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A Conversation With Our Universe

Updated on March 17, 2013
Photo courtesy of Jan Harrison
Photo courtesy of Jan Harrison

From a distance you look so peaceful that it's hard to understand how you can be so cruel and self-destructive. You are quite majestic, a sight to behold from where I sit and yet you are sick, plagued by greed and power, materialism, abuse, and, violence against man and nature.

Once you were full of wonder, a place of dreams and possibilities and hope. Your landscape was clean and pure, a place where the four-legged creatures and winged-ones lived in accordance with the natural laws of survival and balance. You were the fertile ground for all the plant life; producing a plant to cure every human illness. You were the place where conscience grew from responsibility and accountability. Your coastal shores welcomed newcomers and your lush woodland forests offered refuge. Your resources were plentiful for those who preserved and conserved, never taking more than was needed.

Can you remember so long ago when your many regions were invisibly divided but their boundaries respected? Wasn't there a time when your People could live according to the ways of their ancestors and not be judged by the color of their skin or the clothes they wore or the way they prayed? I think there was. I hope there was because on days like today, it is what sustains me. It is what keeps me hopeful that our collective conscience will become a collective voice and help us to help you heal. You are so very sick.

Sometimes I think you still care. When your winds destroy our cities or floods wash away our material possessions, I sigh, thinking you are finally speaking up for yourself and telling us you are sick and tired of being sick and tired. When you shake us from your core, it frightens us, for the moment. But then, we disregard your warning and return to our apathy. We are a stubborn lot, aren't we? We are also resilient. Somehow we manage to reconstruct what you've (or we) destroyed. We go back to doing the same old things and we forget.

When you allow our differences to bring war to your regions, are you so naive that you think one more will teach us? Trust me, it will take more than war to erase our prejudice. We all think our religion is the only way to salvation. But how do we know for sure? Many will say the answer is faith. Perhaps that is the problem. We don't seem to pay much attention to things that are black and white like hurricanes and floods, earthquakes and wars. What makes you think we can trust something like faith? I'm just asking.

Yes, you are quite mysterious. You surpass my understanding. I am very sad to see what is happening to you but I will not stop believing that the collective voice of a few caring souls can make enough noise to turn things around. You may hurt me, you may make me sad. You may anger me or temporarily redirect me, but you will not stop me from trying to make a difference. I am an old soul who still believes in purpose and possibility. On your worst day, you can't take that away from me.

© 2012 Linda Crist

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    Linda Crist 

    5 years ago from Central Virginia

    Hello Rolly, my new friend in the North country. I am happy to see you here and honored by your presence. This piece, although it received little attention, is one of my favorites because it came straight from the heart. I sense that you share my love of the earth and all it's natural beauty and bounty and I welcome you to my small piece of this universe. I appreciate you.

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    Rolly A Chabot 

    5 years ago from Alberta Canada

    Hi Linda... Keep up the fight my friend through your words and actions. Many us are turning back to some of the old ways and avoiding supporting industry that cares little or nothing for where we live.

    Hugs from Canada

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    Rob 

    6 years ago from Oviedo, FL

    Thank you

  • lrc7815 profile imageAUTHOR

    Linda Crist 

    6 years ago from Central Virginia

    Rob, I think it does but we're still kids that don't listen. :-) Thanks for reading! I always appreciate your comments. Added you to my list of "mentors" on my profile this morning. Hope it brings you some traffic too.

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    Rob 

    6 years ago from Oviedo, FL

    So many questions. If only the universe would speak to us.

    Well done,

    Rob

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    Linda Crist 

    6 years ago from Central Virginia

    MizB - you really are precious. I put a lot of stock in your opinion. Keep me straight, ok?

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    Doris James-MizBejabbers 

    6 years ago from Beautiful South

    I think we have to look at this from a personal viewpoint because "we" as individuals collectively affect the outcome. (Now that's an oxymoron statement if I ever made one.) Truthfully, I find opinions from high-grade people much more interesting than I do cookie cutter research hubs. Keep it up.

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    Linda Crist 

    6 years ago from Central Virginia

    MizB - you make some very good points. I am questioning how this piece is being perceived. It was never intended to be a personal viewpoint, but more a questioning collective voice. I'm not sure that came across. I may need to study this one a little. But...all that said...I really like your final question.

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    Doris James-MizBejabbers 

    6 years ago from Beautiful South

    My mentor used to say that we had given Gaea a bellyache and that in order to get rid of it, she may have to purge a bunch of humanity. Maybe that is what she is doing rather than trying to give us a warning to lay off – just trying to get rid of her bellyache. Is she really aware that we are here or is she likened unto a dog scratching at fleas on his back. I think that sometimes we place too much importance on ourselves as a race of people. The earth did quite well for billions of years without us, and it could do well without us again. I don’t know, but I do know that it is going to take the meditations and prayers of old souls to help heal the earth and get her and us through this dimensional phase we are all going through. I wonder how much the rest of the universe is affected by the earth's trials and tribulations right now.

    I like Mikey Bones’ answer, too.

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    Linda Crist 

    6 years ago from Central Virginia

    MIkey Bones....don't tell me you can't write here on Hubpages. I don't believe you. Thanks for reading and for the encouragement. Private email to follow soon.

  • lrc7815 profile imageAUTHOR

    Linda Crist 

    6 years ago from Central Virginia

    Hi Shauna. No worries. I'm not questioning anything and I'm not giving up. Just using words to convey a message.

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    Linda Crist 

    6 years ago from Central Virginia

    lol Mhatter99 - I think I waited too late. But thank you!

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    Martin Kloess 

    6 years ago from San Francisco

    You go (while you are able). You too can be a star in your own universe.

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    Shauna L Bowling 

    6 years ago from Central Florida

    Linda, never ever stop believing and doing your part to change the mindset of just one person. If you've done that, you have succeeded. If each of us does that, reform, respect, restoration and salvage will be a natural bi-product. Never stop being who you are or professing your beliefs. All it takes is one. And one. And one. And one more. My rose-colored glasses say the domino effect can and does work both ways. Let's send it in a positive direction for a change!

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    Mikey Bones 

    6 years ago

    Sometimes I have conversations with The Universe as well. And just like conversations with many people, sometimes the Universe is talking negatively and shouldn't be encouraged. I say, "Screw you, Universe. You're not getting me down today" and then I change the scale of The Universe so that it's immensity isn't so overwhelming so that I can deal with it and see the flowers in front of me, or the smiles surrounding me. And then my conversations with The Universe become something much less negative as we are able to talk about its beauty more than its problems, which is healing for both of us.

    But sometimes, like people, The Universe needs to share its problems with those that listen, those empathic to The Universe's feelings, those who are true friends of The Universe... after all, that is what friends (and psychiatrists) are for! So maybe think of yourself as one of The Universe's best friends and that you every once and awhile, you have to listen to The Universe's problems, which do indeed weigh quite heavy. But most of the other times, the two of you can go out, play together and enjoy each others company.

    Keep up the great writing Linda!

  • lrc7815 profile imageAUTHOR

    Linda Crist 

    6 years ago from Central Virginia

    Sir, where do you think my inspiration for this came from? Don't you think your piece on the homeless sparked a fire in me today? My mind never stops but sometimes I can't pull the thoughts together with any cohesiveness until someone else does it better. Thanks Bill.

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    Bill Holland 

    6 years ago from Olympia, WA

    Linda, a pretty hardhitting and truthful hub! I have hope...but it is based on a few individuals, like yourself, who truly care and are willing to speak out. Thank you for being a voice of compassion and empathy.

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