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I have heard this poem for as long as I can remember. The Momma used to recite it, whenever someone or something turned 5 years old. She memorized the poem from a birthday card that she received when she turned 5. When I thought about this post, of course it jumped into my head!
I can’t believe I am five years old! It seems like yesterday that I started the weekend of my spiritual growth at Edgar Cayce’s A.R.E. (Association of Research and Enlightenment.)
That weekend saw my heart open and some pretty amazing energy that I will never forget.
I was part of a group dream experience that was incredible. Nine strangers made a vow to dream for one woman who had a problem. When the group assembled (randomly) the next day our dreams told a story in perfect order, which could only have been Divine intervention! I still get goosebumps when I think of it!
I sat in a restaurant as the ground underneath us undulated…up…down…up…down. My first thought was we were near a military base and they must have been doing bomb exercises in the ocean. Then I found out that it was an earthquake!! On the east coast??
Without fear, we drove through tunnels and over bridges to our next destination (immediately after the earthquake!) Little did I know that we drove to within 8 miles of the epicenter. But it was my 50th birthday weekend and we were going to see Mary Chapin Carpenter in concert. There was no way I would miss that!
Every morning we went to breakfast in the hotel lobby and all the other people were talking about the aftershocks they felt during the night. I slept like a baby and didn’t feel a thing.
The concert was outdoors and while we were lining up to enter the venue, the weather did not look promising. Suddenly it turned black and the organizers quickly ushered us into a building to protect us from a nearby tornado. The lightning storm was incredible and the whole experience was quite surreal.
Most of the people left as soon as the weather broke a little. We stayed with maybe fifty others who held out just long enough to find out that she was going to honor us with a concert after all. It was still raining. We didn’t care as we traipsed through mud with our lawn chairs. We wore large garbage bags for raincoats and shared one umbrella. We placed our chairs in the front row and sang every song with her until she had to stop due to a local curfew.
The celebratory activities were over and it was time to drive from Virginia back to New Jersey. And we were racing the clock because Hurricane Irene was barreling up the east coast.
As you can see, I will never forget my 50th birthday weekend and the spiritual opening of my soul! There was an earthquake, thunderstorm, tornado, and Hurricane Irene (she did not cause damage to our area) all in the same week! (I often wondered if the energy unleashed by my years of living blind had something to do with the crazy weather events…hehe.)
I witnessed great fear everywhere I went. I wrote a poem called, “The Fear of the People,” because it was palpable, you could feel it in the air. But the most amazing thing about that whole time is that I never personally felt the fear as my own. My vibration of love was so strong that there was absolutely no possibility that fear could invade.
And it was beautiful. And it was liberating and I felt so free. And I knew that the weekend was marked by these awe inspiring events so that there was no possibility that I wouldn’t notice just how amazing it all was.
I wish I could tell you that I have been able to stay in that love energy and been able to banish all fear in the years that have ensued. I can’t. But I can tell you that when I am able to do that, I remember. And when I remember, I am able to do that!!
Now that’s the kind of cycle I don’t mind being a part of!!
Can I just say, “I am BLESSITUDE!” I am so blessed and full of gratitude for this journey I am on, and while it may not always seem easy, it is always amazing! Thank you my friends for your love, your respect, and for teaching me every single day. I am so happy to share this life with you <3 <3 <3
I created two images for this post and decided I did not have to choose which one to use…I could use them both 😉