Living the Game

I stand in the fine sand on the near bank of a broad, flat river that flows to my left, releasing into the ocean beneath a golden sunset. Behind me and lining the bank on the far side of the river is lush tropical forest pulsing with life.

I am waiting.

An ancient crocodile appears to my right. He is as old as life, vibrant, and enormous. I trust him completely. Effortlessly, he slides into the water and invites, “Come with me.”

I step out onto the water beside him, and my feet float on the surface as we move toward the far bank. We don’t speak – we don’t need to. We both know our destination as if we’ve made this trip thousands of times before.

When we reach the far bank, I walk up onto the sand. He emerges from the water and transforms into a man. We stop for a moment and look into each other’s eyes. He is perfect for me in every way. He reflects my beauty, sincerity, kindness, compassion, acceptance, gentleness, gratitude, abundance and blessing. Without words, we break our gaze and walk together, side by side, into the forest.

We come upon a clearing that glows with energy. This energy emits a faint but infinitely powerful light that emanates from Mother Earth and travels upward toward infinite space. We feel the rhythm of this life force and are drawn into it. We step forward together with the deep knowledge that this is why we have come.

As we merge with the light, we merge with each other. Our physical bodies transform into one ultimately radiant channel of brilliance, and our merged energies become a unique new life. Like an intense core of the life of Mother Earth, this new life carries itself toward the sky.

At a certain point, the upward flow stops and the energy bursts outward in all directions. Sparks fly over the entire planet like a giant umbrella fireworks display. Each spark travels the entire distance back to the earth, and when it lands, becomes a new being. I watch from the center of the clearing, now alone, as these new beings walk all around, exploring their new lives. They interact with each other, learn from and about each other and themselves. They grow and change.

I suddenly realize, watching all of this new life growing and changing, that each and every being is me. Each individual looks, feels and acts like me. With this realization, I breathe deeply and smile, because I recognize the game.

I step out from the clearing into the forest and make my way to the nearest being, the nearest ‘me’. I walk up and greet her. “You are me” I say. “I invite you to come back inside. Come home.” He walks boldly forward with natural grace and we offer ourselves to each other, blending into one more complete version of ourselves, of Myself.

My game is to walk the Earth, greet each being, each version of myself, and welcome her, or him, back into the whole of Me. I walk the Earth, and I play my game with conscious intent. As I include each new being and all of his experiences, I become more complete.

I encounter the final other being who is walking on Mother Earth. I welcome her in and feel a rush of fulfilled life. The game is complete.

I lie down in a grove of eternal redwood trees to rest and feel the completeness of my Life, the communion of all beings on Earth. I close my eyes and sleep.

When I wake up and open my eyes, I am standing in the fine sand on the near bank of a broad, flat river, waiting for the crocodile.

by Kerri Lake originally published in Species Link, Summer 2003

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Published in: on June 22, 2007 at 1:40 pm  Comments (1)  

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  1. This is beautiful. Thank you.


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