"You Take Up Space. . .
And Use Your Voice"
I’m leaving home before sunrise. Please accept this image recycled from yesterday.
Happy day beloved Joy Train Rider! I affirm that you are doing well and fully occupying your place in the world. I mean that in the sense that a young colleague and friend sent me a note after we hadn’t seen each other for years:
“I remember you always wearing bright colors, letting your light shine, taking up space and using your voice. And most of all, letting yourself be seen. I have not embodied these traits in a while but really aim to welcome them back into my world. Thank you for being an icon and a mentor, even from afar.”
I didn’t realize I was doing that but I do know that we’re always affecting each other and the world around us. I’m glad to know I’m making a positive impression.
Our journey on Monday “Ancient Ancestors” stimulated more responses than any other. Riders: related
“ It was in Bandelier that I heard a sacred voice speak to me …”
Another Rider responded with “Until a few hundred years ago, part of growing up in most indigenous cultures since antiquity, included education in, and developing, our natural abilities to have relationship (including communicating) with our ancestors. If you have an interest in developing your connections with the ancestors, that was spontaneously revealed at Bandalieru, check out the website https://ancestralmedicine.org/”
In case this sounds fanciful, today’s journey takes us back to my childhood in the Jamaican countryside in the 1950s and 60s, and is straight out of my new book:
“. . . our pastor Brother Foster was very charismatic, and his wife Sister Foster was a gentle though sickly lady. They had a son named Lloyd who became my first crush. When I was about 12, I noticed something in church that would shape the course of my life.
“Brother Foster could speak in tongues and, while it sounded like a mish mash of unintelligible words, I noticed that when he spoke in tongues there would be an electric charge in the air, as if something could ignite and explode. Other members would begin speaking in tongues as well, and some of the sisters would stand up and jump and dance in the aisles while speaking in tongues and praising God.