It's summer here in the Midwest, and the warm evenings are blessed by the most glorious singing. All around us-a free concert. The crickets, birds, locusts, frogs, and all the others who share this world with us are having a celebration. When I close my eyes and listen, there is a peace that comes to me because of their music. It is such a grand mystery-what could their lyrics be?
Several years ago I stumbled upon a possible clue. Someone gave me a tape from the Ishaya Foundation about the importance of praise and gratitude, and on that tape was a most extraordinary recording of crickets. They were recorded at normal speed, and then the recording itself was slowed down to match the human life span. To my astonishment, the crickets sounded almost exactly like a human choir. If you click here
, you can listen to this yourself.
The narrator of the tape states that all of creation is in a state of praise. What an amazing thought. If it is true, then that would mean that the world, the earth, and all humanity is being assisted spiritually by insects and frogs, to name just a few. For it is praise, love, and gratitude that can awaken humanity to our true nature as non-violent beings of compassion and love.
So as I sit on the porch in the evening listening to the choir, I realize that we have a lot more help than we may have thought. As we pray for compassion to encircle the earth for all beings, all beings are very likely praying right along with us.