Stormwalk

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A traveler in the storm
Massaged by the buffeting wind
Laved by the pouring rain
Dazzled by the blinding lightning
Pulsated by the drumming thunder
Enveloped in the passion
Of elemental forces
Transfigured from flesh to essence.

What ecstasy passes between
biosphere and atmosphere
in these blazing lightning bolts
that riven the bounded sky
and break the barrier of sound,
sending shockwaves
of percussive thunder
that resonate to our bones?

Each climatic day
across the weathered globe
fly clouds of thundering rumbling
numbering forty thousand strong
spawning flashes of brightening lightning
three million blitzing strikes
Arcs of eerie energy and synergy
Measuring two hundred million volts.

Mother Earth and Father Sky
Negative yin and positive yang
engaged in eternal cycles
of endlessly offering and endlessly accepting.
Ever gentle upwellings from ground to cloud
precipitate ecstatic discharge from yang to yin ~
Vapors of water waft to the sky
plunging back to earth in raindrops
restoring the balance of waters.
Electrons of yin rise to the heavens
surging back to earth in lightning bolts
restoring the balance electric.

And in this atmospheric marvel
they execute esoteric incantations ~
‘Split not ye aught atomus nucula
though sunder ye nitrum genium molecula
that it might cleave and bind to oxys genos.
And with this alchemical formula
generate the nutrientem vitalis
to form homo sapiens’ genesis codex.’

What ecstasy passes between
biosphere and atmosphere
in these blazing lightning bolts
that riven the bounded sky
and break the barrier of sound,
sending shockwaves
of percussive thunder
that resonate to our bones?

A traveler in the storm
Massaged by the buffeting wind
Laved by the pouring rain
Dazzled by the blinding lightning
Pulsated by the drumming thunder
Enveloped in the passion
Of elemental forces
Transfigured from flesh to essence.

 

 

Of the 76 mornings I have done my sunrise walk, it has rained upon me very few times.    There were a couple of days in which there was a light sprinkle or an intermittent dripping.  On several or many mornings on which it rained, there was a lull during the time of my walk.  Yesterday I walked in the thick of the storm, immersed in the wind and the rain and the lightning and the thunder. Perhaps I was finally ready for this baptism as my sadhana is drawing to a close.

The poem above …sigh…is a bit over-wrought, well, maybe more than a bit…but this was my “assignment”.

 

Here are some explanatory links:  

https://www.nssl.noaa.gov/education/svrwx101/lightning/faq/

How does the Earth benefit from lightning?
The earth benefits from lightning in several ways. First, lightning helps the Earth maintain electrical balance. The Earth is recharged by thunderstorms. The Earth’s surface and the atmosphere conduct electricity easily—the Earth is charged negatively and the atmosphere, positively. There is always a steady current of electrons flowing upwards from the entire surface of the Earth. Thunderstorms help transfer the negative charges back to Earth (lightning is generally negatively charged). Without thunderstorms and lightning, the earth-atmosphere electrical balance would disappear in 5 minutes.

What causes thunder?
Thunder is caused by lightning. The bright light of the lightning flash caused by the return stroke mentioned above represents a great deal of energy. This energy heats the air in the channel to above 50,000 degrees F in only a few millionths of a second! The air that is now heated to such a high temperature had no time to expand, so it is now at a very high pressure. The high pressure air then expands outward into the surrounding air compressing it and causing a disturbance that propagates in all directions away from the stroke. The disturbance is a shock wave for the first 10 yards, after which it becomes an ordinary sound wave, or thunder. Thunder can seem like it goes on and on because each point along the channel produces a shock wave and sound wave.

 

Video that explains the “esoteric incantations”
http://www.pbslearningmedia.org/resource/nves.sci.earth.nitrate/lightning-produces-nitrates

 

From Jamie Sams ~ her prose is more lyrical than my poem: 

http://spiritlodge.yuku.com/topic/836

The Thunder-beings make up the love call of the Sky Nation. The Fire Sticks, or lightning bolts, are a rare gift from the Sky Father to the Earth Mother. The Thunderers who accompany a storm carry the mating call that announces the Divine Union of Earth and Sky. The Thunder-beings are the host of lovers who give energy to the Earth Mother. The Thunder chief proclaims the beauty of the love between Father Sky and Mother Earth. The Fire Sticks create a bridge between the two lovers and are a physical expression of their love for one another. The Cloud People gather where the dance of union is to be held and house the Thunder Chief and Fire Sticks within their bodies awaiting the joyous time.

