The 1971 Canadian rock group The 5 Man Electrical Band's song, "Signs" ingeniously describes a situation where a young, long-haired man sees a sign declaring that long-haired freaky people (LHFP) need not apply. Covertly, the young man tucks his hair under his cap and goes into the shop asking the owner why LHFPs aren't allowed to apply. Not even answering, but instead declaring "You look like a fine upstanding young man, I think you'll do" confirmed LHFPs intuition about the man's uncanny ability to develop preconceived notions about which little is known. It's fabulously refreshing to note that ultimately, LHFP unveiled his long hair by removing his cap replying, ""Imagine that. Huh! Me workin' for you!"
I am reminded this morning of this ill-conceived deficit in sophistication that fuels unhealthy outcomes, especially in the hands of individuals and corporations valuing the accumulation of dollars over human life, health, and wellness. Now we have a huge situation at hand. I'd like to call that greedy, unrighteous, and demonic-but then I would be labeling and not reading the signs, wouldn't I?
As it might be detectable even through this format of words, I am crossed with the grief of death of my dear friend (59, glioblastoma) whose life we celebrated yesterday, and my high school classmate cutey (57, cancer) who transitioned earlier this week.
The 7th principle-strategy of "Write Your Own Prescription" recognizes humans as organic beings that can only sustain so much inorganic toxicity (environmental, emotional, chemical,social) before the natural ability to heal is overwhelmed. Had either of my friends known the risk factors and causes of these nebulous, yet vile dis-ease (s), I am certain they would have been avoided. Yet, because (in large part) the soul force of greed still wrangles our systems of medical education, healthcare and big pharma to this day, promotion of suppression of these diseases and development of costly "therapeutic" drugs are favored with dollars and research efforts over healthier root cause studies, risk factor analysis, and abandonment of use of gene-altering chemicals in the environment , cosmetics and food.
Whaaaa, you might ask, how is that? Can't they read the signs?
Of course and absolutely; but, beyond greed of power to manage stuff, and own things, I cannot think of what icy material lines these consciousnesses.
Instead, I am shoved into listening to my classmate's spouse weeping for her soulmate of 30 years and my own ripping heart as I watched my friend languish in and out of life for 26 months before succumbing.
I have never been a robotic dispenser of pills as I have carried the honor of being a healer, someone placed in a position to provide remedy, relief and cure, not just a suppression of symptom. It is a royal assignment, a badge bestowed only upon those appropriately anointed.
Of course we know death to be part of life, for numerous organic systems, death supports life.
It is then not the death thing, so much as it is the unnatural, crushing, heinous death and dying as a result of inorganic assault on organic beings.
Subsequently, tonight's meditations will be about reas(sign)ment.
I hope that wherever YOU are, you will join in.
My friends, and many of your family and friends are asking "man, can't you read the signs?"
(Remembering fondly Karen and Ronnie)
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