Two suburbanite boomers throw caution to the wind, postpone retirement, and move to a farm in Indiana. There they intend to live happily ever after.
Friday, January 15, 2010
Nature Notes: Dreamtime
In Australian aboriginal culture, it is believed that there are two kinds of time. There is our ordinary, everyday, linear time. And running parallel to our reality is Dreamtime, the source of all creation. Everything that is comes out of The Dreaming, and everything returns to it in the end.
For me, this part of the year is a kind of Dreamtime. The earth is frozen, and there is nothing green or living. But the very air is changing, gathering strength, as if the earth were taking a deep breath before singing the first note of a sweet, new song.
Now is the time to dream of spring blossoms, and to order seeds for the summer garden. Time to imagine the earth beneath the snow, to see in the mind's eye what it could become. Time to note the spots where savory wild mushrooms grow, and where the sleeping wildflowers are that need protection from the mowing blade.
The aboriginals say that the human spirit was the last to leave the Dreamtime, after all the plants and animals, coming as a caretaker for the others. And that when a baby quickens in its mother's womb, it is receiving the spirit of the land on which his mother stands. The child is forever bound to that land as its guardian, and the land is his dreaming, his spirit's home.
Humans receiving the spirit of the earth, choosing to be caretakers of all creatures, living forever within the Dreamtime ... It's a beautiful dream, don't you think?
For more thoughts on the natural world, visit Nature Notes and Signs of the Season at Michelle's blog, Rambling Woods.