Into the Mystic: Spirit Lives in Everything
Bonnie Baranski for local2 sault ste. marie
September 9th, 2011 at 11:52am
We can see how spirit touches the artist, as we gaze at breathtakingly beautiful artistic creations, or we can see how spirit connects to the singer, or writer, as we hear the beautiful voices, and read the words on the page. These are obvious examples of connecting with spirit.
We each have our own way of connecting to that feeling of spirit, of enchantment, peace, tranquility. For those I mentioned above, it is getting totally lost in time and space as they pursue their talents. For others it is more subtle, but it is always there. For others still, it is the sun coming up over water, as you watch its first pink streaks, then the process to the full blown sunny morning, and a new day.
It is the feel of the bush as you head out for an early morning hike, the grass damp, and no sounds but you moving down the path, the smell of pine and cedar strong on the breeze.
It is when a mother or dad tucks in a child's outflung arm into the covers.
It is snuggling down in a warm sleeping bag and seeing the moons glow, like the sun, on your tent.
We never are far from spirit, and it never fails to lift us from our ordinary state. Some spiritual experiences are very strong, and we can be moved to tears, or joy. There is a connection to living beings that provides spiritual experiences. Our pets sometimes surprise us by their total understanding of what we need. We connect at another level beyond language with them.
We also have spiritual experiences with other humans, even if we do not know them.
I remember one time when I was entering Cuba, we were on a bus, and we were driving to Varadero, and we had to go through a toll gate. It was very late, maybe midnight, and I could see the lady at the toll as she motioned the buses through. She sat down and put her head down on her arms, she was tired, as it was the night shift, then she raised her head just as my window passed by. I waved to her, and she waved back, and smiled. I felt we had connected, as women, and friends. I never forgot that experience, and believe it was spiritual, as it showed me how alike we are.
I know that there are many demonstrations of spirit daily, and I try to pass them on and share them as I receive them. To live in harmony with the world around us, is the best way to connect with spirit. It is a form of prayer, I would say, to honour the living breathing world around us, and take good care of it.
There is a saying I have heard. I do not know who said it, but it is very true and I really like it: "we are all spiritual beings having a human experience."
Our card this week is from the Goddess Tarot.
The number is 17, and the card is the Star.
The star is a beautiful card, all about Hope. This card is unfailingly positive, and can signal the beginning of a new direction or time in your life.
"Reach for the Stars" and dare to dream, as this card is sometimes referred to as a wish card. The dreams and wishes you are striving for are imminently attainable.
This card is also about the connection we all have to looking at a starry night, and wishing upon a star, so go and do it, and you may be pleasantly surprised by the outcome.
The number is 17, and when you condense that to a single digit, the number is eight, the number of abundance.
This card is from the Major Arcana.