I am reading Julia Ostara’s book The Girl Who Dances With DeLight, which guides the reader through a one-month journey with the moon. And I love the synchronicity: my online Moon course, published earlier this year, is Dancing with the Moon. Clearly LaLuna inspires rhythm and movement in us all.
Today I’m working with Day 2 of the book’s #DanceWithDelight journey: #TrustYourSong, essentially the soundtrack of one’s life. Music has always been a huge part of my life, so at first I thought “how can I find just one song?”.
But a soundtrack is just that… many songs, many moods, many occasions. And as I pondered this in my head, my heart so very clearly heard the song I needed to hear today: “Here, There, and Everywhere” by my hometown lads, John Lennon & Paul McCartney.
For those not familiar with the song:
For me, this is a time of loss — after a passing in our family last week — and a time of remembrance for all those lost. This song was played at the celebrations of life for my parents, and has a powerful connection with everyone in our family. For me, it speaks to the enduring power of love, and that we truly are here, there and everywhere.
And as I wrote this post, that song also brought to mind the powerful words of Tom Joad in John Steinbeck’s novel The Grapes of Wrath (Ch. 28, p. 419) as he contemplates his uncertain future (and likely death):
“Well, maybe it’s like Casy says. A fellow ain’t got a soul of his own, just little piece of a big soul, the one big soul that belongs to everybody, then . . . I’ll be all aroun’ in the dark. I’ll be ever’where — wherever you look. Wherever they’s a fight so hungry people can eat, I’ll be there. Wherever they’s a cop beatin’ up a guy, I’ll be there. If Casy knowed, why, I’ll be in the way guys yell when they’re mad an’ — I’ll be in the way kids laugh when they’re hungry an’ they know supper’s ready. An’ when our folks eat the stuff they raise an’ live in the houses they build — why, I’ll be there.”
Spirit moves… Spirit connects… Spirit unites… Spirit lives… Spirit survives in the the “one big soul that belongs to everybody”.
The header photograph was taken at Spanish Banks West in Vancouver, Canada, a place I often go to meditate, and for my lunar and solar rituals. There I connect to the elements and that liminal space between the worlds, and the physical liminal space of sea (Water), land (Earth), Sky (Air)… and with a candle (conditions permitting!), Fire.