So, if you are one of those people with a heavy heart this season, I have a message to pass on: Your loved one is really only a thought away.
When you put your attention on feeling your love for them, their energy and love will join you. You can be together again, if only in spirit- for now.
I am an unlikely carrier of this message, given that up until 3 years ago I was a proud atheist.
I believed that when you died, that was it. Kaput. Nothing. Blackness forever more.
Now I know different.
Now I know that your spirit lives on and can continue to comunicate with those who love you, because love is the universal language and your spirit never dies- it only changes form.
How can I be so sure?
Well, a LOT has happened to me to convince me of this over the past few years, but mostly right now, I want to share with you the story of how my beloved departed greyhound taught me that love can reach out through all time and space to connect you once more, whenever you choose- so that you too may know the comfort of your own loved one again.
You know those stories about how after someone close to a person has died, they feel like they have been visited by their loved one?
When it happens to you, you don’t just feel it- you know it and now it’s real. It’s truth.
I never expected it to happen to me.
Many of you may remember our greyhound Ice who passed away this summer (You can read more about him here: Serving with Love) But all you need to know is that shortly before his death, I discovered that he has been one of my spirit guides- holding a similar mission of spreading love on earth and supporting me on mine.
He crossed over after a very long, loving life, and it was time. Not that it makes it much easier.
Several weeks had passed and occasionally I’d still find myself breaking down in tears, missing a dog I didn’t realize how much I had loved.
One day, while I was driving on the highway, I suddenly noticed tingles on the right side of my head, and out of the corner of my left eye I got the impression that Ice had returned to tell me that he was well. I had a picture of him jumping around and showing me how much he enjoyed his new body. And tears of recognition shook right through me.
Just at the moment when the vision passed, my attention turned to the song playing on the car radio and I immediately knew it was a message from Ice.
I had caught the tail end of Lonestar’s I’m Already There.
This is what I heard:
I'm already there
We may be a thousand miles apart
But I'll be with you wherever you are
(If you’d like to hear the whole song, here is a YouTube link of the video: Already There )
Of course those words made me cry even harder. And right then, Ice’s real owner, my husband Greg called me on the cell phone to check in. Coincidence? Yea right!
What a wonderful and timeless message it was: A reminder that through our love, we will always be connected. And that I can feel his love all around me in the gifts of nature.
This holiday season Ice wanted me to remind you that that’s all you have to do to connect with your loved one:
Feel the love that you share and they will already be right there with you.
What a gorgeous gift Ice came back to offer to me and I feel blessed to have recognized it and allowed it into my awareness. My hope is that you will take his message and play with it, to lighten your heart and bring your loved ones near.
I know it wasn’t a fluke because Ice came back to me several times, always while driving the same stretch of highway, always with those same tingles and tears, and usually bringing a message via the radio!
Even now as I write this, there are those head tingles, letting me know I am not alone, and that writing this was not MY idea!
There was a time when I would have needed an explanation for how any of that was possible.
But not any longer.
I have seen the light and I know we are all connected by love.
I'll leave you with this poem that came through the Colorado Beagle Rescue, just in time to be included here. It echos my message and brought tears to my eyes- if only we could know how close our loved ones really are!!! It's written from the crossed over pet's perspective to his still grieving owner.
I stood by your bed last night. I came to have a peep.
I could see that you were crying, you found it hard to sleep.
I whined to you softly as you brushed away a tear,
"It's me, I haven't left you, I'm well, I'm fine, I'm here."
I was close to you at breakfast, I watched you pour the tea.
You were thinking of the many times your hands reached down to me.
I gently put my paw on you, I smiled and said "It's me."
You looked so very tired as you sank into a chair.
I tried so hard to let you know I was standing there.
It's possible for me to be so near you everyday,
To say with certainty, "I never went away."
You sat there quietly, then smiled, I think you knew.
In the stillness of that evening, I was very close to you.
The day is over...I smile and watch you yawning
and say "good night, God bless, I'll see you in the morning."
And when the time is right for you to cross the brief divide,
I'll rush across to greet you and we'll stand side by side.
I have so many things to show you, there is so much for you to see.
Be patient, live your journey out...then come to be with me.
- Author unknown
Go forth in that love this Christmas, holding your loved ones close, and allow miracles to unfold around you.