March 18, 2017, Prescott- Let’s take a break from the posting of travel photos, as I sense there is ennui setting in, among my readers here.
All my life, I’ve been through a dichotomy between thinking, usually based on incomplete information and feeling, based on my emotions of the moment.
I came upon the third component of personal reality, knowing, in the intuitive sense, not the cognitive meaning, a few years into my time as a Baha’i. The fact that I had given up a rather intense devotion to alcoholic beverages, at the same time, also helped.
These days, I put feeling and knowing into use, before thinking. It’s helped avoid a lot of the pitfalls, into which I have placed myself over the years, from being repeated.
In Fall, 1980, I felt that I was ready to meet a special person. When I met Penny, a month later, I knew that special person would be in my life, for a very long time, and would be present in my being, forever.
In Winter, 2011, when she left this world, I entered a period, of about 2 1/2 years, in which I felt that a person who resembled Penny, either in countenance or in blithe spirit, would be my solace. I knew, though, in the end, that this fabrication was doing me no good, and that I had to go through the hard work of getting myself settled, of becoming in tune with who I was, in my own space.
These days, I feel another special presence in my life. I don’t know much about this person, yet, so I can’t say I am certain, as to how things will pan out. I do know, cognitively, that she lives on the other side of Arizona. I know, intuitively, that I regarded her as a dear friend, as soon as we met, a few days ago, and that I will let that friendship go where it will. I am under no illusions; yet, it seems like I’ve known her for a very long time.
The writer and philosopher, Shakti Gawain, talks of her varied relationships, at all levels. She makes the interesting point that one can know, intuitively, when a person is part of one’s soul family. I have many such brothers, sisters, children, and extended family. Each is of particular value and there will be many others; of this, I’m certain. Let’s see where the path leads.