The first moment unfolded in South Carolina, just outside of Charleston. I met Angel Oak...The. Most. Impressive. Tree. EVAH!
|Is this not IMPRESSIVE! (South Carolina, 5/11)|
Then I brought my awareness back into myself and walked around her to the other side, where I was gobsmacked anew...
|This is actually one of her BRANCHES! (South Carolina, 5/11)|
I found myself running my hands along one of the lower parts of this branch, again asking permission to touch her. This time, when my hands stilled on her rough bark surface, energy flowed into me - the gentle serene energy very old trees have. She emptied me, and she filled me back up, without me having to request a thing! I'm surprised my friends didn't have to hold my hands on the way back to the car, lest I floated away! (LOL) I hold deep gratitude for her in my heart...and totally recommend a visit with her at least once in your life. Just be aware, her caretakers don't like folks crawling about in or on her branches, because of her advanced age. Honor and respect their wishes, please and thank you. You won't need to do any climbing anyway. :-)
The earth healed me. The water healed me too. While I was at the beach, I ran into the ocean at the end of every day. I cleansed myself and renewed myself in the womb of Grandmother Ocean. Four days, four dips - one Healing.
|The gull pretends not to watch. (Folly Beach, SC 5/11)|
|A Connecticut Yankee and two California Ninjas. (Gerton, NC 6/11)|
The Water of Life moves past me, moves around me, moves within me.
She washes me clean of all that I no longer need, of all I release in sweet surrender.
She brings to me everything I ask for, and more; I can take what suits me and let the rest flow away.
She might dislodge me, but I will move forward in her flow, until I find my new place.
Then I will gently slow and stop, and open myself to feel her flow once more.
Here's the thing: I had a knot of energy in my body, by my left hip. I had been carrying this knot within me for some time, even before my Grand Adventure. As I felt the current of the water flow around and through me, the knot loosened, dissolved, and was washed away. It has not returned. I KNOW, in complete certainty, that I was Healed on that day, in that moment. Again, I am deeply grateful and thankful; I left an offering of my gratitude - sage and tobacco, sprinkled into the river.
One amusing footnote: just before we left, I dipped my cap into the creek to scoop up some of the water and plopped it quickly on my head. A shock of cold water burst upon my head and made its way down my body as I gasped in surprise, "It's Cold! The water is Cold!"
Yeah, I'm totally a city girl.