Burning Off the Dross – The Parable of ISON

Many skygazers around the globe have been following Comet Ison, the “Comet of the Century”, since it was first discovered in September 2012. This beautiful green comet eventually become visible to the naked eye, inspiring many photographers to capture and share its beauty with the world. On Thanksgiving, it had a close encounter with the sun. It was expected that this event would surely result in Ison’s destruction. Despite all odds, it survived the unsurvivable. It emerged as a leaner version of itself; sprouted two tails and rapidly brightened as it renewed its journey back toward deep space. What an inspiring parable for human contemplation!

The majesty of Ison was undeniable. Before reaching the sun, its tail had stretched over millions of miles. Ison glowed a brilliant green, the color of the heart chakra. Comets consist primarily of ice, dust and gases. The surface of our sun is approximately 10,000  degrees Fahrenheit (5,600 Celsius). That Ison could survive its trajectory around the sun in any form is absolutely mind boggling. That this rendezvous occurred on Thanksgiving day is yet another fascinating dimension of Ison’s abstract lesson to humankind.

I do not believe in coincidences. What knowledge may we transpose about ourselves from this cosmic messenger?

Human majesty is also undeniable. We have risen through the ages to become Earth’s premier species, unparalleled in terms of achievement, tenacity, curiosity and quest for knowledge. For all of our brilliance, though, we quickly outpace our own sustainability. Our responsibility to our planet and to other life forms upon it have taken a back seat to our ever expanding capabilities. Let us remember that we depend on the coherence of the whole for our own survival.

Fortunately, there is an ever growing awareness of ourselves based not on the tenets of consumption, physical power, unbridled growth or perceived self-importance but on love, appreciation of other life forms, and heart connection. May our hearts continue to expand. This is the path to even greater human potential than was ever imagined. Go green!

We are in precarious times, individually and collectively. Much has been created that simply cannot be sustained. We are transcending much of our human legacy and reaching for that part of us that springs eternal. Let everything else burn away. The long, beautiful tail (tale) of human history contains many dark, frozen chunks that are best left behind.

If your own journey seems to be taking a nose dive into the sun, toward what appears to be certain destruction, know that you are only transforming.  Let the dross in your life burn away so that you may reappear leaner and burning brightly as you continue your journey toward the deep, quiet omnipotent Source of your own existence. Let Ison’s path be your inspiration. You, too, will emerge with multiplied streams of beauty marking your survival of the unsurvivable. Your core will brighten and serve as a guiding message of hope for those who follow.

Despite the pain experienced at the crux of your defining event(s) , in retrospect your pain will become a basis of your thanksgiving. It will mark the time of your transformation. You will come to understand how your future self could not have evolved without your fated journey into the burning fire of the sun, eliminating all the dross that you carried with you. You will be able to give thanks for that experience and continue on with renewed focus, purpose and direction.

Like rare Ison’s remarkable path, being witness to this stage of human development is awe inspiring. It is truly a sight to behold.



© Louise Kearns 2013. All Rights Reserved. Permission is granted to share this article in its entirety on the condition that full credit is given to the author, it is distributed freely and the URL https://helllouise.wordpress.com is included.





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