Most of what we are faced with in life responds best with a light touch. Of course there are times for bold steps and aggressive action to effectively deal with a situation or condition.
When you observe an orb weaver going about spinning her web, you'll see an efficient pace about her that does not appear rushed. With confident negotiation of seemingly precarious construction steps, she goes about extracting and connecting her variety of silk strands based upon which part of her web she is constructing; anchor lines, radials, capture spiral, etc.
This made me contemplate the combination of small steps performed with a greater grasp of the whole journey. Tiny steps don't seem so tiny when they are appreciated as a part of a grand performance. Conversely, what seems insurmountable when taken in it's entirety becomes doable when viewed in 'baby steps' and logical stages. It's the 'How do you eat an elephant?' question/answer thing. (One bite at a time) We can also lose some of the tendency to be so judgmental with this insight; on ourselves and others. Energy is freed and released by removing the pressure to figure out everything in advance.
The Golden Orb (Nephila Clavipes) is not trying to impress while in fact, being very impressive. I enjoyed bringing people who were not exactly 'aracho-fans' to view her. This only went to further prove the idea about fearing what we do not understand and experiencing what a little knowledge does for that fear. It can dissipate it and in some cases, blow it entirely away! I received immense inner-satisfaction in having a woman come to where she was referring to a spider as 'beautiful'. Wow... (The fuzzy silk strands which she adds to her web are intended as a visual cue for both the un-wanted and the desirable; in her eyes - all eight!)
I was also fortunate to capture video of this spider displaying a peculiar behavior I had not seen before. After she accommodated my close-up photography, she decided enough was enough. Like a monkey that jumps up against the bars and spreads out all fours, she used all 'eights' and began to bounce her body, with a 3" leg-span, against her rather large web. This made the whole web bounce and let us say, we both were having an incredible communication process. Read: Connection. That visual memory still gets me jazzed... The only thing missing was the monkey sounds! I apologized to her and left her to settle down. I'll have to load that clip on YouTube.
When we increase our awareness of how powerful the little 'nudges' can be when applied with the 'nuance' of experience and vision, we enable ourselves and others to construct an otherwise impossible looking and brilliant web of life.
Rocky reminded his son in the last sequel; "The world ain't all sunshine and rainbows..."
I'll preface my 'little ditty' below like Rock did with his son;
"Let me tell you something you already know..."
I hope it provides a few capture threads or anchor lines for your next grand design; come rain or shine... which will.
You know, there is so much material and information on the subject of 'Vision' that it doesn't exactly help you see things more clearly. Though I'm not really big on positive thinking any more than I am thinking negatively, I do try and see things 'as they are'. Call me a practical psychologist.
It's been said that if you can see it better, you'll see it better than it is.
I find that an interesting and leading concept. The key word is 'better'... Even if what is being seen is undesirable, bad, sad, whatever, clarity is valuable. And valuable is better. You can better deal with what is clear than what is obfuscated or foggy. And that will help you to keep moving forward and toward... with faith, patience, passion... and better vision.
My sister gave me a thoughtful gift when I moved down to Charlotte from Minneapolis last year. It was appropriate... as I was making the trek to work with a development-stage bio-tech company working on the commercialization of biomimetic spider silk.
Its a painting of a spider made up of a mosaic of other animals including swans, butterflies, ladybugs, honey bees and owls. Very spiritual. The artist is Sue Coccia and I thought she had she woven it all together beautifully in her art. There was a bonus that I did not realize at first...
On the back was this little poem:
"If you talk to the animals They will talk to you And you will know each other. If you do not talk to them, You will not know them, And what you do not know You will fear. What one fears one destroys."
---Chief Dan George
I found the theme strikingly similar to a passage I have on the inside of my laundry room door (yes... a place of inspiration for me!)
"But ask the beasts and they will teach you And the birds of the heavens and they will tell you Or the bushes of the earth and they will teach you And the fish of the sea will declare to you. Who among all these does not know the hand of the Lord has done this? In His hand is the life of every thing and the breath Of all mankind." ---Job 12:7-10
See a connection here? Now, if I could teach Keeli, my Aussie Shepherd to wash clothes... ;)
Definitions can be useful for creating a frame of reference; not a limitation.
noun \ 'i- site\
:state of consciousness which allows for the ability to envision or perceive the intrinsic web of life,
primordial sight or existential vision
In SpiderLogic, i-sighttranscends mind-sight and eye-sight. The view is perfect and timeless. Those who develop the skills and senses to employ i-sight are better equipped to view the path forward... and onward... with their quest for greater harmony and joy.
i-ronically...most of our protagonist spider-types do not have the best eye-sight even with the eight eyes most of them have! (some do have less) Hmmm... A few of the species including the Hunters and Jumping spiders do have excellent vision but as a rule, most of the eight-leggers rely on their other, more highly refined senses... including their i-sight, as theyperform brilliantly in their daily web-of-life routines.
A striking Orchard Orb Weaver (Leucauge Venusta) that proved very photogenic and appeared to enjoy my morning greetings for a few months this past Spring. Graceful with spectacular markings.
(Note all of the weavers are basically harmless to humans. I'll show you some of the other species upcoming including our very own 'Charlotte')
spiderLogicTM: noun: derived from the logic of the Spider
a:a particular system of the principles intuitedfrom theWisdom of Nature, b: a platform, foundation or basis for drawing inference, gaining perspective or enlightened vision; suitable for application to a fuller understanding of theWeb of Life.
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A Gift of Webs & Wisdom... Welcome.
I'm filled with awe and gratitude to launch on this Journey... and while many questions about the precise route to be taken remain, I am certain of this:
We are all connected.
The Web of Life is filled with mystery, marvel and the Wisdom of Nature. It is that Wisdom and the vision to discern it, apply it and connect with that I am committed to sharing with you.
I look forward to earning the trust and faith required to provide a touch of guidance when you are in need of it.
It takes more than our eyes...more than eye-sight.
It even takes more than our minds and our mind-sight.
From an amazing creature with over 200 million years of experience, we'll be applying it's eight 'i's of Intuition to guide us on this Journey to greater joy and harmony.
Yes, with the spider and her SpiderLogic.
We travel the Gossamer Trail to rediscover the basic truths.
We are still all connected...
Pushing off from the shore for points yet unknown can be very exhilarating, don't you think?