3:30 am February Thunder
What is it that speaks to me through thunder?
Why does it hold such fascination?
Why does it bring from and to me such joy?
It is just a sound, a physical reaction to the heat of lightening, a compression and release of air pressure, That is all it is, but is it? What more does it represent to me?
It is nature, it is God speaking to me, it awakens in me a sense of personal connection, me to God, me to nature’s voice, me to the divine Mother Earth.
Lighten is the spark, the bright flash of Satori,
But thunder is the voice, the depth of feeling, the depth of God’s soul in sound.
Thunder emanates from the extremeness and storminess of the soul. It is the release of charge, not the lamenting of loss but a celebration of depth.
The sound echoes between the hills and shakes the ground. It cracks and air and then rolls in waves of intensity lower and lower until its vibrations shake the very core of the earth and of my being.
It touches me in a very primal way, a way before time, a way before and above thought, a way that has no need for thought or time.
I feel as a tree must feel in a storm. I picture how it must be in my head…
Standing in the night, warm summer air flowing through my branches, gentle purposful breezes stirring my leaves and off in the distance the brief brilliant flashes of lighting appear. Their light, reflecting over the towering cloud tops, announces the storms approach. I know what this means and I await its arrival with mixed emotions.
The breezes start to stiffen, my braches and leaves are tossed and startled. My trunk is strong but so is the wind and I am fearful. As the storm approaches, the very darkness and emotion of the air is changed. It becomes charged with anticipation, with expectations and apprehension.
The rain arrives first in wind carried drops, miles ahead of the storm. My leaves dance to the rhythm of these gentle drops while waiting for the violence of the curtains of water that will accompany the storm.
As the storm gains ground and draws closer, I feel it rather than hear it. It is a deep feeling that travels through the ground and vibrates and shakes my roots.
Then it begins to crackle overhead and toss my limbs like whispers of silk. My leaves are turned upside-down by the wind and my storm facing bark is soaked by streams of rain.
The sky lowers and pressed heavily on my crown. Forest creatures take refuge in the shelter of my branches where I hold them tight against the onslaught of power and turbulence from the storm.
The storm roils through my forest, soaking the soil and bringing energy and life to the earth. Its violence is only its great need to communicate its passion for life, and then it begins to fade…
It moves off to the east, dragging its lightening with it. The thunder fades quickly with distance rolling back into the silence from which it was born and the forest night resumes its rest as if nothing had happened.
As the storm passes I return to me and to my soft, warm, dry bed and dream of being a tree as the trees watch me though the open window.
They understand better than I do our connection, me to them, them to me and all of us to the soul of the storm.