reiki to clear her energy of suffering she feels in the hospital.
We were sitting on a cool stone step in the shade, talking. Himali's hand was splayed out on the marble. She sat very still, for a long time, and I realized she was no longer really paying attention to the conversation--she was in another zone. Later she told us that she became entranced by the cool energy of the marble, which was not only affecting her hand, but flowing up her arms. She found it enormously soothing.
Meanwhile, my friends Lisa and Jenny had spotted some gorgeous creatures adorning the walls of the consulting chambers, and I offer them to you. I had missed them, I had gotten so focused on the mirrored decoration around me. (Will share in another post.) These insects are whimsical and beautifully carved, of course; they are highly stylized. I find them adorable and funny.
But what struck me was how much the designers of these rooms appreciated all life forms. They knew, perhaps before understanding anything about pollination, that insects are a crucial, and even enchanting, part of the life cycle; creatures that flit on breezes from flowers to pools of water. There is a childlike sense of magic in these carvings; many of lose the wonder about bugs as we get older. Time to take that wonder back. Everything is sacred here; after all, a dog might be the reincarnation of your uncle.
Most of us, traveling to India, worry about "bugs"--things that will sting us, or affect our bowels, and make us ill. Here is an altogether different meditation on bugs. I can imagine how soothing the cool white marble must feel during the punishing heat of Indian summers. It makes me smile just to see these buggy things. And their winking eyes went a long way to clearing my energy that morning.