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Saturday, September 17, 2011

Endings and beginnings

Today, I heard news of the passing of a recently made acquaintance. I met Gerry while conducting interviews for a book I'm writing about intuitive people; he had a warm, playful energy and a comforting laugh. He spoke to me of one of his earliest intuitive experiences as child in a clearing near his rural home:

"One of my favorite spots was a place in the woods; I always called it a fairy circle because around it was all very, very thick mountain laurel that you had to struggle through to get to. But this area was probably about 30 feet, open. And I used to go there and just sit. ... [T]his one day I was sitting there, bright sunshine, very comfortable, just kind of relaxing--I guess you could say being open--and leaning against a big oak tree. And all of a sudden it was open to me; it was almost like a revelation about the interconnectedness of all life, how everything is related, how everything ... has a symbiotic relationship with everything else. I understood the meaning behind the trees, the little teaberry plants, the bugs crawling on the ground, and everything else. ... It changed the direction in my life."  
How many of us have shared in moments like this? Moments in which something strikes a chord deep inside that resonates within us as TRUTH? In my experience, truth really does manifest a certain feeling of connectedness that transcends any of the mind's wheel-spinning machinations. I revel in these moments, cherishing the experience of quiet knowing.

As Gerry's time in this earth walk finds its end, I am sad for all of us who will not have the pleasure of his company in bodily form, but I am also comforted by his words, by his deep knowing that all things are connected in this great cycle of life.

Today, I will attend the wedding of one of my dearest friends. I will join in the celebration of two lives converging to start down a new path together. As one cycle ends, another begins... and so it has always been. It is an honor to bear witness to this turning of the page.

With love and light for all...


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