It wasnt too long before we were riding in a colorful cab headed toward the hotel, about half an hour away. I was anxious to get to the beach and looking forward to enjoying the sun and the sea. Actually, most times at the beach, I prefer sitting under a large shady tree gazing forever at the horizon where the ocean meets the sky.
It is by the sea that I hear the whisper of the universe, the songs of the stars and the melodies in the wind. Its always good to go down to the sea again; for me its akin to therapy. I glanced over at Marla who seemed to be relaxing with her eyes closed.Strange, I thought. We come from two totally different worlds different perceptions, different emotions, different realities . . . or do we? Gideon and Marla had special license, far above the ordinary. Yet, at times, it seemed our worlds had much in common.
It was as if she heard my thoughts, for she opened her eyes and said, Yes, we have a number of things in common with your world, but your world is my world too. In either world, yours or mine, there are very strong emotions and feelings. Can you imagine what a world would be like without emotions?
I answered, Perhaps less violence, more peace, less greed,more giving, less grief, more happiness. …
And you dont think some of those things are emotions? she asked.
Well, in a way, but arent some of them unhealthy emotions?
Healthy or unhealthy, she replied,emotions are emotions. The river of life runs between two banks. One is the bank of prosperity, happiness, peace, pleasure and all positive things. The other is the bank of sadness, poverty, depression,grief, pain, hurts and all negative things. The problem is not that one bumps into these banks during the common voyage of life, but that one gets run aground, getting stuck on one bank or the other. Life is an ever-flowing process, which can never stop. It is connected to the sea of tranquillity, the oceans of eternity and the skies of forever. It must keep flowing. A little time on either bank is fine. However, stagnation or habit patterns develop if you spend a lifetime stuck on one bank. Remember, John, were all on a journey in the Fields of
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