Wherever you live, be it western city or desert-land itself, you are touched by this harsh but gentle teacher. Desert is a place of nothing, great expanses of barren wilderness where heat and wind and dust and death challenge anyone who ventures into the forbidding, uncomfortable lands of sand and rock. Desert is filled with stars and sun and moon so close you may touch them and hear them sing; desert is the place of stillness where little moves, where sound is muted and where there is no place to hide. You have lived in the desert and the desert is in you, reminding you whenever you thirst, whenever you long for solitude, whenever you confront the reality about who you are, really. There is no concealment in the desert.
The desert is about life and death, about shimmering mirages that are the ultimate illusion, but also about the central truth concerning your choices and your journey which essentially and always is one you travel alone. The power of the desert is protective or destructive, depending on you. The desert is the place of extremes - beautiful or ugly, treacherous or nurturing - and it is fitting that the extremes of human nature are anchored and active in the arid wastelands of the Middle East and Africa.
Here the human end-times of our present civilisation are distinct in barbaric warfare and distorted religion: the fire of the sun and the abrasiveness of the infinite sands mirror the relentless march of fanatics driven by the illusion of something that does not exist, seeking an oasis that is non-existent. And alongside them there are those who love these places of space and stillness, silence and truth where God is everywhere apparent, and who quietly, sadly and seemingly powerlessly watch the abusers, and the abuse.
The desert is within your soul, and how you choose to accept its existence determines your future. The desert demands honesty, simplicity and self-acceptance in you alongside an honouring of Earth, and the more you acknowledge your relationship with the desert, the more you can change the world, for the good. Change comes from within.
This is the time for you to remember when you walked the great barren wildernesses in Australia, in America, in Africa, the Middle East and China and to feel their influence in you still. Recapture the memories and use them to empower you and to be forces of universal good, as the deserts wish to be, and are.
Deserts live, deserts suffer, deserts teach. So do you.