Sunday, January 24, 2010

Free flight

I was doing an onsite visit this past week for one of my freelance writing accounts. This particular site visit was one of those borderline surreal experiences, as it was a wedding venue straight out of a fairytale. Picture a sweeping estate harkening back to the days of the Old South era, complete with winding drive, rolling hills with manicured and professionally landscaped grounds, a vineyard, various pavilions, gazebos, gracious circular drive and triple-tiered fountain, all leading to a stately manor atop the highest point of the property. It was enough to make any feminine heart sigh in delight, picturing her wedding in this lovely setting.

The day itself was what I call a soft, gray day. Most people find this type of weather a nuisance, but I love soft gray days. They are similar to snowy days in that they soften the edges of the world, dampen the sounds around us and slow the pace a wee bit. We had unseasonably warm weather for January that day, which caused winds to whip up and provide a brisk outdoor viewing of the estate. Since my job is to write glowing reviews and descriptions of this property, I walked around extensively, drinking in the wide expanse of the grounds. For some reason, I glanced skyward and spotted four hawks. I don't know if you've ever had the opportunity to watch birds gliding the winds on a blustery day, but it's something I have always enjoyed. I stood there, at the top of that highest bluff and just watched them.

They were loving the weather, their wings outstretched as they glided about, carving lazy, elegant wheeling loops across the sky. I found myself just smiling at the sight, something deep inside of me touched and brought to a very bright moment of peace. The soft gray light of day, the whipping winds tangling my hair and bringing rosy color to my cheeks, the lovely backdrop of this incredible estate....and those beautiful hawks up in the sky, playing and skating the winds for the simple joy of it all. All of these individual details combined to create one diamond sharp instant in time for me and I doubt that I shall ever forget it. For that moment, I breathed in damp, fresh air and watched a performance thrown by nature, and I simply soared along with it all.

Does this sound overly dramatic? Absurd for a grown woman to suggest it possible to step into this dance of nature and become an element of it all? I don't see it as either - this is how I view the world.  Magic does exist and I will not be convinced otherwise. To me, moments such as these are meant to be embraced with all our senses, and that's exactly what I did. It was glorious. Even the trees surrounding the estate were doing their own gentle, elegant waltz as the winds shifted them to and fro.

I stood there, living in that moment for what felt like a separate eternity. Eventually, the four hawks moved on across the sky and disappeared. I am sure they will return to that stretch of sky and take full advantage of the wind patterns, and if I'm lucky, I'll be there occasionally to witness the beauty of it all again. This one day, however, this soft gray day of mine, will never exist again. I have it in my mind's eye and I am now attempting to paint it with words for you to share. My written efforts fall quite short of accurately describing the sheer bliss of the moment I experienced, that free flight of those four hawks.

My day continued and I was pulled back into the real world of cell phones jangling, clients wanting to schedule appointments, traffic snarling its way around the city and deadlines looming. I tucked that day away in my heart because the deep, lasting sense of peace continued to radiate inside me. I feel it even now, as I write these words. The energy of it pulses inside me and I recognize that I was sent a very profound message that afternoon - I felt a divine presence embracing me with a palpable touch.

For whatever reason, I was given that incredible moment, a nod, an encouraging touch, a thundering whisper that brushed against me and said,


"Listen...be still...this is your moment...your free flight.  All things are possible."

My throat tightens now, and chills touch my arms from the memory. The message was clear in some ways, inscrutable and cryptic in others. The example of those four hawks swooping and gliding for the pure enjoyment of the experience reminds me to embrace doing what I love with equal abandon. Their eventual progress into the distant sky also reminds me that there is more to do, experience and explore.

If we're lucky, we might have a handful of these experiences in our lives. I am like most people, sometimes wondering if I'm making the right choices, wondering at the outcome of actions set into place. Witnessing this free flight in the sky scrubbed away some of those worries and concerns and lightened my heart. I will remember this lesson, this dance on the wind, and continue my own free flight into the vast expanse of the future.

