“I have a foot here and a foot in some spirit world. There are many more layers to reality, and that permeates my life and my writing in a very natural way. I don’t even think about it.”
~ Isabel Allende
Allende, for those who don’t know her, is a writer of exquisite novels in which the two worlds she speaks of here co-exist in a natural harmony. I think this quote called to me today not for her part about writing, but her part about living in two worlds.
Of course, these two worlds exist, and I think most people who read this blog are aware of that, and are either actively involved with the two or are trying to access the second, spirit world, a little more easily.
I am one of those people who has access to both quite easily and readily. Sometimes I do get confused as to who belongs where. Sometimes it takes a moment to figure out what world someone is from when I meet him or her in an unfamiliar place, especially one where there’s a lot of otherworldly energy. But even the resident ghost in my apartment can startle me when I think it’s my son standing near me and it’s not.
But sometimes the juxtaposition of the two worlds makes me laugh. I’m busy grading midterm exams today, as mundane as it gets, when suddenly I have a visitor with an urgent message. Luckily this was a friend, so no need to establish who it was and where the message goes. He pops by on a rather regular basis, so we actually have a routine. I sent the message and went back to my thing.
Then it struck me that I have a life others may think of as slightly bizarre. Some of the people I know do think I’m slightly unbalanced (in a goofy, harmless way) and definitely delusional. They pity me on some levels. I’ve been thinking a lot about that lately. I’m neither. And it’s me who pities them.
There are two worlds, just as Allende says. Since the Age of Reason in Europe, we as a culture have steadily done away with the “superstitious” in the name of Reason (which ironically is one of my favorite words). Of course, the Church and its various offshoots weighed in and said it’s fine to believe in a “Holy Ghost” but the rest? Bad! Bad, bad, bad. Either the product of an unbalanced mind or someone outside God’s grace, so bad.
In an effort to do away with ignorance and superstition, we steadily sealed ourselves off from a very important part of ourselves–the ability to touch the two worlds we are meant to be part of.
Speaking to spirits is actually a small part of my life, but being in touch with the other side makes me a more effective human being. I have access to information that makes me a better teacher, writer and communicator. And this is why I think it’s important that more people strive to connect to the two worlds. Don’t let fear hold you back. There is nothing evil in what I do as I know I operate from a place of Love.
God is Love and Goodness. Can any gift of God ever be bad or evil?