by Robert Wilkinson
A year ago today a great Soul that meant more to me than most people I’ve known this life passed into the heavenworld.
It was on this day last year that Yuri, my cat-teacher and road partner of 18 years, died after a long and great life. I still miss him from time to time. And a year seems like last month.
As I told you then, Yuri (18 April 1995 - 9 April 2013) was my good friend and equal in many ways, and a remarkable Being. Intelligent, friendly, popular, talkative with a HUGE vocabulary, about as non-violent as a cat can be, he was caring, sensitive, and a good sport, given he and I spent about 25,000 miles together in cars and trucks throughout his life. We were constant companions, never intruding on each other’s freedom, but loving each other deeply for many years.
More than a few of his many friends have expressed how much they miss his physical presence this past year. That’s how popular he was. And yes, I know he’s doing just fine on the other side, much better than his final few years here when he was almost completely deaf and blind from 7 years of diabetes (which he completely cured just a few months before he checked out!) Here it may be good to remember that Death is not the enemy, but just Spirit's way of recycling the best of us when the husk is worn out.
So Aum and blessings. He was such a great Spirit that his death left a huge void in my life, even as I know the memory of his unique spark will be with me always. And yet, I also know that when he left, he left quickly and completely, with no astral residue to hang around. That’s one of the biggest advantages to cremation.
While sometimes the departed do visit us for whatever reasons, that’s not Yuri. He wasn’t one to hang around when there were other places to explore. He was an Aries with Moon in Sagittarius, so that’s not surprising. To turn an ancient aphorism around, “As below, so above.”
I suppose that’s just the way life is. We meet them, we hang out with them, and sooner or later one of us leaves, for whatever reasons and karma there is. Along with so many others this life, he helped me experience another level of unconditional love.
By not “calling him back,” I believe I left his Spirit free to grow into unknown evolutionary realms. Here I trust the wisdom of God to know exactly where his Spiritual Spark needs to be. It sure isn’t here.
And so today I’m in contemplation of how mysterious the ways of Spirit are, and how we’re all part of one gigantic life, both in form and in no-form. Love is love, and it persists across time. That’s the nature of our bond with each other, whether we know it or not. And those who show us a greater love will always be a part of our Soul-field, whether we’re in a body or not.
So rather than offer condolences, since this isn’t that kind of day, please indulge me one thing: use today to remember someone who touched you deeply, loved you unconditionally, and who was always there for you without reservations. You will find strength and solace in that experience.
© Copyright 2014 Robert Wilkinson