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December 13th 2012

Building a Solid Path on which to Walk.

I/we keep getting messages about overreaching, wanting to move forward too fast, not stopping at stop signs (the message of two weeks ago!).

This morning, when meditating, I came to the awareness of needing to BUILD a road on which to walk or move, as opposed to just wanting to move. The Scotsman, John McAdam, whose name I heard in meditation, was one of those who figured out the early science of roadbuilding in the 1800's. Charque explained McAdam's ideas to me, that you need to build a base of small stones (McAdam said no stone bigger than what you could put in your mouth) because small stones allow you to distribute the weight over several at one time and are therefore more stable. Small stones are in effect linked together by the wheels of the vehicle passing over several of them at once. Big stones will rock as you roll onto one and off again onto the next, producing instability.

So your base in life should NOT be made up of too many big and ungrounded ideas or goals that overreach. It's a matter of flowing in life from what one thing offers and passing synchronistically into the next. In spiritual language, this means following the natural flow and expression of your being and the flow of experiences, people and messages that life presents to you. Following the road-building analogy, if the "stones" of your life's road are not oversized, they will naturally link together as you move from one experience to another and your "weight" will be distributed over several at once. In other words, you won't leave one thing behind before the next is introducing itself, so your life will be distributed over several things at once, allowing you to move more easily and with more stability from one thing to the next. Also, the "stones" are naturally linked together by the process of your movement.

We examined the process of our movement into tarot reading and classes from this perspective. So let's all think about how and what you build as a "road" through life and how easily, or not, you can move along it. Building a road is slow work. In McAdam's day, you had to break up the stones into small pieces with a sledgehammer. We can be mindful of that analogy. Also, building a road doesn't mean that you won't have to stop for construction at times and wait. (On our trip we even had to wait in Death Valley for road construction!) In other words, it doesn't mean that you are moving all of the time, even with this analogy. But we will follow the message and see where it takes us.

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