Ramblings of Silver Blue


23 Jul

New Beginnings

Dear readers: I’ve been formulating this post for most of the day; parts of it were written pre-“Piercing the Veil” from this morning. As you will see, the potential book title actually came from the following events.

I’ve added a new category to the blog, one that I feel is very important to me.

After floating along in life for a great number of years, like a boat on a sea without a rudder, I had something incredible happen to me this morning.

I arose at my usual time, but wasn’t feeling well; I was the first migraine that I’d had since I fired my neurologist much earlier in the year. Since I’m used to dealing with pain, however, I was going to go to work; Tink, however, told me “you’ve got the sick leave in abundance. What is it going to take for you to start putting yourself first and taking care of you?” (It’s not a direct quote, but that’s the gist of what I think she was trying to tell me.)

So, I decided to use a sick day and attempt to renew myself.

I went back to bed and slept for a couple hours. Then I woke up and decided to meditate in a way that I hadn’t in quite some time. It involved going to my internal “sanctuary”. I asked the universe for a sign as to what I needed to do in order to restore happiness and balance in my life. The universe responded by having a book fall off my headboard and hitting me in the head.

The book? Living in the Light by Shakti Gawain. A guide to personal and planetary transformation. After saying a silent curse for the universe to have taken me so seriously with immediate results, I picked up the book and opened it. The first words my eyes fell on were on page xi:

In retrospect, I can see that I was going through a place that all of us must pass through at one time or another — what mystics call the piercing of the veil of illusion. It’s the point where we truly recognize that our physical world is not the ultimate reality and we begin to turn inward to discover the true nature of existence. At these times we usually feel emotionally that we are hitting bottom, but as we actaully hit the bottom we fall through a trap door into a bright new world — the realm of spiritual truth. Only by moving fully into the darkness can we move through it into the light.

Blink. Blink. Remember the story I tell about how the “Body For Life” program came back into my life, unexpectedly?

Then, when I finally got up to eat something (the only thing I’ve eaten today, which, as I expected, has caused some problems), I received an email from Coffeemate:

Here’s a bit of Unitarian lovin for ya. It’s by Lynn Ungar, a UU minister. This is the essence of my personal theology, and I hope you glean some sense of your beauty and worth from it 🙂

“By what are you saved, and how?

Saved like a bit of string, tucked away in a drawer?

Saved like a child rushed from a burning building, already singed and coughing smoke?

Or are you salvaged like a car part — the one good door when the rest is wrecked?
Do you believe me when I say you are neither salvaged nor saved,
but salved,
anointed by gentle hands where you are most tender?

Haven’t you seen the way snow curls down like a fresh sheet,
how it covers everything,
makes everything beautiful,
without exception?”

I want to thank everyone who has taken the time to send me emails expressing their take on my life. I’m going to be blunt here. I’m attempting to find guidance in my life; anyone and everyone who wishes to share their experiences on what life has brought their way, and how it has affected (or effected — I hate trying to discern the difference between those two words) their path, feel free to leave a comment or send me an email.

This section’s for Revog, because, well, she knows.

Kything
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Kything is from an old Scottish word, “kythe,” meaning “to make visible.” Madeleine L’Engle used it to describe a type of communication, in a sense like telepathy, found in several of the books in her Time Quartet.

Kything in the Time books is a sort of wordless, mind to mind communication in which one person, in essence, almost becomes another, seeing through their eyes and feeling through their senses.

In such a frame of mind, the two people intuitively know the meaning of what the other is telling them, disregarding such things as words or pictures. The idea may be based on the concept of Oneness, which states that all that exists, is one in its source and end. Apparently, recollection and assertion of that concept puts a person “in Kythe” with that which they are concentrating on.

Characters depicted as kything, particularly in A Wind in the Door and A Swiftly Tilting Planet include Charles Wallace Murry (for whom it comes naturally), Meg Murry and Calvin O’Keefe. Meg and Calvin share a particular bond with each other, part of their growing relationship which eventually leads to marriage. In addition, Vicky Austin appears to kythe with both dolphins and Adam Eddington in A Ring of Endless Light, although the term is not used in that instance.

Catholic priest Louis M. Savary and Patricia H. Berne have created a handbook for kything as a spiritual practice, in Kything: The Art of Spiritual Presence.

I have a copy of the Savary/Berne book coming in from ebay. I read it years ago at Edgar Cayce’s A.R.E. Foundation, but cash was in short supply and I passed it up.

Remember — my email is always open for your thoughts and ideas (silverblue at cox dot net). I’m still asking for photos of everyone. Pick a photo of yourself that you like and email it to me.

I feel confident enough now to let you know that, while I’m not going to be putting them online, I am wanting to make a montage to sit on my desk to remind me of the number of great people I know, who I am happy to have in my life.

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