Where Is the Love That Heals the Hurting People?
The seeker stood on the edge of the mountain, shouting into the abyss.
“Why is our culture centered around exploiting the Earth?”
“Why aren’t people being stopped in these unsustainable pursuits?”
“Where is the love that heals the hurting people?”
The seeker demanded answers.
Answers that would solve these deeply difficult and yet seemingly simple questions.
The seeker shouted, pounded their fists on the soft soil of the mountain’s peak, and shook in rage.
And then, after days of this storming despair, there was stillness.
A beautiful stillness, one that can only come after the tears of a thousand years surface from the depths within.
And there in the stillness the truth lay, amongst the dirt and tears of the seeker’s hands.
There was no answer, there was no solution, there was only what was.
The Earth spoke softly to the seeker in this stillness.
It whispered the radiant and heartbreaking truth.
“There is a collective story of human history. Decisions made thousands of years ago that affect the society we live in today.
This can be despairing until you see that you are now the person whose actions will dictate what the society looks like thousands of years from now.
The hardest truth to come to understand is that you will be working towards something you will most likely never experience.
You’re working towards a better world in which the people who come after you will experience less pain because of your tears.
And if you can relieve the burden, years from now, from a person whom you’ll never meet, will you choose to do it?
This is the choice you are given.
In a sea of chaos, destruction, fear, and pain, will you choose the greater life? Not for yourself, but for those who follow in your footsteps? The ones that will come after you and stand on this mountain?
Do you want them to stand here in this same pain, or do you want them to stand here in gratitude for the work you’ve done?
I ask these questions because you are a part of this story, whether you want to be or not.
Will you choose the greater life, or wallow in the despair and misery you’re surrounded by?
I’ll always be here to return to, but you and your people are in jeopardy.
Will you be a guide of the future or an anchor of the present pain?
I hope one day we will all gather together on my peak and rejoice at the rising sun, without the throbbing heartache of a fragmented world.
I hope one day the pain of the present will be transformed into the joy of the future.”
At this, the seeker rose from the ground and looked out at the refracting light across the valley through heavy tears.
As the sun set, a place within the seeker’s heart opened, one that was wider than the ocean and more vast than the cosmos.
The heart of the seeker understood that this journey would be long, but it would be good.
And with this deep knowing, the seeker carried the message of the mountains back to the people.
A new story would begin to unfold.
A story where people began to show respect and gratitude for the Earth again.
And as the Earth began to heal, so too would its people.
Caitlin Climes is rooted in a wild wonder of the world she finds herself immersed in. This past fall, she spent time traveling throughout Thailand and Bali to explore new ways of being. She has experience as a public speaker, co-founder of an environmental organization, outdoor spiritual guide, and a leader of camping and adventure trips around the world. Caitlin has always been interested in exploring the human condition, and now seeks to understand how writing can be used to spark and cultivate the subtle state of awareness that connects our experiences. She feels the interconnectedness of all life, and aims to manifest her awe through the written word.