I am the deep rooted tall prairie grass that you call big bluestem.
My commission is to send my roots deep into this rich black soil, down through the fertile layers deposited over many thousands of years, from the decaying roots stems and leaves of my ancestors, to draw in sustenance from all the elements of the earth, to anchor myself firmly here as my stems and leaves reach toward the nourishment of the naked prairie sun.
I grow taller, absorbing the joyful energy of the light and atmosphere, swaying gracefully, bending, in waves with the wind. I have learned to be flexible when storms roar through and lightening strikes.
Then, when the sunlight begins its slow late summer slide toward the south, my flowers appear, bloom, and quickly develop into seed heads. Next spring, the age old cycle will repeat itself. It begins with one seed!
I feel the feeling that you call “joy” as I grow taller than a man, spreading into the vast sunny space under the prairie sky. The roots of our community interweaving, holding the earth, gripping the soil, forming a vast deep network, a wreath of intricate connections across this wide open land, anchoring all the grows here.
Know that I love this life – I am a native- I belong here! This is my home!
I drink in the life giving sunlight and rain, swaying and dancing in the wind with a million others like me; we who grace this timeless landscape.
You are all connected, yet all on your own, so to speak. You are not permanently joined like paper dolls physically connected at hands and feet.
Tapestry of summer grasses
Each of you may stand alone, act alone, live alone, feel alone. Yet each of you is connected, a thread in a tapestry, the most exquisite, complex, delightful tapestry that is constantly growing, expanding, and morphing into new and yet more beautiful forms and colors, more joyful expressions.
If you focus on what you consider the ugliness, the mess, the unpleasantness of life around you, you miss the infinite beauty love and uplifting joy that is available to you through this fabric you belong to.
Are you one who sees the only drop of dirty water in the infinite ocean? I ask you to refocus your attention!
This life you’ve been given as the most precious gift imaginable is to be lived in concert with the spirits in all things, and your own spirit, the invisible life force that animates your body. Your spirits know a higher perspective, seeing many lifetimes, knowing the larger patterns of your existence; seeing and knowing the vast sea of light and peace and love that is not always apparent to your physical senses.
Get to know the part of you that is invisible, the part of you that is one with all things alive, all stars, all planets, every blade of grass – All that is. Get to know the expansive spirit that makes possible your physical presence here on this sweet green earth.
Extend your awareness to include your invisible energy, your spirit. Feel the power!