Your Life is the Way
It had to be done just so – the frame for my new Name, “Entering on the Path of Energy”, written for me in beautiful Japanese calligraphy by an aikido master. “Do-Ro-Chi,” he had written in rapidly flowing characters, laughing as he finished and handed it to me with a flourish.
With a few light strokes, he had changed my name from “Dorothy, Gift of God,” a rather solid package delivered to my parents, to “Entering on the Path of Energy”, a light, ephemeral being, always entering, never arriving at the end of the Path.
Of course, this gift had to be suitably framed. The next day, I took it to a framing shop. Because the paper was an odd size, the backing had to be specially cut to fit. I watched intently as the young assistant carefully cut backing material. She was cutting slowly with no hesitation, her eyes completely focused on her work, her whole body paying attention. She did not stop to make sure her work was correct, but seamlessly continued cutting, her eyes following every move of the blade she was using.
She was “Here”, as in “Here and Now”. And I understood that I had not only received a new name, but I had also received a lesson in the meaning of the name, ”Entering on the Path of Energy.” This young lady had shown me the entrance by investing herself totally in the work at hand.
As I enter into the New Year of 2020, I feel that I am passing through a gateway into a world of ever-expanding Energy and that the key to the gate is my own capacity to throw myself into what I am doing, body and soul. I invite you to join me.
Happy New Year!
Recommended Reading: “The Endless Practice: Becoming Who You Were Born to Be” – Mark Nepo
New Website for my mentor, the late Rahul Starr Patel, coming soon.