Dancing with Nature’s Wrath


Its been a week since Kay and Cory and the retreatants evacuated Sweetwater. We just learned from a neighbor who managed to get into the area that the fire swept through our land, most likely on the very next day, burning a number of buildings to the ground. Some, including Sunyata, the meditation yurt were still standing.


But there is no knowing what will happen as the fire is still circling the area. As of today, July 29, it is only 15% contained. We are not alone. Many houses in its path have been destroyed. And there has been one fatality.  We are praying for the safety and well being of all the beings affected by the this devastating and very powerful display of nature’s wrath.

Anam Thubten sent this poem from retreat in France:


Soberanes fire is burning everything that gets in her way.

She is merciless,

She is magnificent… from a distance.

The thick smoke turns the mountain more majestic than ever.

Night is lit by red light that keeps eyes glazed forever by its magic.

The famous Big Sur is dramatic now in blazing fire along with sky, wind and sea.


She does not listen to our prayers,

She does not spare anyone’s begging

She is raging with cosmic wrath,


Burning a paradise on earth.

A place we cherished with our hearts.

“Sweetwater Sanctuary”


Right now, our hearts are burning not with fire,

Not with anger,

Not with sadness,

But with compassion.


The folks who lost their homes,

May they find comfort in the kindness

Poured out by others.

The innocent animals who are terrified,

May they find safety from the danger.

The firefighters,

May all the good forces gather to make sure

They are not in harm’s way.


Never forget the redwoods happily spreading their seeds.

Many baby trees soon are going to grow.

The whole host of earth spirits are dancing

To welcome nature’s rejuvenation.


Is this good or bad?


Let’s try not to find an easy answer for everything.

Let’s stay with the not knowing.

Many found true freedom

by surrendering to the not knowing.

This is indeed an ancient secret that liberated

Thousands of hearts.

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