Monday, May 26, 2008

For Sim...

"We are meant to midwife dreams for one another. We cannot labor in place of one another, but we can support the labor that each must undertake to birth his or her art and foster it to maturity."
~~Julia Cameron, The Artist's Way

Just a month ago, we were strangers. Now, we are soulmates. Sim and I met on the ex-Jehovah's Witness forum I belong to. I don't visit all that often, but once in a while there is a thread there that piques my interest. The discussion was about the sound use of mental suicide and how we must be aware of what we're doing when we enter into the space of questioning our egos and everything we've held to be dear about who we are and what this life means.

On that thread, a poster and I began sharing our thoughts and experiences on the subject. By day's end, we were exchanging emails and now we're planning to meet in person one day soon. Within a few exchanges it was obvious we were on the same page. We'd had parallel life experiences, often on the same timeline. The intensity of our personalities, our way of phrasing things, our dreams and our fears mirrored each other. They say everyone has a twin. Mine is named Sim and she lives in Australia.

Sim is becoming my spiritual midwife as I birth the creative projects I've held in my heart for so long. She is with me through the labor pains and I know she will be with me through the delivery. I feel her hold my hand and hear her whisper a soft "Just breathe" in my ear. She may be on the other side of the planet, but she is right beside me.

It's amazing to me how we can connect with people in a short time. How you can feel that you know someone so deeply after only a few exchanges. I have had this experience repeat over and over in the past year. The level of connection I've experienced with "strangers" has been a great gift to me. Now, some of these strangers are my dearest friends. I can't imagine life without their presence. I am blessed.

tall penguin

4 comments:

Elessa said...

i have found it fascinating how, in the span of a single post or two in a forum, you can connect with someone or judge them to be a jerk even if what they have said is innocuous.

there is a vibe that comes through in posts which either makes me want to talk with them more or try to avoid them.

i have had the pleasure of making a great number of friends around the world through forums and a text-based game. when meeting them for the first time for coffee if i am in their part of the world it is as though we have known each other forever.

zensim said...

A tear rolls down each cheek as I feel the honouring of your words.

My heart is bound up with your heart.

There are no words and - in that vast presence - I enjoy the exploration of words, of this beingness.

tall penguin said...

"there is a vibe that comes through in posts which either makes me want to talk with them more or try to avoid them."

Yes, it's amazing what can shine through just through the written word.

"when meeting them for the first time for coffee if i am in their part of the world it is as though we have known each other forever."

It's an intriguing thing to me that the web is bringing together people of this global village. I am amazed at the level of connection you can have with people you've never actually been in the physical presence of.

tall penguin said...

"My heart is bound up with your heart."

Yes, dear Sim. One heart in two bodies.