Thursday, October 10, 2013

Life's Mystical Adventure

“We’re all just walking each other home.” ~ Ram Dass

I was recently asked by one of my Facebook followers if I speak Sanskrit.  I was born and raised in the Caribbean, in a family of blended cultures, but English is the only language that I fluently speak.  However, I often read and share about stories from various traditions. 

One particular story echoes in me today.  It is a Hasidic story of Rabbi Zusya of Hanipoli.  Nearing the end of his life, Rabbi Zusya was troubled by a vision where he learned the question the angels would ask him about his life. His followers could see that he had been crying and couldn’t imagine why he appeared so concerned.  In their eyes, he was scholarly and humble and lived a good life. Zusya said to them, “They will not ask me, ‘Why weren’t you a Moses, leading your people out of slavery?  They will say to me, ‘Zusya, why weren’t you Zusya?’”

To be more of ourselves we have to first know who we are.  We have to be willing to embrace everything that makes us uniquely ourselves and take the necessary steps to change what no longer fits.  We also have to trust in our experiences to lead us to where we are better served and where we can best serve.  

Whether we know it or not, we’re all mystical travelers here on Earth, trying to make sense of everything we experience.  Some of us will stand at the podium and allow our voices to be heard a little more than others, but we all have something to share.  We all add a piece to this great mystery.

It seems that life often brings us to the people who speak our “language” and help us to draw meaning from the mystery that surrounds us. These people reflect back important aspects of ourselves that we may not be able to see.  I am reminded of the definition of Community shared by author and global activist Starhawk.  In Dreaming the Dark, she writes,  

Somewhere there are people to whom we can speak with passion without having the words catch in our throats.

Somewhere a circle of hands will open to receive us, eyes will light up as we enter, voices will celebrate with us whenever we come into our own power.

Community means strength that joins our strength to do the work that needs to be done. 

Arms to hold us when we falter.

A circle of healing.

A circle of friends.

Somewhere where we can be free.”

There is no greater freedom than being able to speak our truth in the presence of those who hold the space for us to do just that.  "Let us reach out with branches of compassion, connect with each other through shared roots and hold space for all to grow and feel loved," offers Laural Virtues Wauters."

And remember to embrace the mystery of this grand adventure.  Allow life to lead you beyond what you can imagine for yourself.

Have a Be-You-tiful day!


Kathleen O'Malley, DC is passionate about transforming lives.  She is the author of Messages from Children and What They Can Teach Grown-ups (Balboa Press, 2013) and Messages from Within (Balboa Press 2012)  Available on, Barnes and Nobles.comBalboa

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