In December 2009 I went to Albuquerque, New Mexico because I had heard it in a song! Some people I was visiting in Flagstaff, Arizona were very disparaging about Albuquerque but I was not deterred. My friend drove me there and I met someone who decided he would be my host and tour guide for a few days.
One day he took me to see the Albuquerque Volcanic Field somewhere just outside of the city. We parked up and walked across the barren landscape. It was a dead world to human eyes. In the distance were the mountains and hills but here it was just flat and dead, apart from the very small volcanos.
He led the way down the concrete path.
As he went ahead and climbed onto the volcano that he had chosen, my Spirit team of Angels and Guides directed me to follow a dirt path that went to the left. It took me to a cave! I was so excited! I had never seen a real cave before.
I stepped inside.
There was nothing noteworthy about this cave. It was taller at the entrance and the height tapered away until you would have to crouch to get to the back. It was maybe only 3 or 4 metres deep and it had a lot of dust on the floor. That was it.
I stayed just a few minutes, exploring the whole cave, and then left to join my tour guide. I reached the concrete path and turned left, picking my way over the uneven rocky surface of the volcano to where my tour guide waited at the opposite side.
He suggested I could play my little singing bowl again so I unpacked it and looked about for a good spot. I climbed on to the highest rock available where I had a great view across the barren plains. There was not a bird in the sky and nothing could be heard except for the wind.
I made prayer and dedicated my healing sound session to the land. I began to play the bowl.
I watched a small plane flying low and steady in the distance. And I continued to play the magical singing bowl. We were all alone out there on that 'dead' volcano. Finally I stopped playing the bowl and made prayer to give thanks for the energies and to seal the session in Love. Then I clambered down off my rocky tower and we made our way back over the volcano towards the smooth concrete path.
Suddenly I heard something.
I told him to stop and he listened too. There was nothing but the sound of the wind.
Then it came again, closer now. And I smiled.
It was a crow calling.
A few moments later we had a flypast from 5 crows flying together, calling as they flew parallel to us along the edge of our volcano. It was a wonderful sight!
Then we turned and continued to walk. As we stepped down onto the concrete path I told him about the cave. I said, "You have to come and see this!" and I proudly led him there.
When we arrived he gasped in horror and shouted at me, "Don't EVER go in ANY of these caves! That dust is POISONOUS! You must NOT walk in there and you must NEVER breathe ANY of that dust! It will KILL YOU!" And then he stormed off down the path.
I was shocked and confused.
Why would my Spirit team lead me to a toxic cave and make me go in it? I felt no fear. But I was a bit bemused by his outburst. I turned to follow him.
I had only walked maybe 5 metres and was now on the concrete path when I noticed something very interesting. I could feel my throat was hurting!
I had been feeling 100% fine all morning but now that he had shouted so vehemently that I had been in a poisonous cave my body was responding to his instruction - he had been so fierce and shocking...
I stood there feeling my throat get worse by the second, literally. And, even though this had never happened to me before (that I was aware of) I stood there and I spoke to my body. I had never done that before in my life and I had never heard of anybody else speaking to their body but I spoke to my body anyway!
I spoke aloud. And I spoke firmly, I was not messing around here! I declared, "NO! I am healthy! I am healthy!"
And IMMEDIATELY my raw sore throat was gone. I was healthy once more. It was instantaneous. I didn't give it much thought, I had to follow the angry tour guide and he was a long way ahead of me now. I had some catching up to do!
I set off along the concrete path through the deserted landscape, reluctant to close the gap between us. Then I heard something that was not the wind.
I stopped walking and turned towards this new sound. The angry tour guide must have heard it too because he also stopped walking and turned back to look at me. He bore witness to what happened next.
From that empty dead landscape, with nowhere for anybody or anything bigger than an insect to hide, suddenly appeared a huge flock of small brown birds that looked like sparrows.
A flock of small brown birds, at least 50 of them, were coming straight towards me and they were singing their little hearts out! They came right at me - some went over the top of me, almost brushing my hair, and the rest went to my left and to my right! I was engulfed in a cloud of singing brown birds, some flying as low as my knees.
I burst out laughing! Pure joy was flowing through me and my inner child was delighted to be in the midst of that wonderful flypast! There was no mistaking that they had come to see me!
I don't know what those other people had experienced in Albuquerque that made them say such terrible things but I can honestly tell you I had the time of my life that day.
If you visit the Volcanic Field, take a singing bowl and see how much magic you can create there! Maybe my bird friends will come to say hello to you too!
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