Dark night you came down on my soul. I was taken to a place beyond words, a living experience of experiences past all jumbled up into an inner soup of mixed up hurting and longing, no longer knowing where to turn but within, only feeling deep pain and at times not even that : just a bloody field of wreckage in which dead carcasses of cows littering ancestral fields haunted the landscape of my soul.
When I reflect on that, which was a pure dream image summoned from my inner depths at the time just days before we both embarked for the land of our ancestors and as I look back now on the experiences we had there with your own family pain I see a deep message from the collective unconscious. Cow = Taurus = Self worth, inner feminine, mother and feeling values, nature and contentment all shattered on a collective battle field of suffering our ancestors grew out of.
I think of your father suffering through a life in which he could not live his true dream living with a woman who seemed so bitter and angry until the cancer laid claim to his insides. Exactly what miracle of destiny was it that led me on a cold winter night on the way home with an inner message to go back to a certain hotel? It was there that I met you and not many hours later after that first meeting we would discover that we both lost our fathers to cancer within a year. You were one year younger and your partner abandoned you then also and you too went travelling, feeling so bereft and alone. We were both only 23 and that was 8 years before our meeting. My heart aches. We were only meant to travel so far down the road, together. I am sorry. It wasn’t our fault!
Slaughtered cows lying on ancestral field, bleeding spent life blood, love and self value onto green fields, a metaphor for so many things : for how it felt for you to be dragged back to the place where you struggled to birth your own sense of power and potency out of the wreckage of a wounded father and mother, a country trying to tell you that as a humble gardener you were not worth much. And it occurs to me too in the editing that your father’s brother was the golden child, your Dad only got the scraps.
Here in Australia you were valued, but something inside the partner you chose was pulling you back to face something deeply unresolved. There in England my grief broke open after 7 years of sobriety. Your family didn’t like it, you wanted back ‘the happy girl you married’ but I had such a long journey to take back to her. In the end we were torn apart. Dark night, how you descended with his leaving, deep soul ache of remembering how many leavings and deaths there were in relationship with men for me but the first leaving was my sister who carried so much of the light in our dark, duty bound family where so little joy could live.
I remember today the blue tin box you gave me at the airport as you bid me goodbye, with enough money for a horse ride on the beach I never took. I know you loved me so much you had to let me go, how our souls were aching. I am so sorry, but it had to be, it really did and I miss you but we were a dream and I had to find my deeper reality that led over a long road littered with boulders and stones shown in another dream just days before you told me you were leaving and no longer loved this sad me.
The ways of the soul are so mysterious, fate plays out and you don’t know where it is taking you. You make your choices without all the information and the cards fall where they will. You play your hand as best you can and sometimes you have to give up the game, throwing in your hand and turning up your palms to heaven waiting for something new to birth deep within what feels like a deeply barren place.
When all seems most lost then perhaps you stand with one foot poised on the edge of a most massive discovery. Its truth may be hard to swallow but nevertheless you drink it down over years, it scalds your insides. But one day it has passed through, your scarred insides have healed and a bright day dawns on which your remember it all with awe in a state of surrender seeing so much more clearly how and why it all turned out as it did, knowing there was such innocent young hope of love beating in both hearts then, but knowing also how much a true deep love really costs and how much that price can only be paid by a consciousness that has been strong and patient enough to endure the fire and weather the storm to birth realisations that could have never come without the necessary losses and the necessary suffering that the reaching for love and understanding of love’s tangled ways birth over years of long journeying and heartbreak/soul ache.
Bright day, you stream your love though my window filtered through golden rose leaves of pom pom tree reminding me of how gorgeous nature is, how my love of it was what drew me to you and to England in the first place. Wrapped in a cosy blanket I shed such deep tears for all that was lost while a wiser part of me sees through all the illusion involved in the feeling that something true was really lost. For what is most true can never be lost. And it is often in the depths of our very real suffering that real truth and wisdom is born. Our individuated self is created through forming a body of substance which over years has the capacity to bear with, contain and bear witness to painful truths that reveal at depth a far more profound reality than innocent young souls could ever know.
And love goes on, is what in the end has the capacity to endure and to say an unconditional “yes” to it all, to this at times mixed up complicated experience that is life. And it occurs to me that love is the witness, it is the writer, it is the one who has the capacity to observe it from a distance bearing witness to what the soul and consciousness shapes out of life giving it form, shaping it into a vessel of expression.