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Not to worry, your individual spirituality is not at risk of mockery or abuse. Your awareness of the connectivity of your life with the entire energy matrix throughout the Cosmos is revealed and in that process your value and importance is recognized and encouraged. You are not alone, you have never been alone, and will never be alone here or throughout the Cosmos.

Limited Significance: In our Earthly surrounds some of us are significant while others are not. In some cases the insignificant are relegated to that status by other humans who have self-appointed themselves as significant. In our society, we also elevate some of us to levels of significance based upon our political, philosophical, artistic and humanitarian popularity and or efforts. Sadly, most of us are in that ignored status of insignificance As you will learn here, that is a meaningless status. Although sociologically we seek, even require, recognition from family, friends, communities, workers, etc., those acknowledgments are often fickle or tainted with specific performance requirements. Should we fail to meet these, we stand to drop into the anonymity of insignificance. Crushed and alone some of us leap away from life on Earth while others simply dissolve into permanent hopelessness. None of this is funny or acceptable.

Compassion, not pity, steps in and we insignificant are given new sets of performance requirements to master. Some of us do and rise up to Earthly significance. Rarely, if ever, are we told that we as life-forms hold eternal significance with all life and energy here on Earth and throughout the Cosmos. Yes, various religions seek to do this on a limited basis. They are limited because they too have requirements that must be mastered. Some of us fail here too, and are left to go crashing down again. Hope survives; so hang on.

Its Cosmic: Everything that surrounds us that is alive or supports life (air, water, energy, etc.) has significance here on Earth and throughout the Cosmos. We are part of that everything. All forms of energy surround us, impact us, and are within us and all of that binds us to each other and the Cosmos. The flutter of a bird’s wing matches the flutter of an excited human heart. The joyful thrumming of a happy cricket jangles us awake and then often provokes our giggles. The bright, flaming streak of a meteorite both alarms and invites us to consider what lies well beyond our Earthly confines. All striking reminders that we are not alone, and that we are all one together and are valuable.

On Being Valuable:  Yes, being valuable within the Cosmos may not ring any bells when added to a job resume’, but what that status inspires can fill a multi-paged resume’. Just knowing we are not alone, and knowing that the first and most important human to satisfy is ourselves permanently elevates us to significance status. Certainly, we often need help to sustain our significance and to prosper from it. In this regard, finding the key to the help doorway is often accomplished by being a help doorway ourselves. Our outstretched, helping hand can be the magic key that opens our own development pathway. Compassion is not a sedative, it is a stimulant for both the giver and the recipient. In responding to the grief or confusion of another person we usually find answers to our own quandaries. Enlightenment and hopefulness are mutually shared. Our outreach is not just human to human, it is across the entire spectrum of life here and , as we will learn, throughout the Cosmos. Our efforts to keep our home planet alive and well is as important in sustaining our significance as all that we may do for ourselves and for each other. Nurturing nature, which by virtue of its very existence nurtures us, is a vital and enriching effort. The more we do, in every respect raises us higher and higher.  Voila, we can become enriched and empowered.

Empowerment: The Real and the Fake: “All right, all right, who’s in charge here?” That bossy inquiry is courtesy of your psyche. Your answer should be a strong and confident, “I am.” Yes, the source of our real (virtual) empowerment is us. It begins within each of us and with proper care matures with a solid backbone of self-confidence and skills. Proper care is vital and complex. All life-forms go through this process of becoming empowered. For humans it is first our parents, then our peers and our schooling. Later is will be essentially ourselves and sometimes a caring soul-mate. Soul-mates can be what we term wives or husbands, but they also can be a relative or a trusted friend. In many cases, our only soul-mate is our own selves and our sense of being. This is the framework of true empowerment. It is within us, not external and fleeting.

Some of us fall prey to those who partially fulfill their own empowerment by empowering us in a manipulative way. In these instances we are not free or self-determining, we are rigidly enslaved by others who depend on our bondage to enforce their power. For us to break free from this we usually must stand alone, but as we have stated throughout here, we are never alone and so despite our physical aloneness we are one with the Cosmos. This is how we replace that false empowerment with the real power that is born within ourselves. This is not easy, and it is often emotionally and, sometimes, physically painful. If we prevail, then we are set free.

