The day after I launched my website I woke up to see, outside my window on this overcast Normandy morning, a rainbow. The sun wasn't shining and it was cold and gray but there it is in its full glory, arching happily over the church like a perfect half moon. I lit a candle and placed an incense stick in a brass holder, and, with spirals of fresh jasmine wafting toward the ceiling, performed my sun salutations to the church and to the rainbow.
A rainbow, according to science, is a meteorological phenomenon that is caused when sunlight hits millions of raindrops. The light is refracted as it enters the raindrop, then it is reflected off the back of the raindrop, and then it refracts again as it leaves the raindrop. These drops act as a prism that splits this white light into different wavelengths. This is what forms the multi-coloured bands that create the rainbow. All rainbows contain seven colours: red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo and violet.
A rainbow, scientifically, is an an optical illusion. It doesn't actually exist in a real position in the sky. But that doesn't make it any less real. There is nothing wrong with scientifically understanding what something is. But don't let the explanation get in the way of its beauty. To me, Nature, or God or Source or whatever you want to call that which connects us all, is speaking to me all the time. I only have to be still enough to listen to what it is saying.
Rainbows are considered to be good fortune. If you follow a rainbow to its end, legend says, you will find a pot of gold. And, as I was born in Kansas, the home of the Wizard of Oz, I'll let Dorothy finish this blogpost with the words of her song Somewhere over the Rainbow.
Somewhere over the rainbow way up high
there's a land that i have heard of once in a lullaby
somewhere over the rainbow skies are blue
and the dreams that you dare to dream really do come true
Someday i'll wish upon a star
and wake up where the clouds are far behind me
where troubles melt like lemon drops
way above the chimney tops that's where you'll find me
Somewhere over the rainbow bluebirds fly
birds fly over the rainbow why then oh why can't i?
If you'd like to receive these to brighten your day, join me. I'm still learning so a little patience and let me know what you like and what you don't so I can learn to hone my blog.