Renee Alter’s | Jan 2017 Submission  ” THE ADVENTURES OF GNAT ” 

 

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THE ADVENTURES OF GNAT

Gnat circled around the face of the new universe he found, looking for a way inside. It was a huge universe–oblong in shape, with four branches as well as mountains, valleys, and unusually odd colored tall grass. Alas, he found two black holes and decided to fly into one of them.

Blackness ensued… no light to be found. Zillions of cells were busy with diverse tasks. Gnat tried to find one that wasn’t so busy so he could ask what the center of this new universe was.

Suddenly, Gnat was swept away into its depths, where both colors and absence of color presented itself. There were both things and no-things. Existence and non-existence. Beginnings and endings. At first Gnat tried to fight where he was being taken and held on to the closest cell he could find. But a sense of surrender overcame him and he finally stopped fighting.
Gnat observed a beautiful interconnected universe with planets and stars. But what he found the most amazing was that each of the planets were interconnected with all the others by a stream of energy. As he floated along, he tried to feel the essence of this vast universe. Love. With love all the cells peacefully flowed. Cells aged and died off while new cells were born. As long as love was present, the new cells were healthy. But if something else like fear and anger came into play, all the cells were affected negatively.

Gnat wondered… where is the center? Where is the source? How was this universe created? Just then, one of the cells grew larger and began to speak to him with telepathic words. “It all began with two cells which merged and began to multiply within a sensation of love.”

Gnat felt the pulse of the universe get stronger and faster… was a storm coming? Pounding sounds got louder and the pulse he felt earlier got faster. He looked around at the group of cells that suddenly began working harder to bring a rush of new oxygen to all the other cells. He tried to stop one and ask what was happening, but it said, “Not now! Can’t you see we are in a hurry?”

It seemed like forever before the activities quieted back down. Gnat had to sit out the commotion and wait out of everyone’s way, before he could continue on his journey. He came upon an area that seemed brighter in contrast to darkness and a group of wise cells were guiding worker cells in their tasks. Some of the cells were carrying other dead cells to a place where they would be purged to somewhere else. He went up to the one he believed to be the leader and asked, “What are all these cells doing?”

The leader invited Gnat to sit down beside him, and began to explain that: “Cells are like the employees of a company. The company is the organ that the group of people form. Multiple companies interact to provide the overall services that human beings need, such as the electric—water—gas companies. The management of these companies will sometimes have partnering meetings to share information and find out where the strengths and weaknesses are with the goal of making improvements in the operation of the whole. Each person in each of these companies performs a specific job. Sometimes lots of companies will gather together to have business expos.”

The leader paused, and continued, “We are all inside a human body. Each cell in this body performs a specific job. When an employee becomes overwhelmed by stress, he/she may take action that will affect all those around him/her… spanning out into all other aspects of the company which will affect its function. When cells become distressed, it affects the organ that it is a part of, ultimately affecting all aspects of the human body it is a part of. The same thing happens when positive emotions such as love, compassion, and happiness are predominant.”

Gnat sighed, trying to digest all that he was told. Then he asked, “Could you give me another example? Explain it in another way?”

“Cells are also like the leaves of a tree. Each leaf is an organ made up of the cells that make it a leaf. Groups of leaves are on a branch. All the branches feed off of the trunk, the main source for the leaves’ nutrition. The trunk becomes a network of roots that go down into the earth… interconnecting with the cells of the soil which interconnects with the cells of the water. Leaves also photosynthesize the sun’s rays, along with moisture in the air and carbon dioxide, and provide oxygen for all other life forms to breathe. These life forms all have efficient filtering systems which carry out carbon dioxide and toxins. Sometimes trees will get sick with a fungus, and if it is not treated, the fungus can kill the tree. Life forms can contract a fungus or other disease which can sometimes be fatal.”

Gnat replied, “This makes a lot more sense to me. Since I am a tiny bug, I usually hang out in trees.” Then Gnat asked, “Do you know anything about ants?”

You can read the rest of this story on Kindle or listen on Audio at https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01COPVJPS.
Renee Alter

Author, Story-Teller, Photographer, Publishing & Media Services

CC/CL & VP Education, Killeen Toastmasters

Volunteer as Executive Secretary for LCDP

http://www.reneealtersatmosphere.com  (my blog/book site)

http://www.reneealter.com
(Publishing & Media Services)

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