There is no way I would ever be able to tell you all that she said. For some reason we were brought together, and that reason was for her to work out some stuff that had been weighing on her heart for a long time. A shift in career. A new path in life. Understanding herself and learning to love who she is. Her desire to help others feel better about themselves. Dreams. Aspirations. Recovery and growth. You know, all the light chit-chat one has with a total stranger.
The conversation was too easy and hit very close to home. It reminded me of my own spiritual journey; including many path’s I had already wandered upon. Perhaps that’s why I was drawn to talk to her. Although, at the end of our talk I told Liz that I felt like I might have to go meet someone else because our ships passing was bound to happen with or without this challenge. But when I told her she was the 11th person I had met, she cheerfuly blurted out, "I'm the eleventh on the eleventh."
Pythagoras, the ancient Greek philosopher, believed all numbers have a diferent vibrational properties. From him we get the concept of numerology. And in numerology, the number 11 is a "master number" and when paired together (11:11) it means your spiritual guides are trying to contact you. Thus, being number 11 on the 11th is a spiritual awakeing happening and that you are on the right path and your actions are aligned with your soul's purpose. To think KNOWvember was the doorway to which we both experienced some spiritual growth. Again, more light chit-chat between strangers.
Like the Yew Tree tattoo on her leg, we moved between conversations of life and death. Juxtaposed with the zombie tattoos, I couldn't help but be amazed at the irony. The Yew Tree is often found in graveyards as their roots dig deep in wide in search of corpses to feed on. They are also poisonous and deadly to anyone living. Yet hidden in the twisted root system, the artist hid the trinity – a symbol of the divine dance of life.
Of all her ink, I would say this was the perfect symbol of who Liz really is. As she watches her old self is die away, she dances in the ups and downs of life as best as she is able. Even though she is not sure if she would fight or simply give up during the Zombie Apocalypse, this 33-year-old bartender from Santa Barbara is very sure that her life needs to be lived now.
I am blessed and grateful she lived a small part of it with me.
An ex-copywriter turned punk rock pastor and peacemaker who dedicates his life to making the world a better place for all humanity.
"that they all might be one" ~John 17:21
“Prius vita quam doctrina.”
~ St. Thomas Aquinas (1225–1274)
* “Life is more important than doctrine.”