Story Of The Tides
Wednesday, January 30, 2008
The children sat above the sea, watching the ocean waves from the cliff, listening to the soft voice of a Grandmother spinning a tale. Grandmother showed the children the sounds of the tides that were living inside the shells in her basket, telling the little ones how the shells taught the Human Tribe how to listen to their feelings.
One of the curious little ones posed a question, and the Grandmother responded by taking the group to the shoreline. Along the way she had each child pick a flower. The Old One had the children throw their flowers into the sea, explaining that every feeling that each child felt would be sent into the world but would one day return to the sender.
The children watched as some flowers were drowned, others washed ashore, and some, which had not been thrown far enough, sat in the sand waiting to be taken out to sea by the incoming tide. The Old One explained that like the flowers on the shore, good feelings should be placed far enough into the seas of life to be shared, or the feelings could not come back to the sender as blessings. The flowers that drowned represented the bad feelings that needed to be cleansed by salty tears. Grandmother explained that the feelings that were meant to hurt others should not be sent into the world, because they, too, would eventually find their way back to the sender. The flowers that rode on the tops of the waves represented the powerful image of all of life's feeling. These feelings mirrored the laughter and the tears that were lovingly shared with others. These shared feelings flowed, like the rhythms of the seas, until the tides of understanding brought them back to the shore that the heart called home.