October 9, 2018, Prescott-
It was a consummate joy to have been in Arcosanti, for 2 1/2 incredible days. The social climate felt different to me than last year’s- in an incredibly beautiful way. I think that is a continuance of the greater self-confidence I have felt this year, both at work and at leisure.
In one sense, the trials that come along have sparked incidents that have actually augmented the lessons which the trials themselves are meant to impart. The vandalism to my Elantra, in Montreal, was followed by an evening of healing and joy, at Auberge Bishop, a visit to my Grandma’s hometown and the incredible celebratory weekend in Philadelphia. A solemn, but blessed, visit with my mother-in-law, was followed by an affirming day with an old Baha’i friend in North Carolina and two days in the sun, with two other friends, in eastern Tennessee.
I felt my rhythm come back, that Sunday night in Montreal, explode in Philadelphia and flow like heaven, this past weekend. A powerful new friend helped greatly in that regard, and more than she may realize. Then, too, the music we enjoyed and in which we reveled, was a huge part of this flow. There were academic presentations as well, plus I served in the kitchen and in the Monday morning transition to another workshop week.
Insightful, talented men and women brought us to our feet, engaging body and soul.
Most powerful of all was Daniel Hirtz, whose love of the drum, as a sacred instrument of healing, imparted several affirmations of my own growing love of this instrument. While a few sad, misguided people tried to interrupt Daniel’s session with us, it continued, until the group felt fulfilled. Drumming and breathing are keys to healing.
Returning to Prescott, I resumed work with another friend of power, who needed help with getting a safe living situation. That work has partly been achieved, and will continue, albeit around my other endeavours, until it reaches a sense of permanence.
As for my trip to California, it has been delayed by two days, so that the above-mentioned work will see a few more steps achieved, and that a dental procedure can be completed. More details about the coming Thursday-Sunday, in the next post.
For now, I am grateful to Daniel, Pam, Eliana, Tom, Jess, Nick, Conor, Beth Ann, Dave, Ray and all the kids-of-all-ages who made Convergence 2018 such a surging beginning to Autumn.