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Inspiration: Exchanging Essences

In the spirit of inspiration, I wanted to take a moment to share something a dear friend wrote to me the other day. It’s such a beautiful portrayal of how those we love pass through us as they move on from our lives… I found it so inspiring I just had to share.

“I decided it wasn’t just that another person has passed through my life and left something behind.  That was much too physical a concept.  So I expanded the thought to view it as that person’s soul passing through my soul, and vice versa.  I visualized our two souls as ephemeral shadows passing through one another and in passing, some essence of each was transferred to the other.  And in this way, I came to understand that, in the lives of all the others through which I have passed, I have also left something of myself.  I caused a positive change of some degree in their lives.  I like to believe that all changes are positive, if we choose to make use of them in that way.  So I have come to feel that, even though I have lost my family, my husband, and so many people I loved, they are not lost to me, because they are part of me still, in the changes they effected in my soul.  And further, I have found comfort in knowing that, though they have gone on and some of me has gone with them, while we were in each other’s lives we both gained, through this amazing exchange of essences.  Knowing that I made a difference in someone’s life, as they made in mine, has given me a totally different perspective.  It has given me greater strength, confidence, and determination as I pursue my own journey of healing.”

I’m so thankful to my friend for sharing this with me. Ever since reading it, I have begun to notice at times the ways in which his soul is still a part of mine. It doesn’t make it better, but it does make it a little easier. Thank you, my friend!

9 Comments Post a comment
  1. Beautiful.

    Monday, July 23, 2012
  2. Beautiful, inspiring and oh, so true. And not just when someone passes from this world. We all have an impact on those around us in every moment of every day. Those moments in which we touch someone else’s life, even briefly, can create a memory that lasts a lifetime.

    Monday, July 23, 2012
  3. So wise and beautiful. Thanks for sharing this wonderful awareness. I am now reflecting on all my loved ones, here on earth and those beyond, and the essences we have shared. So glad your friend reached out to share this idea and send you another source of comfort and strength.

    Monday, July 23, 2012
  4. “Your absence has gone through me
    Like thread through a needle.
    Everything I do is stitched with your color.”

    My favorite poem of all time.

    Monday, July 23, 2012
    • Oh my GOSH, I LOVE THAT. Thank you – posting that all over the friggen place!!!

      Monday, July 23, 2012
      • I’m so glad you like it! It’s probably the most valuable thing I’ve come away from college with. This poem is a gem. And since you’re a arts n crafts kinda lady yourself, it’s just a perfect fit. Glad to share it with someone who can really appreciate it. ~hugs~

        Monday, July 23, 2012
  5. So inspired by your post that I referred to it in my own blog yesterday with a link (http://wise1coaching.wordpress.com/2012/07/23/touching-lives-creating-memories/). Hugs to you!

    Tuesday, July 24, 2012
  6. Claudia #

    For years I have believed that when we pass from this world, a Profound Wisdom that is peace and understanding permeates our souls. We become it, rejoin it and live on as part of it forever.

    Tuesday, July 24, 2012

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