A Gift of Magic and Beauty from The Universe

Oct 23, 2022 | Virtues of the Heart

I was awakened by an annoyingly strong urge to go to the bathroom. I dismissed the feeling because this is something I never had to do–get up in the middle of the night to go to the bathroom; it just never happens. But the discomfort persisted, I resisted, until finally I simply had to get up. I was indignant and in disbelief at this interruption. We were at our family cottage on a lake in Northern Ontario. It was perhaps 2:00am.

I had to walk through our living room to get to the bathroom. The living room had a wall of glass overlooking the lake. As I walked across the room, I glanced out over the lake. The sight took my breath away, the full moon was low just over the horizon; its reflection seemed to electrify the water in a simmering dance of light. I was transfixed by the beauty; it was a magical moment of natural beauty and here I was, the observer in the middle of the night. I had never seen such beauty and wanted everyone to see it.

I quickly made my way to the bathroom and did my business. Upon returning, the scene had diminished a bit as the moon had risen and the reflection was less intense.

I had to wake my wife up to see the beauty, but I realized that I had seen the event at the most perfect time; the moment when the reflection was the most spectacular and beautiful. The zenith of its magnificence.

I couldn’t believe that I had just witnessed this natural beauty, something I would never forget. As I lay in bed, I contemplated what just happened. I was awakened and forced to get up to view one of the most beautiful sights I have ever seen. 

There was a very short window of opportunity to see something magical if I was standing in the right place at the right time. The beauty needed to be seen. Artists and photographers have captured scenes like this many times. Why is something like this beautiful? Why is it so magical?

Was it a coincidence?

Was it a gift from the Universe?

Does it matter?

More importantly, how did it affect me, change me? What was I feeling after that happened?

I think the Universe wanted me to see this natural beauty, to show me how close it is and how it can communicate with me.

It was also an invitation to co-create with it and allow it to guide me in more of my life.

As I lay in bed, I felt a sense of connection to the Universe, I was filled with Humility and Appreciation for what had happened.

I promised myself that I would be more sensitive to my inner voice and urges that rise up in the quiet moments. The presence of the Universe stayed with me like a faithful loving companion.

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