The Light Within

I breathe in the crisp fall air as the last of the sun’s light fades into the deep darkness of night. The cool air dances across my skin, sinking deep down until I feel a chill throughout. It is both unpleasant yet revitalizing. The intensity of cold hits my system and reminds me of life the within my body. The life within my flesh is magnified by the icy discomfort. I breathe in deeply and close my eyes to soak in the moment. Feeling my breath hit deep within me, to the place where it touches the soul. The connection makes my heart skips a beat. A smile dances across my face as I gaze up at the dark sky and look upon the stars shining brightly. Oh, how the sky feels more like home than any other place I’ve been. My spirit stirs within me, yearning for places I have not known.

The stars beckon to my soul. As though they are old friends reaching out. Whispering secrets from eons past. I long to roam freely through the cosmos. An ever shining light that travels years through the expanse of darkness searching for someone to recognize the magnificence of my soul’s inner radiance. Looking for those lost in the endless night, to guide them along until they find their own inner radiance. For only a few know what it’s like to shine brightly through the great dark ether, hoping for one day someone will see your light. Years of travel through the dark abyss to find the one who’s heart will sing at the sight of your soul’s shining.

Yet still my body feels at home among the trees, as they know how to reach for the heavens while remaining firmly grounded. They breathe in that which suffocates and turn it into life sustaining air. My heart’s greatest desire is to be like them. To transform that which poisons the world surrounding me, all the pain, all the loneliness, and show others how love can transform it into gratitude and wisdom. To show how we’re all connected and one with the flow of life.

For there is a river within each of us. Ever flowing, never knowing for sure if it’s path will bring it back to reunite with the Source. An ocean of oneness in a world full of drought. The river knows that with such shear power it doesn’t matter what obstacles lie within its path. For partnered with the currents of time, the river has nothing that can withstand it. Water flowing only needs time to transforms what is in its path. For even one day the rock will be shaped by its current.

If only these words may flow and reach out to touch another’s soul. To find those who feel lost; those searching and yearning for that which cannot quite be explained. To comfort the lonely. Those who feel beaten by the waves of crashing down on them. Lost in a crowd who is blind to the greatness that lies within. Do not fret. Do not faulter on your journey. Your contribution to the world is far greater than you can imagine. It is only once you see it that you will truly be free. Remember it is human nature to overlook the beauty of the world. Do not doubt the power you retain, due to the few who are too blind to see the magnificence of the universe that resides within you.

Be Limitless

How many of our ancestors dreamed of human flight? And how many were admonished for dreaming of such things?

In the late 1700s to early 1800s there were the Montgolfier brothers, Joseph-Michel and Jacques-√Čtienne. They were the sons of a paper maker, but neither were the successor to their father’s business. In fact Joseph, the 12th of 16 children in the family, was seen as a dreamer. And somewhat irresponsible. While his little brother, Jacques, was far more sensible.

But that dreamer mindframe would serve them both well. One day Joseph became inspired by the way drying laundry, placed over a fire, would be moved by the hot air. He thought this “Montgolfier Gas” or levity, was responsible for causing the cloth to be lifted up; rather than hot air rising. But it was a close enough understanding to inspire great things. He’d previously been trying to create parachutes. Which he was able to test, without dying, by jumping off the roof of their home. I imagine this behavior was probably very uncommon during this period. And envisioning him, in period clothing, jumping off a roof with a DIY parachute tickles me.

Here are portraits from their Wikipedia page of Joseph:

As well as Jacques:

I find Joseph to be the most interesting of the two, as he was clearly the dreamer and mastermind. Though it should be noted that those who help manifest a vision are just as valuable as those who envisioned it. Perhaps, even more important at times. But my fascination is with the dreamers who don’t stop until they create their vision.

It took a few years for them to refine their contraption; picking up a friend and collaborator, Jean-Baptiste R√©veillion, along the way. He worked with wallpaper. This was helpful as their balloon was made of layers, including paper as well as sackcloth. According to Wikipedia the later version that carried humans was about 75 feet tall by 50 feet wide. I imagine it too be magnificent to witness. Their collective understanding of paper, and treatments for it, were essential in making sure it not only flew but it also didn’t burst into flames. They did many tests including sending a sheep by the name of Montauciel, which means “climb to the sky”. As well as the sheep’s buddies, a duck and a rooster. All to test different aspects of living creatures in flight, as well as the affects of altitude. I bet they were all very confused, but don’t worry. They all remained unharmed, though I’m sure a bit upset. Poor things.

Since they proved that these animals could survive, the King of France, Louie XVI approved their endeavors. Another grab from their Wikipedia page, this depiction of their balloon was commissioned in 1786:

A bit different than the hot air ballons of today. Especially since Joseph thought the smoke was essential in levity. So, I imagine it wasn’t as pleasant as modern day balloons. But still magnificent.

To think, just watching laundry dry was what inspired one man to set off and create a device that allowed human flight. It’s absolutely incredible. Perhaps, it makes you feel like that dream of yours isn’t so far fetched? Especially with all of the advancements and so much technology at our fingertips. Today we have so much available to us. So, don’t let anything or anyone subdue your dreams!