Friday, July 23, 2010
I get by with a little help from my friend
"I think if you look closely at the imagery in this room, you'll see that you're definitely not the first person to do a shamanic dance in here." --Adrianne T.
Adrianne works for Congress. She is also a great friend and neighbor. She is a truth teller, she is a great shaman and healer who can sense energy while simultaneously working her great analytical mind. She has a hell of a job that she is somehow able to manage in the midst of all the energy of the Capitol. Needless to say, I am rather in awe of Adrianne and now forever indebted to her for taking me on an extensive "staff-guided" tour of the Capitol yesterday.
She asked me, while we waited in one security line after another, whether I was just now getting around to processing my experience of 9/11. My jaw dropped - man do I love truth-telling Capricorns. I knew I had been writing here about 9/11, but didn't put it together that I'm really mourning pre-9/11 DC these days.
The Apotheosis of Washington at the top of the dome. What a painting! Wow!!
Before 9/11, I spent a lot of time in the Capitol rotunda. The Capitol, just like all federal buildings, was accessible to the public. Before 9/11, at least once a week I used to enter the Hart senate office building, take the subway to the basement of the Capitol, then go sit on a bench at the periphery of the rotunda, or twirl in the center of that magnificent room.
I love the Capitol, I'm talking about the building itself, especially the dome. For those of us living on Capitol Hill, the dome is our landmark, it is interwoven into the landscape, it is our neighbor. Before 9/11 I became friends with the Capitol. I really miss the easy access, I miss spending time in that beautiful room.
Yesterday, because of Adrianne, I was allowed once again into the inner sanctum of the Capitol. It was like meeting an old friend after a long separation. I felt like crying, but instead, I danced, I twirled and spun, I turned my face upwards and downwards and tried to drink it all in. I took a lot of pictures, needless to say.
Life is different since 9/11, but even so, because of Adrianne, it's possible to go and visit my dear friend the Capitol. I am so grateful!! Wow.
Here's the center of the rotunda, an incredible place of power. Here is where the four quarters of the District come together. Lincoln lay in state here, Kennedy, too. Wow.