“I could not help concluding this man had the most supreme pleasure while he was driven so fast and so smoothly by the sea.” — James Cook
How many times have you heard or used the expression “Life has its ups and downs”? What if that were not so? The sea has long been used as a metaphor for life. To explore the “life is the ocean” metaphor, think about how the sea functions. It does not go “up and down.” It flows. It ebbs. The tide is high on the shore, or low and drawn away from it. From the beach, we observe the sea pulling back until it forms waves that rush back. Then the water pulls back and the waves come again in an endless, ancient cycle.
You can experience life as a series of ups and downs where you rise to the top then crash to the bottom, up and down, up and down, oftentimes without discernable reason as though your life’s circumstances are controlled by the chaotic whims of an unseen force. Or, you can experience your life as floating on top of a great, blue, deep, abundant ocean, filled with a multitude of startling surprises. You are supported always by the great sacred water of spirit. If you want to, you can be a spiritual surfer who rides on top of the waters of life with ease and joy. There are times when you will be riding a wave high and fast, everything going your way, the abundance and the success life has to offer is yours, and you are having a YEEEHAW time. The ocean offers other conditions when you sit in the water with your legs dangling off your board waiting, waiting, and waiting for another wave to form. Since you are always supported, you do not sink. You do not fall. You simply have a time of “waiting” until the next wave rises behind you.
During a lull, you may feel you are going nowhere; you may experience a sea of disappointment, frustration, pain, despair, bitterness. But, surely as the sun shares its light every morning, another wave eventually comes along. You paddle out on the the sacred water of life on your board to meet it. You stand up and glide on top, perfectly and gracefully balanced, with fresh salt spray in your face, warm sun on your shoulders, the world at your feet, having the time of your life.
During the lulls, simply sit still, float on top, focus your attention on the sound of the gulls, experience water lapping over your board, and feel the warmth of the sun against your skin. Take this time to rest on top of the water, to reflect, to gather strength.
All conditions of the sea and its waves are cyclical, rhythmic, yet mostly unpredictable. Sometimes, the waves are great, noisy, frothy, fast and powerful; sometimes, they move as barely a ripple. Sometimes, the lulls are few and far between; sometimes. they seem endless and tiresome. But, everything in the sea, as in life, changes constantly. The waves depend on the lulls, the quiet times, and the pulling back of the waters. If you choose to be a spiritual surfer, you will be supported by the bountiful waters of the Divine, and experience your life as an endless, fascinating, exhilarating and really fun ride.
P.S. Just for fun, if you do not surf already, why not take a surfing class, and literally experience riding a wave at one of the many Los Angeles area famous surfing beaches!
Thank you to Visionary Artist, SuZan La Berteaux for her beautiful, piece “Guardian of the Sacred Water.” If you enjoy Peggy’s articles, don’t forget to subscribe so you receive e-mail notices of her articles when they are posted. Also check out Peggy’s National column, www.cakechow.com/x-44713-Extraordinary-Living-Examiner.