There are some fun things that you can do on your way along the spiritual path. One of the best is playing with clouds.
I know it’s been raining all spring, but – trust me on this – one of these days will be warm and sunshiny. When that day arrives, find a place in your yard or in a park to lay down on that luscious grass and look up at the blue, blue sky. Notice a cloud – any cloud. Just focus on one of them. Look at its edges, the intensity of the color in the center, the brightness. Get to know your cloud really well.
Now – make it move. Just move it around in the sky where you will. The opposite of the direction of other clouds, or faster – maybe slower. Quite a fun way to relax through an afternoon. You may not want to dissolve your friend cloud – so pick another one. Just dissolve it. See the edges unraveling, the center getting thinner, it’s all spreading out, you can see blue through it….and now it’s gone! Easy as pie.
You don’t have to believe you can do this in order to achieve it. Just lay down on your back and play.
I had to be a bit more direct before and during Second Sunday Markets on Main in Over-the-Rhine. It was the first event of the summer season, it was Mother’s Day – and the weather forecast was predicting rain throughout the day. It was actually raining when I started working on the problem at home. I simply looked out the window, picked a particular part of the sky near the horizon, and started literally / mentally punching a hole in it. I kept that up as I was driving downtown to set up for the event, kept it up as we put together tents and canopies, got others to buy into the idea of just punching through, just persisted. Saw the hole as being big enough to keep rain from most of the city.
The rain stopped just before noon – still gloomy and cold. I for sure didn’t tackle changing the cold – figured if it stopped raining, people would come. And they did! As I was busy doing a reading midway through the afternoon, I was suddenly warm – there was actual sunshine for the first time in days! Thank you, Spirit! The sunshine didn’t last very long – just long enough to let us know it still existed – but the rain stayed away.
It was a wonderful event, with mothers carrying roses they had been given and so many people around. And at 5:05 p m, it started to rain again! I did complain to the Universe and the sky that they could have given us 10 more minutes to finish packing up… : >