The air felt chilly for mid-September, but to Emily it was refreshing. As she walked down the path from the house she had recently purchased, everything seemed so new.
Her life had changed tremendously in the last month. She often found herself pondering if it were a dream.
She wore a simple cream dress with a floral burgundy pattern. Her shoes were flat and functional, perfect for the walk down to the pond that bordered the property.
This had become a daily ritual for Emily. It calmed her and helped her release her past. A mere month ago she was wearing bright, fancy costumes and entertaining in Paris’ Moulin Rouge.
Full of confidence and outgoing passion, Emily had one goal while working at the Moulin Rouge – to earn enough money to buy a small house on a piece of land. However because she was extremely good at her job, it made leaving difficult. Her clients and boss tried endlessly to sabotage her departure.
Then late one night Emily retrieved her moneybox from its hiding place and quietly left town. She had to travel a long distance to finally feel beyond their grasp. But to truly feel free proved so much more elusive.
The way people looked at her, the way men smiled and tipped their hats, everything made Emily question if the town’s people knew about her past. She strived to be quiet, small, and insignificant. She rarely when off her property, and spent most of her time at the pond.
One day Emily discovered a family of ducks splashing in the cool water. She brought them scraps of bread and seeds, and spent hours watching their antics.
The ducks gave her peace. They represented freedom. They represented hope.
Often it’s the simply things that bleed through from lifetime to lifetime. Things that have an unexplainable affect on us. Things that make us feel happy or safe. Or even things that stir our creativity, passion, or self-confidence.
In this life a young, shy girl came to see me wanting to feel more confident. She felt small and insignificant, and had trouble expressing herself. The only times she felt sure of herself was when she dressed up as a courtesan from Moulin Rouge. She even visited the notorious site in Paris.
However, when she was afraid or unsure of herself, when she wanted to feel safe but free and hopeful, she would surround herself with her stuffed animals.
Can you guess?
From a young age she has collected stuffed animals – stuffed ducks.
Look around you.
What do you decorate your home with? Your office?
What makes you feel safe? Feel confident?
What has bled through from your other lives?