Passing Equinox and heading towards Solstice
The pivot point of equinox has passed, the nights are getting longer and temperatures are cooler. I anticipate a season of curiosity and reflection. And time for illuminating awareness and playing in realms of consciousness.
This summer in my community, Tahlequal, a member of the southern resident orca pod of the Salish Sea, carried her deceased infant for 17 days and nights.
She swam through the waters of Northwest Puget Sound and Canada, her grief palpable and visible. Humans, sea mammals, mountains, and waters witnessed her expression. I could feel her grief song, which vibrated in the water of my cells connecting me to this watery planet.
It was a state of non-ordinary ... some would even describe this as a unitary consciousness.
How do I describe the non-ordinary? I think of ordinary awareness is the area of the mind. Linda Bark, in her book What would you like to Change? based on the work of Jean Gebser, describes that the mental dimension “is a place of being and knowing which is based on logical, sequential, critical and mechanistic thinking. Non-ordinary awareness is the realms of magical, mythical, the divine source."
Another source book that has assisted my understanding is Consciousness Explained Better by Allan Combs.
What do you think the orca whales have to say about realms of consciousness? I listen to whale songs, and settle into the mystery.