I Can’t Believe I AM Five Years Old!


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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 ❤ ❤ ❤


Lorrie ❤


I created two images for this post and decided I did not have to choose which one to use…I could use them both 😉



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58 thoughts on “I Can’t Believe I AM Five Years Old!

  1. What an amazing story, dear Lorrie. The universe was obviously celebrating your spiritual awakening with all the forces of nature at its command. You certainly stirred thing up! And I’ve always believed that love overcomes fear and you have proved it beyond a doubt. You are truly blessed, my friend. Thank you so much for sharing your blessitude with me. I am honoured to know you as a kindred spirit.♥

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    1. Oh…Thank you beautiful soul 🙂 I am so grateful to be able to share this journey with you! I will never forget that weekend, and little did I know that one of the most important lessons I would learn happened then…that LOVE will ALWAYS overcome fear!! Thank you IsabellaRose!! Many blessings to you on this beautiful weekend ❤

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  2. I can feel the shivering excitement as you recall those supernal events and that time, dear Lorrie. So, now at 55 – I’m calculating – you’re at another auspicious point in life. Well, that’s something of a pet theory of mine, but it turned out to be true for me, and others I know. Enjoy the divine game, dear friend, in some ways it may be yet another new beginning; so serve up – it’s love all! H ❤

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    1. Ah! Do spill the beans, Hariod! Yes, your calulation is correct – 55 today. It has always been my favorite number so I am putting out the intention that it will be a great year!! So I hope this time of life that you allude to above, is one of immense love and beauty 💕 Enjoy your weekend!

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  3. Wowza Lorrie and Happy Birthday! Remind me never to get you mad! XD I love your passion and story of spiritual awakening. It’s funny how much the world shifts when we’re in a space of love. I wish I could hold that vibration more. But I’m also learning to relax and flow with the ups and downs. I am very grateful to share the journey with you Lorrie. May this be a beautiful birthday and start to a year of love filled adventures. ❤


    1. Hahaha…I didn’t think of it that way, Brad!! Thank you so much for being such a wonderful friend and supporter. I,too, wish that I could stay in that love energy more. I’m not sure how to accomplish that, but you can bet that is my goal – to figure it out!
      P.S. I found your comment in my SPAM just now!!

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  4. 5 years old is a wonderful age to be. Happy Birthday Lorrie 💝🐣🎉
    It’s also the age when real school starts … ☺️
    May the insights and blessings continue on this wonderful education called life 💕

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    1. Thank you so much, Val 😉 I didn’t think of it that way…WOW…now ‘real’ school! Maybe that what Hariod meant! I appreciate your kindess and connection. Hope your and yours are bathing in light 💜

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  5. Happy Birthday and what better way to celebrate the inner child in you. It was so much fun to read through your weekend – and yes, I got goosebumps to. And most of all, can I say that I too “am BLESSITUDE” – by our friendship and our bond and the gentle reminders to have fun each day. Thanks for allowing me to be me and more BLESSITUDES for you – as you are. Much love, Harlon

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    1. Thank you dear Harlon! Your energy of love and joy radiates through your words and it is such a gift for me 🙂 That time was very magical and all the learning and stretching I have been experiencing is just perfect. The journey is most amazing and I am thrilled to share it with you! BLESSITUDE and a giant cyber hug to you! Much love ♡♡

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  6. ‘Yappy Barfday! Rarpy Woofday!’ Haha – that was in a dog card my dad gave me very very long ago, and one I often envision when my birthdays arrive. But yes, Happy A.R.E. anniversary, what a lovely organization it is, too, far as spiritual organizations go. I think all we can ever ask ourselves to do is to be mindful. None of us ‘gets it right and keeps it right.’ If we did, there would be no purpose to continuing life on planet earth, I wouldn’t think. Always learning, for sure. Blessings, Lorrie! ❤


    1. Oh, Bela! I love that you shared your card! Isn’t it amazing how words can stimulate a memory and they stick in our minds and we can bring them up so easily? My Mom is 88…that means she received that card 83 years ago and can remember it like it was yesterday! Thank you, Bela, for the reminder that it is about the journey…not the destination 😉 Thoughts of light and love to you ♡

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      1. Oh gosh Lorrie – I send you some Angel Blessings.. You poor things – I think wind really is scary and I’ve never experienced anything nearly as bad.. my thoughts are with you all! x


            1. Hi Wendy! Happy to report all is SUPER!!!The storm took a little turn to the east so the eye wall did not touch land here. We have trees down and debri, but all is well and I am so GRATEFUL!! Thank you so much ♡

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              1. Oh THANK GOODNESS!!!! I’ve been thinking about you all day.. Fabulous – it must have been a case of the sun(well nearly) looking down on the righteous! Now hopefully you can have a worry free weekend. Enjoy!!! xx

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