The Universe Answers

hand-made cards, collage artTo find mental health, we must seek it.  And once we start seeking, it becomes part of us.  We seek answers, but more importantly, we seek questions.  We start to find connections, so we open to more questions.  Driven at times by our illness, the seeking can become sharp-edged.  But if we are patient with ourselves, if we return to a place of acceptance, those edges soften and reach out in wonder.

We all need companions on our quest—people who will share their curiosity, people who will delight in the questions without needing quick answers, people who will love the bright shiny bits we uncover and bring back to share.

For many years, I lived in a community of seekers.  The people close to me looked to nature, or the beauty of ancient cultures, or sacred words from across the globe, or the deep teachings of their own experience to guide their discovering.   They retold myths and made music.  They used love like medicine.  Among them I grew soft-edged and curious.

When I moved away from them, I was afraid.  I thought I would never survive without their gentle updraft against my wings.  My seeking became sharp and panic-driven.  I needed companions, but could find no seekers in this new place.  Eventually I quieted.  I sent a prayer out to the Universe based on the wise words of a friend.

“If you are there,” she told me, “then so are others.  Set an intention to find them.  Set an intention that they find you.  It will happen.”

Last winter I tried to start a meditation group.  I was hungry for connection and curious companions, and too poor to travel to my meditation group out of town.  I couldn’t find anyone to join me, so I sat alone until I finally gave up.  Not Yet, She whispered.  So I continued to breathe into my curiosity, continued to soften and open.

This past week, I was asked to start two different meditation groups.  Seekers found me.  And I found them.  The Universe answers in Her own time.

6 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Sheryl Mae
    Oct 15, 2012 @ 12:40:05

    Patience is a virtue.


  2. Kathryn McCullough
    Oct 15, 2012 @ 17:56:04

    Oh, Sandy, this is good news, my friend! I’m so happy for you!


  3. littlesundog
    Oct 15, 2012 @ 21:14:23

    This is a most inspiring post! I may have to read it again and again to keep the faith! I feel I’ve walked this path alone for a very long time…


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