Sunday, May 23, 2010

Becoming the Sky

I wear words
do you?

Actually most of my jewelry
has words on them!
(because fortunately
my best friend, Janet,
is a word loving silver smith)

Years ago
she gave me a shiny square
that says "Be the Sky!"
in big chunky letters on a necklace.
and I wear it always
and am often asked,
what does that mean.
Sometimes explaining
sometimes I don't...
depends on whose asking.

Long time ago
while trying to salvage
a broken relationship
a wise friend fond
of metaphors told me this
short story...

One day the student asked
the spiritual master
"how do I capture that beautiful bird,
without hurting it?"
the master replied
"You must become ...the sky!"

Having had many opportunities
and challenges to reach
for that philosophy
having caught "that bird
and others along the way"
at times successful,
in the lofty goal of 'being the sky'
at others times making mistakes.
(many baby steps forward and backwards)
While this philosophy continues to take
on layers
and has become less about
romantic relationships,
and more about life!
Profoundly for me
it has become a representation of all
that I seek
in my walk on the planet!

What does it mean to be the sky?
(and this is the first time
I have tried to explain it,
not sure I can do it justice.)

For me, it is to allow all things to be
as they are,
free of expectations
to live and let live,
to love with an embrace
as expansive as the sky
to follow and trust the energy as it is
to follow where it leads
and carry what it needs,
to believe in the unity
of all things being one.

It is my talisman statement,
a place I return to, revisit,
when lost or confused
the question,
'how am I not being the sky?'
centers and reminds me
to take stock
clear myself of what wounds and fails.
When I am not being the sky
I shrink, I sink
and am not in flight towards
whats really necessary
and real!
When I am the sky
I move with grace
ease and freedom, thru the days,
seeing that all is as it should be
I am weightless and in the flow
floating along, enjoying and trusting!
Its a act of living in reverance!

Tho we shortened it to
'Be the sky,'
I love it, simplified!
And with this past year...
of so many wonders and 'not wonders"
my sky lessons have been of such significance
the book of memoirs I am writing will
be called, "In Becoming the Sky...!"

At some point...
with a little more work
that necklace?
...on the back will read
'I am the sky'
...but not quite yet!

Pam Piper Rain

Photo by Ed Earley

If you want to wear words too? for the

but just so you know...
I have the only
'Be the sky' ever to be made...sorry!
But that's the kind of friend, Janet is!


Kate said...

Pam, this is a wonderful post of freedom aet to the heights of what we all aspire to. I think Tony's would be Music Soul. Mine would be Nature plus Peace.
Love your blog.

Kate said...

That misspelling was "set" to the heights.
Maybe my name should be Crazy Fingers!