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Rhythm with Wolves:
From A Calendar of Nature and Soul
following passage is excerpted from the second volume of the Earth
Vision series, a project that explores the forum of spiritual
ecology. The author of the series, Josef Graf, holds nature as
a metaphor, a veil beyond which to access the ecological arena
of nature itself.
Native people tell of a long ago event in the depth of winter,
wherein a starving hunter is given the first pair of snowshoes
by a mysterious man who turns out to be the Spirit of the Wolf.
From that day, powers of transport and provision are enhanced
for the people.
Even now, a
contemporary person, opening to inward edges of spiritual being, can sense
the Spirit of the Wolf ranging by his or her side, lending fortitude,
golden eyes contending with winter darkness, and luxurious fur an ample
robe against the cold. Ranging the austerity of the season, no matter
how dark the "winter" of our materialistic society falls, the
wolf is in its element.
A Waldorf teacher I know, suffering the loneliness that attends not being
met by a mate, has discovered, in the central theme of Beethovens
Ninth Symphony, an adagio movement consonant with his soul mood, as it
modulates between deep melancholy and a sweet bridge to the love he longs
for. Within this orchestration he encounters a star shining in the black
waste of an interior heaven. And the soul, struggling to rise from the
numbing snowdrift sweeping over it, cold, dark, silent, alone, reaches
out to its beacon of hope.
On Sunday evenings this man hosts a weekly radio program. Perched before
the microphone, the rotating disks map a journey of wandering piano melodies,
percussive caverns, streaming violins, a full-bodied sea of synthesizer.
It is an occasion for listeners to roam inwardly, to counteract nostalgia
of feeling far from home that pervades the soul through its long ordeal
Through the week, he teaches a Grade Two class in a Waldorf school. In
Waldorf Education, the stories are the heart of the lesson and, lucky
him, he gets to convey Native legends. From Raven Steals the Sun, an art
lesson explores light and dark interactions. From the story of The Wolf
Who Brought Snowshoes, a snowshoe trail becomes a form drawing.
This time of year, sense perception of nature diminishes. Light dims,
colors fade to earthen shades. Birds are subdued. Few aromas pervade the
air, a faint whiff of frozen cedar, perhaps, or a metallic hint of snow.
And feeling, by cold, falls numb.
Snow-shoeing the meander of a valley bottom, grounding aspiration, the
inner sensate being ventures through a vivid landscape. Beneath the auspices
of Sirius, the Dog Star, Beethovens Ninth rises from the foundation
of creation, and unlimited vigor counters the cold drifts and parades
across the frozen field. And under the stars brilliant beams flashing
now against the black night, the wolf ranges far and wide, traversing
horizons of the undiscovered.
Provision is held in abeyance for animals and birds, sustenance sparse,
but adequate, in this Calendar-end stretch far from summer dreaming. And
here, a part of humanity peers off into the year ahead and envisions potential
for a time of fulfillment. And, though another part looks and lacks faith,
exaltation can be won. Life provides what is needed now. And the last
word is key. Now is dependable. And, in fact, now is forever.
Excerpted from A
Calendar of Nature and Soul, by Josef Graf
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