It’s that time of year. We may have played host or experienced the graciousness of another. It’s a time of year when we connect to a Greater Being, others and self. Hope your day was filled with love and laughter.
Raised a Catholic, Communion was a sacrament received every Sunday and sometimes, more often during the week. For me, it symbolised oneness. Long after my divorce the local parish priest advised me I could return to the church, but I could not bring myself to attend Mass and not receive communion. It’s like being invited to dinner and then told you cannot join others at the table. Year later I found a priest who encouraged me to receive communion, but I would have to go to reconciliation first. The challenge for me is to find a priest who is deaf and has a strong heart! I do believe one day I will be one with my community again because receiving the host is deeply meaningful to me. The more human I become, my faith gets stronger. The return of the prodigal is inevitable. In the interim, I receive the host in other ways.
I often look at the full moon and see a host in the sky. Much like receiving one, the full moon gives me a sense of oneness. There is a certain benevolence in the luminosity, so I live in the light, even at midday.
I can recall one evening in Broome. I was there for the Pearl Festival (Shinju Matsuri). One of the iconic events is the Floating Lanterns. I’ve written about it in another post The full moon.
At that time I had been seeing someone and enjoyed many fun filled hours with him. I usually don’t tell people what I do for a living until I know them well. With him, it was easy talk for me. I felt I could be myself from the first day we met. Maybe it was me who relaxed more easily in his company and quicker than he did in mine. It felt refreshing and safe. Unlike me, he took longer to get there, and when he did, I realised I did not like what was revealed. We were on the beach on the night of the Floating Lanterns. It was an enchanted sepia dusk, warm and balmy. The lanterns glowed in the dark as the waves took them further away from the shore. In that beautiful moment of a moving ceremony, I experienced an epiphany. I had absolutely nothing to gain and even less to lose. I wondered how I could extradite myself from the situation. I turned my back to the ocean and started to walk back to our belongings. This is what I saw.I knew in an instant where I was in my life. I was at one with the real me. That mattered a lot. It had taken me years. I was not prepared to compromise on anything and there was nothing worth compromising. It was liberating to walk away. An ending became a new beginning.
So here I am untethered again. My heart is no longer a host to another but the warmth of hospitality remains undiminished. When the time is right, my heart will be ready to play host again.
Until next time
a dawn bird