We interrupt this current cycle of chaotic, melancholic, existential angst to bring you a new segment of the Collision series. Yesterday’s adventure gives me hope that a new dawn is arriving, or at least within sight.
Backstory: I’m a very visual person , so imagery sticks with me. On many occasions I will go by a building that has a catchy name or logo. Certain words evoke peace, positivity, love, etc. In fact I once applied for a position at a group practice simply because I liked the name of the company. Hint: It is a name of something found in nature. When I told people I was attracted to the name, they looked at me with that ” she must be crazy” look. Turns out my intuition was on point. I worked there happily for many years.
So I have driven by a sign for a holistic counseling center numerous times on my way to work out or shop. We will call it The Love Center for the purposes of this blog. I will also use fictitious names for the people named in this story. The names will be set in quotes. I often imagined what type of healing took place there and what the building looked like inside. A key word is included in the name and this word evokes many powerful, positive associations in my consciousness. Words and numbers are symbols and symbols are significant and often overlooked. The address and telephone number of a business or a residence will tell you many things about the energies of that location or its inhabitants. I am often amazed at how so many people I know have similar phone numbers to my own and I am not referring to the area code. I share some experiences with symbols here. I often wondered if I would like to be a part of this center. I never pursued it any further, because of the distance between the center and my home. It seemed too long of a commute and I also knew nothing at all about the business other than the name.
Meetups and more: I started a spiritual meetup in January and the process has been interesting to say the least. For some reason my inbox has been inundated with emails about other new meetup groups. There seems to be a meetup explosion happening lately, or I am getting more notifications because I am an organizer, on none of the above. In any event, one new meetup got my attention. It happened to be sponsored by the holistic center I described above. So I went to the page and joined the group. While perusing the page, I discovered the address has changed. The center relocated to a location in my immediate area. It is in an office complex that I frequent right near my gym and supermarket. It is in my ‘hood! So I visit their website to learn more about them and notice the new address. It is 1811,which reduces to 911, which reduces to 11. I ponder attending some of their meetup events and perhaps applying to work there. My internet browser apparently has changed its format because I notice that pages I save are adhered to the task bar right below the search bar. The Love Center’s page is now within my sight every time I use my laptop so it is frequently prominent in my thoughts.
Astrology, Soundbaths, and a surprise: I had a client scheduled on Sunday for an astrology session. While my practice is currently small, I am so in the flow when I give readings. I was going to type the word working, but it is not work. Maybe the preparation can be a bit tedious, but the interactions with the clients are joyous. Each one is different and I feel so grateful that I get to share this knowledge with others. Being alert during sessions is essential and caffeine is typically my friend when I need to be at my best. We planned to meet at a local Starbucks. I could have chosen the location closest to my home, but for several reasons I chose this particular location. I made my choice based on a few factors: There is a parking lot, there are tables outside in case we cannot find one available indoors, and I have gone there for several metaphysical gatherings in the past. I initially worried about finding any available seating, but reminded myself that anytime I went there with others, we always found a table. I also prayed that a free table would appear upon my arrival.
I arrived a few minutes early and a table by the window cleared right as I opened the door. “Perfect” I thought as I waited for the people to gather their belongings and leave. I conducted the reading and it went well. I was reminded once again how in my element I am when I have a chance to
love live my purpose. I could tell that my client was gaining unique insights into this life and that the reading opened up new possibilities and choices for him going forward. I had waited to go to the bathroom until the session was complete and I noticed that we had gone over the standard appointment time. I have a habit for talking and talking… Who knew?? Yeah, right!
Kidding aside, we both said goodbye and headed to the bathroom. I left my coat at the table. When I went back to retrieve my coat, I saw a woman sitting at the adjacent table. She was smiling at me and I recognized her immediately. We have not seen each other in a couple years. I said hello and we began to chat. I know her from attending sound baths for several years. I described my latest soundbath “opening” here. I told ” Kathy” that she should have attended the last one because it was so powerful for me. I told here it was in a different venue. She said that it was held at ” Joan’s” office. I asked her ” Who is Joan? ” “Joan is in private practice now, but I used to work with her.” ” Where do you work?” ” I teach classes at the Love Center.” ” You mean the Love Center that has meetups?” ” Yes, we just moved to our new location.” I tell her that I joined the meetup and asked her about her specialty. We discussed the new site and the culture of the practice. I told her that I was considering applying to join the practice and she was very helpful and encouraging. As we said goodbye, I smiled and said ” There are no accidents!”
Thought are things: If I have learned anything this past month, it is to never never NEVER underestimate the power of thought mixed with emotion. I had not seen “Kathy” in years since the Sound healer relocated to Santa Fe. I had no idea where she worked. I did not recognize anyone I knew when I read the center’s website. There seems to be a strong pull for me towards this practice. I do not know if I will put in an application, but that’s not central to this collision tale. What does matter is I was happy sitting at Starbucks, drinking my chai latte with coconut milk ( yum) and interacting with my client about his natal chart. It also matters that I chose this particular location and that we ran over the allotted time. Otherwise it is rather unlikely I would have ran into ” Kathy.”
You have no idea how relieved I am that I could shift my thoughts towards the light once more. It wasn’t that I was depressed, but I was quite fearful and in a weakened state. The negativity had been spiraling out of control and seemed to be dominating my experience of day-to-day life. The darkness and the ego do have their value. I am a non-duality enthusiast so I do not attempt to eradicate the dark or my ego. But over the past month my focus on fear was leading me out of the flow and into a perpetually frightening state. It was not constant, but its influence was draining me and coloring my perspective.
This recent encounter has empowered me to keep faithful to self-care. As an empath, I am highly sensitive and attract more and more of whatever I give emotion and charge to. Thank you to Sarah, Karin, Theanne, Michael, Sue, Jamie, Dewin, and all of the wonderful readers who have lent encouragement and love. A final thank you to Starbucks for adding coconut milk to their menu. Somehow the coconut milk transports me to a familiar happy place beyond time and space.
Where all is well.
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