Card: Brothers and Sisters – from the Magical Unicorns Oracle Cards by Doreen Virtue.
Message from Erin: Today, when I was walking home from the laundromat, I walked by a the coffee shop on the corner of my street. I often see a group of older Eastern European men sitting on the patio of the coffee shop talking very animatedly with each other. Sometimes there are only a couple of them, sometimes it’s a large group. Today there was just a few of them. Just as I was walking by, one of them looked at me and said: “Hello sister, how are you today?”. I said, as I was walking away carrying my heavy load of laundry “I’m great, thank you, how are you?”. “Not bad, not bad.”
After, as I was walking away, I was thinking about his use of the word ‘sister’. At first I thought it was a bit funny and I chuckled a little bit to myself. Then, the more I thought about, I was quite happy about it. The way he said it: it sounded like he really meant it. He saw me as a sister, walking by carry her laundry. He was much older than me. My guess is that he is at least twenty, maybe closer to thirty years older. It wasn’t an age thing. I feel like he was more just acknowledging that we were related some how. I don’t exactly look Eastern European – I have long red hair for starters – but that wasn’t it. He was just acknowledging that we were related because we are human. I mean, I suppose I could be wrong, but I really do think he somehow meant it. I’m his relation.
That’s the thing, if I really think about, we all are related. I’ve gone to a few sweat lodge ceremonies in my life, and one of things that we say when we leave the lodge is ‘Mitakuye Oyasin’, which are the Lakota words for ‘All my relations’. I used to think that meant ‘all of my relatives’, but I’ve come to understand that it means we are all related. We are all interconnected. Not just humans, but everything.
How often do I really think about it? How often do I truly ponder this meaning? If I were to be honest with myself, I would say that I do not consider this enough. Sometimes I think of myself as being all alone in this world. Not in a sad, melancholy way, but in a strong, independent way. I often enjoy being solitary and get really caught up in myself, haha. At the heart of the matter though, I really deeply believe that we are all interconnected. I am never alone. I am always in relations with everything and everyone around me. Everything is my relation.
What kind of world would we be living in if we all considered ourselves to be in relationship with everything in the world? What would that really mean? It would mean that we would stop seeing ourselves as separate from everything. This would bring new meaning to everything in our life. What would that mean about how we relate to other people? If I was of the understanding, at all times, that I am related to everyone, I would probably be more friendly and kind to strangers. Perhaps I would be more compassionate and understanding towards people. I would like to think that I would be a warmer person. I would say to the stranger walking down the street: “How are you today, brother?”
This week, let’s be more kind and gentle to ourselves and one another.
Have a wonderful week, my brothers and sisters.
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