Yesterday marked the ninth anniversary of my father’s passing. While it is very difficult to lose a loved one, time as well as healing of the soul makes each year a little bit easier. I still find it hard to believe it has been nine years since I received the phone call from my brother-in-law telling me my father had died.
Certainly in the early years July 8th was a tough day to get through. Although all I was able to say everything I wanted to say to him during my last visit, there is still nothing that comes close to sitting down with my dad to get his opinion on life’s struggles. Don’t get me wrong, I talk to him almost every day and feel his presence quite often. I just miss his voice.
So how does it get easier to get through a day like yesterday? Not to be repetitive but the easy answer always starts and ends with faith. Once you are born into this world the only real guarantee is that you will die and leave this world. I don’t want get preachy because we all have different opinions, but after living through the human life that includes pain and suffering, if we are lucky enough we will enter everlasting life where that no longer exists. That is why they call it faith!!
As you know I love music and many times I attach a song or songs to people. One song that really helps me through days like yesterday is the song “Into the Mystic” by Van Morrison. I don’t know what he had in mind when he wrote this song, but I can share with you my interpretation of his lyrics.
We were born before the wind
Also younger than the sun
Before there was a universe or solar system or anything there existed spirit; that which is all knowing. We were born from God.
Ere the bonnie boat was won as we sailed into the mystic
Mankind was born on this good boat, what we call “Earth,” and we sail into the duality of the known and unknown called “the mystic,” knowing there is something there, but not knowing exactly what it is, hence “the mystic.”
Hark, now hear the sailors cry
We, mankind, are the sailors crying out. “What is this life? What is the meaning of this mystical experience which we call life? Why am I here?” We may all have different questions at different times. And, we may all have different answers at different times.
Smell the sea and feel the sky
Let your soul and spirit fly into the mystic
Enjoy your senses and those things which make up your experiences of your life. Your soul is the totality of your experiences and your spirit is your sense of knowing the duality of life and your expressions of your soul. How you act, what you do, and what you say and think count. “Good thoughts, good words, and good deeds.
And when that fog horn blows I will be coming home
And when that fog horn blows I want to hear it
I don’t have to fear it
When Gabriel blows his horn, or when death and rebirth call us it will be a magnificent sound and there is nothing to fear when returning home to the all-knowing spirit within us.
I want to rock your gypsy soul
Just like way back in the days of old
I want to awaken and comfort your wandering just as the ancient prophets have written and spoke about over the centuries.
Then magnificently we will float into the mystic
Together joined as one mankind we will learn the meaning to all that we seek in this experience we call life.
So there you have my interpretation of this great song. Yours may be different and that is okay. But whenever I hear this song in concert or on my iPod it provides me great comfort and puts a smile on my
face knowing my dad and many others are in a better place after they “sailed into the mystic”.