“Hope is the thing with feathers
That perches in the soul
And sings the tune without the words
And never stops at all.”
― Emily Dickinson
I had a great-uncle who was a postman. He also happened to be a healer and psychic. I remember him and the wonderful conversations we used to have. When I was very young, somewhere between four and six years old, we would sit in my aunt and uncle’s kitchen, eat cookies and just talk. It seemed very odd to have an adult sit and just talk to me and be so interested in what I had to say. I loved to talk to him.
One day, a full year after I had been diagnosed with ALS, I decided to look him up. I hadn’t seen him in years. He lived in a small community of psychics, healers, and mediums called, Camp Chesterfield. One weekend, my mother and I found his address and drove over to see him, but he wasn’t home. So, we visited the local bookstore, and the community office where I was given a list of all residents and their gifts (psychic, healer, medium, etc). Since I was already there, I thought I might as well try and get a reading. So, I had the office secretary call a lady listed as a psychic and medium to see if she had time for one. She did. I had never been to a psychic before, but it turned out to be exactly what I needed at the time. She told me, among many other things, that she had a message from my former pastor. She wanted to tell me that my illness was just something I had to go through. After months of tests, doctors, and doom and gloom, those few words were such a comfort and source of hope. I just had to go through it… to me, meaning there was hope of getting through it, or living with it. Reverend Clara Maye Rippel always knew the right thing to say!
I will never understand why some medical professionals are afraid to offer what they call, “false hope”. Hope can never be false. Sometimes all you need is a little hope to make a huge change in your life. There are stories out there about someone who has survived every illness, and every terrible situation you can imagine. If someone else can survive what you are going through, or worse, then you can too.