The name of this blog, Rainbow Juice, is intentional.
The rainbow signifies unity from diversity. It is holistic. The arch suggests the idea of looking at the over-arching concepts: the big picture. To create a rainbow requires air, fire (the sun) and water (raindrops) and us to see it from the earth.
Juice suggests an extract; hence rainbow juice is extracting the elements from the rainbow, translating them and making them accessible to us. Juice also refreshes us and here it symbolises our nutritional quest for understanding, compassion and enlightenment.

Friday 21 February 2020

The World of And

The World is beautiful, or, is it ugly?

Is the world full of plenty, or is it a place of scarcity?

Can we look forward to a world of optimistic hope, or is the future one of pessimistic despair?

Are people good or evil?

Many of us do look at the world, and approach life, as if the world was one or the other. 

The world however, is not a world of ors, it is a world of ands.

The world is beautiful, and it is ugly.
The world is a place of plenty, and scarcity.
The future is hopeful, and it is despairing.
People are good, and evil.

When we come to understand the simple truth of and then we come to a fuller, more complete understanding of the world and how every phenomenon in it connect.

Everything is connected.  This is the first lesson Nature teaches us.  There is no either/or.  The world is beautiful, because it is ugly.  It is plentiful, because of scarcity.

This all sounds a little crazy doesn’t it?

A few weeks ago parts of Australia were in the grip of severe drought – a water scarcity.  Today, many of those same regions are suffering with floods – plenty of water.

So the second lesson Nature teaches us is that nothing remains the same.  Everything changes.  This too shall pass, as the sages have told us repeatedly.

When we have learnt these two lessons we can approach the world with compassion, equanimity, and patience.

We can have compassion for those who are suffering scarcity. 

We can listen to political pomposity with equanimity.

We can patiently allow our mood of sadness to pass.

These two lessons (inter-connection and impermanence) also allow us to act now.  We do not have to be trapped in a debate as to whether the future is hopeful or despairing.  Like Schrodinger’s Cat, the future is both optimistic and pessimistic.  Being both, we can act now for the betterment of the present moment.  We do not need to encumber our actions with what we think the outcome will be.

We just need to act with what we have – the Here and the Now. 

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