I had targetted to finish up this post in Kyoto, but with all the dribs and drabs of work floating in, and the incomplete visits of my dream itinerary, I am now posting it in Osaka instead. But it’s all good, it means I make it in time for today’s Ragtag Daily Prompt! If there are wandering hearts still looking for the daily prompt muse, please join us at https://ragtagcommunity.wordpress.com. We target for 12 noon UTC delivery everyday!
There are times in our lives where we are target-less. Or maybe I have just relinquished control to a higher wisdom up there which has managed every day of my past two weeks of travel. The higher wisdom apparently plans according to the weather better than I do. The higher wisdom also slots in snippets of itinerary when I was all ready to give up. Life can be miraculous if/when we trust it to be.
Just after my last post on cataracts, I was still wondering how weird I am to just sit somewhere and tune into spaces for the frequencies hanging around in that time-space moment. Immediately after that, I saw this quote from Rumi, “I have been a seeker and still am, but I stopped asking the books and the stars. I started listening to the teaching of my soul.“
I always attribute many occurences to the Universe, and well, Rumi also said that “the entire Universe is inside you“. So this morning’s ah-ha moment was realising that firstly, it is (or I am) not weird, just different from what is deemed to be normal; and that secondly, the “tuning in” was to the frequencies within my soul – the part of the soul that was in that time-space.
When I was walking the palace grounds, the burnt cypress wood of the buildings smelt like home. It is beyond strange, because I have definitely not lived in any wood construction this lifetime thus far. The other oddity was how I have in fact bought so many different cypress incense this trip because the smell was just so darn familiar. When I passed by one of the buildings, I “saw” a little girl about 3-4 years old running around and enjoying herself while the many adults chased after her. That felt like me. A while later, I also “saw” a little girl about 5-6 years old looking really sad and keeping to herself. That felt like a different me. It felt like I was forced to move elsewhere because of circumstances.
I also asked the space whether that was where I died, and apparently not. So it seemed that it was most likely in Kobe, where I saw someone deeply saddened by my death while floating me on a bamboo raft. That was when I saw how different it was from the story I saw in the Akashic records weeks before I embarked on this JA journey.
Assuming that the storylines for both visions were true and correct, it would mean that misunderstandings can really carry over lifetimes. I was just chatting with my parents about life and death a few days ago, and they were lamenting how when death occurs, the pain is usually felt by the grieving people who are still alive. That sounds about right, until I pieced two and two together. It may be a relief for the one who died, who escaped the painful life, but the misunderstanding or misinterpretation of that storyline will always be a thorn in the heart, until maybe one specific lifetime where it has to be resolved (or not). Shrugs. I guess that’s part of what karma is about. Moral of the story is to not naively think of closing one eye on things or running away from truth instead of addressing them. They may not bite now, but they will come back at some point when the timing is right.
Sounds far-fetched? I thought so too. Until I walked the ground of Nijo-jo, and it was a different emotion altogether. Me, a commoner now, just a plain human being who happened to travel to this part of the world, felt an overwhelming sense of disdain as I toured the castle. Like, what the heck, who am I to even enjoy the privilege of viewing the abode of generations of shoguns? More shrugs.
I don’t know. Or rather, subconsciously, I know. But rationally, I don’t buy the idea or am even secretly laughing at such out-of-the-world sense and sensibilities. Ah well, it is after all a good chance to close and conclude any reminiscent karmic ties lingering around this part of the world.