My personal story is ever evolving, like a painting. When I look from a different perspective, I see a different story. I can retell an event from the perspective of facts, emotions, or a particular focus, and the event has a totally different meaning, just as the painting changes with different lighting. So on this birthday I am keenly aware of the story of my life so far and how it may be read in every inch of my human form. From scars to smile lines, grey hairs to strong hands, hidden secrets to a foolish heart. It’s all there waiting to be perceived, recognized and given meaning so that the story can live on. As I paint and change the slightest view, I realize what alchemy is. This power of creation, or the ability to change reality, alchemy, can be as simple as changing the context of the story. It can be as simple as reading the story differently, from a slightly different angle or seeing it in a new light. The wrinkles are a wealth of experience or sun damage. The strong hands hold hours upon hours of creation, or calluses. The foolish heart is stronger in its regeneration or just naive. The context, meaning, or relationship these details have with reality is actually what creates the story or life. I love the idea of alchemy (forging metal into gold, etc.) and from what I can tell… An alchemist changes the metals relationship with reality to create gold… and that’s the magical secret… the relationship with reality. While the metal may seem solid and real, the relationship is changeable. The relationship, or how I relate to reality, is absolutely within my power to change or create.
What better way to celebrate a birthday than by creating a beautiful life? To change any part of my story to gold or spectacular beauty, simply by changing how I relate to it. That is the birthday present; a ‘real’ gift.