September 21, 2015, Granite Dells- I spent the evening of the Autumnal Equinox, observing the International Day of Peace, with a host of kindred spirits, enjoying the music of a local artist, Celia, and of our host, Johnny Light.
Heaven on Earth, where I find myself fairly frequently these days, is the home of John and his beloved, Happy Oasis, whose poetry is another draw to the blessed Dells- one of three “Rainforest”-type environments I have found in Arizona. Johnny built the place himself, from the ground up, after their earlier home was leveled by a forest fire, little more than a year ago.
Celia was moved to thus dedicate a song to the victims of northern California’s ongoing wildfires, arguably the worst natural disaster we have had in this country, since Hurricane Katrina. Over 23,000 people have now been displaced, with many living in tent cities. Her song was simple: “Rain”, chanted over and over, for about five minutes, with a Chilean rain stick furnishing the percussion.
John and Celia are each in superbly equitable relationships. Many others in the assemblage, this evening, are in that situation, as well. I enjoyed equity, in my marriage, and know that it is hard work. It is also the most satisfying effort there is. Yet, perhaps, Celia’s song, “Everyday Goddess”, puts the whole matter of gender and roles into perspective: “It’s no big deal”. If we just be, and not cast ourselves into untenable roles, then it seems that true equity will come about, as a matter of course.
I arrive at an exquisite realization, every time I set foot in Heaven on Earth.