The Valkyries & Who is God?

I’ve been in somewhat of a cloud for the past 24 hours because of Paulo Coelho’s “The Valkyries.” In essence, it’s about the journey to find one’s guardian angel. I think it has rooted itself in my brain because of my dreams. For weeks, I had the same dream. I asked my father last weekend to identify the lake and the dock in my dream. He knew it easily. He remembered the moment I did easily, too.

I think I have to go there.

I was thinking about this last week, and I asked my friend if he would go with me. But I wasn’t entirely sure if I would do it or if it was that important. I didn’t explain it to him. I don’t know why. I guess it seems strange, and I like to test out the waters with people before launching into huge spiritual discussions.

I like the idea Coelho presents of “breaking the pact” in order to see one’s angel. I think maybe that’s why she started to appear in my dreams. In a lot of ways, I have freed myself from not attempting to fulfill my destiny. He describes how easy it is to speak with angels when you are a child, but how that disappears as you get older. That is, until you can break the pact of un-fulfilling prophesy. I like that idea a lot.

As I slept last night, I did not have the same dream. It’s actually been awhile, but I think it’s because I don’t need the dream anymore. I know the place, and I know the why.

So, I saw my friend again tonight. I did not ask him again if he would go with me. I thought perhaps that it wasn’t right to ask someone to go with you. Coelho does on his journey, but it is his wife. She understands why he’s going and what he needs to do. There’s no way, at this point, that my friend would know those things.

So, tonight, I asked him something else: “Do you believe in God? And how?”

I knew the answer to the first question. I could feel that answer when I met him. It was the “how” that I was interested in. The how would determine if I would explain this again and if I would ask him when I decide to make the drive up north.

I’m always a little nervous when I ask this question. I suppose, though, I shouldn’t be because I always ask it when I have seen a certain amount of a person’s soul. So, I must know somewhere deep inside me what their answer will be. I think I ask because I really love the interpretations of God that I hear.

I believe in a Creator. A Creator who split his soul up into the Earth and all of us. And it’s our job to figure out how to make them one.

I like that a lot. I can’t help but smile thinking about not only the answer but the fact that it was shared.

I didn’t explain the dream after that because I think it was a statement that needed its own space. Not to be muddled up by my thoughts–at this moment. So, I said simply, “that’s probably why I like you so much.”

I think, though, that I will explain the dream. If it seems right, I think I will ask again.

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currently reading: the choices

I think I’m going to approach this in two ways. First, I think I want to explain why I choose the books I do. I think that’s important. And second, I think I’ll write about what I thought after I read the individual books. I don’t think I’ll backtrack to other books right now because I haven’t really been updating the side of this blog with everything I’ve been reading.

I made a trip to the library a couple of days ago and came up with the new “Currently Reading” and a few other books waiting to be read, and a friend handed me another book the other day.

First, “Run to the Mountain” by Thomas Merton. I’ve been listening to Joseph Campbell’s interview with Bill Moyers on “The Power of Myth.” The series speaks of the journey of the soul, which is exactly what Merton writes about from a Catholic perspective, which, of course, is very easy for me to understand. I have been wanting to read Merton’s journals for some time, but the six-part series is a little daunting. I have found thus far, though, that it is an easy read and a nice description of the spiritual journey of a person. And because of my current “going-with-the-“signs” philosophy, I was drawn to begin the series now because of the title of the first volume. A friend told me a story a few weeks ago: “Why did you climb the mountain?” and he referred to “meeting me at the mountaintop” a few days ago. Repeated references to a mountain and stumbling across this book in the book stacks made it seem like ideal timing.

I have to say as a side note that both this friend and another have made reference to sharing spirituality with me. I have to say that is very overwhelming for me because I have made a conscious decision to cultivate friendships with both of them because of the spirituality I see in each of them. So, I have started to see how we strengthen and develop our spirituality through the presence of kindred souls. I am grateful for my co-discusser on all things of the soul and my prayer partner.

The second book “Building Better Plots” is one that I picked up because at this point I’m inclined to read anything anyone has written about writing. Some of these books have been zero help, but some have been incredible. So, I figure I will power through them and glean what I may from each.

The third thing that I’m about 10 pages into and trying not to read until I finish the other two is Paulo Coelho’s “The Valkyries” which was handed to me a couple of nights ago by the same person who recommended “The Alchemist.”