My dear friend, a spiritual director/artist/yoga teacher and all around loving being said: “You are a spirit gate-opener. I have never heard the term before; I just know you are IT.”
I was awed by this new “title”. I thought about it as I drifted off to sleep last night and as I awoke this brilliant October morning. What could it actually mean? Perhaps: opening gates of connection to "spirit"? Or: an opening that allows one to step into the realm of “spirit”? Maybe I am a formerly undiscovered incarnation of a shaman of some sort and now this is finally being revealed? (Unlikely, but interesting to contemplate.) I am so intrigued by this phrase...and I think that it isn't just me, of course, but that all people/animals/aspects of nature have the ability to open the gates of our hearts to “spirit” (meaning God, our own and/or each other’s Souls)...artists, musicians, writers, teachers, playful children, newborn babies, time spent with our wise elders, sitting with a friend or loved one who is ill, moments of joyful uproarious laughter, a clear night sky, crystalline water-falls, long walks on the beach beside the roaring ocean or quiet hikes through a dense forest. I feel so deeply honored that my esteemed friend has bestowed this title upon me...and am grateful for HaShem’s blessing that allows me to be such a “portkey” for her. (To borrow a word from the wonderful Harry Potter books-and don’t go off on me HP enthusiasts-I know technically a person cannot be a portkey in the realm of the magical world of HP-humor me as I like this analogy)
I am writing this not to boast, but because I believe people (YOU) should know that each and every one of us has the potential to be or has already been a spirit gate-opener for someone in our lives...and that it is vital to pay attention to those holy moments; for they are rare and precious gifts.