We're eagerly awaiting the arrival of our daughter and her husband who are coming from Minnesota to visit for a few days. We're hoping for good, warm weather and bright blue skies usually expected this time of year in New Mexico; however, the weather forecast isn't good. Don is looking forward to sorting through his collection of old family photographs and genealogical records rather than spending time outdoors anyway, so it really doesn't matter. I'm happy that they can relax and enjoy some time away from their jobs and other obligations. And this way I can delay unpacking from a week away and relax enough to enjoy integrating the information acquired at the seminar. It's fascinating how often we need an excuse to relax and enjoy the company of friends and family. It's interesting to note the value placed on hard work and exercise rather than restful introspection. A friend sent me a link to an enlightening article about how we spend our leisure time and whether it's possible to become comfortable relaxing at all. According to the article, "the notion of leisure [traced] to its ancient roots illustrates how astonishingly distorted, even inverted, its original meaning has become over time: The Greek word for 'leisure,' σχoλη, produced the Latin scola, which in turn gave us the English school... once intended as a mecca of 'leisure' and contemplative activity." Click here to read the article.
Just as one can experience what are called after shocks following an earthquake, I experience after effects following the closing ceremonies of any residential seminar with AMAG. As we gathered around the waterfall to say our good-byes, we were blessed with the sounds of rattles, drumming and flute music as we raised our voices in prayer and gratitude for all that we had shared in the few days spent together. We were in the presence of sacred wisdom and all appreciated the road we had traveled together. Some were headed to the airport to return home or to go on to other destinations, others drove away to the north, west, and south on their way home. I experience every Wisdom Journey with AMA like an inner earthquake. My formerly held beliefs are shaken to the core and new cracks are created that, hopefully, let in a lot more light!
What a perfect name for the location of the Wisdom Journey with AMAG. Every residential seminar is given a special name, a kind of theme for the event around which I plan the teaching materials. This one is called "Sunlight," and I'm looking forward to learning why AMAG has given it that name. Of course, the sun always plays an important role in the changing of the seasons and the warmth of the thick adobe walls provide a feeling of being cocooned inside a safe place. Within the safety of this magical place, we expect to experience life-changing revelations and share life-altering realizations with each other.
I had scheduled the autumn Wisdom Journey with AMAG without recalling that October is International Balloon Fiesta month in Albuquerque. What a wonderful surprise and pleasure it is to watch the colorful balloons rising into the air above the city. Albuquerque fairly quivers with excitement, traffic increases, and there's hardly a room to be found anywhere for the week of festivities. Even after the event concluded, I was able to watch a few balloons rising into the air from the spacious deck of the house I had rented for the seminar.
In the days preceding any Wisdom Journey, AMAG downloads (or should I say uploads) helpful information into my awareness, specific to each person who will be attending the seminar. Just like the unique shapes and markings on each of the balloons, we all have our own special characteristics that make every event a one-of-a-kind adventure. My thanks (in advance) to everyone who is about to arrive. I'm ready for what AMAG has to share with us... are you?
Walt Whitman wrote: "To me, every hour of the light and dark is a miracle. Every cubic inch of space is a miracle." While I've never doubted that miracles can and do occur, I always thought they happened to other people under extraordinary circumstances. I'm not sure I actually believed a miracle could happen to me.
However, after last night, I can say without reservation that a miracle did occur. I experienced the miraculous healing of a physical condition that had been plaguing me for years. Last evening, I attended a presentation introducing the life and teachings of Bruno Gröning (1906 - 1959). During the meeting the audience was given an opportunity to experience what is called "Heilstrom" (divine power) in two, brief (5-minute) meditations while beautiful music played in the background. I felt calm and relaxed, supported by the high vibrations in the room emanating from the people who had come from Austria, Colorado, and Hungary to tell us about Bruno Gröning's life and history as a healer in post-war Germany. I wasn't really expecting anything, so you can imagine my surprise when a couple of hours after returning home, my troublesome leg began to shake and flop around like a fish out of water. Having had some experience of what's called "unwinding," I wasn't afraid and was able to go with the flow as I watched the healing process continue throughout the night. When I got out of bed next morning, I was truly amazed to discover that both feet touched the floor at the same time! Something that I hadn't been able to do for almost 8 years. It was a miracle! I wouldn't need the physical therapy, gait training, or the specially-made shoes that had been arranged for me. I had no pain from sciatica and could walk normally without limping! My heart nearly burst with gratitude. My brain is still adjusting to the changes.