“There is pleasure in the pathless woods, there is rapture in the lonely shore, there is society where none intrudes, by the deep sea, and music in its roar; I love not Man the less, but Nature more.”
– Lord Byron (1788-1824)
Today, I went to the spa. This wasn’t the kind of spa you normally think about, with masseuses, New Age music or wheatgrass drinks. There was no one to offer a manicure or a pedicure. There were no mud baths.
No, today, I visited The Sacred Garden of Maliko for the first time. I was met first by Bodhi, a wonderfully huge dog, who is the official greeter and mascot. Then, I met Eve, the owner, and Joey. The Sacred Garden is a spa, not for the body, but for the soul. After a short introduction to the grounds, I made my way to the outside labyrinth. At once, I felt the energies of peace and bliss.
I walked the outside labyrinth and spoke with The Creator with so many questions: You directed me to come to Maui, but the environment is so demanding of my body. Am I really supposed to be here? How am I supposed to receive and share my spiritual gifts when my body can hardly function? I am desperate! I need what I don’t have. I need help, Your help. (I remembered what I read from The Circle Maker and I prayed…) God, I need a comfortable home here in Upcountry Maui. I cannot bring it to myself in natural time, and so I ask you and thank you for bringing it.
As I reached one edge of the labyrinth, I stepped off the path and over rocks to a currently-dry river bed. I found a large rock in the shade, sat on it cross-legged and felt the cool wind on my face. (The picture above is similar to the scenery around me.) Minutes and half hours passed as I bathed in the soothing breezes and simple sounds of the jungle. The outside stimulations that had overwhelmed my senses in past weeks were absent here. I didn’t have to wish my ears couldn’t hear or my eyes couldn’t see or my skin and intuitions couldn’t feel. I could allow my senses to function as they do and be glad to be alive, too.
I thank The Creator for directing me to The Sacred Garden today. And I offer my story to you. I believe The Creator is bringing everything my family and I need to be comfortable on Maui, and I can’t wait to tell you how it unfolds.