As the cloak of Father Sky covers the Earth Mother in a mantle of blue each day, we Two-leggeds see the beauty of his love for her when the Cloud People form and the thoughts of their combined ideas take physical shape. In our Seneca tongue, Hail-lo-way-ain is the Language of Love. This Language of Love is at work between Father Sky and Mother Earth.

When Mother Earth needs the love and warmth of Grandfather Sun to support the needs of all of her children, we see thunderstorms, lightning, and rain as their bodies dance the Sacred Dance of Divine Union. The Thunder Chief calls out in Hail-lo-way-ain, the ancient Language of Love, for the Earth Mother to prepare herself for her bridegroom. The Fire Medicine that comes between them is lightning (Fire Sticks), which is directed along the lines of energy that form a grid system over her body.

If a Fire Stick touches Mother Earth in one area, the electricity may travel great distances to reenergize those places that need the male energy that Father Sky supplies. The individual needs of all parts of her body are assisted by the Thunder-beings since they are Father Sky’s Medicine Allies, or Helpers.

This act of love between Mother Earth and Father Sky can be tender and gentle or torrid and passionate. This lovemaking is experienced as weather changes and climatic shifts by the Children of the Earth. Floods and fires, hailstorms and tornadoes, hurricanes and typhoons are the freedom of nature. In every case, the end result is the fulfillment of our Earth Mother’s needs and must be looked at from the viewpoint of the greatest good for all living creatures. Great Mystery has a hand in all acts of the Uniworld and each act supports the need for growth and change.

The lovemaking of Mother Earth and Father Sky bring renewal to the whole of Creation. Our personal renewal, which Nature reflects, can be brought about by cleansing our fears, cultivating new growth, releasing old habits, or allowing ourselves to be loved and protected. The Thunder-beings bring us the raw energy we need to change and renew our lives. We humans are Catalyzers who have electromagnetic, giving and receiving, bodies. We are the bridge that connects Earth and Sky when we are in harmony. Like Mother Earth and Father Sky we are male and female in nature. The command of usable energy comes when male and female are in balance within us.

The Application:
The Thunder-beings card is telling you that you are a Catalyzer and may now command the usable energy at hand. You are being funded with the energy needed to complete any task you have in mind. If you have been trying without results or just couldn’t get enough steam going, this card signals relief. You can drop the frustration and get on with it. The energy is now yours. Call it to you and use it.

Usable energy comes in many forms. See which kind of energy applies to your present situation and then command it. Your body is the lightning rod and will conduct all the energy you need. Shout your intention to the Sky Nation. The Thunder-beings remind you to replenish yourself equally to the amount of energy you spend.

 

picture at top from:
http://www.srh.noaa.gov/sjt/?n=svrwx_awareness

18 thoughts on “Stormwalk

  1. What a wonderfully rich post….I love the fact that lightening recharges the earth….I know I’ve always loved it and found it very energising and exciting, but this fact helps my understanding.
    Your poem is beautiful, and it don’t find it overwrought….but then I love words and your rich carpet feels soft and inviting 🙂

    • Thank you so very much. I did labor extensively over this – trying to convey the mystery inherent in the science using a poetic voice was not an easy task – so it’s nice to know that the poem worked for you. Warm blessings…

  2. Wow – what an incredibly rich post! I love your practice of sunrise walks – it is such a life-affirming way to start the day, and imagining a mystical being walking through the storm is quite a vision! I was recently on the coast visiting family and I snuck out each morning to walk alone along the beach at sunrise…I could hear the waves whisper to me as the sun began his ascent in my visual field…

    As a deep forest dweller, finding home in the mountains, I relate so much to your phrase “Pulsated by the drumming thunder” … thunder is especially powerful when echoing through the trees…and one’s bones….Thank you for honoring Mama Earth is such a beautiful way. ❤

    I will no doubt return to this post…

    Peace and Happy Solstice….!!
    Amanda

    • Amanda, gosh, thank you for such a thoughtful comment. I have done a few sunrise beach walks myself, they are extraordinary. Happy Solstice to you as well!

  3. I just read this on my porch in the Blue Ridge Mountains of GA. Even though I had tried to “unplug” during this brief stay…I’m so very glad I didn’t. Because I was graced to read this with the ongoing sound of rolling thunder, leaves blowing and upturned, all waiting for the rain to come. Your beautiful poem/post was the perfect inspiration at the perfect moment! Thank you!

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