I hope this finds you having a wonderful start to your holiday season!
Last weekend was a wild ride, Julia and I had 7 gigs in 3 days. One of the beautiful things about the work we do is the people we meet.
On Saturday, we had a pre-show dinner next to Richard Zayback, who had been an optometrist, until he had a stroke that left no sensation on the left side of his body. Eight years ago, he lost his wife and yet the gentleman who sat next to us had a real smile and earnest glow. He said that life gives you blows but it is all about what you do with yourself after that. He had lobbied in Washington on behalf of the disabled. He is helping a young man now start a business to help post-high school students with disabilities have full productive lives. He told us a story of a little girl who was a patient of his when he was still an optometrist. She told him she was going to be just like him when she grew up. She told him the same thing the next year and he told her he was going to put her to work. With her parent’s permission, he had her showing young patients how to put in their contacts in and helping around the office to see if she would like it. She not only became an optometrist, but when he had the stroke, she purchased the business from him. Now her folks invite him to every holiday and gathering, considering him to be a part of the family.
Yesterday, we had a photo session down on the Wissahickon river. Our photographer, Nathan Joseph Dodson was one of those people you feel fortunate to have met, like Richard Zayback. Nathan was home schooled, the second of eight children. When he was 12, he traded stocks on line. His mom gave him and his brother $400 to start with. They made $23,000. He got bored and sold antique books on line. He was a professional gymnast. He was offered a scholarship to Harvard and turned it down. At 18, he became a self taught photographer. At 19, he was at an international photography symposium with groups like Sports Illustrated. His class was one of the most attended, despite the fact that he was improvising. Now, he is sent around the globe to talk at colleges and conventions about photography.
He has just invested in a medical facility just before it won a Nobel Prize. He has 2 percent invested in a baseball team that is being sold. He has this great air of confidence without arrogance. We got the feeling he could make 20 million dollars and still would choose to continue to be a photographer, because he loves it. He was so positive with us, so into the process itself. He put us at our ease and made us aware of the moment, of the light of being able to capture something we were all sharing and would get to share with others.
There are so many amazing people around us all the time and when we meet folks who are so committed to utilizing what they have, it makes us pull back and recognize the rarified air we are breathing, the capacity we have for expanding our lives.
So here is to the light, to the freedom we have to be ourselves as we choose and the heroes that help us along the way!
Remember that we are not here to systematically destroy ourselves and the planet but to recognize the vibration inherent in all creation. We sing the songs of our family, countries, planet and those sing back to us as we have understood them to be. We sing of things not yet manifested; we sing of newer hopes that complete an eon of frustrated ignorance as we slip into one where solutions are unspoken but taken up as yielded fruit.
Where there is concentration and faith beyond dogmatic fear, there is the chance to rest within pure capacity. We fit into destiny’s shoes where our dance augments the love that dares assert itself in the midst of danger and entertains a new thought: “I don’t have to give up my inner peace even with the threat of death’s short stint or in the midst of ignorance and fear’s bluff.” Contemplate where we meet. Relief is behind the excuse to hold onto self pity.
Where you are right now matters. Listen to the prompts throughout the day and be willing to sit still and not just forage ahead in the name of getting something done. Sometimes it is the seeming waste of time that saves the day and provides the true release from all finite care.
Last night as I was taking out the trash, the fireflies reminded me it was a sweet summer night. The darkness was filled with flashing pinpoints of light that drew forth the holiest of words from me, the ‘Wow’ that removes years and time, bridges childhood to now and reconnects us to wonder. I stood outside and watched them silently as the lightning flashed softly through the trees, noticing the seeming pattern the fireflies created as if it were a natural Fibonacci sequence or a morse code.
I had been thinking of sharing two videos showing how frequency affects physical matter and the relationship between vibration and manifestation, (In the salt experiment, the higher the frequency the more complex and beautiful the geometric patterns become*) and here I was standing in the garden being taken back to summer nights at the top of my tree in the backyard, back to reading to Ray Bradbury’s Dandelion Wine where he is out in nature and realizes he is alive:
“I’m really alive! he thought. I never knew it before, or if I did I don’t remember!…” “The world, like a great iris of an even more gigantic eye, which has also just opened and stretched out to encompass everything, stared back at him.” ― Ray Bradbury, Dandelion Wine Quotes by Ray Bradbury
Stepping outside is one of the surest ways of being able to step inside.
Here are the two videos I wanted to share with you. They are amazing and give me faith in the tickling creativity that winks in the darkness:
*-Salt and Sound: http://youtu.be/rf3rfTMvyHQ
Amazing Water and sound experiment: http://youtu.be/uENITui5_jU
“If you want to find the secrets of the universe, think in terms of energy, frequency and vibration.” –Nikola Tesla
May you have a full experience unexpectedly.