And I will remember....all things are possible.




26 comments:

  1. Oh Dawnie, what a moment to remember. Not absurd at all. I have experienced many moments such as yours and I do feel it is a "Divine Experience" that God sends us. Your last words....all things are possible is such a true profound statement. I remember speaking just those words over my oldest son when he was in his teens, and wild as a buck into everything under the sun. In fact, after having to remove him from my home for drug use and violent behavior, I went to work the day after very distraught, so distraught that the hands on my watch were moving around and around in fast motion. My emotions I was experiencing were somehow affecting my watch! Fortunately one of my co-workers was there talking with me and lending comfort and she witnessed this strange phenomenon and saw this for herself, or I would have thought I was crazy! This never happened again while wearing this watch and the watch continued to work just fine and I still have it since those 20 years ago. I went home that day and wrote on a note card those words, "All things ARE possible, only believe" and taped it to his empty bedroom door.
    I rejoice with you on this wonderful day you had along with what you experienced. Janie

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  2. beautiful post....I can feel it...being in nature I too become one with it and there alone...can hear my heart speak..Sarah

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  3. Wonderful Dawn, thanks for sharing. I love hawks, a red tailed hawk is actually a totem of mine. They protect me often & have been know to show up sitting on a fence post right in front of me. They are agents of change as I am so we are truly kindred spirits. The beauty of nature is something to many of us take for granted. We all should take the time to enjoy the beauty around us.

    Hugs,

    Bill

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  4. Happy Monday to all!

    Jane, I have had similar experiences with my energy going haywire (re: your watch dial spinning). I tend to blow out lightbulbs if I'm not paying attention, get overly tired or worked up. I also have trouble with batteries of any kind keeping a charge. It has to do with your aura, energy fields and how all those meridian points work together. I have found yoga and meditation help a lot, but admit that I'm lazy about both more than I should be!

    Sarah, what a lovely statement..."can hear my heart speak". It's such a quiet, personal moment, isn't it - being out in nature and opening your sense up to drink it all in.

    Bill, I thought of that very think - hawks being a harbinger of change. I think the number 4 has to be significant, as there were four of them up there wheeling about in the sky. 4 days, 4 weeks, 4 months? I'll keep you posted!

    Thank you, all three of you, for visiting, reading and leaving comments.

    ~ Dawn

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  5. I think it's wonderful that you state you believe in magic. This word originates from the word magi and one of the interpretations for it is simply wisdom. The wisdom of remembering to connect to the moment and especially if you are in a setting in nature and all of the present energy that exists there. Your description of the freedom and presence of the hawks is right on with how nature just is - right now - present and alive.
    Wonderful.

    Aine

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  6. Dawn, what a beatiful experience to have had. I can understand what you mean about the feelings and absolute sense of wonder that these experiences give.

    For me, nature brings me such a sense of calm, quiet, and peace - it's one of the ways that I can escape from all the craziness of day to day life.

    I must say that as beautiful as the experience was, you really do have a truly remarkable way with words. Through your narrative, I could picture and imagine exactly the wonder that you described and it was as if I too was in that place. You truly have a gift for words.

    Overdramatic? Absolutely not. Magical - without a doubt!

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  7. Aine, I do believe we are sisters in Spirit - we think in very similar terms. It is lovely to discover another person who "speaks your language" when it comes to viewing the world in a magical way, and not using the term facetiously. Thank you for taking time to give me a nod in Spirit!

    Bernadine, thank you for the complementary words about my writing style. Nothing pleases me more than to hear that something I've written was done well enough to make the reader feel they can envision the experience along with me! That is what I always strive for, and you know, being self-critical as we always are, I often feel I fall short of the mark. Friends who visit and post comments are the best - you let me know when I DO and when I do NOT hit that mark! This time, it appears I achieved my goal and painted evocatively with my words. I'm smiling to know this!

