I write from a most beautiful and peace filled landscape of The Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia. There are three large turkey vultures swooping and circling at a high altitude and a constant presence of frogs and cicadas filling my audible landscape. The colours are as you might expect for this time of the year - crisp golden, greens and reds with a bluer than blue sky reflecting in the lake upon which I am gazing between sentences.
This very particular place has been named Bridge Between the Worlds and it is without any doubt an accurate name for the field that has been co-created here by my friend, Margaretta McIlvaine.
Over the past twelve or more months of my life I have had the incredible fortune to have travelled widely, following some of the invitations that come towards me and Gabriella that encourage us to bring our work/ gifts into the wider world. Sometimes I metaphorically pinch myself and ask questions - questions that are filled with the awe and wonder of a child in love with the Earth. There is sooo very much to be grateful for - awe inspiring beauty and wave upon wave of total appreciation for being in a position to say yes to a way of living that seems to create more of its likeness...I wonder - is that the secret of living?
What else can I bring into the world that would allow more of this wonder and beauty to be available for more beings?
This past week has seen me meeting with people who are creating incredible places of sanctuary for land, animals, nature and people...
Here at Bridge Between the Worlds there is a luminous atmosphere arising from the woods across to the shore of the lake...am I the watcher or the watched I wonder as i gaze upon the light that seems to invite me to another dimensional reality in a blink, the space between the trees beckoning me to notice...space.
What a gift it is to be exposed to and to be aware of the space that is found in stillness. A year ago I would not have reckoned it possible that so much ease could be found in being with other people most of the time, place to place and always engaged in the joy of companionship and meetings with other beings - two legged or other!
One day this week whilst spending time at a horse rescue retreat I was blessed by an intimate experience with a mare called Willow - an encounter that I had not anticipated, had always hoped for but had never encountered or expected. Dropped down into my heart and free of any sense of fear I was able to be completely present with this warm nosed and breathed equine stranger...total presence with another sentient being.
What has made the difference?
It is without doubt many things. I could name all those I am aware of and still I would be diminishing or limiting what has actually shown up. The vast and deeply benevolent universe always provides me with what it is I ask for and even require...I have always been blessed with the great fortune of knowing a deep well of well being at the very essence of my being.
The difference these days though seems to be that I am more able to receive life for its every nuance - from those that are tinged with joyous fulfilment to those that are steeped in uncertainty and hesitation...even the rare moments of sorrow or remorse. These days I see them all as aspects of life that are simply colours of a stunningly radiant rainbow - ever changing and always fascinating. I am deeply grateful for all that I have and all that I experience. I am not unaware of the privilege and the gift.
I have been given access to a greater space for being...