|Topic: A follow up to 'Look for positive things'.
ED. COPY OF TAPE OF TRANCE CIRCLE MEETING No.545. Held 3rd Feb 2004.
Spirit (Ling): Greetings.
We are hoping that each one of you will have a small story to tell us. We hope that over the last week you have heard or observed, various things. Take a minute or two now to think of the one thing that impressed you the most and why, and briefly tell us what it is and perhaps we can discus it. And, so that there is no fighting (Laughter), ladies first…
Sitter (J): (Laughter) Thank you Ling!
I was just thinking, just remembering… I was out walking with the family and we saw this lovely Boxer dog and a tiny little black kitten. The little black kitten tried to chase the family and my grand daughter took it back twice. The second time the Boxer dog got its paw and pushed the little kitten towards the house as much as to say, “I’m going to look after you, you get back inside”. I thought that was lovely.
Spirit: True, and a delight to watch, but what did you learn from it?
Sitter: Well I learnt that my grand daughter shouldn’t have called the kitten. That was one thing. (Mirth) Apart from that, that animals can protect each other, they can help each other.
Spirit: Yes, and may we suggest that the young in particular need discipline.
That dog had the intelligence to realise that that cat would have got lost had it gone its own way.
Sitter: Yes it was very tiny.
Spirit: And we must remember with our children that if we are too lazy, or too taken up with self, or too blind to misdemeanours of our young and don’t correct them, we are at fault as much as they are, for the lack of discipline.
There is a lot to learn in what you saw. Not only the beauty of it, but the lesson behind it.
Sitter: Thank you Ling.
Spirit: Is there a volunteer in you gentlemen? (Laughter)
Sitter (K): I remember reading something that was very meaningful for me. It was a story about two funerals at the same cemetery.
There were half a dozen cars, big black limousines, going to the funeral of a manager who had got somewhere in life, and because he was looked upon by those six people as a VIP, they were there to attend his funeral. One in particular, as he got closer stopped at the cemetery gate and asked a policeman, “What on earth are all the other people here for, all these dozens or perhaps hundreds of people, they’re all ages, and they don’t look particularly well dressed?” The policeman said, “I think they’re here for the lady’s funeral”. The man said, “But it’s a man’s funeral we’re going to”. The Policeman replied, “Oh no they’re here for a lady” “Oh” the man said, “She must be a Very Important Person. Who is she, what has she done?” The Policeman replied, “No she’s not an important person in that way, but she’s been a volunteer Crossing Warden woman outside the local school for twenty nine years, seeing to the children’s safety, and now she’s died”
And to me that sums up something about what is your life worth to other people, once you have gone.
Spirit: A very good story. I only hope the man in the car learnt something from it. But as you say and perhaps have appreciated, it is not the gold, the houses, the cars that you accumulate; it is the love, the esteem of people from all walks of life, young and old. If you can walk through life and say, “ I did my best for people”, even in a small way such as that lady, that is all anyone can ask of you.
That was a good woman. She had time to spare and she didn’t use it for herself. With a little effort and probably sometimes a lot of discomfort, in all weathers she was there. I’m glad people appreciated her; I hope they did in life, as well as at the time of her passing.
That is a story that you could repeat… the same as yours Jenny, is a story that could be repeated.
Sitter (H)): I’d have to think. I feel rather bad about this but I have thought of quite a lot of things that have made an impact and I think perhaps the one that is as good as anything I’ve seen this last week or so, is when Jenny and I and our grand daughter took our little dog for a walk quite early in the morning. Somewhere in the vicinity of six I think it was, and we walked along a beach, the sun was not quite up, it was as still as it is possible to get. The tide is fairly well out and the light was very soft. There were quite a lot of boats anchored out there and we saw these lovely reflections as the sun was starting to come up. We turned around and came back and the sun was coming up across the low hills at the other end of the bay. It was superb; very pale colours, a pinkie orange almost, and the whole thing was utterly beautiful really, if one takes the time to look at it.
I was just thinking tonight that I don’t take much time to do things like that, I tend to be either working, or in my leisure I don’t make the best use of it. I think I must try and make myself do a little more in that type of thing; read perhaps the right things more than I do. It was a beautiful morning, and there are lots of other lovely spots around this island too.
Spirit: You are most fortunate in where you live, and from that, you have had a moment of peace and tranquillity, and you say you don’t have time for this. But had you thought, every time you perhaps look out of your kitchen window, at the moment I don’t know the views from your home, but there must be times when you could spend only a matter of seconds, appreciating some small thing.
Sitter: Yes there are. We do sometimes, and it probably doesn’t register… fantails outside the window, lovely little birds, and we do have a nice view; a little like Joyce and Ken’s. It’s a different angle of the island but still a lovely view.
Sometimes the light there is superb too…
Spirit: And think… from whence does this come? What is the mind that has helped to create that? You can then start thinking, only seconds, but put the thought there. It is important for us all.
Sitter (K): I think Hilton’s comment about his not taking sufficient time to do these things applies really to us all, for this last week when I’ve been purposefully trying, I find that in doing it I feel better in myself, after I’ve achieved it.
Spirit: Well if you’ve managed that we have managed to teach you something this week. (Laughter)
We will do the same thing for one more week. In fact I hope for the rest of your lives, but perhaps we will not necessarily discuss it.
But please, over this week, don’t look for the same things. If you go for a walk don’t look for that dog and the kitten again, or if you do and you see them… no we won’t give you marks for that! (Laughter)
Well for tonight we will say ‘Good night’.
Sitter (J): Thank you Ling very much for being here with us all, this evening.
Spirit: Our pleasure.
The source of this material is Ken Hanson of Waiheke Island, New Zealand, whose Cockney wife is the Medium.
Ken passed to the Higher Life in August, 2009.
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