Beyond the Words

Written Words

It’s interesting to me that I enjoy the poetry and eloquence of the written and spoken word as much as I do, especially since the bulk of my healing work and volunteering is done in the powerful – and often profound – realm beyond words.
With the variety of energy work I provide, compassionate care is offered through light touch or near touch to guide people’s energy field to wholeness. The majority of experiences are provided in an atmosphere of soothing music, and without conversation. And yet, there is much communication. In this intuitive and responsive time together, I notice things, trust what arises, and offer appropriate focus of care based on a multitude of non-verbal signals.
I realized early in my Hospice volunteering that in fact, so much communication occurs in the space beyond and sometimes beneath the words. When in the depths of final transition, so much cannot be conveyed with words. Sometimes, despair doesn’t allow for words to come. Sometimes, the person I am sitting with is in the final moments of life, and unable to speak. These are profound moments that serve as reminders of the immense power and sanctity of non-verbal communication. A willing hand to hold, a gentle presence, a gaze of understanding and compassion, or simply holding space for someone in need are all meaningful in this immensely rich time beyond words.
Perhaps this is why I appreciate the times I hear or read words from others that resonate with me. They serve as reminders of the interplay within communication. Because the message is heard in the ear of the listener. Irrespective of the actual words said, it is the perspective of the listener that creates the framework for their meaning.
Lately I had the pleasure of hearing a host of people I admire, including Marianne Williamson Barbara Marx Hubbard, Penache Desai, the list goes on and on…… at a global teleconference. And I took the opportunity to jot down a few of the gems from their sharing, to capture them for another day when I will again receive their inspiration, be lifted, and perhaps pass them along in a silent prayer to someone else.
And I recognize the enormous power for inspiration and influence the written word provides. I have been asked to share a bit of my life journey in a collection of stories showcasing the power of defining moments within the lives of a variety of people. I am blessed to be part of this book, and will dig deep to articulate words that best express my moments of clarity, of choice, of connection, of experiences that have both shaped my world and rippled to those around me. I will seek to transmit the feelings within my story in an authentic way that both honours the people on my path, and invites readers on a journey of discovery.
As I write these words today, I am reminded of a poem that shaped my early adulthood. Here’s a bit of context… I graduated from high school and moved away from home in a time before personal computers and emails, let alone texting and Skype, were commonplace. So I used to write a lot of letters. Perhaps after reading this poem, you will understand why.
I hope you enjoy this perspective of the written word as much as I do.

“They tell me Mom and Dad check the mailbox every day for a letter from me.
I pray for them often, but don’t write much.
Perhaps I should write more often and pray less?
Or maybe, a letter is a prayer that meant what it said”.                  Author Unknown.

In health and vibrancy, Laurie.

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