Okay, I’m not sure where I’m going to go with this post as of now. But hang in there with me and let’s just see. This post was inspired by a newsletter I read this morning in which a woman named Pamela Kribbe channeled a message from Mother Earth. If you’re not into this kind of thing, you can still get something from this post and this quote. Because this quote was essentially asking us to imagine ourselves floating in a river. And to feel what it feels like to just let go. As if the river represents our world and our life as we currently know it.
“It is as with a great river: you can only relax and flow with it if you know you are part of that river, if you can feel that current and trust it.
But most people in your society are at odds with the flow of life that I am. They do not trust this current: they resist it, try to climb out of it, hang on to the river banks, because they feel that this current is turbulent and uncontrollable. This current is, in fact, the flow of your earthly nature: your feelings, your instincts, your passion, and people have not been taught to trust their nature. There is a great mistrust arising in people of their earthly nature, as well as a suspicion of the flowing life current of the Earth, in general.”–Pamela Kribbe channels the Earth
FLOATING IN A RIVER
I don’t know about you, but this quote is just so relatable to me. And it’s super easy for me to jump right into this meditative state. In which I imagine myself floating down a river. Allowing myself to flow with the current without any resistance
However, this meditation is also so informative. Because when I really and truly imagine myself in this river, I can also feel so much fear. And I feel so much resistance to just letting go. I imagine right now that the part of the river that I’m floating in is rather stagnant. I’m still moving, but it’s a slow period, perhaps before some rapids. And I find myself feeling impatient to flow a bit faster. I also oddly feel like I’m turned around a bit. So that my head is pointing downstream, and my feet are pointing upstream. And so to really do this meditation correctly, I just need to allow my body to be turned upside down in this river. And to try not to right myself, or paddle, or fidget.
It’s really, really hard.
Also, I imagine at some point, perhaps I get stuck behind a bolder. I feel the water rushing past me and over me. And damn, this boulder is so big, I think my body may never come away from it. I wait as more water, and animals, and sticks, and dirt, flow past me. And hope that I can join their flow soon. It’s so easy to lose hope. However, with time, I must believe that the water will eventually un-lodge me and get me moving again. I just have to be patient and trust. Trust in the goodness of the river.
CAN YOU TRUST IN THE FLOW OF THE RIVER?
This is such a challenge for me. Because it requires that I trust in the goodness of the river of life. And that I trust that I’m being taken care of. That no matter what, no matter how much time passes, I will un-lodge from the boulder.
So many whatifs can creep in while I’m floating. What if this river will swallow me whole? And what if when I hit some rapids, my body is not strong enough to take all the chaos?
This meditation, and this way of life, requires a deep amount of trust. In what, I’m not sure. I think that is up to every individual person to decide for themselves. But to trust that something greater than yourself has got you, and won’t lead you astray.
WHAT DOES IT LOOK LIKE TO NOT FLOW WITH THE RIVER?
I love the part in the quote about clinging to the banks. It makes me think of all of the kinds of things we do as humans in order to avoid the flow of life. And how we instead try to make our lives go the way we believe for certain they should go. It’s a fine balance, because of course, we must learn to effectively navigate our lives. And not to let our lives and circumstances bat us around. However, can you feel the difference between calm navigation and forcing things upstream?
In your waking life, do you force solutions that often blow up in your face? If you listen to your gut, it’s often telling you to slow down. Do you listen? Or, do you rush into things in order to get the results you want? Perhaps you are forcing a relationship or a connection that isn’t mutual. The river may have other, even better solutions to your problems and relationships. If you can just flow with it. And trust that this river is wiser than you, and cares more for you than you do!
For me, I can feel it in my body, when I’m trying to force something in my life. It can almost feel like literal resistance. I may as well be in a river, flailing upstream as I choke on that water and exhaust myself. But the older I get, the more I know how much I don’t know! And the more I begin to trust in this grand river of goodness.
DO YOU TRUST THE RIVER OF LIFE?
I can’t say for sure that this life has my best interests in mind. And that this metaphorical river gives two shits about what happens to me. I really can’t guarantee any of it. However, when I really feel into this river, I think I do trust her, more than I trust myself. This may come from the relationship I’ve established with Mother Nature. Or maybe it just comes with time.
You might enjoy my related posts, “There Is Still Time To Save Mother Earth,” and “The Magic Of Flowers And Why I Need Them In My Life.”
Either way, I’ve been trying to trust in this river of goodness lately. And I don’t know where it’s going to take me. But, it feels like a magical process that I’m just beginning. And I’m excited for this ride!
THANK YOU FOR READING!
So, what is your relationship to this proverbial river of life? And if you imagine yourself floating in a river, how does it feel? Are you easy breezy and happily flowing? Or, at some point, do you panic and want to scramble to the banks? I would love to hear your thoughts on this meditation. I can’t wait to dive in a bit deeper with this. I really do trust in Mother Nature, probably more than any other force. Even when she’s “angry,” I know she’s just trying to help restore order! xoxox
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Featured photo by Sander Dechering on Unsplash
River with boulder photo by Taylor R on Unsplash
Turquoise river photo by Dagmara Dombrovska on Unsplash