Wednesday, January 2, 2013

"in a half-forgotten dream......."

“Just as the wave cannot exist for itself, but is ever a part of the heaving surface of the ocean, so must I never live my life for itself, but always in the experience which is going on around me.” ― Albert Schweitzer
     Do you ever wonder why you intuitively connect with certain people and not others? Have you ever discovered an author, deciphered a poem or heard a gifted speaker whose words seem to resonate with your own thoughts? Have you ever received an email, letter, phone call or text message at exactly the right moment? Do you ever hear a song, watch a movie or see a photograph more meaningful than mere coincidence? Some call this event kismet, some may call it Divine, others may describe this as simple synchronicity. We may understand how we feel this connection with those we already love but what of complete strangers? One seemingly insignificant exchange has the power to touch our hearts and inspire our minds. One word, one line, one movement and we are submerged in the tides of humanity, floating on the waves of the universe. Many years ago I memorized the lovely Early Sonnet written by the Romantic poet, Alfred Lord Tennyson. It seems to describe the indescribable, a meeting of two souls in "states of mystical similitude" with an understanding of our deep connection to those we barely know at all.......

  As when with downcast eyes we muse and brood, And ebb into a former life, or seem

  To lapse far back in some confused dream, To states of mystical similitude;

  If one but speaks or hems or stirs his chair, Ever the wonder waxeth more and more,

  So that we say, "All this hath been before, All this _hath_ been, I know not when or where".

 So, friend, when first I look'd upon your face, Our thoughts gave answer each to each, so true--

Opposed mirrors each reflecting each-- Altho' I knew not in what time or place,

Methought that I had often met with you, And each had lived in the other's mind and speech.