I closed my eyes……
I took a long walk up a path. To my right was a forest with depth and darkness of trees, hiding secrets, lining my way. To my left was the greenest of valleys. The hills rolled across the planes with velvety greenery, providing a space of vastness expanding as far as the eye could see, meeting up with the darkness of the sky, fading into one.
As I walked, the path lost it’s roots and larger stones and became sandy and full of gravel. The path became arid and dry. At the end of the path towards the top of the mountain was a cave. There at the cave entrance was a fire dancing, inviting me to join. I sat in close proximity to the flames towards the opening of the cave. The fire never burned nor did the smoke blind my vision. Past the dance of the flames, he was there. His face weathered from the sun, changing from masculine to feminine. It was his face I saw first and then she was there, and then changing back.
I asked, “What is it I need to do?”
He looked at me with eyes as deep as the ocean and knowledge as vast as time. I heard him but without language. There before me the sky appeared bright, as if a million stars of a million ancestors were answering for him. It was then I learned that it was them, the ancestors that were the answer. Never to lose sight of them. Thoughts came to be of Sophie and then thoughts of Cary’s family. Those long gone and those gone for no so long. It was for the connection not to be lost. To continue to honor those passed on and hold their souls close to my heart. Teach my child of those connections and provide her with a base of wisdom.
He then gave me a gift. It was a peace pipe. I became the peace pipe and could then see all the beauty that I hide. I thought of the animals of where the leather came from, whose hands crafted such a significant and beautiful piece. I quickly gave a moment of thanks. I returned to hold the peace pipe. I could feel the strength, the steadiness for which I longed. The pipe was the masculine I had been searching for. It’s strength and beauty mesmerized me.
I was sad to go. I wanted to stay……… but it was time to come back.
Those journeys aren’t so far off, whether here or there or just up the hill.
Where will you go?