Last weekend I was in Connecticut doing a Spirit Gallery at a local Elks Club; the event was a fundraiser for a local Republican Party. When I got offered the job, I immediately responded yes, not because I identify as a Republican (I have respect for all), but because it fell into my ‘wyrd-work‘ category. When these opportunities arise I am excited for the opportunity to sing to someone other than the choir. I like to be challenged, to have people approach Spirit Communication with a healthy level of skepticism, and most of all to offer them a slice of faith when they see & hear things that they cannot explain.
Wyrd-work describes any job that is obviously outside the realm of the expected, that offers the potential to awaken the consciousness of another. It is the work that resonates with one’s soul path. It is also the work that I imagine my accountant saying “What could Salicrow possibly be doing for these people?”.
Gallery Readings are a totally different beast than Seances and Individual Spirit Communication, as they are simultaneously a deep communication for the one receiving the message and entertainment for the crowd watching. When looking out over the assemblage I see spirits standing with just about everyone (imagine at least twice as many ‘people’ in the room as those who paid for seating), I know that most of the people in the crowd are hopeful that they will be called upon, and that I will only be able to give that opportunity to a few.
Every time I do Spirit Communication for a group of people I would classify as sitting in the Wyrd, I experience an expansion of my mind, as I watch my preconceived notions of who and what a group believes washed away before my eyes. In truth, I think this could be said about most things…if we let go of what we think we know, we will find there is a lot to learn. The biggest lesson I have learned from such experiences is that everyone mourns, and everyone wants to believe that the soul exists outside of the skin-suit we wear in this reality. No matter our cultural, political or economic environment, we are all looking for a connection to something more than ourselves, and we all want to know our loved ones (and most importantly ourselves) continue to exist. Death in many ways is a great equalizer. It comes for all of us, it does not discriminate against race, age, sexual orientation or political/religious beliefs. It does not care if we have lived our lives fully, or simply existed. It cares not for the character of our soul and doesn’t care if we have other plans. In short, death is a master we cannot ignore. Nor can we ignore its trusty companion mourning.
I don’t know what I expected from the experience, but what I got were a group of people who cared deeply for their families and friends, and wanted above all else to have some kind of connection with their loved ones who have crossed into Spirit. Stepping outside my comfort zone; working in places out of the ordinary for me, has taught me much about people. We are more alike than we think, we all want happiness, security, love, and community in our lives, we all mourn our dead, and we all hope for something beyond this world…the problem comes when we look at our differences under the microscope. When we focus on what tears us apart we will most certainly see plenty of things that can do so…but when we turn our lens to see what things we have in common, the world has more symbiotic flow & opportunity.
I give thanks to the Wyrd groups who have hired me, especially when I did not fit your image of normal. I am thankful for your open minds and the opportunities you have given me to grow. Thank you!
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