As those of you who follow me on Facebook know, I took a flight in a glider on my 73rd birthday on September 30th. It was my first flight in one. It was a wonderful experience. No engine of course, just riding on air.
Looking back on it, it was an exercise in trust. You have to have confidence that once you have been catapulted into the air to around 1,000 feet above the ground by a cable pulled by a winch that you will be supported once the cable is released.
If you can find a thermal, a vortex of warm air rising from the ground, you can stay aloft for a long time, in some cases hours, reaching heights up to 10,000 feet. This time of year, there are hardly any thermals so I was up there for only 11 minutes. But it was enough to get the thrill of riding on air with no power.
It was so quiet up there. There were no sounds. I could talk easily and freely to my instructor sitting behind me. We saw some buzzards circling which meant they had found a bit of a thermal so we headed in their direction. I think they just laughed at us. Humans are trying to mimic us! Who do they think they are? They stayed aloft for a long time after gravity dictated we return to terra firma.
For me it was a metaphor for trust: If you have enough confidence in the Universe to hold you up, even if there is no visible means of support, you can sail on through life in perfect safety and profound peace.
That said, I did have a parachute on, just in case. Does that ruin the metaphor? I don’t think so. You can trust the Universe all right, but the physical world can be a little unpredictable at times. Besides, if I’d had to bail out and use the parachute it would have been what my Higher Self wanted. So, it would have been perfect, right?
To be honest, though, I don’t think I would have the presence of mind nor the strength in my legs to clamber out, and at 1,000 ft or less, I doubt I would have made it in time. Not to worry though. It is one of the safest sports out there.
Living as we do in both worlds, we need to be conscious of what the physical world can throw at us as well as trust that the Universe will take care of us as and when called to do so, should we experience difficult conditions.
In this connection, I’m reminded of a book called How to Win by Quitting written by a friend of mine whose name is Jerry Stocking. His thesis is that the way to do it is to quit before you know what you are going to do next. If you do it that way, the Universe will conspire to bring you what you could never have planned on your own.
That’s not so much like flying a glider, more like taking a bungee jump, something I have no intention of doing. I’m terrified of heights. But I am toying with the idea of jumping out of an airplane on my 80th. Stay tuned. In the meanwhile, trust the Universe to take care of the details of your life and sail on through on the wings of angels.
I’m still in the UK, so won’t be celebrating Thanksgiving here, but I hope you have a great one.
Love and Blessings,