The Island of Perplexity
By Ruth Starr
It was strange. I knew it was off-limits, but something was compelling me. My friend Curtis and I were sailing to an Island across a huge lake from the mainland on a trimaran. He thought a trimaran would handle the erratic waters, better than a sloop. We took plenty of supplies, food, and water since we didn't know how long we would stay on the Island. Curtis had convinced me to take this ride as he had some feelings about the Island he couldn’t explain, but told me it would be a cosmic adventure! He said he had been having these weird dreams about floating crystals. Somehow on his job with the Utility Co., he kept running into people he would have spiritual conversations with. Furthermore, there were people who told him about this mysterious Island they had heard about, but never visited. I took my dog Sam, a mini schnauzer, along for the ride. I had no place to leave him and besides he loved riding in boats. It was a pretty good size boat so I wasn’t fearful that we would capsize. I was on a sailboat once that went over and never got that experience out of my mind.
"Curtis," I whispered, "do you think we'll be safe? I'm getting scared as we get closer."
"Aw honey, relax, it'll be o.k. I promise you. Besides, we really have a long way to go yet."
I didn't like promises and I wasn't even sure that I liked Curtis today. He had on a red t-shirt and it brought up a memory I didn't particularly want to remember. Besides I was fighting off a vague nausea from riding in the boat.
"Wow," I thought to myself, "some traumas just don't go away. I better get with the program for today and pay attention to what's coming down. I was still apprehensive about what we might find on the Island.
Curtis and I had been thru several workshops together in a program called Sightful. We were told that we were elevating to a higher perspective and would find our true divine nature. We learned to be people of integrity, be on time, deal with affirmations that we created, and do stretches we didn't think we could do. Today was one of those stretches. I felt on edge. Sam put his little body right up next to me. He always sensed when I needed comforting.
The Island was said to have "light beings' on it. I had read stories in the local alternative newspaper about the Island and what people perceived was living there. This could be a very magical journey. What did I know about "light beings"? I knew that the very word "light" had become a major part of my vocabulary now. Maybe this was my next step in evolving to my full potential.
My mind wandered back into time. I was in Michigan where I owned a restaurant business. A friend was working with me as closing time approached. I was about to close and lock the door when a young man drove up on his bicycle with a little dog in a basket on the front of it. He looked unkempt and I wasn't too anxious to talk to him. He said he wanted something to eat.
"But, we're just about all closed up now," I said to him. As I saw his face become very sad, my friend dragged me off to the side. "Listen Patty, we have to re-open the restaurant and I will make him something to eat."
"But," I protested, "I wanna get home now."
Ignoring me completely she went inside and began fussing around until she had a plate of food for him and then told him he could stay the night in our campground. After he rode off to the campground, she looked me right in the eye and told me that we never know when the lord will appear and how he might look.
“You think that bum looking guy is the lord?” I asked in astonishment.
“You may have something to learn from this experience,” she said.
I looked over at Curtis who was intent on keeping the sail trimmed so we could get best use of the wind. My mood began to lighten.
"Hey Curtis, remember when we were at Sightful and had to cross dress and go to a restaurant and get someone to have lunch with us?" Those sessions that we attended always came up with the unexpected – and we had to do the exercises. The facilitators told us if we could do those exercises, go to a restaurant cross dressed and find someone to have lunch with, we could do anything. “Curtis, you looked like such a dork! You had on your mothers red lace dress, black shoes and socks and were unshaven. How you ever got someone to eat lunch with you is ridiculous."
"Yah, well you didn't look like Mr. Universe yourself," he said. "You had on a mans jacket and hat, and a painted on mustache. You also had the gall to walk into the G.Q. store and tell them you wanted to see some classy rags. They were all snickering behind the counter. And, know what – I did get someone to have lunch with me, as strange as that sounds.”
I wondered if this trip was an exercise in doing something that we were yet unaware of.
“I didn’t realize the island was as far away as it is.” he said. “It may be a couple’a hours ‘fore we get there. The wind is very mild today so that isn’t helping.”
I had this strange thought that maybe the Island wasn’t real. Maybe someone imagined it.
The water looked kind of murky. It was not the kind of water that tempted one to dive into. The Island was barely visible at this time, but I did see a glimmer of light off in the distance. Here I was on Lake Spiral in California, a very large inland lake, and heading out to some kind of island where supposedly light beings lived. This is what people had told Curtis. I looked at the dog and told him this was crazy. I bent over and he licked my nose. I can always count on Sam to be there for me.
Curtis brought the boat around so we could tack for a while in another direction. Then he asked if I would fix some snacks as he was getting hungry. I brought up some sandwiches and sodas and a dog bone for Sam. We all munched away. Curtis drank his soda very quickly and then proceeded to suck up the ice, chew on it and then spit it back into the glass. This went on until all the ice was gone. Kind of got on my nerves. Sam swallowed his bone in one bite. I began to feel slightly better after I had eaten. Damn, I probably should have taken a dramimine. Riding those swells was tough on my system.
It was starting to get late and looked like we might land on the island in the dark. There were still those strange light areas in the sky. “We’re getting close now Patty. Wha’dya think – should we land now or anchor down and wait til morning so we can see what we’re getting into?”
“I vote for morning, I don’t like things that go bump in the night. Can you put the anchor down here?”
“O.K., it’s a done deal.”
Sam was already asleep on a small padded cushion that was his special place.
