Sunday, March 24, 2013

Imagine my surprise



I had a vision yesterday, a bonafide vision, just as shamans are supposed to. 

Here's how it happened. Somehow, for reasons I can not explain, I stopped walking. I stood still, my feet refused to budge. These things happen to shamans. When I suddenly stop in my tracks like that, I try to look around, listen, pay attention. 

I was on the grounds of the Capitol. I walk through there on my way to the national mall all the time. In good weather I walk past my good friend (the Capitol dome) three to five times every week and have since I moved to the Hill in 2001. Anyone who has had a look at this blog knows how fond I am of the Capitol dome. 

Can humans and buildings be friends? Why not?

There I was, standing still. I looked up at the Statue of Freedom on top of the dome. It looked like she was wearing a headlamp. There's a light in the pedestal below her that's on when Congress is in session, but I'd never seen a light on her head. I wondered if it was new. I couldn't discern the shape from where I was standing. All I knew was that it was a very bright light.

I have looked at this statue hundreds of times, maybe even a thousand times over the years. Thousands? I don't know how many - suffice it to say: a lot. I have never seen this phenomena. She wears a crown of stars, but I've never seen one of them lit up until yesterday.

It was a real vision. So cool. What are the chances of stopping in my tracks in the perfect spot at the perfect time of day with the angle of the sun just so? Seeing this was a gift. I felt like a Druid at Stonehenge on summer solstice. Oh yeah.

I'll be thinking for a long time about what this vision is meant to teach me. Not ten minutes before I saw the star, I was describing to a friend how I perceive beauty as a facet of our complicated humanity, one among many. It's always there somewhere, even if you can't see it. Sometimes that facet catches the sun, becomes bright and and captures my attention. Those were my exact words.

Ten minutes later, I was standing in front of Lady Freedom, taking a picture of the star that caught the sun and captured my attention. I'm still in awe. 

This is the shamanic lifestyle. 

Shalom.


8 comments:

Pam said...

Magic moment!!!

Reya Mellicker said...

It was! Still is.

What do you think, Pam?

Pam said...

My shaman experience tells me those rooted to the spot 'pre-happenings' can go either way.
When it happened to me in the backyard, the wind stopped, the birds went quiet, sudden weirdest silence, the cat froze to the spot as did I, both of us wondering why. Then the hot water service exploded big time, at the same time
as husband's expletives from the kitchen matched the microwaves conniption fit and dramatic demise.
Think I'd rather see the beautiful reflective star than clean up after my 'imagine my surprise' moment. (Yours sounds much less expensive too!)

Pam said...

My shaman experience tells me those rooted to the spot 'pre-happenings' can go either way.
When it happened to me in the backyard, the wind stopped, the birds went quiet, sudden weirdest silence, the cat froze to the spot as did I, both of us wondering why. Then the hot water service exploded big time, at the same time
as husband's expletives from the kitchen matched the microwaves conniption fit and dramatic demise.
Think I'd rather see the beautiful reflective star than clean up after my 'imagine my surprise' moment. (Yours sounds much less expensive too!)

Kerry said...

Wow. Mysterious.

You just never know when something wonder-full will happen.

Steve Reed said...

I love the comparison with Stonehenge. I'm sure it DID feel that way! Perfect timing and angle and everything.

I never knew Freedom wore a crown of stars.

I agree that beauty is inherent in all of us, and every once in a while the light catches just right. You put it very well, Reya. :)

Reya Mellicker said...

The friend with whom I was talking about beauty as a facet just before the vision passed along this beautiful quote from Walt Whitman who also saw the reflections from her crown of stars:

"The capitol grows upon one in time, especially as they have got the great figure on top of it now, and you can see it very well. It is a great bronze figure, the Genius of Liberty I suppose. It looks wonderful toward sundown. I love to go and look at it. The sun when it is nearly down shines on the headpiece and it dazzles and glistens like a big star: it looks quite
curious. . ."

Linda Roberts said...

Namaste!