Infinity, and beyond

When was the last time you came across something truly original?  It has been said that everything tangible and intangible has already been thought of and done, all we do is add layers or nuance to something that already exists and that someone else (usually in the dark ages) has already claimed as original.

A few days ago I received this …

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I have never seen the infinity sign used to mark the passing of someone.  What a brilliant idea!

It got me to thinking about how many of us get ‘stuck’ on that death date.  We forget that our loved one had years and years of life before that dreaded day.  We also forget that energy doesn’t just stop – it transforms and lives on.  They live on in our memory.  They stay with us and we pass on their life and legacy to the next generation.

Nelson Mandela was a world icon.  He embodied the principles of humanity, forgiveness and hope.  We often say rest in eternal peace.  Got me to thinking again about the difference between eternity and infinity.

20earthEternity means no beginning and no end (symbol Ouroborus) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ouroboros

iTongo Tarot card 20 The Earth – IMINYANYA (The Ancestors)

CONCEPT:  Good judgement; Rebirth; Introspection; Transformation; Evaluation; Metamorphosis

Infinity means a beginning but no end. (Symbol Lemniscate)  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Infinity_symbol card back

Madiba’s beginning in this life (18 July 1918) his energy and spirit lives on in infinity.

iTongo Tarot Card Back.  Embracing eternity and infinity.  There is a beginning without end.

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RIP Andrew Barrett 23/12/1972 – 21/4/2013

AndrewGone too soon is the phrase that keeps running through my mind.  A light was extinguished today, but the light of Andrew will continue to shine in our hearts.

Andrew lived his life as a challenge. He was active, spontaneous, at times he could be rather assertive – but most of all he was an explorer of new ideas and visions. Patience and restraint were not synonymous with his passion for living. Everything he did, he did at full tilt. He gave his all – once you had met Andrew, your life was never the same again.

I once did a reading for him, and told him that he had been touched by the hand of God.  He was destined for great things and he owed it to himself to explore and quest for knowledge and understanding of the Universe and all its mysteries.  A natural charismatic, Andrew could convince you to follow him.

Highly intuitive and gentle soul. He was sensitive to the needs of others and found his balance through his relationships.  His approach to life was definitely unusual, driven with humour and passion, you knew when Andrew was in a room.  At times, a little boy in a mans body, Andrew approached life with gusto because he believed that anything was possible.  He lived his life fully.

A gifted communicator he could make you believe anything.  At times he may have felt overwhelmed, and struggled with his demons, but as a true warrior Andrew would step up and take responsibility for his choices and actions – he never shied away from confrontation.

Andrew lived with integrity – he didn’t always conform to societies rules, but he was always honest about who he was and what he expected from life.  At times his enthusiastic side would be at odds with his need for self control and order.

Deep down there was a generous heart – he loved entertaining, cooking and sharing with his friends. He would give you whatever he had to help you.   He related to people on all levels.  He didn’t judge, he was just there… for you if you needed him.

The concept of family and tradition was important to him – he loved Bronwyn and his son Aidan wholeheartedly.  Knowing they were in his life gave him the security he needed.  Will-full and headstrong, life with Andrew was never simple or easy, never boring but the moments when he was fully engaged were magical. He was charming; at times manipulative and would push the envelope as far as he could. He was an adventurer at heart. A seeker, for knowledge and truth.

Looking back on his time with us, we see his achievements, we see the many friends he accumulated, we see his struggles, but most of all we see a special soul, that I for one am thankful to have been able to call a friend.

Lala Kahle Andrew (Sleep well)

For what is it to die but to stand naked in the wind and melt into the sun.
And what is it to cease breathing, but to free the breath from its restless tides,
that it may rise and expand seek God unencumbered.

Only when you drink from the river of silence shall you indeed sing.
And when you have reached the mountain top, then shall you begin to climb.
And when the earth shall claim you limbs, then shall you truly dance.  Kahlil Gibran