The Sacred Marriage is our topic this month. For myself, where I have found this is with my pets and family and with my spiritual Guides, but a stable romantic partnership has eluded me so that I now consider myself ‘post-relational’. Yet I find a great deal of freedom and personal responsibility in living without a romantic partner, and I am happier this way.
Still, what is true partnership when that is not defined primarily or necessarily in romantic terms?
It is when two Souls team up, with love and trust in each other, to weather storms and support one another’s individual and collective missions. It is a guarantee of unconditional love and a willingness to communicate about whatever arises, knowing the other is open and giving in return.
My dog Sophie and I are true partners. She has been through hell and back again with me when we endured a scourge of parasite bugs last March. I don’t know how I could have gotten through that without her, and I am so glad she made it through too. (Yet I must also acknowledge a Good Samaritan who helped us both greatly at a B&B; she took us in and helped nurse us back to health despite the risk to her own business.) Once when I was finally determined to drive back cross-country to deliver Sophie to safety and then finalize my own cleansing of remaining bug threats, my wounds were searing and I thought they might be infected. (A doctor had me using an ointment that was wrong for these kinds of wounds.) Still over 1800 miles from home, I was at a low. Should I just drive through it, or seek help? At that moment Sophie started barking emphatically at me and I knew she was telling me to get help. So, in the midst of a torrential downpour somewhere in Iowa late at night, I found an Urgent Care and got the best treatment I had yet received, enough to let me and Sophie push onward.
My dear Sophia
But I will be honest with you. I always did hope to establish true partnership with a human, yet that never materialized longterm for this lifetime except in some absolutely deep and wonderful friendships. As a writer this has worked out fine, as it gives me the solitude and space to immerse myself in creative activity and the freedom to follow my dreams. I am reminded of a poem by W. B. Yeats, on “Words”:
I had this thought a while ago,
My darling cannot understand what I have done,
Or what would do in this blind, bitter land.
And I grew weary of the Sun
Until my thoughts cleared up again,
Remembering that the best that I have done
Was done to make it plain;
That at length I could cry,
My darling understands it all
Because I have come into my strength
And words obey my call.
That had she done so, who can say
What might have shaken from the sieve?
I might have thrown poor words away,
And been content to live.
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True partnership is Soul with Spirit and with Divinity Itself, including Spirit as It expresses through other Souls. Human companionship may be lasting or ephemeral; in either case it is a great gift to be treasured for all that can be shared.
I welcome your comments and stories!