Rev. Marjorie Rivera
Thanks for reading! This month I will share a personal story. I have had a fascination with Ansel Adams and his body of work for many years. My personal favorite piece is a photo of the Taos Pueblo Church in Taos, New Mexico. I bought a copy of the print nearly 5 years before I took my first trip to Taos in 1998.
Let me share some experiences with you about that trip. I went with a friend; we flew into Santa Fe and drove approximately 2 hours north towards Taos. As we got closer, I could feel some strange sort of “memory” kicking in. The fact that I had never been to that part of the country before did not escape me. (I am pretty sure this could have been my first past-life recall … ever) It was very late and pitch black on the mountain roads as we climbed our way into the “Enchanted Circle”. Taos sits within a range of mountains called the “Sangre de Cristo,” which means the blood of Christ. If you were ever there at sunset you would understand the reference fully. I didn’t research much about Taos before the trip; I just knew I wanted to go see the pueblo and the church, taospueblo.com:
Taos Pueblo is the only LIVING Native American community designated both a World Heritage Site by UNESCO and a National Historic Landmark. The multistoried adobe buildings have been continuously inhabited for over 1000 years.
The day after we arrived in Taos, was the first day they opened to the public after a month or so of private ceremonies. The first thing I did upon waking up the next morning was head over to the pueblo to find the exact spot for my pose in the same archway as the Ansel Adams photo. There were amazing synchronicities that happened during my entire stay. I never needed to read a map while I was in Taos, I just intuitively knew where everything was and which way to go. I met people who helped me and people to help every day. There was the ashram curator, who carried her little pot of peppers and apples around with her and snacked the whole day long in her gauze dress, who needed rides to certain places. Just for the record, I was thrilled to pieces to be able to jitney everyone around in the huge SUV that the car rental place gave me as a free upgrade without even asking. There was this little old Native American woman who let us drink from the sacred Blue River. She invited us to take sips from her gourd as she was pulling it from the crisp little stream, while we were walking past. My heart leapt with pure unadulterated joy. Then there was Soluntra, (yes, it sounds like the herb cilantro a bit) who had been travelling the world to heal the crystal grids within the earth. I didn’t understand everything she was doing but boy, was she fascinating! I am sure she is off climbing some ancient Mayan ruins or swimming with whales, or doing Javanese divination somewhere. If you would like to see her artwork her website is here:
These people were a bit kooky and a bit awesome. The best part of Taos, hands down was energy there, I don’t know why, but it was like a magnetic force. The energy was soft and nurturing and womb-like. I am also not surprised to have been invited to several sweatlodge ceremonies while I was there, which seemed fitting. My adventure to Taos was amazing in every sense of the word. I have never been the same since my journey there. Taos changed me so much so, that after I returned home, I started my company called TAOS Co. (Transformation And Other Services Co.) I still operate under the business name to this day.
So why this long personal story you ask? I go back to our original quote from Ansel Adams; “In wisdom gathered over time I have found that every experience is a form of exploration.” Experience is a form of exploration, a wonderful thought indeed.
My exploration, lead to experience. My experiences have lead to wisdom, and wisdom to divine wisdom, and the ability to be of service to others in need. I accept each experience as a lesson, a gateway to higher awareness that I know will help someone to whom I am connected. I feel as though we are all learning and growing to help each other, as we are all connected even in the
tiniest (and grandest) of ways. Since our growth and healing is all interconnected, get out there and explore, will ya?!?! Hit the road, see what experiences will touch you … If you ever make it to Taos, go see the earthships. Seriously!
For more inspirations on this topic, please visit the pinterest board I have dedicated to Taos:
My Spiritual Journey by Dalai Lama
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