How I was Touched by the Divine
Experiencing an epiphany changed my life forever
Stop acting so small. You are the Universe in ecstatic motion. — Rumi
Walking along the shore one morning, I drifted into an ecstatic state. The ocean’s gentle whisper coupled with the rhythmic wave-pulse embraced me like my mother’s arms and carried me away. Away over the waves and clouds. Away from anxiety and worry. Away and into the All. My spirit euphorically joined the birds in flight and sat adrift upon the clouds. My soul soared aloft on wings of sea-spray and foam.
There was no separation between the Universe and my heart. I felt as if I was a reflection of sanctified authenticity and it of me. Laughing with a child’s laughter of unbridled discovery, I shooed away time when it tried to impose upon me a limit to my elation. I had nowhere to be — I just had to BE. Regenerative love/unconditional acceptance/blissful serenity. My rediscovered true self was revealed in unadorned wholesome innocence.
My seaside sanctuary became a portal into the humble glory of all-embracing LOVE. The unquenchable fire of life roared through my marrow. Time before and after time; life before and after life; the path of the eternal NOW opened. All that I am was condensed into a glowing mote of superconscious dust. This description is after the fact as no words were uttered or heard. There was only the me I was before I was told who to be. The same child’s mind that pondered the patterns of sunlight through green leaves and gleefully tasted the first snow fresh and crisp on his tongue was still reflecting upon the universe.
I realized hours later, the person I was is the person I always have been. I have just been wearing various costumes and masks to suit the moments within society. The happy little boy on his grandfather’s knee is the same single father who held his children in his lap reading bedtime stories; and is also the mature man who walks with a satisfied smile on his face when his wife joins him beside the ocean. That smile I saw reflected in my children’s eyes as I kissed them goodnight, is the same smile my mother saw as I drifted off to sleep in her loving arms. We all are blessed to be here, no matter the pressing problems or momentary doubts. We all are one with the sky, the sea, the land, and one another. So it has been, and so it shall always be.
There is a dynamic spiritual illumination within us all. That positive light found me after years of soul searching. Before my first epiphany by the ocean, I had been walking the beach to heal my injured knee. As I walked I took photos of whatever caught my eye and began a blog using the photos to frame the article. When the coronavirus pandemic struck America, I tried to increase the meaningfulness of each post and heighten the positive impact on my readers. I sharpened my gaze and intensified my focus. Something hidden deep inside my soul slowly awakened as I emptied my mind and let nature inspire me. The epiphany lit every corner of my life. And I have been unboxing my soul ever since.
Contemplative nature walks summon the deeper connection between the soul and the universe. By exploring this connection, an earnest person can begin to unbox their soul. A unique path unfolds when the obscuring layers of the self are removed. As Ralph Waldo Emerson said, In the woods we return to reason and faith…the currents of the Universal Being circulate through me; I am part or particle of God.
All religions offer paths to a similar end — reuniting with the Divine. A myriad of philosophies offer techniques to enhance self-awareness along the Way towards enlightenment and perhaps ultimately to transcendence. Let go of your ego. You are a whole, harmonious being. Becoming more self-aware connects your spirit to greater levels of meaningful existence. These join your heart and mind to higher spiritual realms. This joining, in turn, alters your perspective in unique ways. You begin to see with fresh, childlike eyes.
Childhood is a continuous act of self-expression. Sadly, this self-expression can be obscured by emotional sedimentary layers of adult obligations. Some people spend their lives accumulating material possessions. The more things they have, the safer they feel. Their self-esteem remains centered on the materialistic. While others wonder if there is more to life than earthly wealth.
Giving to others, whether through: parenting, charity or sincere acts of generosity, reveals portals to higher, spiritual dimensions. Love is the key that opens those doorways. The roots for a more purposeful life takes hold, and people seek spiritual knowledge. They seek enlightenment. The mind awakens. Fear of death fades. Spiritual insights bloom. But pale shadows of ego remain.
Along the way there are many crossroads and alternatives. The ego will loosen its hold if you remain dedicated to your journey. You would not be reading this if you were not seeking to understand. The answers will find you, as you begin to unbox your soul. Peace.