While working as a family physician in a native American hospital in the Southwest, Dr. Carl Hammershlag was introduced to a patient named Santiago, a Pueblo priest and clan chief, who asked him where he had learned how to heal. Hammerschlag responded almost by rote, rattling off his medical education, internship, and certification.
The old man replied, "Do you know how to dance?"
To humor Santiago, Hammerschlag shuffled his feet at the priest's bedside. Despite his condition, Santiago got up and demonstrated the proper steps. "You must be able to dance if you are to heal people," he admonished the young doctor. "I can teach you my steps, but you will have to hear your own music."
Dr. Carl Hammershlag is the author of the book "The Dancing Healers"
We have to have corporations and the people in harmony with each other.
We have to have the industrialized world and the natural world in harmony with each other.
We can't be relevant if we stay stuck in ONLY old ideas.
Many of us just naturally gravitate to exploring and inventing things. And, since we are ALL planetary citizens, we have the right to create as many good and new ideas that we can think of for the sake of our planet and all of its inhabitants. And, then, follow up by trying to institute some of them in some way.
"We need to strive to appreciate the massive goodness of life .... NOT .... the massive destruction of it!" ~ Patty Ann Smith
The fullest rewards are not at the end of the trip but at each step of the journey.
"Benedicto: May your trails be crooked, winding, lonesome, dangerous, leading to the most amazing view. May your mountains rise into and above the clouds. May your rivers flow without end, meandering through pastoral valleys tinkling with bells, past temples and castles and poets' towers into a dark primeval forest where tigers belch and monkeys howl, through miasmal and mysterious swamps and down into a desert of red rock, blue mesas, domes and pinnacles and grottos of endless stone, and down again into a deep vast ancient unknown chasm where bars of sunlight blaze on profiled cliffs, where deer walk across the white sand beaches, where storms come and go as lightning clangs upon the high crags, where something strange and more beautiful and more full of wonder than your deepest dreams waits for you.... beyond that next turning of the canyon walls." ~ Edward Abbey
photo by Patty Ann Smith
"There on the flat stone, on which we so often have sat to weep and pray, we look down, and see it covered with the fossil footprints of great birds and the beautiful skeleton of a fish. We have so often tried to picture in our minds what the fossilized remains of creatures must be like, and all the while we sat on them. We have been so blinded by thinking and feeling that we have never seen the world." ~ Olive Schreiner, South African writer (1855-1920)