On 07 May 2016, I celebrated my birthday at 36,000 feet above the ground. I was returning, with Sheila, from a week long stay in Mexico. It was my first time to visit south of the border, it was one of the most remarkable experiences of my life.
The people we encountered were as friendly and helpful as anyone could be. We often remark about how we are lifted up by strangers, often even more so than we are by friends and relatives. This was the case for us during the first week of May.
We enjoyed a menu of delicious food for each meal every day, both familiar and unfamiliar tastes and recipes. There was constant Mexican and Latin music playing with singing and dancing and smiling happy faces.
While we were there, I dislocated my left knee. It was not something that had never happened before, in fact it happens much too frequently and it is extremely painful, as you might imagine. This has not been a major problem for me because it always pops back into place immediately. That was not the case this time. It would not return to normal no matter what I did to maneuver it back into place.
Two mornings later we were scheduled to visit the grounds of the Mayan Pyramids. I could not imagine missing an opportunity that I had dreamed of since childhood. I got on my crutches and set forth on the journey through the jungles to reach the site. We visited the ball field where the Mayans played their holy football games, the sacrificial cenote water holes, and finally the great and wondrous pyramid itself.
As I stood before it, I was filled with the energy that transforms reality. A force that disintegrates and then reintegrates all that you have carried in your world throughout your life. I could hear the voices of the ancestors as we listened to the echoes of history resounding off of the outer surface. I could see the kings & chiefs standing in full regalia at the top of the great and supernatural monuments. The experience was a spiritual enigma in the sense that it was a testimonial to the fact that we are but a puff of smoke in time, while at the same time, it was proof of the infinite power of human consciousness.
While on the grounds, we were fortunate to partake in a ceremony conducted by a living Mayan priest. While standing around a small altar adorned with a number of sacramental objects, the priest chanted in his native tongue, then brought the smoke to us and smudged each of us (about 7 in all), while praying for us individually. At that moment my knee came back together and became strong. Many times I have had people pray over me for healing, this was the first time that there was any immediate and measurable result.
I was then able to appear in concert with Sheila, for an hour long performance of all the songs on our CD titled Everybody Has A Purpose, unplugged, on the main stage of the hotel, with the sunset and the ocean as the backdrop. Magic is real.
This has been a very powerful week as I look back. After our return, we celebrated Mothers Day, my father’s birthday, we appeared in concert in Ann Arbor Michigan USA, and celebrated the feast day of Our Lady Of Fatima on Friday the 13th with a full moon.
Tomorrow, (Sunday) the Church recognized the Holy Day Of Pentecost. The descent of The Holy Spirit to give humankind the gifts of courage, perseverance, communication, understanding, and much more.
As we were descending back to Earth last week, I recalled the day of Pentecost, (the birthday of the church) and the descent of the Lord & Giver Of Life. I reckoned that, as we go through our personal journeys it is good to touch ground occasionally to look beyond ourselves to others that may be confused and frightened. The world is full of people struggling and suffering alone. Therefore, let it be our obligation and our delight to offer them comfort and companionship, if only in our limited capacity, and in that effort, let us honor and increase, by our sacrifices, to paraphrase St. Augustine, that in which we are contained, and that which we are contained within. …….. …… http://www.joekiddandsheilaburke.com
– peace to you – //oo\\