The Cosmic 2 x 4 A tree branch falling out of a clear blue sky literally seconds after I lay down in the one shady spot on the beach and resulting in five stitches would certainly constitute a freak accident. Yet in my worldview such events normally contain an inherent meaning.
I first encountered the concept of the cosmic 2 x 4 from a Unity minister the Reverend Sally Taylor in another bizarre incident in this unfolding journey of the Soul that I have embraced. Those events are covered fully at https://wordpress.com/post/4192122/144/ Suffice it to say she suggests that this a device that “God” uses to get our intention.
After I got over my sense of shock, victimization and had spent an hour in the clinic getting patched up, I knew I had some exploration to do. At first I encountered a lot of resistance. I was traveling through Thailand, I didn’t need this aggravation. Like a snail recoiling from an obstruction I wanted to crawl back in my shell.
Yet as my friend Maryann succinctly reminded me, I had better follow the breadcrumbs because the sequence of events that could culminate from my resistance could get a lot worse. At first I got completely mired in the mind endlessly obsessing about what I needed to change in my life. It got me nowhere other than finding myself totally lost on the nearby beach when I could not find the exit to my hotel. I felt both physically and spiritually at sea.
Following the Bread Crumbs I decided the starting point was to take a trip down memory lane. Normally the cosmic 2 x 4 does not arrive without any warning. Like the minor tremors that precede a major volcanic eruption, there are normally a series of preceding events that may have been ignored.
The First Sign: Unmatching Sandals I decided to begin at the start of my trip almost three weeks ago. I remembered my first intimation that I had lost focus was opening my suitcase and realizing I had packed one thong and one sandal. Both had been in plastic bags from a previous trip and unfortunately I failed to check them before hurriedly throwing them into the suitcase.
It was annoying as I would not have my trusty Birkenstocks with me but I decided not to beat myself up and basically get on with a solution. I bought a pair of flip flops and then a cheap pair of sandals to give my feet a rest. A total of twelve dollars and I was set. It never entered my head that this should have been the beginning of an enquiry. Resistance can cause me to go into denial.
I had a great week in Bangkok and I now realize that the second incident in the series occurred the day I arrived in Siem Reap Cambodia. I slipped entering the hotel pool and damaged the arch of my foot sufficiently to break the skin. Ironically I congratulated myself on having good flip flops. The lack of support under the arch meant I could walk without pain. Once again my resistance prevented me from being curious.
I had a great time in Cambodia followed by a fairly horrendous trip to Phuket Island but once I was ensconced in my lovely hotel midway between Karon and Kata Beaches I continued my blissful existence of beach walks, visits to the temple, long lunches at the beach complete with a large Singh beer.
The Empire Strikes back However during the week I had a third and fourth incident. First I developed a pain – in the sole of my right foot this time. It was right under the middle toe and was painful to walk. However I had just seen the movie Wild and I thought if Cheryl Strayer can walk though pain so can I. Then I twisted my left flipflop stepping around some tourists blocking my path and ripped out the front support. Now I could not walk. Frankly I panicked, desperately worked on it even using my teeth to pull the recalcitrant centre piece through the sole and then spent the rest of the next twenty- four hours in fear that I would die of some terrible disease.
Ignorance Seemed Blissful: As I recall these events I cannot believe how I could have so contentedly ignored so many warning signs. No wonder the Soul lost patience. As I have reflected on these events I realize that they are all connected to the underside of the feet. In my dreams footwear are always about understanding. I sense that there is some current understanding that needs to change in my life.
Show Me The Way
I feel a real sense of relief at having something to focus on. I have three days on beautiful Koh Lanta Island to relax, rest and reflect and I have found couple of dreams that require further exploration.
Of course it all begins with a commitment to honour the journey and seek the wisdom of Spirit to “Show Me The Way” Now it is all about waiting on the will of heaven.