Underwater daisies

Re-dreaming the future

In Mind and Movement by Jena GriffithsLeave a Comment

A sweet reminder of how our own thoughts and emotions are what take us to the bottom of the ocean and, no matter how dark it gets, it’s good to remember that this is a supportive universe and there’s beauty and magic everywhere.


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 in July, 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 breathe 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”.

Physicist Erwin Schrödinger’s famous 1935 thought experiment

A cat is placed in a sealed box along with a radioactive sample, a Geiger counter and a bottle of poison. According to some interpretations of quantum psychics, the cat is both alive and dead until the box is opened. The outcome depends on our expectations.

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 of how our own thoughts and emotions are what 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.


Jena Griffiths lives in Switzerland and teaches and consults internationally. She is a certified master hand analyst dedicated to helping people see their own depth and beauty and find their way. She also has degrees in psychology, geography and education. Jena teaches professional hand analysis courses on how to read life purpose from fingerprints.

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