All my life, I’ve hungered for a touchstone–something reliable, constant, steady. Something that would not come and go.
The moment in September 2009 that I turned around–in a metaphorical sense–and took note of the unchangeable aspect of what I am, my experience rearranged. The moment itself was quiet, and the shift seemed almost imperceptible. Although I was alone at the time, I spoke my response out loud: “Really?”
At first the aftermath took the form of the tiniest aftershocks. About nine months later, the big one hit. The whole house of cards that people knew as Amrita collapsed. This was not easy, either for me nor those closest to me. Most of the cards simply blew away, never to be found again. A couple of cards remained, but not to be re-constructed into a house. They float on groundlessness.
Now I add other words to describe this touchstone: Eternal, Infinite. Peaceful. And this touchstone is forever “with” me–I simply hadn’t noticed. I can’t offer an image as a representation like I usually do with blogs, because it is not a “thing.” It has no objective qualities. It is unfindable–one cannot even turn toward it, because it is too close. Closer than close. Yet it-that-isn’t-an-it is knowable. Be-able.
© Amrita Skye Blaine 2015
2 thoughts on “touchstone – take two”
‘Touchstone’ – I like that. Not something, not nothing, present, yet not attained.
So grateful to be reminded of this that doesn’t come and go…and waits quietly in the background for us to notice… And I’ve been noticing since I read your blog!! Thank you, sweet Amrita!!