We nibbled loudly on a package of cheetos while we looked up at the sky where those lights were still evident.
“Look over there Curtis – it looks like a person sitting on that hunk of land that juts out into the lake.”
“Aw, c’mon Patty, no one lives out here.”
“Well, just for the sake of argument, let’s say there is someone. Let’s call her a witness to this experience. Maybe she’s an angel or someone who gives divine love and wisdom coming from the source.” When I fantasize, there need be no limit to where it can go.
It was completely dark now. The sky was filled with the brightest of stars and those two light areas were still very visible. The Island looked tall from my angle, but it was difficult to discern exactly what the terrain was.
“I’m really tired now,” Curtis said. “All that fresh air has done me in and I need to go to sleep.” He climbed into his bunk and was sleeping in minutes. I decided I would turn in for the night too. Everything seemed very peaceful. We all awakened early and Sam had to be taken for a walk. There was a small beach, but it wasn’t sand. It looked like some kind of rocky terrain that I didn’t recognize. Curtis got off the boat and I handed Sam to him. They walked for a way and then returned to the boat. I looked up and was awe struck by what I was seeing. What I thought was a mountain was a huge crystal spire in many layers and lengths. A crystal mountain! The mountain came almost to the edge where the rocky beach began.
Curtis looked at me and for a moment was unable to speak. “Patty, I’ve never seen anything like this. When I walked Sam, I had this feeling of inclusion. I don’t know how to explain it. I can’t even begin to believe that we can explore this place. I want you to come on that beach with me.”
“O.K.,” I answered. “We’re here so I may as well see it up close.” He got off the boat again. I handed the dog to him and then he helped me off. After standing on the rocky terrain for a while, I walked up to the crystal mass in front of me. I wanted to touch it. I put my hand up against the crystal and it felt warm. Many iridescent colors were sparkling everywhere.
“Patty, do you hear it?”
“Shhhhhhhh, I want to listen.”
Beautiful tones were everywhere like the sound of many flutes. Then, all of a sudden we both felt like we became part of the crystal mass and were inside it. I have no explanation of how this happened. Maybe we were traveling on a cosmic highway. I had heard of astral travel, and wondered if this could this be some form of it. The sound of the flutes put me into a deep sleep.
A soft voice began to speak to us. She said we would not be able to see her, but that we would be going on a journey into the essence of life. She told us that she would be one of our guides – that there were many guides along the way. “My name is Mirah. Let me begin by introducing you to the tones you are hearing. You will be moving into a higher harmonic and resonating to a light energy. I’m going to let you be with these thoughts before we move on.”
“Wow, Curtis, I can hardly believe this is happening to us.”
“Me, too. Lately I’ve been having so many synchronicities and wondered what was trying to be conveyed to me. Sometimes I see a message out there that almost seems like it is directed at me.”
“Ever since we went to Sightful, I have realized that there are no accidents,” I said. “It’s like I now attract things and events into my life. And, even more amazing are the people I now attract into my life. I find people who are more like me in their thoughts and goals.”
“I sense we might be on a journey away from the physical planet,” Curtis answered. “It’s like we’re on a mission, like the story has already happened, but we’re here experiencing it.”
Mirah spoke again. “You are going to be moving into higher thought. In fact, your life will be taking a new direction. Everything that you have been waiting for will be shown to you in various ways. You’ll see other realities, and feel energy changes on many levels. You will also be aware of all the guides when they are around and you will be able to communicate with them.
“Hey Curtis, remember when we had to come up with an affirmation in Sightful? Mine came into my head within a few minutes. The facilitators told me I had to keep working on it, but I knew I was through. I don’t know where it came from, but it’s like a part of my life’s lessons.”
“I remember the experience,” Curtis said, “but I forgot what your special affirmation was. What was it?”
“I am love the healer sharing my light with you.”
“I think I remember that you even made it into a wood carving.”
“Yup,” I said,“ I did. By the way, what are we going to do with Sam while we float around in these ethereal surroundings.?”
Mirah spoke, “You both arrived at this place because Sam vibrates at a very high level and is pure spirit. He was the key to your arrival here. Sam will be with you in your hearts, minds, and your spirits.”
We were both very awe struck by what was happening to us and what we were seeing inside the crystal mountain. Everywhere we looked, there were archways that led into rooms. The rooms had waves of colors and soft tones that were inviting. We began walking toward one of the archways. Mirah told us that we were entering the room of meditation and breathing. She said that a light master would help us connect with and reach those in tune with the higher realms.
“Hello Curtis and Patty, my name is David. I’m so glad to meet you and tell you about all the energies that move around inside of us. Sometimes this is known as a spiraling energy. It can move us from one reality to another. There are counter- rotating fields of energy that surround each of us. But first I want to teach you how to meditate and breathe so you can experience this energy fully.”I heard him saying, “relax, relax, relax every part of your body. Now I want you to begin being aware of your breathing. Open your heart to love. Love everything around you. Love is the healer".
Next, imagine a white light surrounding your body. This will give you protection and help you on your journey. Breathe in through your nose, hold it, and then exhale slowly through your mouth. As you are doing this breathing, you will begin to balance your heart, body, and mind. Now you will be able to connect to your higher self. This will give you tremendous power in your life.”
David let us stay in that relaxed position for a long time and then told us we would be waking, feeling refreshed and ready to move on to another experience.
“Curtis, Curtis,” I mumbled as I was waking up. “Where is my iPhone?” Sam barked.