    ~ Dawn

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  8. I felt like I was right there with you! I love the picture you painted with your words in order to share this experience. Great post as always!!! :)

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  9. Anahid, thanks for coming along for the ride! :-)

    ~ Dawn

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  10. Thanks for being apart of my life. I have included you in my list of "10 blogs I like" here: http://journeytojoy-timberwolf123.blogspot.com/2010/01/my-favorite-things.html
    If you wish to participate, simply list 10 things that make you happy and pass on the award to 10 other blogs (or vlogs) that you like. Thanks & hugs.

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  11. Bill, thank you for the Happy 101 nod! We are doing that great mutual admiration society thing that's so much fun. Since I just responded to the same award from another bloggy friend, I'll leave my response as it stands and be even more appreciative that someone else thinks my writing is worthy of recognition. Hugs back to you!

    ~ Dawn

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  12. Lovely writing. Experiences like this in nature are so valuable because they remind us to live in the moment and appreciate the sheer joy of existence.

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  13. I know that you've won several of these awards; however you deserve an unlimited amount of them! You have one of my favorite blogs and I have listed you as a Happy 101 Blog Award winner.

    http://sallyleebythesea.blogspot.com/2010/01/happy-101-blog-award.html

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  14. Oh my goodness! Marie, thank you so much for your kind words and the award nod! Nothing could please me more than to hear another person values my blog and writing enough to count me in their personal Top 10. I'm going to write some sort of an update to my Happy 101 Award post to acknowledge the additional mentions Healing Morning (and AB group & blog) have been given - these accolades matter very much to me!

    Thank you, my friend and Namaste!

    ~ Dawn

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  15. Nothing Profound, thank you for the insightful comment. I love meeting fellow blog authors who recognize those moments out of time. :-)

    ~ Dawn

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  16. Well done!... One of your bright shining moments.. I am glad you took the time to give it a written voice.

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  17. Mr. Skeleton, aka Jeffers the Great, thank you for your kind words. You made me smile with your comment and honored me with your re-post on your FB wall. I feel the love!

    ~ Dawn

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  18. <3 It truly is remarkable how, when we stop and listen, the beauty of creation speaks about the one who made it. There have been very few times when I have heard God speaking to me in the clear, soft voice that you've described here. I envy you your experience, but I'm thankful that you'll have it with you to cherish always!

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  19. Jenn, thank you for stopping by. The day described here was truly a moment out of time. I remember it in such vivid detail, even now, so many days later. I loved your statement that "the beauty of nature speaks about the One who made it." Very succinct, and lovely!

    ~ Dawn

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  20. "Listen...be still...this is your moment...your free flight. All things are possible."

    Priceless words... Tears filled my eyes when I read this. Sometimes, I need a little reminder. I'm listening to God... I'm being still knowing that He is taking care of me. He's given me this moment... the moment to fulfill His will and take flight... because... "All things are possible thru Him."

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  21. I'm so glad it spoke as powerfully to you as I felt that day it all happened. Thank you for sharing your thoughts and reactions in return. And yes, my friend, you are being well taken care of.

    ~ Dawn

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  22. Moments of peace and/or understanding are rare. You take those moments and you hold them close.

    You can't them last, all you can only hang onto the memory of them.

    T

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  23. Thank you Tirzah. I appreciate you taking time to visit and read this post, and also leave a comment. I love your name, by the way - it's so lyrically pretty!

    ~ Dawn

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  24. I have been graced with a blogging award and would like to share it with you. You can find it at my blog, and keep up the great work!

    Aine
    http://theevolvingspirit.blogspot.com

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  25. This was a wonderful post. You have a definite talent for writing. You were able to convey your message in mind and body. I will look forward to more of your posts!

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  26. Aine, thank you so much for the blog award! I will reply w/ a blog post shortly. I love your work in return and am happy to have found you in the bloggy world.

    David, thank you so much for visiting, reading, enjoying and posting a comment with your impressions. "You were able to convey your message in mind and body." THAT was an immense complement to my writing and I am very flattered. I am now off to investigate your own blog!

    ~ Dawn

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