The universe has put the most wonderful companions into my path this trip. Usually I think of myself as quite a monk-ish person. Laura was the chatty one. She could have a group of strangers laughing in 10 minutes. I was often happier reading a book than socializing. I don’t know what has changed, but something has. Am I channeling Laura? Or just somehow split open by this past year’s experiences? On my first day sitting on Bell Rock (my favorite vortex) I was feeling a bit disappointed I didn’t feel anything. Then Helena, an LA based photographer and hair stylist, and her ‘Daddio’ (her cool father) appeared. ‘I didn’t feel anything either and I did last time,’ said Helena. ‘Maybe the vortex isn’t working today?’ And we both laughed. On the second day I found Roger trilling away on top of Warrior rock and we became fast friends.
Yesterday standing at the foot of Airport Mesa (another Vortex), I met Kay from Japan. We hiked together for nearly 3 hours admiring the 360 views and chatting about life, love and loss. Kay explained that in Japanese Shinto beliefs, everything is considered sacred – a tree, a rock, an insect even the soil we walk on. A few years ago, when her father was dying from esophageal cancer, he could no longer talk. But sitting at his bedside, Kay suddenly heard him speak to her a final message. ‘There was a roomful of people. It was his voice loud and clear . But no-one else heard it.’ Kay thinks she experienced a form of spiritual telepathy. I think Laura is using the same channel. And today – how great is this? – I am getting a Hawaiian massage from Malaika who I met at the Chocola Tree cafe.