The Language of Clouds

Photograph © Copyright 2018 Peggy Kornegger
“I’ve looked at clouds
from both sides now,
from up and down,
and still somehow,
it’s clouds’ illusions I recall;
I really don’t know clouds at all.”
—Joni Mitchell

When I was a small child, I saw clouds as one-dimensional, as if they were painted on the sky by some artistic giant. It was really only after I flew in an airplane many years later that I perceived the three-dimensionality of clouds. At 20,000 feet, flying above and through them, I could see their depth and dimensions, their constantly changing shapes and sizes. It was a revelation to me, and I became fascinated with them. Even on the ground, I could see that they were not really paper-thin but often thick and expansive…and constantly morphing into new forms.

Their very names describe clouds’ variety, each kind indicating a different altitude, shape, and weather pattern. There are low-level, mid-level, and high-level clouds, with names like cumulus, cirrus, stratus, cumulonimbus, and altocumulus. They can look like scattered puffs of white dotting the sky, huge towering cotton balls, or long streaks of pale fiber with little sky visible. Flying next to and through cumulus clouds (the giant cotton balls) is awe-inspiring. The play of light and shadow on the brilliant whiteness, as well as the illusion of solidity (flying into and out of them), makes for an other-worldly experience. Thus the reason why many people feel as if they are close to heaven when they fly.

In that heavenly place, I began to look at clouds from the perspective of a spiritual being rather than a scientific observer. Flying in a plane, completely untethered to Earth and its materiality, I felt my consciousness lifted to a higher dimension. I was part of something larger than my one physical form: a powerful presence that encompassed the plane, the clouds, the sky, me, and everything beyond what I could see with my physical eyes. Within that experience, I learned that some things cannot be expressed through the language of words, but only through the silent language of the heart and soul.

My spiritual path over the years has continued to show me that silence often communicates more than sound. Within silence, we are present to Presence itself, which animates the universe. In meditation, quiet walks in nature, or sky rides, my conscious awareness drops deeper and expands wider to accommodate the vastness of that universe. I am speechless before its grandeur and infinite unfolding. An experience of God/dess at its most profound and far-reaching.

As a writer, I often try to describe these moments of transcendent awareness and divine connection. Yet, human language somehow falls short of fully conveying the extraordinary magnificence of our world: the flowers, butterflies, trees, human faces, heavenly encounters—and clouds. Each one is a unique expression of the love and light that is the Source of everything in the universe. When we awake each morning and step into the day before us, it is a sacred walk upon the Earth. For me, it is an experience beyond words, one that teaches me over and over that the wisest truth about life is that it is an eternally changing wonder and mystery. Like clouds themselves.


2 thoughts on “The Language of Clouds

  1. Greetings Peggy,

    I have been enjoying your writings and your photographs. I especially like,”The Language of Clouds”. As a kid I spent many happy hours laying in the grass watching the clouds and then, much later in life, I reveled in seeing them from the seat of a flying plane.

    Yesterday I awoke to a crystal clear blue sky with little white puffy clouds, the beginnings of a great day, I thought. Within an hour I saw the all to common chem trails appear, the “X’s”, lines, and criss cross patterns of climate engineering. About an hour after that the puffy clouds were all gone, the sky was just hazy, overcast, and the light was ‘flat’ for the rest of the day.

    In talking about your spiritual path, I agree when you said,”That silence often communicates more than sound”. What then do we need to do to communicate to the people of this country and to the world that climate engineering is happening, now, that we are being sprayed with chemicals without consent and that this has been going on for years.

    Hopefully people are waking up. Hopefully people are discovering the truth. I hope it’s not too late.
    Check out Dane Wigington’s work:
    Check out Dr. Steven Greer’s work: http://www.Sirius

    Thanks for doing what you do……………………..Tori

    1. Thank you, Tori, for your thoughtful comments. I agree that it can be challenging to stay focused on the possibilities for positive change when so much exists to undermine our lives and that of our beautiful planet. Yet I feel we must do that. It is so easy for people to feel hopeless, fearful, and powerless when much seems so wrong. However, I believe there is a balance we can reach between the political and spiritual. I used to write mainly political articles, but now I focus primarily on the spiritual, with social consciousness. In that balance I see hope for the future.

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