Aleph … Tackle It Tuesday

Aleph – prompt for Tackle It Tuesday

Aleph – a novel by Paul Coelho that shares with its reader deep spiritual mystery and change.  This does sound a very interesting book.  It is a book to put upon my “to read” list.  Unfortunately, due to illness, my great love of reading has been significantly side tracked by an inability to concentrate.   Perhaps that is why I have been studying and reading haiku since February … in itself a spiritual enterprise.

According to Chevrefeuille  “Aleph means “the number that contains all numbers,” but in this story it represents a mystical voyage wherein two people experience a spiritual unleashing that has a profound impact on their present lives.

I cannot possibly write about this book as I have not read it.  But I have had two significant spiritual experiences within my lifetime.  One at the age of twenty seven years.  I had another not terribly long ago at the age of fifty nine years.  Both were life changing.  The last experience took me to a place where I fully understood that “we were all one.” The first manifestation of this took place in China in the spring of 2006.

I was in Xian a small city of then seven million people. It was Saturday night and everyone was out on the street shopping, singing, having a grand time.  I came upon a group of protesters.  They looked dejected and miserable.  There were several hundred sitting upon the steps of the department store in which they worked.  In front of them was a large banner that showed a man having been beaten and bloody.  I did not immediately know what this was about and looked for someone who spoke English.  After several tries I found someone who informed us that this was a protest about the way workers were treated.  The banner of the bloodied man was merely an example.

Upon being told what this was all about … without a thought I ran up to the persons in this demonstration clapping wildly and yelling over and over … YES …YES!  I did this for several minutes going from one end of the line to the other.  Suddenly they each stood up and started clapping in unison with me and their dejection was replaced by energetic smiles.  It truly was as if we were “one” in that brief moment.  So, my haiku is in the spirit of “we are all one.”  And, this was not easy.  My kigo is “new tea.”  The idea is that new tea taken together makes us all one.


new tea with strangers

like an aleph sun shining

we are now family

For Tackle It Tuesday

13 thoughts on “Aleph … Tackle It Tuesday

    • Ah Chevrefeuille (I realize I should look your name up … but does it mean “old Cheese?” Thank you so much, I am glad that the haiku here could actually be seen. Makes me Feel as though I am getting somewhere.

  1. Moments of connection like this is truly memorial.

    I have not read Paul Coelho’s book, Aleph. Shall put that on my to-read list too. Thanks.

  2. Wonderful post and lovely haiku ~ glad haiku is ‘healing’ for you ~ does help one to focus ~ great to have you visit ~ hope to ‘see’ you again ~ (A Creative Harbor) on blogger

  3. Oh Liz! How wonderful this is. It is comforting to know really, we are not alone unless we choose to be. Yes, connected and one voice of the many calling out into the universe. I’ve had Paul Coelho on my list to read for some time–I need to make it happen. This is a beautiful and poignant haiku my dear.

  4. Isn’t it an amazing awakening when we do have this kind of contentedness wash over us and we finally realise we truly are all one. I just wish it would happen to millions more all around this beautiful planet and maybe we wouldn’t be in the mess we are all in right now.
    Loved the story and the Haiku is beautiful.

  5. YES! I somehow missed this post and am happy to have found it today. YES! those moments of connection as human beings, citizens of the planet, are fantastic and energizing. I love your new tea poem. It reminds me of how in Pakistan and Afghanistan they drink three cups of tea: the first is to do business, as strangers, with the second cup one becomes a friend and with the third cup you are family. Cool.

  6. Raven, I remember this event…and the way you presented it here is like a tapestry of soul threads. You were Aleph that day. You felt the energy and listened to your soul. What greater gift can we possibly give to another than validation. You did it in a most profound manner. Such respect for self and others. Connectedness indeed.

  7. smiles…it is a beautiful thing….three is a connection between all of us and getting to share moments like tea and make that connection in our lives is a beautiful thing as well….we all have stories and in sharing them we find new life as well….

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