Charades

A Good Man – Chapter 4 – JohnA Passaro


When a man’s willing and eager,
The gods join in.

Aeschylus


I imagine the rules of communication between our subconscious mind and our conscious mind are similar to that of a game of charades.

Where our subconscious mind needs to act out the clues for the word or phrase it wants to convey to our conscious mind.

Without having the luxury of verbal communication, the subconscious mind gets to use its physical body, nature, instead.

I imagine this game of charades goes on under the surface of our awareness until our conscious mind gets close to solving our subconscious mind’s clue.

I believe it is then that we are sent a feeling.

I believe this feeling either rises above the surface of normal everyday life and gets us to act, or as it gets to the surface, we push it back down.

I believe when this feeling emerges, it is extremely important that we pay close attention to two things – to the coincidences occurring in our lives and to our encounters with the spectacular beauty of nature.

For that is where I believe the answers will reside.

In Anne Lamott’s book, “Bird by Bird” she writes:

“There is ecstasy in paying attention.

Where you see in everything the essence of holiness.”

This “essence of holiness” is often shown to us in the beauty of nature.

We all have had that momentary glimpse into the beauty of nature – a spectacular sunrise, a moving sunset, snow magically covering trees.

Most of us peak for a few seconds, marvel, and then go on with our daily lives.

In essence, pushing the beach ball back down under the water’s surface.

I have learned it is important to do more.

I have learned to let nature’s magical moments fuel my spirit and guide my actions.

Henry David Thoreau said: “I believe that there is a subtle magnetism in nature, which, if we unconsciously yield to it, will direct us aright.”

I believe when the beauty of nature stops us in our life, it is vitally important for us to take the time to reflect on our life.

For this is when, in life’s game of charades, I believe the conscious mind has solved our subconscious mind’s clues.

It is during this brief time when we pause to take in nature’s beauty that our heart and soul become one.

It is then coincidences in our lives will emerge.

I believe these coincidences are not merely coincidences, they are clues.

It is our soul banging on the door that separates the realm of our conscious from our subconscious worlds.

It is where our soul resides.

This banging produces a perfect combination of truly “knowing” and “feeling” inside of us.

This “knowing feeling” is the ultimate sensation one can feel on this earth.

It is the sensation that one is exactly where one is meant to be at this given moment in one’s life.

I have the “knowing feeling” right now.

It is as if my conscious mind is yelling out “sounds like” as my subconscious mind is tugging on its ear.


Good Man, A - JohnA Passaro

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