Is destiny real? The writers, Kati and Gary, feel that this story of their meeting is an example of the threads of destiny that are woven into their lives. Written from Kati's journey.
On a morning in May, one year before the millennium, a message was delivered by my Dutch friend, who is a healer and intuitive. By using a pendulum over a chart of letters, he was able to write messages from the inner worlds, the greater existence. That day, a prophecy for me came through his writing, “In exactly one year, you will meet the man you will live and do spiritual work together with for the rest of your life.”
His words sounded too perfect to be true. Besides, how could it be “exactly in one year?” I was with a boyfriend and two sons in the south of Spain. We were building a new life on a farm we'd bought, after moving here from the former East Germany.
Our active lives went on and the prophecy was forgotten. The New Year and millennium rolled in. I started getting the feeling to go to America. I knew no English and no one there, and was not personally interested in the States. Still, following intuition, we sold the little farm in Spain and traveled to America.
It will reveal itself
In a state of innocent trust, we landed in San Diego and journeyed through the southwest. I stayed the course through the challenges that came by trusting the words of my inner voice, “You are here on purpose and it will reveal itself.”
The four of us traveled in a minivan through an unfamiliar land with a language and customs strange to us. After weeks of this, our initial optimism ran low as our funds ran out, and we became exhausted. We were ready to give up. My last calling was to visit magical Mount Shasta in northern California.
Our dispirited troop arrived in Mount Shasta City in April. Grey skies drizzled constant rain, the air was cold and damp. The fabled mountain peak could not be seen through the dark clouds. Disappointed, I sipped my hot drink in a coffee shop now known as Seven Suns.
Suddenly my eyes were attracted to an advertisement in the paper lying on the table. My older son Arne, who'd had some English classes in Spain, called the number. Two hours later the four of us were sitting in the living room of Mary Ma, an intuitive advisor. “Yes, my friends,” she spoke, “you are still right. Just go another seventy miles north to Ashland, Oregon.”
A turn of events
Ashland, a college town in the Siskiyou valley of southern Oregon well-known for its annual Shakespeare festival, welcomed us with open arms. In one week we moved into our first apartment, my boyfriend got work, my teen-aged sons had fun with their jobs at a lama farm and I had two clients for healing work. We regularly visited the 'Conversations with God' Center. Inspired by all these wonderful happenings, my boyfriend asked me to marry him.
As I sat in the C.W.G. Center, feeling a little nervous about my marriage decision, my eyes wandered over the displayed books by Neale Donald Walsh (author of “Conversations with God.”) This gazing was interrupted when the secretary came in with an apologetic demeanor. She told us that the minister had suddenly become so sick she couldn’t get out of bed.
My inner alarm went off and the message of the Dutch intuitive echoed clearly into my awareness, “In exactly one year, you will meet the man you will work with for the rest of your life.”
He had spoken this message of destiny in the first week of May, 1999. The calendar on the wall showed the last week of April, 2000. I felt to wait with the marriage plans. Three days later my boyfriend was physically attracted to an American woman and, encouraged by me to follow his longings, they had a romance.
I realized he had been more like a brother and guardian to me than a life partner. Although it felt right from a spiritual standpoint to let him go, and I was glad for him, my heart was heavy.
The network of destiny
Arne, my older son, got me on my feet and out to be among others. At a meditation gathering, we heard about a meeting for networking among healers.
We arrived early at the meeting of healers and observed people as they entered the room. In the next moment, a man stood in front of us. With a peaceful smile he said, “You must be the German family. I sent you an e-mail in response to your poster about your ‘Light Hands’ healing.”
The start of the meeting saved me from having to give a straight answer. Of course I remembered his e-mail. I had not written back because my writing skills were quite underdeveloped.
As the meeting began, Arne translated the talking into German for me. Otherwise I would have been helpless with the language.
When the discussion of the group became a stage for shouting egos, I signaled my son that we could leave now. Shortly before we escaped, the man with thick black and silver hair approached us. He really wanted to talk with me and asked if I would accept a copy of his self-published book on awareness and energy medicine – Vision River Guide. I answered shortly “Maybe next time.”
But surprisingly my son reached for the book with a warm “Thank you.”
Back in our apartment I became curious about the gifted book. As I was starting to translate the first sentence with the help of my dictionary. My reality changed and spirals of light rose from the page. Very clearly, my inner voice commanded, “Now go back and talk to this man!”
“No, no,” my personality argued, “it is rainy, dark and I do not speak enough English.”
Against all protest my inner presence moved me back to the group meeting place. The building was dark and I projected with some hope that everybody had left by now. I was turning around when I noticed two men standing under a street lamp.
With a racing heart I went to the talking men. As if in a trance I heard my voice say to the book-giver, “Excuse me. I would like to talk with you.”
I noticed his hazel-green eyes beaming with warmth. In a comforting melodious voice he suggested that we go for a walk around the block. The night was moist with misty rain. In my mind I wanted to explain the mission of finding the right people for a visionary healing center but instead I said “I am from another dimension.. I am searching for people of the same kind.”
It was a strange thing to say, but the stranger smiled and responded, “Yes, I understand.”
We continued our walk until I saw my parked car. Paradoxically this man had a very calming effect on me but at the same time I had a haunted feeling under my skin. I learned that he had made a change in his life and arrived in Ashland from Georgia, the same week as we.
