New Year’s Spa Day begins with a prelude to one of the best love stories ever told.
John Morton leads us on a spectacular journey into the arms of the Beloved with a divine demonstration of openness and vulnerability.
We call in the Light by chanting the sacred names of God as a group, inviting empathy and God’s energy into the Home of the Traveler.
John stands before us elegantly dressed in groom attire with his heart as open as a child, cradled in the arms of love in clear sight.
I am invited to share in a sacred love story of ancient ascent, where all time and space converge, full, whole, infinite, and satisfied. I am once again privy to walk with God in my heart, experiencing the souls of my feet breech the knowing that there exists an experience of heaven while walking on earth.
John shares about forgiveness, freedom and resolution. He shares, “I forgive you”. He says, “The freedom we take for ourselves is the freedom we give to others.” I take the opportunity to write down what I want more of in my life and the gratitude for all that I have manifested thus far.
As I write down my last few words about my New Year’s resolution, John shifts gears and shares from Leigh Taylor Young’s journal. His voice is filled with compassion, gratitude and humility. His eyes fill with tears. His voice vibrates as the ocean does when waves are forming.
He reads a journal entry from January 30th, 2005. “The man for me comes forward equal or better than John Morton.” Talk about resolution. John talks about the precision that Leigh writes with as she manifests her heart’s desire. He stands laying claim to what she has called forward and what we all witness as the love story unfolds.
I marvel at Leigh’s ability to create what is in her heart. I receive her blessing as my own, for what we behold we can become. I am grateful to witness the ways in which I am one with God.
John says with great honor, what was singing in her heart was singing to him.
For me, the New Year is a new beginning, where we make resolutions, recommit ourselves to the best inside of us coming forward, and let go of all the past that no longer serves us. I forgive it all and step free onto a blank page where I write down my own love story. I tell my story as it vibrates within God’s creation.
The Wedding begins…
John relaxes into the experience of the groom and his expression melts into a sea of gratitude, reverence and playfulness. There is a whimsical vibration floating through the air and loving is contagious. John begins with a story. He said, in 1985 J-R asked him a question: Did you know that Leigh Taylor-Young is interested in marrying you? John later found himself sitting next to Leigh on a plane to Cairo. While sitting next to Leigh, John says to Leigh, “John Roger tells me you’re interested in marrying me”.
We get to use our imaginations as to how the whole thing played.
The moment we all have been waiting for presents itself. The Foyer is filled with the angelic voices of Eric and Denise Lumiere singing “Beloved One”. The room is full with open hearts. John walks down the aisle to greet Leigh with a smile that is palpable.
Leigh is wearing a classic white dress that hugs her gorgeous figure. Her head is crowned with white roses and green leaves. She is a beautiful maiden queen. John escorts her to the stage. I watch as a waterfall of enthusiasm overflows from the stage into the room.
As Leigh and John ascend to the stage, “Beloved One” is still playing. They face one another and sing like children. Original innocence rings through this moment. The song ends and silence slips in as they look deeply into each other’s eyes, enjoying the pause.
Waiting for the light to come forward, Leigh takes a deep breath, and while holding Johns hand, calls in the Light.
John and Leigh announce that they are the pastors for the wedding.
John goes back and forth between pastor and groom. Leigh giggles and shines her radiating smile throughout time.
John talks about the poem by Kahlil Gibran “Speak to us of marriage”. He remembered the phrase about “Not growing in one another’s shadows”. I flash back to Leigh’s journal entry where she asked for a man that would support her in flying. The poem by Gibran reads:
“Then Almitra spoke again and said, And what of Marriage, master? And he answered saying: You were born together, and together you shall be forevermore.
You shall be together when the white wings of death scatter your days.
Ay, you shall be together even in the silent memory of God.
But let there be space in your togetherness, And let the winds of the heavens dance between you.
Love one another, but make not a bond of love: Let it rather be a moving sea between the shores of your souls.
Fill each other’s cup but drink not from one cup. Give one another of your bread but eat not from the same loaf.
Sing and dance together and be joyous, but let each other of you be alone, Even as the strings of a lute are alone though they quiver with the same music.
Give your hearts, but not into each other’s keeping. For only the hand of Life can contain your hearts.
And stand together yet not too near together: For pillars of the temple stand apart, And the oak tree and cypress grow not in each other’s shadow.” Kahlil Gibran
Leigh shares a dream where John offered his hand as they walked along a beautiful path. Birds were tweeting and singing. The walk was glorious. Then all of a sudden there was an immense mountain. John turned to Leigh and said, “Are you ready”.
Leigh said, “I am ready”. They began running together up the mountain. John said the dream speaks of Leigh’s willingness.
Both begin the exchange of rings and candid wedding vows. John shares in a spontaneous string of loving words. He gives his gratitude for Leigh and God having sent her, bringing forth his deepest resolution.
Leigh talks about this walk not being for the faint of heart and the opportunity to step up in love, becoming strong in loving and truly loving it all. She lets John know that his life will not go unnoticed or unwitnessed because she will notice and witness it.
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My eyes fill with tears as I find the noticing and witnessing one of the most sacred experiences of human existence, to be loved and to love unconditionally, and to be there with another as God is with us through it all.
Ready for the rings?
John places two rings on Leigh’s finger one ring for the marriage to the Traveler and one ring for the marriage to John Morton, the man we know and love. Leigh then places a ring on John’s finger and they pronounce themselves husband and wife, Mr. and Mrs. Morton.
A wild applause of joy, laughter, and tears fills the room.
John and Leigh walk the Labyrinth as Mr. and Mrs. Morton. They play as they navigate the turns and small spaces, staying close to one another, taking one step at a time. We cheer them on, witnessing the lovers walk.
As the perfect day comes to completion, we have a delicious lunch, commune with each other and cherish a day filled with infinite possibilities as the Spiritual marriage unfolds. We share our blessings with the bride and groom. We dance. We dance. We enjoy John in his top hat, expressing his Prince charming, fully available and sharing the love at hand.
Leigh and John share the last dance together to “Stand by me”. We watch, dance and applaud the beauty seeded in the home of the Traveler.
We throw rice into the air and wave goodbye to our beloved Mrs. And Mr. Morton, for now.
I walk away with a wonderful sense of original innocence that is born from loving.