Freedom’s Obligations: Being free is not a gift. It is an earned reward and as such carries specific obligations. The chief among these is the commitment to promote freedom for others who may be falsely empowered and thus in an inescapable bondage. Traditionally, this has produced war-like actions that seek to liberate, but warfare creates its own bondages and thus sullies out acts of liberation with new enslavement. In these situations the price of freedom is far too expensive. Regardless, we must strive to diminish both physical, cognitive and spiritiual enslavement. The best method is to enable all those interactions discussed above that allow us to determine our own status and to recognize our value to ourselves, to all life on this planet and especially our value within the Cosmos. We can do it, but the challenge is, will we do it?

Enabling Cosmic Significance: If we answer the challenge above and strive for freedom for all life-forms we then begin to enable our Cosmic Significance. As this becomes reality, we are enriched, we are strengthened and as noted above we are set free. This imposes an infinite cycle  in which human life rejoins the Cosmos and then joyfully shares the energy and power of these cosmic alliances. We are strong, we are compassionate, we are creative and most importantly we are uniquely ourselves, but never, never alone.

So What Does All This Mean?: In a word, as we achieve unity with the Cosmos and all life that is within us and that surrounds us, we don’t just experience it, we become JOY.

IMAGE CREDIT: At the gateway to the Cosmos : “LifeZBeautiful http://lifezwonderful.blogspot.com/

SUGGESTED READING LIST:

“Growing Up In The Universe” – Richard Dawkins  http://tinyurl.com/3mspnpp

“Society and Cosmology” http://tinyurl.com/3myn4jf

“No Place Like Home: A Cosmic Imprint” http://tinyurl.com/3f65wbm

“The Cosmically Pivotal Moment” http://tinyurl.com/3wbgnnb

Book Review: “Is There Life Out There” http://tinyurl.com/42tfpxm

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It all begin innocently enough, I was doing a photo-series on a new historical site in South Carolina named, Charlestown Landing. The site included an innovative wildlife center that presented wildlife that were indigenous to the Charleston low country when settlers first arrived. The wildlife area was being developed under the guidance of famous wildlife biologist and “Wild Kingdom” TV star, Jim Fowler.

The wildlife center was completed and open to visitors when Jim told me that an alligator had managed to invade the Black Bear compound and would I be willing to go into the compound and photograph the encounter of the bears with the alligator. I agreed, as I had been inside the compound before and considered the Black Bears personal friends. One of these bears, the oldest in fact, was a three legged bear that had lost a leg to an “aimless” hunter several years past.  He had been a ward of the state wildlife service since that time.

Well, of course, it was the three legged bear that spotted the alligator and was on his way to investigate. I entered the compound, camera ready, and positioned myself a safe distance from the area, but close enough to get good photos.  The bear hobbled up to the alligator with no hostility and nudged the alligator with his good forepaw. The alligator responded by rapidly turning toward the bear and grabbed his paw in its jaws. The roar that followed so startled me, I dropped my camera and just watched both stunned and a bit frightened. With a quick fling of its leg, the bear sent the alligator on a flying trip into the streamlet that coursed through the compound. Stunned but unhurt the alligator finally half swam, half waddled its way up the streamlet and out of the compound. The bear then turned and came directly toward me.

Long ago, I learned that one does not try to run from bears, even three legged ones. I stood very still and just waited saying friendly “Hellos” to the approaching bear. He stopped about five feet from me looking me straight in the eyes and reared to full height on his hind-legs. Still chattering greetings and compliments I eased a little to my right. The bear moved with me still maintaining his upright stance and distance. He began sniffing the air while still looking directly at me. It was then I hoped he would recognize my scent as an old friendly visitor. At the same time I shifted a little more to the right in hopes of getting closer to the compound entrance gate. Of course, the bear shifted with me; still sniffing and still upright. It was then I heard Jim laughingly call to me, “are you guys going to dance all morning?”

Jim’s call distracted the bear and he dropped down onto all three legs. He gave me one more hard look, a very disgusted sounding snort and ambled back toward the far side of the compound where his cohorts were huddled. I grabbed my camera and backed slowly away to the compound gate and let myself out. I was shaking. The after-reaction had set in and so I just sat down on the ground to catch my breath and begin to remember my short but exciting dance with a three-legged bear.

All of the above happened over 40 years ago, but I have never forgotten it or that three-legged bear who I remember with considerable fondness.  He did let me go rather then send me flying after the alligator. Maybe he did remember my scent and excused an old friend his impropriety. I never went back into the bear compound, but regularly visited it from the visitor area and would always whistle a greeting to that tough old bruin.

The following video is not of my dance partner, but illustrates exactly how he was able to overcome the handicap of only three legs. A bold, brave and determined wild creature’s survival.

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