With summer here (at least for those of us north of the
equator), people’s thoughts turn to summer vacations. When I was
younger, one of my favorite summer pastimes was fishing.
In the Washington Post the other day, I saw an interview
with a local fisherman. The man said he didn’t care if he caught
anything or not. He just wanted to get away from his stress-filled
everyday life as a trainer of firefighters. Fishing, he said, was
a great way to do just that, and to relax and daydream.
This fisherman typified the
stressful, burnt-out lifestyle so many Washington area residents
lead. (A lifestyle I know well, having lived there many years
before fleeing to the wilderness of Wyoming.)
The interview closed with a
telling insight from our wise fisherman: “Around here, people
spend so much time trying to make a living, they forget how to
How often do we race
through life, even through our summer vacations, forgetting how to
live? Where’s the joy in that? And isn’t joy what living is all
Maybe, every now and then,
we ought to put up a sign on our doors, “Gone Fishing.”
It would be well if more of
you, more often, were “gone fishing.”
Your lives today are often filled with many stresses, worries,
distractions, and dramas that take you from your centered place of
peace. They take you from that conscious connection you have with
your higher self.
Life in your modern world is filled to overflowing with “stuff”
you neither need nor benefit from. And yet it’s all there — you
cannot deny that. You cannot wave it away with a magic wand.
And that’s okay. The world
is what it is. And it, like each of you individually, will
ultimately find its way back home.
What’s happening today —
the seeming disasters and traumas — are simply part of your
growth, Mother Earth’s growth, the growth of all that is.
However, having said that, we still maintain your purpose in life
is joy. Pure and simple — you came here to seek joy.
You often forget that. You
knew it as little children. But then you “grew up” and forgot.
Now, friends, it’s time to remember.
We do not deny your world
is full of distractions, ranging from the disastrous and tragic to
the mildly annoying. But we do say none of that has anything to do
with you, unless you choose to immerse yourself in it.
We realize it’s sometimes challenging for you to avoid immersing
yourself. But it’s not impossible. It’s not even difficult, if you
put your mind to it.
You all create your own realities. The realities the world (that
is, the mass consciousness) and nearly everyone around you are
creating are not your reality. The whole world could be going to
hell in a handbasket, as you say. But you are totally free, in
every moment, to choose and create your own reality — a reality
totally different from the whole rest of the world.
Life is supposed to be fun. Life is supposed to be joyful. But if
you immerse yourself in all the world’s woes, if you immerse
yourself in the mass consciousness, you’ll find it difficult to be
joyful. It will suck the life out of you.
And yet, almost
paradoxically, the best way you can help your troubled world is to
remove yourself from it, for however long it takes you to remember
who you are. To remember you are this divine creator in human
Once you remember that, you
can then jump back into your troubled world and really make a
difference. A difference that will be noted.
And so, friends, the best way to live life in your modern world is
to get away from it now and then.
Live in the now, in the
present moment. You don’t need to race through your lives, your
work, your relationships, your vacations. You’ll miss all the joy
in your race toward — what?
Slow down. Look for the
joy. Savor every present moment. All moments are golden, and
precious. Put up a sign on your door — Gone Fishing.