On the next morning, May 8, an e-mail appeared in my mailbox. This time I replied by inviting Gary to dinner for the following day.
Continued in the Hub, Another Dimension Continued into Wholeness...
Is destiny real? What is your experience?
Beverly on June 15, 2013:
This story and the comments confirms the need to follow my intuition - sometimes against my "other" judgement. My partner and I have had a thriving, challenging, fulfilling, and bumpy relationship. It's the first one I have been willing to let go of while also being fully committed ... if how I have written this makes any sense. We met at a mediation center and this relationship truly has become one of my main practices. I have learned things about myself that I could never have imagined. I no longer attend the meditation center, though he does and I am happy that it is working so well for him. We seem able to accept one another's decisions respectfully since they seem to be working for each of us, respectively. Also, i have learned things about another person that I never expected to in this lifetime. It is truly an adventure that seems to somehow empower us individually.
I look forward to seeing how it unfolds and encourages spiritually, growth, playfulness, maturity, and authenticity in us.
Poon Poi Ming from Malaysia on May 12, 2013:
Is destiny real? You bet!
In 1975, a fortune-teller told me that when I meet my future wife, she would be 19. I was 21 then and I said to myself, "Oh, 2 years difference." He also said that when my wife cook, she will break the pot, meaning that she cannot cook. I waited year after year... nothing happened. And I thought what the fortune-teller said was just a whole load of crap. Then suddenly in 1988, my future wife came to my office to work. She was 19 but by then, I was 33. 14 years difference!!! And she told me that she rather have a job than to do housework. Yes, she hates cooking a lot... a whole lot!!!
Sid Kemp from Boca Raton, Florida (near Miami and Palm Beach) on May 07, 2013:
I celebrate the two of you coming together in joy. What a way to start the millenium! May your next 987 years be blessed!
Gary R. Smith (author) from the Head to the Heart on May 06, 2013:
Sid, 'Emanate - did you have any premonitions, losses, or shifts in life in the year before Kati arrived?'
Oh, yes. Yes, and yes. And they continue, all three. Though losses have turned into letting go. I understand what you wrote, 'I want to hear your side of the story...'
There is a story, of course, from my life experience leading to our finding each other in Ashland. I have written but not polished it. Other expressions ask to be expressed, ahead of the story.
And yes, Kati's words of another star system are among the gems from her I treasure. There are many more stories from our years together since 2000 that most would not believe. It feels to me I have live many lifetimes in 13 years.
Today is the anniversary of our meeting at the gathering of healers in Ashland.
Sid Kemp from Boca Raton, Florida (near Miami and Palm Beach) on May 06, 2013:
I think my favorite moment is, "I am from another dimension. I am searching for people of the same kind." If I put that into a fictional story, I think no one would believe it!
Sid Kemp from Boca Raton, Florida (near Miami and Palm Beach) on May 05, 2013:
Emanate - did you have any premonitions, losses, or shifts in life in the year before Kati arrived?
Gary R. Smith (author) from the Head to the Heart on May 05, 2013:
Kati and I are on the same side of the story. It is from her perspective, and exactly the way I see it. She wrote and I edited, so it is our story. What happens next is always an unfolding mystery. We have learned to love surprises. Glad you enjoyed the telling of our experience.
Sid Kemp from Boca Raton, Florida (near Miami and Palm Beach) on May 05, 2013:
Destiny - without a doubt. My wife Kris and I were guided together in a much less dramatic way, but with its share of miracles. 30 years later, we're still making it work, and sharpening one another in Love!
Gary - I want to hear your side of the story, and what happens next!
Gypsy Rose Lee from Daytona Beach, Florida on February 20, 2013:
A wonderful story. I do believe that we are led by destiny. Passing this on.
Eiddwen from Wales on February 20, 2013:
What a beautiful story and oh yes I truly believe in Destiny ,the hopeless romantic that I am ha!!
I have to vote up and share onto my FB page 'A Brand New Dawn.'
Thank you so much too for the wonderful fan mail you sent me and I really am looking forward to getting to know you better on here. Enjoy your day.
Tiffany Pasquale from a place somewhere in my paradise Etheas. on February 03, 2013:
I think this was a beautiful story and now I understand that you understand much more than I originally thought. Such a beautiful journey in life... I can only begin to imagine the wondrous things you've both experienced and I know now that as I can learn from you, you can learn from me.
I remember an oracle reading I did for myself a good couple of months ago and every time something significant happens in my life, one of those cards come forth in my mind and whisper to me what their message is. Having an open link to my cards, now.. it whispers, "People will only be introduced to your for the greater good" and that is the way it is now. I am very much intrigued by you and your life partner and it has touched something deep inside me. I was made to remember your username and I can say that I do sense a connection with the both of you.
It makes me joyous.
cleaner3 from Pueblo, Colorado on January 14, 2013:
hmm.. I do believe that things happen for a reason, also. If you are in the right place at the right time what happens is meant to be.
a lot of things happened in my life because I believed and listened to that small voice in my head.
I saw your name as to visiting one of my hubs and I was curious why you did not leave a comment . I usually try to contact some and who visit my poetry page and when I find one of their hubs that looks interesting I usually click on it and most of the time it the one that none has commented on... So now it continues, maybe I have found someone "from a distant star" or just another "human being ", either way I love this write of yours and hope you read more of my work and follow me . Leave a comment and I will follow you .