Week 20 – Betty Jarra

Posted: August 15, 2011 in Betty Jarra, Week 20

Flying Lesson 20
Navigating with map and compass.

We are flying over the sea today, after having positioned the water and all the infinite but reachable goals from sealevel thet were found the other day.
(By Stig and myself)

Walking on bridges gives great insight. It adds a sense of both size and distance, my own and the all-encompassing.
They place me in between the sky and the sea, between the sea and the shore. Everything equally far away and everything equally close. It is the closest I can come to flying without actually lifting.
It is easy to breathe on bridges.

Then we draw maps and places hundreds of pins, some with small colored flags, all across the maps we just draw up.
Everything fit on our maps!
The goals and roads, (even the smallest path [stig]) take-off runs and points of departure, form a network of opportunities, while the background images and visions of the future are added to make the whole more understandable and possible to use for navigation.
Flags are set, with exact precision, to highlight the outline of our landscape and mark important goals, both achieved and anticipated. We compare the different colored borders and marvel at the map. Despite being both huge and widespread it pictures, for both of us, a well-known landscape where many of the lines we have drawn separately easily converge into patterns we recognize.

I am aware that you can fly on just instinct and faith.
I know that all goals are achieved in exactly the same way and often even easier.
But to be able to draw a map and read it right gives a steadier flight. Provided you don’t get stuck looking only at the map and forget to look at the sky.
Because it’s only by focusing on infinity that you can get all the way, no matter where you come from.

  1. Robyn says:

    I really like this week’s writing. Reminds me of “Jonathan Livingston Seagull”. Here’s a quote:

    “Don’t believe what your eyes are telling you. All they show is limitation. Look with your understanding. Find out what you already know and you will see the way to fly.”
    — Richard Bach (Jonathan Livingston Seagull)

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