Tuesday, June 23, 2009

First Contact

Nothing ever goes the way you want it.
In fact, the way it eventually goes is almost always better.
It usually takes some time to see this though.

I spent the last 5 days in Ulaan Bataar searching for shamans and I was getting frustrated by the lack of progress. Contacts didn’t answer the phone, ceremonies that were supposed to take place got postponed, doors that should be open, closed.

Then I remembered my early travels when obstacles like that never used to bother me. I welcomed them instead for the disguised opportunities they invariably proved to be. And so I decided to slow down, to savour what was coming my way and yo, behold, first contact was made. A shaman near the biggest monastery here in Ulaan Bataar pointed me in the right direction and where before it was hard to even identify the pieces of the puzzle now I felt they were falling into place.

Just before leaving I asked the shaman what she saw, looking at me. “ You have the ability to cure people” she said.

My rational self takes all with a fairly large grain of salt but I am considering building an ovoo in my apartment.

Then I wont have to leave to travel.

Not Here Anymore, Not Quite There Yet.

© Hans Kemp 2009