There’s more to the Thai teenager cave rescue than meets the eye
Last night as I went to sleep, I was really struck by the news that the 12 teenage boys in the cave in Thailand had been meditating under the guidance of their wise 25 year old coach. The coach, Ekaphol Chantawong, who it has been reported, had lost his entire family at the age of 10, sought refuge in a Buddhist Monastery, where he learned to meditate over a 10 year period.
As a meditation teacher, I knew how the teenagers were being guided and their apparent miraculous sense of calm, remarked by the Thai Navy seals after the rescue was complete, “We are not sure if this is a miracle, a science or what”.
During my own meditation this morning I had an incredibly deep sense of possibility that these 13 young boys were re-birthing the collective wounded teenage masculine. The whole world watched and prayed with them. They spent 9 days most probably in complete darkness with no food, water or any sign of hope. It will be amazing to hear the reports from the coach as to exactly what happened during this time. I bet a large portion of those 9 days were spent praying. Their prayers answered when first miracle — they were found. And then another 9 days for the world’s leading cave rescue experts to hatch a plan. God working with the plan in the receeding waters allowing a window of opportunity. I reckon it was a prime example of how science, careful and skillful planning and the Divine can operate together in collaboration. It doesn’t have to be one or the other. We no longer need to buy into the sense of competition that one is better than the other. Each has their place and function.
Emerging one by one over the past 3 days, down the 2km stretch of birth canal, midwived by the incredibly brave rescuers, moving from darkness to light, these wild boars are a beacon of light, reflecting the fearless, courageous, assertive qualities of the boar. And when we think of the wild boar and the significant and appropriate connection to these boys - boars forage in the undergrowth to show us how to uncover the treasures that lie beneath the surface.
These young boys, with no drama, have shown us how we can heal our collective masculine wound. We have been guided by masculine leaders who for millennia have been out of balance with the feminine. Our world desperately needs leaders with a new vision, a new way of being, those who remind us that we are human beings not human doings. The heavy focus on the masculine as out of balance with the feminine has shown us how to do everything — really well. Coming back to balance, we need to remember how to be — really well. Balanced being and doing is the birth of a new paradigm. Moving from competition to collaboration. The feminine, showing us how to move from me to we and with the rebirth of a healthy masculine, we will know how to take right action in a world that has evidently lost its marbles.
This whole rescue operation is to be sincerely applauded. As Suzanne Moore columnist with the Guardian, puts it, “what we have seen was not a random act of kindness but a model of international cooperation and coordinated selflessness. This is how human beings can be, and it has been magnificent.”