20th Anniversary Issue The period between Thanksgiving, 1997, and the first two weeks of January 1998, carries bittersweet memories for me. It was during that time that my former partner, Judi, transitioned from this life. Ours was a special story. It was a story of synchronicity, of a life changing and affirming relationship, of learning, healing, personal growth and a very profound love. My first marriage ended because of diametrically opposed spiritual differences. My path was expanding and inclusive, her path was contracting and exclusive. It was 1995 and I was leading meditation and healing groups at the time and teaching Reiki. At one of these gatherings, a friend mentioned a woman he knew who had been diagnosed with breast cancer and wanted to learn about visualization meditation and energy healing. I called her and we arranged to meet on a Sunday morning. I arrived at her house and as I was about to ring the bell, she opened the door. As we looked at each other, she pointed at me and I pointed at her and we simultaneously exclaimed, “It’s you!” We had never met in this lifetime but there was an absolute recognition of having traveled together before. Our relationship ensued, first with healing, teaching and a growing friendship and rapidly evolved into a passionate love. We both came into the relationship with lessons to learn from one another. She needed to learn that she was loved and worthy of that love; I needed to learn to love and believe in myself. These lessons unfolded as we lived the extremes of life together in our mid-forties. ...
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