Grand Canyon River Gifts



Elves Chasm - Grand Canyon

Elves Chasm - Grand Canyon

“Consciousness is a singular

of which the plural is unknown.”

Erwin Schroedinger, Nobel Prize winning quantum physicist

“Be One with the water!”

I tell myself

this is to be authentically


truly me

It is to know my Self

as water

and fire

and earthen stone

and wind

to be One with the River

is to know how to flow

how to adapt this self

to the particularities of circumstance

Crystal’s raging rapid or tube sucking whirlpools

or the 4.5 billion year old secret quiet

of liquid polished mirror ebony Vishnu Schist

letting go and embracing


while also and always flowing true

To be One with the River

is to know my inseparability

my elemental belonging

rightness and


with all that is

For who can say

whether the River begins

with a rain drop

or if its womb

is in the ocean deep?

All that is River

All that is Water

is who I am too

some 90 percent at birth

some 70 percent perhaps — if I die old

So let me be true

to my nature too


and flow

and adapt


and cut and shape what appears as solid stone

by running



living true

nurturing Life all around me


That too

I Am.

“Everybody understands the single drop

merging into the ocean.

One in a million understands the ocean

merging into a single drop.”


Note: This return and reintegration from a Grand Canyon boating trip was my most difficult of the 6 I have made. More on that anticipated in the next post, however…

I dedicate this post to readers Brenda Loew, a healthcare practitioner who knows the Oneness I point towards, and Darvas Boxes, without whose encouragement I might still be circling in the eddy, wondering how or if I might ever find words to describe…. Thank you.


  1. Jack

    08/04/2009 at 11:20 pm

    Very movingpiece Larry, an invitation to bloom, blossom, and bear fruit!

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  3. rhea goodman

    01/09/2012 at 9:07 pm

    reading your prose and your poetry and seeing the incredible images of the canyon remind me to breathe deeper, slow down, and remember myself. thanks for being the gentle guide that you are, larry.

  4. Larry Glover

    01/10/2012 at 5:37 am

    Thanks for the sweet comment Rhea. You are an inspiration.

  5. Lisa Brick, CPC, L.Ac,

    06/08/2012 at 5:55 pm

    Hello Larry,
    I was searching the web for a photo to use for a blog I am writing after returning from a six day oar trip down the canyon from Lee’s Ferry to Bright Angel Trail. I too listen to what the earth has to share with me, and share it did – especially the smooth water entry into the turbulence and with presence, skill and thrill, following that current through and shooting out into the smooth water once again. So much like the river of life, that turbulence, those rapids, that we can hear whispers of from afar knowing that, as we continue down the river, we will experience. How we experience the turbulence makes all the difference in the world and in our health and well being. We can be afraid of it, we can embrace it in all its glory, we can remain conscious of the current and where to steer to keep it, or go unconscious and find ourselves spinning endlessly in the froth, drowning in a hole, or thrown from our craft to emerge banged and broken. We can attempt to stay where we are, paralyzed by fear or enter fully and freely for the thrill of learning, loving, and navigating as best we’ve learned how.
    What fun. I’ve lost myself in the swirls and waves of the whitewater once again. Anyway, may I have permission to use your photo for the blog post I am working on? I am an experienced river rat actively and professionally coaching others who are interested in honing their skills at navigating through life. This particular blog is entitled “the healing code” as I am often coaching myself as well as others on the river running through the canyons of health and wellness. Please let me know if I may use your wonderful picture. I offer you a complementary coaching session in return! On whatever…Thank you for capturing the brilliance of experience and the voices of the elements. Namaste

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