January 30, 2017, Prescott-
Saturday evening, after my hike, I headed for a friend’s house, in Phoenix, where I spent the night. I had experienced a fair amount of spiritual resonance, whilst on the trail, particularly in the alluvial stone deposits, just north of the New River. As I’m reading “The Standing Stones Speak”, which some of my more jaded friends regard as New Age hokum, I found a bit of a connection, through my meditation, between the book and the spiritual climate.
It was not a coincidence, in my view, that “The Sea of Trees”, a 2015 film that was slammed by hipster critics, was my friend’s Netflix choice for viewing, that evening. Like the central character in the film, I was caretaker for a deathly-ill spouse. The wife in the film was not ill for very long, though, and ended up being killed by a distracted driver, while riding in an ambulance (the one plot twist I had a hard time accepting, as I have never seen anyone T-bone an emergency vehicle, especially at a high rate of speed).
The protagonist and his wife struggled, at times, just as many couples do, when differences of life energy become personalized. Penny and I worked through our issues, and ended strong.
When the protagonist chose to travel to a forest, east of Japan’s Mount Fuji, with the intent of committing suicide, he encountered another suicidal man, who was struggling to get out of the forest, as he had changed his mind. Through trying to help the other man, he realizes his own suicidal impulses were not all that deep. It turns out that his late wife’s spirit was working, through the presence of the other man, to help the protagonist work through his grief.
Again, this was no coincidence that we viewed this particular film. I reflected that there have been so many times, in which Penny’s spirit has helped me, through one difficulty or another. This, it is apparent, is what loving spirits do for those they leave behind, here in the physical realm. Indeed, are there really any coincidences, at all?