Buffalo rubbing stones are one of many fascinating pure phenomena round Calgary. Over the past ice age this whole space was coated with glaciers. As these glaciers receded, they dragged with them giant boulders and rocks. When a rock turned too heavy to for the glacier to tug, it discovered a brand new house. A few of these rocks have been carried for a whole bunch of miles and a few have been the dimensions of a automobile or truck.
Later, when herds of buffalo roamed by way of this space, they cherished to rub alongside these rocks, particularly within the spring once they have been shedding heavy winter coats. The buffalo are now not right here within the nice numbers of the previous, however individuals are.
Calgary grew up and round a variety of these stones. Individuals are drawn to them virtually as a lot because the buffalo. Lots of them are well-liked vacationer sights. A comparatively small buffalo rubbing stone lives in a park in my neighborhood. It’s tucked alongside facet a small grove of quaking aspens and is surrounded by honeysuckle bushes, sage and wild asters. As the world was developed, this park was untouched and put aside as pure prairie land.
The neighborhood college frequently takes kids on area journeys to the stone as a part of their examine of the pure historical past of this space. I keep in mind my very own kids coming house fairly enthusiastic about this stone and sharing tales of buffalo hair discovered within the rock lengthy after buffalo disappeared.
The stone has the feel and appear of nice age, being coated with lichen and a few moss. It stands about shoulder excessive to me and is about six toes lengthy and three toes vast. This rock virtually calls for reverence. I discover it fascinating that it has been untouched by the youth of the world, whereas one other smaller stone about fifty toes away within the woods is roofed with graffiti and paint.
So, what does a buffalo rubbing stone need to do with knowledge? What’s a knowledge? The human thoughts has been an ideal thriller to philosophy and science for eons. Our whole expertise of life is created by our perceptions and our perceptions are coloured by our beliefs. No two human beings will understand the identical occasion in precisely the identical method. It is a miracle we even get together with one another in any respect.
To me, a clever thoughts makes use of its perceptions properly, irrespective of how outdated or younger the proprietor. The important thing to knowledge lies in understanding your perceptions and their underlying beliefs. And likewise understanding that no different human will see one thing the identical method you do. Typically that is refreshing and typically downright annoying. Possibly that is the start of compassion.
Human beings often assign nice knowledge to beings of nice age. Our tales are filled with them. Consider Merlin, Gandalf, the wizard and the Ents, tree-herders from the traditional Fangorn forest in “The Lord of the Rings.”
We’ve inside our minds many layers of consciousness and/or notion. One in every of these layers gives a connection to nice data and knowledge. Carl Jung referred to as this the “collective unconscious.” I name it my “internal clever one.”
If I’ve an issue or query that I really feel wants the enter of deep internal knowledge or figuring out, I’m going right into a meditative state, quiet my thoughts and ask my internal clever one to return ahead. If my thoughts is quiet sufficient, I’ll really feel its presence. Then I’ll ask my query, clear my thoughts and pay attention. If I obtain a solution (often the primary ideas that come into my thoughts), it’s nonetheless my option to resolve whether or not or to not observe it.
For the reason that historical buffalo rubbing stone in our park jogs my memory a lot of my internal clever one, I assumed I’d have some enjoyable in the future and create the notion of introducing them to one another. I provide this notion to you to your enjoyment.
Leaning in opposition to the stone, I related to my internal clever one and requested what sort of knowledge would a buffalo rubbing stone share if it may communicate. I cleared my thoughts, pen and paper in hand and that is what I heard. “Historic is simply a way of thinking, as is knowledge. Knowledge and data can be found for all it doesn’t matter what the age. I’ve seen many ages come and go and folks don’t change. Their minds do. The place is your thoughts now? Does it serve you? Sensible people are a present to one another and I encourage every of you to search out the knowledge inside. How will you realize true knowledge? It helps all life. I’m as outdated because the ages and by no means have I seen something shine as shiny as a clever human. Know that you’re cherished past measure by your planet and its beings.”