Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Wacky, Wondrous, Whatever, What If Wednesday

Are we dwelling within a magical reality? My friend, Lisa Wilson, said in one of her blog posts this week, “Entering a world of magic is not ignoring the "real" world around us. It is simply a change of perspective.”
If only we would let go of the handle attached to the box lid we often keep ourselves neatly contained within. If we just let go, we will find, with no other effort on our part, the lid will simply, freely open up. Then listen to what beckons us to pop our heads up and turn our ear; to see what lies beyond the self imposed labels, rules, duties, guilt. If only we just let go, like Alice going down the rabbit's hole. I know, really, I know, letting go is often much more difficult than holding on...but its okay to just let go.
What would happen if we opened our eyes and took in a panoramic view of the landscape which lies beyond our tidy little box or, even better still, what would happen if we chose to step outside the box? What if we re-created our labels, relaxed the self imposed rules and duties, removed the noose of guilt? I’m not in any way encouraging us to be unkind, disrespectful, irreverent, or irresponsible; quite the contrary.
Another Lisa friend, Lisa Dieken, is, among many wonderful things, a Shamanic Journey Practitioner .  Recently I took a soul retrieval journey with her. In the journey she re-introduced to me a delightful, helpful, magical, healing, soulful part of – me. Lisa guided me on a journey which adjusted and continues to adjust my perspective. During the journey she also reaffirmed something she had told me weeks prior, its okay to play.
Is it time to reinvent play in our lives? Play; to have a playful heart and soul is part of what is required and what happens when we step outside our boxed in world into a magical reality. Play, like that of child, like that of Alice in Wonderland.
Yes, I finished Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland, reading it that is. The book is so very different than any of the movies. And, while I like the movie renditions, I wish they would have included Alice’s sister’s involvement at the end of the story. While I continue to soak in the book, reinvent play, explore soul integration, and step further out of and away from my box into the magical reality beyond, I want to quote, as a reminder to myself and to my sister who is also named Lisa, and, as a sister to all who may venture here, what is written in the concluding portion of the book,
“But her sister sat still just as she (Alice) left her, leaning her head on her hand, watching the setting sun, and thinking of little Alice and all her wonderful Adventures, till she too began dreaming after a fashion…lastly, she pictured to herself how this same little sister of hers would, in the after-time, be herself a grown woman; and how she would keep, through all her riper years, the simple and loving heart of her childhood; and how she would gather about her other little children, and make their eyes bright and eager with many a strange tale, perhaps even with the dream of Wonderland of long ago and how she would feel with all their simple sorrows, and find a pleasure in all their simple joys, remembering her own child-life, and the happy summer days.”
There is depth here, there is depth in Wonderland, there is depth beyond the reality of what we know, there is depth, magic, play, soul and as you explore this ‘reality’ remember you are tethered to the Great Creator, to your God. As you let go, simply trust...

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