Dear Friends, Drodzy Przyjaciele, Cari Amici,
The Great Poet Rumi says: ” When you do things from your soul, you feel a river moving in you, a joy.”
These words are so beautiful and they mean a lot to me. Yesterday when I read this line, I immediately began to think of times when I felt a River moving in me…like last year when I driving across the most magnificent parts of Arizona and Utah and Colorado and every moment of the drive was Breathtaking and I was fully Present to the experience. I had no fear, no anxiety, no feeling of hurry, and no deadlines…only me and the Road Trip. (I love to make long road trips through Canada and the USA and I do at least a couple each year. My old car gets great gas milage, I enjoy driving immensely, and I have friends in many Provinces and States of both these big country.)
When I am living in Synch with my Inner Compass, This River of Life Flows beautifully. And these are not just the Big things I am talking about..it is like calling my sister when she has been on my mind, and then when we are talking I discover that she has had a real need to connect and was also thinking about trying to contact me. I feel the River. Or I am at work, and suddenly I get the feeling/thought that I need to go and check on a particular client right at that moment and when I get to that clients apartment they are in a predicament, almost falling out of their chair and didn’t have their call pendant on to reach me. I feel the River. Or I am here writing this blog and I simply know that at this moment is the Next Right Thing to be Doing. I feel the River.
What is it about Rivers ? I lived on the shores of a Magnificent River for many years here in Canada. Where I lived it was so wide and deep that it qualified as a Lake in the middle of the River! I swam in that river from late Spring until late Summer. Some of us would even break the last thin layer of ice in the Spring to be the first one in the River. I was almost always the last one still in it late into September.
That River was so clean it was nearly good enough to be drinking water. It was cleansing to swim in, on every level. Before going to bed at night I would go and swim under the stars and hear the crickets and the Moon was my flashlight, and my companion. After about an hour, I would go to my bed…and the smell of cool air, the feeling of being clean would help me to sleep. Again in the morning I would be up before everyone else and be the first one back in the water. By morning the mist was hovering over the water and it was a lot harder to coax myself into that cold water, but I did…and being in the River in the Morning helped me to feel energized and ready for the day.
The River was My Medicine back then, it was my Friend and my Joy. I loved every single thing about that River and now although I live far from that place, the River has become something much more Internalized. The Universe is the River…God is the River…the Present Moment is the River…You are the River and I am the River…Living out my Life Purpose is the River and Giving and Receiving is the River, Being Conscious and Aware is the River and in this River of Life we are all connected and we are all moving towards our Source together, whether we see it or not…
Many words in many Sacred writings have been written about Water…this is one of my favorites, from the Gospel of John 7:38:
” Whoever believes in me, as Scripture has said, rivers of living water will flow from within them.”
“Lecz kto by pił onę wodę, którą ja mu dam, nie będzie pragnął na wieki; ale ta woda, którą ja mu dam, stanie się w nim studnią wody wyskakującej ku żywotowi wiecznemu.”
“Ma chi beve dell’acqua che io gli darò, non avrà mai più sete; anzi, l’acqua che io gli darò, diventerà in lui una fonte d’acqua che scaturisce in vita eterna.”
It is my belief that anyone who Loves, who is Kind, who is Merciful, or who is Open in their Soul is Believing in God (whether they call it that or not,) and has that River flowing in them.
I am so grateful to be in the River of Life with all of you. It is a wonderful place to be!
With Love and Peace, Z Miłości i Pokoju, Con Amore e Pace,
Gabriel Orion Marie
* For those of you who may not know, I have published a series of three books that tell the story of my recovery and healing from profoundly intense physical, sexual and spiritual abuse. These books have dozens of paintings that I did during my process and those paintings are a core form of communication I used in my Healing. These books are available on Amazon. I hope you will read them and pass them on to others !
This White House (Book One), Going Sane (Book Two) and A Spectacular Dawn (Book Three)