" The gaps are the thing. The gaps are the spirit's one home, the altitudes and latitudes so dazzling spare and clean that the spirit can discover itself like a once-blind man unbound. The gaps are the clefts in the rock where you cower to see the back parts of God; they are the fissures between mountains and cells the wind lances through, the icy narrowing fiord's splitting the cliffs of mystery. Go up into the gaps. If you can find them; they shift and vanish too. Stalk the gaps. Squeak into a gap in the soil, turn and unlock-more than a maple- a universe. "
Annie Dillard was born in Pittsburgh Pa in 1945. She is a writer and poet. She won the Pulitzer prize in 1975 for her work, “Pilgrim at Tinker Creek. " That work was written after she survived an almost fatal attach of pneumonia.
Annie remembered her spirit by using nature as an analogy. The above quote describes her reunion, and she gives me a road map to rediscover mine. I can feel the gaps within me and remember who I am. The gaps within myself are the road signs of remembering.
The rocks I place in my path of remembering through distorted beliefs and thoughts, hide my spirit. I must move those rocks and see what waits beneath them in the gaps of thought. The mountains of fear and anger and the winds of verbal abuse, hide my spirit. I must climb the mountains, embrace the fear and swallow the wind in order to feel my true self, in the gap of freedom. The frozen emotions of hate and judgement cover my spirit. I must melt these icy thoughts in forgiveness so that my spirit can surface through the gap of physical life.
By searching within myself, leaving no stones of ego unturned, unlocking the doors of the past and releasing them in love, I remember the gaps. The gaps where my spirit waits. The gaps of remembering who I am. There is silence in the gaps. A silence filled with Love. I feel the silence and touch a part of me that has been hidden in illusion. I can become the silence at anytime, that is my choice. My beliefs create the gaps. I can express myself fully by being silent, and expand and grow into a grander version of physical form.
The gaps are my store of silence. No purchase required. Peace, abundance and joy are freely free there, and the inventory never goes out of style.
Hal Manogue is a poet and author of Short Sleeves A Book For Friends. Insightful thoughts for the 21st century. Hal's 2006 collection and 2007 collection are available in bookstores and online. Visit Hal's website: http://www.shortsleeves.net or blog: http://halmanogue.blogspot.com/ for more information about his work and life. Download a copy of the new E-Book, "Unite To Write" a collection of articles written by writers around the globe, that will inspire and fill you with useful information. It's value is priceless. It's Hal's gift to you.