Stewards are the caretakers of the Earth. How can you tell if you are a Steward? One of the first ways is to listen to that voice inside which has always told you that you are here for a purpose. In the book, Johnny Outlander, Bryn Evan tells Johnny, “There are many people who do know something, harboring in their hearts the torch they were born to carry, but don’t know exactly what this means.” If you have felt you had a greater purpose in life, beyond career, possessions and material gains, you are probably a caretaker of our planet, a Steward.
If you love animals, you are probably a Steward. As Bryn tells Johnny, “An amazing percentage of people who work with animals, who rescue them are really Stewards, but they don’t know it. The animals try to tell them, the Universe tries to enlighten them, but their purpose has largely been lost in history.” She goes on to say, “But the animals still know; the animals have always recognized the Stewards. And through the centuries, the animals all knew and passed down the legend…”
Are animals sentient beings? Yes.
Do they really know that man’s place on Earth is to be the planet’s caretaker, its Steward? Yes.
Can they and do they try to tell us? Yes.
How? I’ll explain that next.
In the world of Johnny Outlander, the Legend of the Stewards becomes a reality. Deep in the redwoods of Northern California, Johnny’s mysterious and peculiarly talented grandmother, Bryn Evan, finally tells him about Stewards:
“If you are to believe the legends, the writings, and of course the animals, it goes back further than you could possibly imagine — back to when man first walked on Earth. It was originally our job, as humans, to protect the land, the animals, and all who inhabited this once peaceful blue planet. We were the Stewards of the Earth. Unfortunately, some took this to mean we were to possess and exploit the Earth and all that dwelt within. But the Stewards persevered, often in isolation, even as others came to challenge and overpower them. The Stewards have always existed, and exist to this day, but the connecting network has been lost in time. Most of us don’t know it, don’t know this is our heritage. There is a disconnected world of Stewards out there.”
To truly understand Johnny’s journey from neglected child to Steward, one must travel with him into a world where a fleeting childhood collides with a heritage born of adventure, violence and a world which wrenches him into manhood as he discovers the lost destiny of the Stewards.
What is a Steward? The chances are, if you have read Johnny Outlander and are reading this now, you may feel an affinity with Stewards. Stewards go way back. Way, way back. Back to when man first set foot on Earth. The theory of Stewards (yes, always with a capital “S”) goes back to the dawn of time. There are so many directions to go with this, but I am sticking here to answering the title question. What is a Steward?
Stewards are the care-takers of the Earth. Man is here quite literally to take care of the Earth and all life upon it, not to exploit, consume and destroy it. It is a sacred duty. The Legend of Stewards tells us that this is the purpose of man’s original presence on this planet, that Stewarding the Earth is a birthright that we have carried from antiquity, passed down through millennia of generations. In time, most of us have forgotten our purpose, our birthright. We have gone on with our lives, earning our livings, but more and more often working in some capacity with animals, plants and nature — or at least treasuring and appreciating them. Often animals have bonded with us, showing us insights to life and spirit we may not have seen before. Quantum physicists listen to the Universe and see a world we all continue to create. As the world becomes more precarious, more people are looking to all life and beginning to listen to the world around them. We know in our hearts that we have a purpose in this world, have something very important to do…but we don’t quite know what it is. The Legend of Stewards is clear: we are Stewards. And as the world devolves in chaos, we begin to remember who we are and why we are here. For many of us, the term resonates deep in our hearts and psyches. We are Stewards.
The holidays were hectic and everything Johnny Outlander was put on hold. Today is January 1st, 2018 and it is time to get back to the business at hand, even though the first of January is also the eighth day of Christmas and (if you’re into traditional Christmas carols) we should all be expecting “eight maids a-milking, seven swans a-swimming,” etc.
I’m not sure why, but apparently these posts appear with dates that are one day later than I have written and posted them, so this will probably show a date of January 2nd. I assure you, it is now the first. I didn’t want the new year to start without welcoming it here.
As are most of us, I am hopeful that 2018 will bring great achievements and far, far fewer natural and manmade disasters. The first day of the first month of the new year is a time for new beginnings and positive energies. It is also a time to be kind to ourselves, and to not judge early slips and trips as harbingers of failure or bad tidings. As a wise physician once told me, real change is not measured in days and weeks, but in months and years. That truth has helped my impatient nature more than I can say.
If I can place one thought before you today, it would be to make 2018 a year where you are gentle with yourself, where you take care of yourself, value and forgive yourself, and then — inevitably — your kindness, caring, acceptance and forgiveness will grow and extend to others. In 2018 the world will be a better place and we can proudly be a part of it.
The word “outlander” conveys a mystery and strangeness not existing in words like “foreigner” or “outsider.” It has become increasingly prevalent in our English-speaking culture, even beyond the movies, books, television and computer games that so entertainingly employ it.
The very last thing that I wrote for Johnny Outlander before submitting it for publication was the following:
“For more than a thousand years, in Wales and environs, those who were strangers or without land have been known as ‘outlanders.’ These strangers never quite fit in with the native peoples, never quite belonged, and the appellation followed them wherever they roamed. In time, it became their identity.”
These words caught the imagination of everyone! They were picked up on and quoted, at least in part, by all who have written about the book.
Why then Outlander? Because it speaks to our loneliness, our isolation, our search for ourselves and our place in a world that too often feels without anchor or reason. In this respect, we share this identity. We are Outlanders.
This blog is in response to all of the readers who have asked me to provide more information about Johnny Outlander and about myself. As a private person, this is a new experience for me. The journey ahead is an adventure that will unfold in real time and, in some ways, I am as much a passenger as are you.
Johnny Outlander has been “branded” a science fiction novel about an outcast young man, who carries a secret from his childhood and who, at the beginning of this story, embarks on a journey which will take him to a destiny he could never have imagined. It is also the story of many others who have ahead of them similar journeys home to their own destinies. People like you.
Over the course of this blog we will learn about each other, about why you have always known you were different, and about just who you might really be. You will learn about a world that could only be imagined, about a past that you share with honor, and about a future you will help to create. It is an awesome journey, so read Johnny Outlander, sit back, and let us begin.
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