It all happened in about 1991. My wife at the time (Desiree) and I were
still somewhat upset at the loss of our pet cockatiel, Aki. She had died
suddenly one morning without any warning and she perished quietly in the
middle of the night. Desiree and I were quite distraught and in mourning
over the loss. This was putting an increased stress to our already hectic
lives. At about 2:00 I called Desiree at the store where she worked. It
was an unusually slow day. Hardly anyone had stopped by all day. Sometimes
that just happens. We talked about 5 minutes and I told her I'd pick her
up around 6:00 when the store closed.
When I arrived at just before 6:00 Desiree was very upset. When I asked
she said she was missing some time. She didn't recall the conversation
we had at 2:00 and in fact she didn't remember anything from 1:45 to 4:00
even though she had sales reciepts showing she had made sales and spoke
to customers at that time. Losing your keys is one thing but losing all
memory of time for that long of a period makes you think you've lost your
Well, I took her to a restaurant for dinner to help her calm down. The
stress was evident in her eyes. She was questioning herself as to if she
had "lost her marbles". I felt hopless. Here was the woman I cared most
about in the world, she was in deep emotional and psychological pain and
I could do nothing to help. I was feeling the distress with her. Then,
it struck me. I had been tought a technique several months before for clearing
your mind and allowing your "inner voice" or intuition to come out and
speak your truth. So, I tried it.
I took her through the steps. First, I had her sit back in her chair
and close her eyes. Then she took in a breath and I counted how long it
took (about 4 seconds). Then I had her hold the breath for 4 times as long
(about 16 seconds) and then I had her slowly exhale for 7 times as long
(about 28 seconds). She did this 3 times. Then I said, "Your mind is clear
now. If you could know what you did between 1:45 and 4:00, what would you
With that, her eyes opened wide. I mean WIDE! It was evident it was
amazing to her what came up. She said that when she was at the shop physically,
her spirit had been taken to a gorgeous pond with beautiful sparkling waters.
It was warm and sunny there. There was a feeling of overwhelming peace
and harmony. At the pond, she looked around and there were the people,
some of which she knew and some of which she just knew of, that had already
died. They welcomed and comforted her. Then, our darling little Aki was
there to greet her. Aki had wanted to see Desiree and let her see that
she was not only alright, but she was also very happy in her new world.
She would also be there in the future when Desiree's time would come to
pass to the spirit world. The memory was of a time span of 5 minutes and
yet it had taken over two hours in the physical plane.
Desiree was not the same after that. Where she had been depressed over
Aki's passing, she now had a contentment that all was well. She realized
now that wherever she went, a part of Aki would have her wings spread out
to comfort and shelter Desiree for the rest of her life.
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