Songlines: Expeditions for the Soul

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As a young teenager

As a young teenager I loved reading poetry.  Some poems stayed with me throughout the years… especially those I had copied, and kept pinned up on my wall. 
There was one poem that somehow stuck with me, how I came across it I do not know. At the time I had never heard of William Blake, we did not learn about British poets in Swedish schools in the 70’ies,  But there it was….right in front of me.

“To see a World in a Grain of Sand  And a Heaven in a Wild Flower
Hold Infinity in the palm of your hand  And Eternity in an hour..”

I wonder how much I understood of that poem then… Maybe I had a premonition of the glory that was to unfold to me….  or maybe I pinned it up because I simply found the wording so beautiful. 

Reading these words Today….  a Lifetime later….. Lightyears later…. I smile widely through shining tears.


How unexpected signs can come to us – in the middle of a conversation with a stranger, when passing a shop window, or when waiting in line. They are just there and you know they are there for You.

The other day I was walking with a friend in the forest near my mother’s house. That day mind was not open to the beauty – the light in the forest, the smells, the birds. That day my mind was somewhere else, my thoughts scattered in a thousand different directions, my senses numbed by news that shook me to the core.

Then it was there – a bright green maple leaf. Right in front of me, in the middle of the forest path. There were no maple trees in sight. How that leaf came to be there, I do not know. I stopped in my tracks – a sense of warm joyfulness spread through my body. Gratitude filled my heart.

It was a Sign – a sign to reassure me.  It was all  I needed, nothing more – nothing less.

I knew that Everything would be alright.

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