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!