A grief deeper than I can express or name is bursting out of me lately. After years of working through my anger and frustration and disappointment with my parents I am seeing and feeling a much deeper reality that lay beyond my own needs, wishes, hopes and dreams. I am fully experiencing the truth that my parents did the best they could with what they knew and I am feeling even more deeper grief for the lost children in them that had to go on in such harsh conditions. I am even feeling the same for my much older brother and followers of this blog for some time will know of the conflicts I had with him just prior to my Mum’s death in December last year.
He is America for six weeks at the moment at the house he owns over there. My cousin asked me on Friday, why don’t you go over. Simple answer. Never been invited but then my brother would not. When I asked him how he is spending his time now his wife went back home he told me he goes for three hour long walks and about the deer that come into his garden then and leave their pooh. I had a dream the other night I was in a cave and there was deer pooh everywhere and I had bare feet but where ever I trod I could not escape the pooh which was then ankle deep. I understand that this is actually a dream about grief and about the messy uncontrollable world of emotions that my family found so problematic and me too with my descent into addiction from a very young age.
My brother was 39 when my father died and they worked together for years. Mum would tear up when she told me of how she went into their office one day in the year after Dad died and my brother was sitting there wearing his cardigan. This is a man whose own wife never once told him she loves him and told my mother after Dad died she needed to toughen up and ‘stand on her own two feet!’ What the fuck else did my Mum do for most of her childhood? Anyway leaving aside my sister in law who is incredibly severe and scary I feel for my brother so much and realise what is hidden under the words he does not say.
I’m feeling for my Mum and Dad too and I feel them over in the land of the passed with so much love in their hearts for me. I feel them as they guided me to Scott who also lost his Dad a year before me at 21. Don’t ask me how I know this, I just do.
I just came home from the veggie markets crying listening to one of my most favourite songs If You Wait by London Grammar. This song is so evocative and it blows my emotions wide open. At times the grief I feel feels too large for my body and I wonder if what I carry is not only personal but ancestral for I feel the connection to my maternal great great grandfather so deeply at times. He entered an institution for alcoholism later in life, never having been able to grieve for the mother he lost at 12 years old (the same age my father lost his father!). I think of how each of my sisters and were also left by men and of how now I have been trying to help someone get out of a life and death situation overseas where war is just about to be declared so we can come together and start a new life. And how terrified I am that he will be killed before we can finally meet.
I am also aware we are deep in the final shedding time prior to the New Moon Solar Eclipse in Leo on 11th August. It falls smack bang on my North Node In Leo. So much is coming to light from deep within my own shadow and unconscious as well as that of the family. I know I can bear whatever happens but lately I feel so many echoes around me. Echoes within echoes within echoes resounding along a long corridor of time. I am in the antechamber awaiting a new birth, what ever comes to pass.