When our 25th anniversary approached
we both wanted to restate and renew our wedding vows with
each other. As the date approached I was in California and
Em in Pennsylvania. Fortunately (or by some design) we had
met a couple in Sedona Arizona, the prior year that had a
business creating celebrations. We asked them to prepare a
significant event for us.
We arrived in Sedona with some very painful
and pressing issues surrounding us and we needed to work hard
to keep our spirits up.
The morning of our wedding ceremony was a
brilliantly beautiful day. The temperature was in the mid
sixty’s with a clear blue sky and a few scattered puffy clouds.
A pleasant breeze was out of the west as we drove up to Merry-go-round
rock high on Snelby Hill road. We were aware that some mysterious
and beautiful things were appearing and happening. I remember
the hair on the back of my neck and arms standing on end.
Em looked magnificent. Life was good.
The ceremony was graced by the Dineh medicine
man Jones Benaly and his family. There was a movie camera,
music and a singer, all was being recorded. Our friends, the
Mclanes, who created the wedding, were part of the ceremony.
As the wedding progressed it was lovingly interrupted by smiles,
humor, tears and hugs. We would pause for us and the ceremony
to catch up with each other. Then, in one incredibly intense
moment, a series of events began that we can recall as if
it had just happening moments ago.
A sound from over our heads raised the
attention and excitement of the medicine man, his family and
the rest of us. Then, just shortly after the first overhead
event came a second sound which echoed across the mountains
and valley below us. All present were brought to looking up
smiling and pointing. Just as a large Hawk, the first sound,
spiraled upward in an air current directly over our heads,
a massive Eagle descended in tight circles, below the Hawk
crying out his greeting. We were awe struck but did not understand
the significance of the events until after the wedding. A
reception was held for us that gave Jones Benally the opportunity
to relate to us the Dena impression of what had occurred.
Jones related the Hawks’ blessing and its
message of awareness to us. The Eagle message was that of
new beginnings and spiritual synchronicity. Those two creatures
are of great significance to native Americans. We had been
blessed by the creatures’ presence. We were immensely impressed
with our good fortune but had not yet really and fully recognized
the significance of the message of those two magnificent creatures
and teachers; Hawk and Eagle.
That week as we celebrated our university
we came to realize and accept that we had spent very little
time together in our 25 years of marriage. In less than one
hour on one eventful evening we chose to change our lives
to be with each other as much as we could. Our lives had changed
in an instant. We were on a new path.
We settled, sold and closed our businesses,
rid ourselves of all the extravagant expensive toys in our
life and started again on a new direction. It was a new beginning
and becoming; we were on our way to a new life.
That new path has been 16 years, in grace,
of travel, happiness, adventure, love, challenge and joy.
You are seeing here a portion of the development of Discovery
Path and the Becoming I Am process.