It is said that travel broadens the mind.
However, although some have been lucky enough to be able to travel to many Places, time was when most did not leave the confines of their own village. Others, even in their own space with the help of wise women and men, then and now were and are still able to travel through time to when they were here before, often revealing why they are the way they are today, bringing forward talents and gifts in the here and now.
It is strange that although you could say I am not adventurous I have been to many Places in this life that have certainly not given me the kind of advantage that is expected from the Grand Tour of old, around Europe, for the wealthy and privileged not only to Europe but to many other Places around the UK, I have gone a bit further to America and Canada to the West, to Africa to the South and to India and Nepal in the East.
What travels I have enjoyed to many Places through business and holidays have given me an appreciation of the commonality of all spiritual traditions apart from the continuous adherence to the difference between religions, and the dissection of the human race into warring factions by most preachers in the religions and cults; claiming that their way is the only ‘one-and-only’ path to the Divine, to the point of issuing a Fatwah against one not even of their own faith for writings they did not agree with.
Whatever Place I have been to when speaking to the people in the street, in general there is nothing to argue about but much to celebrate in our difference. There were of course strange disappointments, such as a visit to Toronto and Orillia I found it odd that the only Totem Pole I could find was in a museum and so big it could only be accommodated in the stair well with the stairs winding around it.
In my house in Sussex one of the bedrooms was given over to the walls I painted as if looking out through the arches of a temple and through each arch was a picture of the different spiritual traditions, from the Tepee, Totem Pole and Messaging Fire in one, to the Golden Temple of Amritsar in another and so on round the room. An ideal place for meditation, enjoyed by visiting mediums; revelling in the all-encompassing spiritual traditions represented.
Reflection is good when you have time on your hands in your isolation, especially if on your own and not able to visit loved ones and Places both near and far that you love. Even if it takes a photo to open the memory cells to times of happiness in the past, remembering the good times even as far back as childhood. There is no limit especially if alone when looking back, rest assured you will not be interrupted.
This emerges from my Serene Reflection Meditation of Buddhist tradition which I can wholeheartedly recommend. Remembering as each thought comes into the mind to recognise but not to dwell on any one theme, just to let it drift away like the floating cork on a pond allowed to move away simply by the wind, leaving space for the next thought to come and go.
We are thankful that we are safe in our own home in the West Country of the UK but in this diverse world a new community spirit has emerged through this challenging time to bring hope to those left to fend for themselves locked in their own Places; with help on hand if they have the courage to ask of strangers in the past who could become great friends in the future.
Our calling has prompted us to follow the need wherever it may be from Sussex in the UK to Ayora followed by Monovar, both in Spain, then back to Devon in England because the grandchildren were missed. After only 3 years in the County of my birth the call came again as my daughter was diagnosed with a cruel condition.
So, we moved to Somerset to be nearer to help and she became vulnerable when Covid-19 arrived, which as I may have said meant that we could not interact even being as close as 5 minutes in the car rather than nearly 2 hours away from Devon.
In the future, since Covid-19 will be lurking in the background just like Flu or the Common Cold but with possibly still more dire consequences if contracted especially by the vulnerable and elderly, our lives are going to change whether we like it or not. Please God let a confirmedVaccine be found here in the UK very soon!
We love our new little home and although confined, following the guidance, staying alert, and using our common sense to live our new way of being as safely as possible in our own particularly placed circumstances, we wish the same for everyone.
Our faith leads us to pray, coming together from both sides of the Christian tradition, but we also understand that prayer only goes so far, as there are challenges we must face in this human state knowing that all possible help in the form of the healing energies of Well-Being are ours to accept 24/7. In fact, of course this applies to all faiths as they are all attuned to the same Divine Source of All There Is; so long as they accept that possibility.
We may be different in many ways including our understanding of the spiritual aspect of our faith as interpreted by our leaders but for us our own way, but I truly believe that there is strength in our difference, no matter in which Place we have chosen or was chosen for us to live and to practice our belief.
My fervent wish is that the current world challenge will bring all Nations together, just like the coming together at Community level, rather than to split us all apart which seems to be the current vogue. I voted to stay but the slim majority voted to split and what we got was isolation! As Michel Barnier said the option is still there to cancel article 50 and to resume our membership of the EU, which for me would seem to be the sensible option in view of the likelihood of reaching a less than favourable Trade Deal for the UK or no deal at all.
Perhaps we did not look carefully enough at the consequences of our choice before we voted. Still, from the religious intolerance in India which forced the coming into being of Pakistan and Bangladesh, when millions were murdered on both sides, to the insistence of Scotland wanting to become a separate country. It has been said many times, “The one lesson of history we never learn is the lesson of history”.
I also hope that the idea of sharing as the lockdown is released will continue in the minds and hearts of all of our communities, with a greater understanding of the values of our interactions and offers of help to all the members of our groups however large or small.
Wishing you Peace in your Place, with Love, Hanukah & the Angel