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Chapter 6 – Blissful Soaring and Discovering

Chapter 6                     Blissful Soaring and Discovering

 

Sunday morning was bright and clear, Jesse was given the whole afternoon free.  He ran far into the meadows, leaping and tumbling in the tall soft grass. He splashed in the waters of a gurgling brook that seemed to sing for him.  At last, he stretched out on a patch of wild flowers near the lake.

To his amazement, he awoke to find himself surrounded by giant luminescent flowers, taller than himself, flowers such as he would never have dreamed about, each with its own patterns and shades of color. Wafting their rich fragrances in the breeze, they eagerly stretched out their petals to receive the sun’s light. Butterflies, dragonflies and birds were zipping from one flower to another examining their patterns.

 

Then as he turned around, Daniel was right there following him.

 

“Oh Daniel,” Jesse embraced him and held on, burying his head in Daniel’s arms.  “Daniel I missed you so much, so very much.”

 

“I know my young friend. I was right here beside you every time you thought about me.  You just couldn’t see me.”

 

“Really? So why couldn’t I see you?”

 

 

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“You couldn’t see me because your thoughts were restless, like shaking leaves in a rushing wind.  You were wrapped up in sad and anxious thoughts which make it very hard for us here to communicate.”

 

Laughter amongst the flowers made Jesse forget all the other questions he had been saving.  Their friends stepped forward, surrounding Jesse with their shining faces. They were eager for more adventures together.

 

Looking up, Jesse noticed lavender blue clouds were approaching them.

 

“The islands!” cried his friends. “Oh, yes! The Islands. Jesse, let’s go! Come fly with us.”

 

 

 

 

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The clouds lifted them up and took the children sailing in the sky. Soon they were floating above immense gardens nestled between golden lakes and snow-capped mountains.  Thrilled with new expectations and wondering where they would land they lowered towards a beautiful meadow.

 

 

The air is filled with new fragrances, with soulful melodies, with a peace and happiness too enchanting to describe. Blossoms are opening everywhere, alive, glowing with a light from within them. Each tree emanates a soft comforting radiance.  Even the pebbles are shining like gems, each a precious jewel.  Everything is sparkling, vibrating with Life, exquisite.

 

A great many children and young people from different countries are living here.  As some of them see the companions appearing, they are waving and calling:

“Come and play with us!”

 

Welcoming the newcomers is cause for new celebrations. Together they are running in the meadows, shouting with glee.  Now Jesse discovers he can climb on the sunbeams like ladders and using them as giant swings.

 

Soon he can see that even the trees and flowers are responding to him.  He looks at a flower bud and pop! It opens up to offer him the sweet nectar held in its petals.

 

Now he looks at a tree, and suddenly it is covered with ripe mangoes – a rare delicious, juicy treat for him!

 

Jesse also finds that even the children’s clothes and hair color could change in a twinkle, without any effort. Everything is in flux, filled with delightful surprises, unpredictable and exciting.

 

Next, Jesse is introduced to some of the many friendly animals. He also realizes he can hear the animals’ thoughts and talk with them.

 

 

 

 

Horses come trotting by and are offering the companions a ride. The children jump on and are taken on a tour over the landscape of hills, mountains and valleys, galloping over invisible solid pathways across the skies.

 

Next, a flock of tall white cranes is appearing and landing. They say it is their turn to fly with the children and they insist on giving them expert flight instructions. Soon the companions are sitting on their back, ascending, and sailing across the sky in V formations, diving and soaring up again. Now they are assembling with a large flock of other cranes, circling together, rocking and gliding in the sky like in a waltz, never tiring of this kind of play.

 

Finally the children are asking to be deposited on the crest of a snow-clad mountain. Now they choose to sit on the steep snowy slopes and to slide down as if on a giant slide, all the way down to the gardens!

 


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Joke of the day

The Ropshitzer Rebbe was famous for his sense of humor.

Once one of his followers asked him, “What is the reason for your custom to dress in only white cotton clothes?”

The Ropshitzer Rebbe said, “I cannot reveal this to you now. You must first prepare yourself. Immerse yourself in the ritual bath eighteen times every day. After three weeks come to me and I will reveal the reason to you.”

The follower did exactly as the Rebbe ordered, and after three weeks time he proudly went to the Rebbe.

“I did all that you asked,” said the follower. “Please reveal to me the secret.”

The Rebbe said, “Because it is cheaper.”

The follower was confounded: “What? Because it’s cheaper? Why did I have to immerse eighteen times a day for three weeks? Why couldn’t you just tell me?”

The Rebbe answered, “If I would have just told you, then you would have just told someone else, and he would have told someone else, and so on…. And before you know it the price would go up.”