I was caught in a downpour of rain today. The sky was thick, dark and foreboding. The water poured down in a torrent as if some invisible force had unzipped the bottom of the clouds. My clothes were soaked to my skin and, as I dashed from the house to my car, I had a serendipitous realization about life here on Earth.
As I sat in my car, drenched, my awareness was flooded with the absolute miraculousness of the process of water falling from the sky. In a way, it doesn’t seem possible. One day the skies are clear blue with warm shining sunlight and the next day water is descending and drenching from these wispy ever-changing floating objects that blot out the Sun. The cycle occurs all over the Earth and never stops. Water from the ocean rises, magically, to the sky, moves over the land, sprinkles down on the Earth and then flows endlessly through the river system back to the sea. It is an amazing system and without this process, life on Earth, as we know it, would not exist.
Earth, Air, Water and Light are all here for us to experience. Without even one of these, our life would not be. We humans breath in air, utilize the oxygen and expel carbon dioxide from our bodies. We also create this carbon dioxide via our various other activities such as the burning of fossil fuels. To counter these activities, the Earth is covered with vegetation which converts the carbon dioxide back to oxygen – the life giving part of the air that we breath.
These examples of life on Earth are the proverbial “tip of the iceburg”.
Imagine you have the opportunity to give up your body and become a minuscule spark of light-energy imbued with conscious awareness. You are confined to Earth, but you exist, also, in another dimension and have the ability, with a mere thought, to appear anywhere on Earth you wish. Think of the possibilities. No body to confine you. No gravity to hold you down. No physical pain and you would have the ability to experience the Earth as you always dreamed.
As they say, be careful what you wish for. There is a problem with this scenario. You would not have the ability to experience the miracle of life here. You couldn’t feel the wetness of the rain on your skin. You couldn’t experience the incredible feeling of air entering and exiting your body as your breath keeps you alive. You couldn’t enjoy the feeling of a warm embrace with someone you love.
My realization was firstly an experience of amazement but secondly, and more important, an experience and feeling of intense gratitude for the opportunity of human life that I have been given. I felt blessed.
The Earth has its systems and processes, but my human life and my ability to feel it all through this human body was cause for a deep feeling of awe, humility and thankfulness for my life. Our human existence is the greatest miracle of all. Without it, life just wouldn’t be the same.