The Leaf

I am a leaf, a single solitary leaf connected to my mother. She is a mighty Oak tree, so strong and wise. I love her, and she loves me. I am surrounded by my brothers and sisters, and they all love our mother, and she loves them. We all love each other, and there is a connectedness between us so pure and eternal. I would like to tell you a story of how I came to be, and the wise words my mother told me before I sprouted from my slumber. 

“One day soon you will begin to wake up, and feel the warm rays of sun dancing on your skin”, she said, her voice so strong and soothing. 

“Your journey will be a unique one because you are unique, dear one. In all of time and space, you are one of a kind. So, I want to share some advice with you. Never compare yourself to your brothers and sisters, or the neighbouring trees, or anything in your life, because you have no need to. You are who you are and you are loved.”

These words were like soft waves of bliss opening me up. I could feel a pulsating energy within me beginning to rise, a feeling of clear consciousness starting to elevate itself from a dreamy sleep. 

"Your journey for this life will be like this: you will start your life as a little bud, my little bud, and you will feel the warm rays of sunshine kissing your skin and the rain from the sky will provide all the water you desire. You will never want for anything because you are connected to me, and I am connected to everything.”

“You will begin to grow and you will invite other creations of life into your experience. Some of these experiences may seem challenging, but know that this is all perfect. There is a grand interconnectedness to life, and your point within this web of life is a divine gift to the whole of creation. Never forget this, little bud”

“There are times when you may feel threatened, but know that, ultimately, you are safe because you are connected to me, and I am connected to everything.”

“There will come a time, as you grow, when your skin has been kissed so many times by the sun, that you will begin to feel changes in yourself. You will change. This is certain. These are natural steps in your journey, and must be embraced, because to resist these changes will only make you sad. And you don’t want to be sad, do you? Change is a necessary part of life, and it is a beautiful experience, if you allow it to be”

“One day, your connection to my branches will become so weak that you will begin to shake, and fall to the ground. This too is necessary. But not something to fear. It is to be embraced. But know this, little bud, you will always be safe, because you are connected to me and I am connected to everything. You will come to know that you are more than a leaf. Who you are is beyond this world, beyond all change and experience. You will know this one day” 

“So, my darling bud, be the best bud you can be. Do not compare yourself with your brothers and sisters. They have their own journeys. They are unique strands in the web of life, just like you. Be radiant, and welcoming, and give yourself to this beautiful creation we call life. And know that when it is time for you to fall from my branches, you will never be alone. You will rejoin me, in our connectedness to all things, and we will sing and dance, and celebrate our experiences of being alive.”

I began to wake up at that point in the dream, my heart so full of excitement and anticipation. I couldn’t wait to begin my journey as the leaf on the branches of my mother. 

That was many moons ago, and what a journey it has been. I have danced in the wind with my brothers and sisters, singing songs to the birds flying by. I have had a beautiful life, a safe life, a life of complexity, and simplicity, and I have been graced with such gifts that I can only say “thank you, mother, for giving me life”

Now, my time has come to fall to the ground. I have no regrets. I have embraced the changing seasons of life, and I have welcomed everything into my experience. I have had a beautiful life, and I know that this is not the end. My mother told me, as I lay asleep, many moons ago, that I would still feel the connectedness to all things. I have no fear. I am alive and even though my life as a leaf is coming to an end, I will always be alive, for I am connected to my mother and she is connected to everything.

Copyright © David Rabone Feb 7th 2017