It all began about a year and a half ago when my granddaughter was about 18 months old. She would launch herself into the air and, when she landed, hurt herself. Alone with her one day, I caught her before she could do that and asked her if she thought she could fly. She smiled broadly and looked into my eyes and said, “Gama! I can fly!” I pulled her gently onto my lap facing me and looked into her eyes. I told her that, when I was a very little girl, I also thought I could fly. Then I explained to her that, when we come into these physical bodies, our ability to fly is limited. I also told her that there are master teachers who might be able to train her to fly but they were not easy to find in this world. Then I gently said, “Remember? Every time you try to fly, you hurt yourself, don’t you?” She nodded then leaned into my chest. I pulled her gently to myself and whispered in her ear, “For now, sweetheart, please stop trying to fly. I don’t want you to hurt yourself anymore.” She didn’t say anything; she just snuggled more closely to me and we sat for a few moments. She has not tried to fly since.
She is almost 3 now and beginning to experience intense emotions like frustration and anger. Her strong, loving parents are working with her with deep compassion to teach her how to process these strong emotions and still be true to the sweet, tender soul that she is. In walking meditation last week I remembered a song that I loved and that touched my heart and mind in a very powerful way during a difficult time of my life. I decided I would share it with her on our next alone time together and begin to teach her that one of the ways we can fly free is in our meditation times. When I meditate, I fly free of ego, desire, and resistance to life in this world as it is in the moment.
The next day she came over for time with me. I told her that we could use our imagination while we’re being very quiet and fly! We sat on my bed with our legs extended and her sitting between mine, our hearts facing outward. I took her hands and arms into my hands and began to softly sing the parts of the song that I could remember. I invited her to imagine that we were flying through the sky like birds. Then she wanted to get down and sing the song some more while we held our arms out and softly swayed around the room pretending we could fly. The game extended into having stuffed animals fly with us and she laughed and twirled and felt the freedom I wanted her to feel.
Yesterday when she came over I realized I could download the song and she could hear the whole thing with me. The song is “I believe I Can Fly,” recorded by R. Kelly. Oh, we had a glorious time!
Later, as I looked back over the morning with her and remember the joy of that time, I realized how powerful that song is and felt deeply grateful that I had downloaded it. This morning, aware of the inauguration and the conflicting emotions among my brothers and sisters in this country, I decided I would offer those I have contact with a suggestion:
Please go to iTunes and down download (less than $2) R. Kelly’s recording of “I Believe I Can Fly.” Listen to it today…maybe more than once…and keep it handy to listen to often.
For those feeling anxious and worried, may this soothe your mind and heart and bring up the lightness of the love and peace of your Soul. May you understand that today does not change the Truth of Who You Are.
For those of you feeling elated and sure you have won, may this inspire you to come from a place of compassion and to seek common ground with those who see things differently than you do.
May we all remember that we are Divinely Loved and that true unity and wholeness requires diversity along with compassion and respect for one another.