The Grace of
the Heavens Descending
-- Zacciah Blackburn, PhD
ancients have always known it, and have graced us with their wisdom
teachings. The Grace of the Heavens descends upon us,
always. And, the blessings of the Holy Ones, of all
traditions, are with us constantly.
we realize it?Do
we take the time to listen, to receive, to perceive the undaunting
caress, the careening of gifts descending upon us at all
times? Or, do we focus our attention upon a small aspect of
our lives, often that includes wounding or suffering, memories of
calamity, loss, grief, stress, or chaos, or anticipation of
such? I do not mean to make light of the intense calamities
and suffering so many of us face, or have faced. Yet, it is
true, what we focus our attention upon, is what creates our
reality. It is our awareness, the level of consciousness we
choose to embrace, which supercedes all other realities, no matter how
evident they are. As my good friend Freddy Silva is known to
say, those who believe, know they have to believe to see.
Those who do not believe, believe they have to see to believe....
was upon two mountaintops very recently. My partner and I
were visiting one
of the mountains we had just made deeper acquaintance &
relationship with, received incredibly deep initiations with, in our 8
of the Earth practice. We wanted to take
time to offer gratitude, and simply be with the mountain, the Spirit of
the Mountain, and others there, who had offered such incredible gifts
and alliance during our group practice. We
were amazed to see the face of stones altered, the energies so alive,
pristine, clear, and awake, the communions so present, vibrant, and
rich. Yet, this is how the Earth responds when we enter
reverent states of communion and collaboration with it, and her
allies.I went to a second mountaintop the next day. The
messages were so clear. Every where I went, there were
streams of light raining down from the Heavens. One could
easily say it was just
the particulars of light, clouds, and atmo- sphere. But the
messages were clear. Pure gifts of Light were streaming down
for all to see, should we simply pay attention to them. (I'm
not speaking of the lens refractions in this photo, but the penetration
of streams of light all through the atmosphere, more evident in a full
size photo.) Should we believe it were just streams of light playing
with the clouds and atmosphere, then that is the gift we
receive. That is beautiful enough. But, should we
rest with the deeper messages, of Pure Gifts raining down upon us, and,
listen to the messages, as well, that is the level of perception we are
gifted with! For each perception is a messenger from the
Divine nature of things, should we allow it to be.
the very crest of the mountain, I rested with my deliberations upon
this phenomenon for some time. Receiving the gifts.
In awe, every where I looked. Pure streams of light raining
down upon me. I, receiving them. Deep messages
penetrating my body and psyche from high in the Heavens.
Literally, gifts from Heaven. The transmissions were
I noticed a hawk or falcon I had seen several times during the
day. Over, far over, one edge of the mountain.
Then, he was climbing, climbing, up, ever higher, spiralling up on the
currents, very high, then diving down. Circling around the
mountain, out of sight, then, there, he was again, spiralling, playing
in the wind, perhaps looking for a dinner, perhaps just in sheer joy
with the day.
took out my camera to get some photos of him (her?). I nearly
lost track of him. Then, stayed with him for the longest
time. He was very high now, far off the most distant shoulder
of the mountain. I took a moment to check something on my
lens, and looked again, and he was gone. Totally
gone. But, I knew he was not. He would not have had
time to dive out of sight, had he gone into a dive. It was
simply that I left my focus from that small corridor of light, to focus
on something else. And, it was such a very small, precise
frequency of light/distance, I had been focusing upon before.
When I was no longer focused upon this explicit frequency/distance, I
could no longer perceive him. It was as if he were not
there. Yet, I knew better.
Always taking the messages of the natural world to heart, I sat with
this. In clear joy. Here was such an explicit
lesson, yet again, about how our consciousness works.What we focus our
attention upon is what we perceive. If we do not focus upon
it, it is not there.And, while I enjoyed my hawk encounter immensely, I
enjoyed the grandeur
of the larger picture of mountains, river, valleys, sun and clouds even
more immensely. It, actually, took a lot more focus, and
energy, to view with just the small, finite lens of the hawk
alone. It was a much more grand and joyful experience to open
to the greater light show around me.
this is what I suggest. Take time for yourself, where you
can, and let go; just be, receive, and perceive, these Gifts of Heaven,
which are constantly raining down upon us. In all of our
worlds. They are ever there. There is always so
much more to enjoy in an infinite universe!
when it is rain. Just a few days later, I did just
this. On the day before my Birthday. And, as it had
been raining quite a bit, I sat and enjoyed it. Then, I
enjoyed the winds passing, and clearing the clouds away, bringing very
clear air and sky behind the storm. I stepped
outside, and this was the gift waiting for me.
even just one, but a double rainbow, full and complete, with the
It is ever present. If we can just let go the focus of our
seemingly finite world. It is just the appearance of
suffering. Just an appearance. There is a much
grander view awaiting us, should we take the time to let go, and be
with it, allow it to arise, trust in it, and perceive it.
blessings in your life and practice.
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Many blessings in your life
Zacciah Blackburn, PhD
The Center of Light
Institute of Sound Healing and Shamanic Studies