The Hundredth Hummingbird
A few weeks ago I went on a long walk with a friend at the Desert Botanical Gardens here in Phoenix, Arizona. This brief journey culminated into this website which I believe represents a greater journey, one which I hope to share with others who have also struggled to find real solutions amidst what can at times appear to be bewildering world conditions.
As we walked and talked we spoke of world conditions and events. Overhead we observed the solar radiation management spraying which has been taking place for years right above us all and yet has remained classified and largely unchallenged and even unnoticed by a psychologically compliant public.
We discussed issues such as those created by the massive geoengineering of seeds and Monsanto’s aggressive and destructive tactics.
We discussed mountaintop removal mining and the movement of civil disobedience which has risen among the Appalachian peoples (which incidentally has become so effective that since our talk the EPA has finally determined that mountaintop removal mining does indeed destroy water shed and that no new contracts will permit mining companies to blow up a mountain and fill the valleys below with the debris). Why it took the EPA so many years to figure that one out, I can’t say, but I suspect that the arrests of numerous citizens practicing nonviolent civil action had something to do with their awakening.
We spoke of Gandhi and King and the underlying and transcendent spiritual principles of their movements, and the efficacy of such methods in birthing genuine and lasting change for the better.
We spoke of thought as energy, as a wavelength or as various wavelengths, and we discussed the words of a swami from the east who often spoke of thought as a wavelength. In this vein of discussion we began to explore the role of an individual’s thought and awareness in finding solutions to many of the world’s challenges, in other words can we as individuals effect a change by way of thought?
I believe that thought and action are required for as the saying goes, “Faith without works is dead.” What I can’t determine is what actions another individual should take. For one person activism is required, for another deep prayer is an action, a service.
Gandhi said that no lasting change could come about without prayer yet he also said, “God has no religion.” I believe this is true and that this is why the Gandhian and Kingian movements were successful, because they began in religion yet ultimately transcended religion.
At any rate we had been discussing these concepts when we came upon an area in the gardens dedicated to hummingbirds and we were looking at an artist’s rendition of a hummingbird dipping it’s beak deep into a blossom yet clearly the beak could not reach the base of the flower. My friend told me a story about the hummingbirds around her home, she said she had observed that they had begun to pierce a tiny hole at the base of the flowers and that while this did not harm the blossoms it served two purposes for the hummingbird, one he could drink fully from the base of the flower and two the little hole seemed to serve as a marker for other hummingbirds to see that this flower had been expended of its nectar.
As we pondered with fascination over this amazing collective breakthrough which the hummingbirds around her home had displayed we began to wonder if other hummingbirds might pick up on this new development and at that moment we both looked at each other and exclaimed with delight, “Like the hundredth monkey!”
In view of the direction our discussion had taken the hummingbirds became a metaphor for me and I ultimately decided to honor the experience by naming this website after it.
I believe that together we can journey to new places where solutions thrive, where we are unafraid of facing the truth about conditions in our world yet also where we are committed to tuning into the wavelengths wherein solutions are born. I look forward to traveling with you on this journey as we tune into the wavelengths of solutions for the planet and for humanity.
Pamela Senzee, Phoenix, AZ