Every November 5th, I like to go and watch the fireworks in the park. I guess it is something particular to England, but gathering around a huge bonfire and watching an impressive fireworks display is enjoyable and symbolizes a bigger ideal.
The historical origins lie in the attempted “gunpowder plot” by Guy Fawkes and his accomplices, to blow up King James I and the Houses of Parliament in London in 1605. Now in the 21st century, whilst enjoying the evening celebrations – often with roasted chestnuts and steaming mugs of coffee – it does in a sense feel like a celebration of democracy, of good over evil and cunning underhandedness! And though it may originally have had more to do with the antagonism between one religious faction and another, out of this has grown an element of the celebration of British democracy.
Attending this annual commemoration got me to thinking about my beliefs and practices as a Lemurian. How do I celebrate the Lemurian Philosophy in my life? Do I celebrate it? Am I celebrating it? Yes, I believe so. I think of the beauty of the Lemurian Teachings, and their meaningfulness. How they lift me up inwardly, bringing insight, understanding and inspiration. My communication with fellow Lemurians brings happiness and purpose. Even the opportunity to talk with stranger or friend about something of a Lemurian nature brings a sense of fulfillment.
I remember a quotation I may have read somewhere. Or was it something I heard someone mention? I am not entirely sure, and perhaps the exact words are not as follows. But this thought adapts wonderfully to the topic at hand:
“It is better to live 50 years of magnificence, rather than 100 years of mediocrity.”
It may be best not to take this statement entirely at face value. But within this written phrase lies something relevant to how I like to approach my attachment to the Lemurian Philosophy. I think about that Precipitation I worked to create over the last number of months. And then the pleasure of seeing it work out more as I wished. And then there was that time last week, when I successfully turned around and transmuted my mood – and came through a challenging day smiling and satisfied. And the time I walked away from the hardware store, goods in one hand, receipt in the other, and realized I had been undercharged. Mastering the battle in my mind, I turned around to revisit the shop and explain – wishing only to display integrity and honesty, and do the right thing.
This coming November 5th, after the enjoyment of another evening’s Guy Fawkes displays, with the crackle of the fire still audible in my ears and the memory of the fireworks lighting up the cold and misty, starry night – I shall think yes, this was a fine and enjoyable celebration. But today, and indeed each day, I see something greater to strive towards, to celebrate: The joy and accomplishment of working towards each moment of every day, Lemurian style. Now that brings a really big smile to my face, and a steady warmth within.
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