Inner Journey: Watching the signs, getting the messages.

If you read my last blog, you may have surmised by now that my life has taken a turn down a road of significant soul searching. If you have not, well... now you know and you're up to speed for the moment.

There have been challenges in just about every facet of my life in recent months. You'll be letting out a sigh of relief as I inform you that I am not going to bore you with all the gory details. I am only going to tell you a short story. Very short if I can manage it.

Personal journeys boil down to lots of questions, prayers for guidance and understanding and then usually a lot of time waiting, wondering, listening to the crickets chirp in your mind as the answers drift painstaking slowly into view IF you're awake enough and aware enough to catch sight of them as they pop in and out again. I have in my past missed many of the answers I so pleadingly asked for and fervently sought I am sure. But my latest inner journey has opened me up to a new awareness I hope; no... believe. There have been several things that have happened that I have recognized as messages for me without the slightest bit of hesitation or doubt. I know, this is getting into "woo-woo" territory, but for me (to me) they speak. Without spilling my private life all over the page, I can just say that the messages are clear that I have issues to let go of in order to move past this challenging time and find the inner peace and comfortable-in-my-skin-happy-about-my-life place that seems so elusive. To solidify the messages... today, while walking, I came upon a short length of chain laying in the road. Normally I would have passed it by without a second thought or glance. But today, in that new awareness mind set, I stopped, looked at it, picked it up and carried it with me as I continued my journey at a casual gate. As I walked with it, holding it in my fingers, looking at it closely I counted the links. 8. And in the very moment that the number 8 was arrived at came the message. "You have 8 things to unchain yourself from to find what you are looking for". Now, in days gone by I would have sought immediate psychiatric evaluation. But on this day, I just said a quiet "Thank you" and put the length of chain in my pocket as I made my way back home. It now hangs directly above my computer to remind me that I have more work to do discovering the things I need to release.  Rest assured, I have begun.

This story and picture will also be going up on a new page at The Collabative called "Sparks". Like the name suggests, they will be pictures, much like the one I wish I could have taken of the chain as I found it laying in the road instead of as you see it here on a table at the house. All the images there on "The Sparks" page will be left to do just that, spark someone's imagination to interpret them in any manner they wish through any art form they choose. Sound intriguing? Check it out.