An awareness experience in Santa Fe, New Mexico
In a courtyard in Santa Fe, I sprawl in a sun-bleached, wooden chair, caressed by the warmth of this afternoon's sun. I'm enthralled with the beauty of this surrounding area where gravel roads and the absence of street lights and power lines, evoke a feeling of attunement with nature.
Through squinted eyelids, I observe the landscape's muted hues of gray, green and lavender, which are punctuated with splashes of red and yellow. Nearby, unfamiliar birds chirp and fuss amongst unfamiliar trees. The beauty of these intermingled desert shrubs and trees, accompanied by the strange bird sounds, awaken a sudden alertness, and a strong desire within me, to paint again; to feel brush and canvas in hand.
This gorgeous landscape has evoked such pleasant feelings within, that I now feel I should somehow capture and preserve its essence, and that of the long, low adobe styled homes that peek out, here and there, from behind the profusion of trees and shrubbery.
Here in Sante Fe, the elevation is high and the air is thin, and being only a recent visitor, I am unaccustomed to this altitude. I suddenly feel strangely excited and "light-headed" as I become immersed within a drifting, dream-like state, feeling as if I were afloat in some distant, timeless realm.
A scurrying lizard startles me from my reverie! The little critter seemingly touches my foot as it races past me and across the yard, disappearing so fast, that I'm now uncertain that it was ever actually here.
I retreat into the house and return with a note pad and my camera. A fragment of a poem is formulating in my mind as my creative urges flare! A restlessness agitates and motivates me as I become aware of an extraordinary energy that seems to envelop this time and place. I snap pictures and then feverishly sketch an abstract of beauty; a drawing and reminder of this splendid afternoon and this lovely location.
I feel humble, yet fortunate that I'm so aware and appreciative of nature, especially during this period in history when earth and life seem threatened by mankind's inability to live together harmoniously while embracing the values of love and respect for life's diversity.
During this time of mind-boggling scientific advancements and unfolding universal knowledge, mankind is on the threshold of feats of unparallel creativity that will perhaps answer some of our greatest questions; such as, "Why are we here?" and "What is our purpose?"
We are steadily unlocking the secrets of our universe and of the human brain and body, yet sometimes I wonder if we will survive long enough to benefit from this knowledge? Will we evolve, reaching our greatest potential, or will we recklessly cause our own species' extinction? Only time will tell.
Meanwhile, I'll continue to enjoy and honor earth's majestic beauty, and the physical and spiritual beauty of its inhabitants.
Copyright © 2005 by Gwen Dickerson
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|Reviewed by Tom Kitt
Greetings! I like much of your work that I have read so far and look forward to commenting on your new stuff as I relate to it.
'During this time of mind-boggling scientific advancements and unfolding universal knowledge', will mankind survive long enough to benefit from it all? Will we evolve, reaching our greatest potential ... or will we recklessly cause our species' extinction? Only time will tell.'
The above is, I presume, good for humanity
|Reviewed by Manes Pierre, Ph.D.
|Very captivating and moving! Gwen, you have a natural touch on writing! Keep sharing your gifts!
|Reviewed by Seth Mullins (Reader)
|I had to check this one out, because I lived in Santa Fe for three years (this was also my first time out on my own). I don't know if it is the stillness of the desert, the lingering spirits of the natives who once lived there...but something about New Mexico exerted a very uncanny mystical influence upon me, and I was moved to insights very similar to what you've expressed here. I relate to this very strongly. Thank you for sharing it.|
|Reviewed by Monette Bebow-Reinhard (Reader)
|I was so 'right there' with you on this! I love New Mexico and feel about nature and the future the same. I love to live there, and not just visit as I often have. This summer I'll be doing an internship at Carlsbad, but I'll be sure to visit other places in this magnificent state as well. Thanks for sharing these sublime reflections!
|Reviewed by Cynthia Borris
Many of my friends visit Santa Fe. Now I understand why. Next time, I'm going, too. Thanks for the wonderful reflection.
|Reviewed by Mr. Ed
|A captivating read, Gwen - and New Mexico has always been one of my favorite places to meditate about the world around us, and to soak in nature.
But I often sadly realize that far too many of our kind do not honor our mother earth, and that we will eventually, and recklessly cause our own demise.
|Reviewed by George Carroll
|Sounds like a wonderful experience.. Anything that gets your creative juices flowing is inspirational and a God send.|