you are both well and in comfort... wherever you are... everything that you say makes great sense... although some may be resentful to you in the wiccan community... I for one support you 100%... and I hope that your energies are at peace and serene with life...
Blessings

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