I’ve always been fascinated by the notions of destiny, fate, cycles of life and possible past or future incarnations. These thoughts can be perplexing, even paradoxical when given full attention. Understanding or exploring these concepts brings us into a sphere we all visit from time to time. I refer to it as the sphere of the familiar; the place that you absolutely know that you’ve been to before despite seeing it for the first time. This is a sphere at the intersection of the infinite.
We’re all familiar with the symbol of infinity; the figure 8 that represents a continuous path that runs on forever. This symbol, this path, has one interesting feature. It intersects at the center and always loops back towards it. Correspondingly it also loops away from this intersection. To me, this symbol doesn’t just represent a concept of “foreverness,” but instead a variation of subtle but eclectic meanings.
This symbol represents a path of continuous experience, in life, in birth, in death and in ether; in spirit. It represents a road not simply traveled by the individual, but also represents those who share its way. It represents those we travel with, those we’ve met in another time, another sphere. This path we travel is not a lonely place. It is full of companions alive in both present, past and future.
We all know the feeling when we’re sure we’ve seen, felt or heard something before. Just the same we all know the feeling of being in a particular place and having it feel like home. But this feeling may not be just our personal experience alone. It is quite possible that we once shared this place with another partner; a soul companion that travels with us throughout time, beyond space, above the stars and without fail.
I once stood in a place that gave me a sense of peace and comfort that was so powerful words cannot describe its full beauty. The wind filled my ears with a silence that was profound and distinct; a silence so loud that it became almost deafening. This wordless wind surrounded me with a brilliant connection to the infinite as I stood upon the intersection of life. This place I stood alone, yet I know now that I was not alone. This place was shared with another, perhaps not then physically, but maybe in another time not yet upon us, or one long ago in the past. Perhaps at this intersection my companion was there, though not visible; with me in pure spirit. This is where my heart opened, and my path before me was clear.
If these notions are even plausible, whether one believes them to be true or not matters little. We all have our own interpretations of life’s mysterious happenings. Regardless, these are feelings of the heart, a place that knows the truth of things that the mind cannot possibly comprehend. This is where feeling is born and where knowledge of the infinite dwells; this is where we see our soul and where we meet our companions.
When you visit the sphere of the familiar, stop and listen to the silence about you. Hear the heartbeat of life; the natural ebb and flow that lives within and around you. Realize and embrace the intersection of infinity when you stand upon its crossroads. Then, at that special moment, perhaps if you look past your shoulder; looking beyond yourself, you’ll see another familiar face smiling back at you.