By Jena Griffiths | August 30, 2015
Here’s a bunch of sea daisies for you, a fragile gift of hope from Australia’s Great Barrier Reef. I took this close up photograph of living coral last month, near Cairns, after making a special trip out there to go see for myself. (The last time I dived in this region was in New Caledonia 18 years ago. )
We are constantly bombarded with terrible news about the state of our planet. And while yes, we do need to take urgent action, we also need to be mindful of what vision of the future we breath life into. I choose a future where we preserve our beautiful blue planet and all life on it.
On this note, have you seen Brad Bird’s new film called Tomorrowland? If not, I urge you to see it, and tell everyone else to see it too. Hollywood has always been a barometer of our collective Zeitgeist, and this important new film indicates that, at last, the collective tide is turning.
I’m really happy that Disney backed it, because it echoes the spirit of Walt Disney who once said, “If you can dream it, you can do it.”
(See Deepak Chopra’s novel The 13th Disciple for a biblical interpretation of the same story-line. In this case, the author of the book of Revelations fills the same shoes as the protagonist in the Tomorrowland movie.)
How reality works is a difficult concept, even for scientists who admit that they don’t yet have all or even half the jigsaw pieces. Already 80 years have past since Austrian Quantum physicist Erwin Schrödinger gave us “Schrödinger’s cat” to explain how (or how not) thoughts or expectations influence future outcomes. Tomorrowland is an admirable attempt by Disney writer/director Brad Bird to explain to the masses, without preaching, the importance of each of us holding the right vision, plus acting on our visions, in order to impact on future reality.
What has this to do with fragile sea daisies?
Each of us has to do the work, alone and collectively, of managing our own thoughts and emotions, and of holding a positive vision of the future and acting accordingly.
The question is how can we actually do the work of re-calibrating our thoughts and emotions on a daily basis?
The sea daisies are here to remind you that it is our own thoughts and emotions that take us to the bottom of the ocean. These tiny daisies are my gift to you, to remind you that no matter how dark it gets, or how extreme the pressure, this is a supportive universe and there’s beauty and magic everywhere. We just have to notice it.