August has sped away … it has been such a busy month with many highs and lows. So this blog is going to be rather indulgent.
The month began with the passing of my Granny at age 102 years. Alice Maude Beatrice, my wonderful Granny Alice was a beautiful soul full of laughter and joy. She birthed 5 children including my father and lived in the same one kilometre radius for her whole life. The furthest she ever ventured was to Sydney to spend time with her daughter, she had no desire to travel any further a field. She fell in love with and married my Grandfather when she was sixteen and they were together until his death on New Years Eve 1999. They lived a loving and harmonious life and one of masterful simplicity. They found comfort and freedom within their deep, gentle love and it was a great privilege to bear witness to such a beautiful union.
My Grandmothers spirit was always free; she looked at life with joy and optimism and had an enviable and often wicked sense of humour. She loved to spend time gardening, rarely happier then when her hands were in the soil. She was a remarkable green thumb. Her second favourite thing to do was to go fishing, which she would do at least weekly and for hours. She fished with a hand line and would sit on the rocks on the break wall in deep union with the sea alongside her beloved. This is how they spent most of their 73 years together, in harmony, stillness, all wrapped up in love.
I’ll miss my beautiful, inspirational Granny, I’ll miss her warmth, her beautiful smile and extraordinary capacity to just be in this world. When I last saw her she told me that she was really so very tired now, I knew in my heart that it would be the last time I saw her in this incarnation. I asked her to promise me that she would come and say goodbye when it was time for her to go. She held me tight and promised me that she would. On the morning of her passing I was awoken early around 5am, I was very restless and couldn’t get back to sleep. At around 7 ish my daughter and I were sitting in the kitchen chatting and having tea when we both felt her. ‘Do you feel that’ my daughter asked. ‘Yes I do’ I replied. It was beautiful warm, unmistakable energy. My mother called at 9.00am to tell me that Granny had passed peacefully in her sleep at 7.10am. She had woken and rung the buzzer for the nurse, the nurse had settled her and gone to retrieve something from the office. When the nurse returned Granny had passed over, quietly and gently slipping from this place and returning home in much the same way she had led her life … without much fuss.
I asked Granny that morning for another message. I asked her to send me a message of confirmation that I was walking my path the way I was meant to. I was keeping my ears and eyes open for another encounter and it came. I was at the Hay House I can do it weekend and sat eagerly in the Lisa Williams segment. Lisa is a medium and she was talking to those who have crossed. She had some amazing and comforting messages for members of the audience. I held my breath; I wondered if Granny would give me a message after all it was the perfect opportunity. Lisa continued and as she neared the end I felt a little disheartened because I hadn’t received a message but I also understood that there were many people in the audience who desperately needed messages so that they could heal from the terrible grief they carried with them.
At the end of the session, just before she left the stage, Lisa read out some messages that had been delivered to her before she came on stage. She explained that often these messages were for multiple people and that if they resonated with us we should accept them as ours. Her second last message read:
This is from Alice or Alison she says “Just keep on doing what you’re doing, I’ll always be with you” and that was that short and simple, and to the point just like Granny! Until we meet again my beautiful orchid ….. sweetest love always.