“I learn and love in the liquid flow of life standing in my strength and in my weakness, shining with the light of ten thousand moons over water…I flow with the lightness of the emancipated soul”. Marilyn Patterson from Wrapped in Sunrise
Breath coming in gasps, yet expanding to power you along the “straight up” hillside. Instead of being weakened or drained by the climb you are strengthened and filled with more life energy. Why? You have decided that it is so as you show up as you are in the moment…. YOU are the creator of your experience.
At a brief pause about half way up you see a blackberry bush just loaded with the largest, juiciest blackberries that you have every seen! But…that bush… although a short distance away, is surrounded by tall grasses and potentially prickly things which you must traverse before sampling the sweetness. Who knows what is lurking in the hidden depths?? You have a choice – chart new territory and take the risk, or walk on by perhaps regretting that you did not go the distance. Both are possible actions that you can take.
At the top you reflect on a journey from the past navigating the Na Pali coast on the Hawaiian island of Kauai many years ago. One day into the 11 mile one way hike terror reigns supreme in your mind and transfers to your body the night before crossing a particularly treacherous piece of the trail. The full day’s hike had seen you in the back following everyone else, negotiating streams where, we were told, people had been washed away to the sea….and using every muscle, some of which you didn’t know you had.
Once at the evening camp site while reviewing the next days trail ahead, the inner voices ask, “would they really miss me if I didn’t go ahead with them in the morning?” Do you turn back…or do you, the next morning, get an early start and start hiking before the others so that you are first and they follow?
Well, here is the truth telling, as this was my journey today…..and several years ago. I passed by the blackberry bush… satiated by the luscious berries that I had already amply and easily sampled on my way up. Sometimes we take the challenge and learn new skills and gain awareness (or taste the sweetness in this case!), and other times we take our attention back to what is right in front or inside of us – resting easily in the flow of receiving.
On the 11 mile one way to Kalalau via the old Hawaiian trial along the breath taking beauty of the Na Pali coast on the island of Kaua’i…. I did go ahead of everyone else that morning turning a 90 degree corner on a very narrow trail with sheer drop off to the cliffs and ocean below on my right, a fierce wind blowing, carrying a heavy backpack, with nothing to hang on to but trust in my ability to breathe one breath, and take one step…. at a time.
The destination reached – Kalalau – with prawns in the streams, fruit on the trees, a waterfall for a shower, nightly sunsets painted by the Divine, a Hawaiian mythology story teller for late night entertainment, an astronomer to show us the magic of the night skies where stars and planets covered every inch of sky, a chiropractor to soothe our misaligned and sore bodies, and even a composting toilet! We came together from varying parts of the world ,separately along the trial, to convene at pivotal points in our lives.
Are you at a crossroads in your life? You are the Creator. There are a multitude of choices…trust your intuitive creation!
Gaye Abbott – Catalyst, Guide & Creative Mentor
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