Paden laid there on his soft bed of moss in the homeground his mind
was clouded with many different visions. Some were scary, some were
sad and some were funny. All at once his clouded mind cleared and
Tanasi, keeper of the mice of the valley of the river appeared to
him in a brightly glowing form. Paden covered his eyes as the light
was so bright. After a few moments of silence the glow began to
fade and the great mouse of the spiritual realm began to speak softly
to Paden. She said, "Paden
I have come to take you on your
journey to the spirit world where you will stay forever more. You
will never again suffer any pain or distress and your existence
will be completely different than anything that you have ever even
imagined before. It will be a wonderful time for you!"
was stunned. His head was cocked to the left with a look of amazement
on his cute little face. He stared blankly for a few minutes and
finally said, "Huh? What do you mean? Do you mean that I will never
be able to see Penny and Pat or my sister and cousins and friends
again?" Tanasi smiled and again spoke softly saying, "Paden
is not that you will never see them again. It is just that it may
be awhile before you see them again. When it is their time to leave
the physical world, then you will see them again and you will all
be happy together and then never, ever be separated again. You will
be able to see some of your old friends that have left the physical
world and now are happily enjoying their time in the spiritual world
as soon as we get there. However, once you step into the spirit
world it is forever."
was listening very carefully to Tanasi but was trying to figure
out if this was real or if it was just some weird dream. There was
silence for a long time as Paden looked at her and she politely
awaited his response. Finally Paden said, "Hey! Is this something
that I can choose to do
or is this something that I don't have
any choice in?"
smiled again as she looked at Paden and said, "Paden
been making this choice for several days now. You have made your
physical body very weak through a lack of food and a great deal
of stress that you have just gone through with the Robin Redbeast.
You see, all of the Great Creators creatures have a great deal of
control as to when they leave the physical world. Obviously there
are times when there is no choice and a creature is killed, but
far too many creatures fail to take proper care of their body's
and as a result, they are taken from the physical world. Then they
go to the spirit world to never return again to their loved ones
in the physical world. This is very sad for the ones left behind.
one day they will be reunited, but for the surviving family
and friends the loss of the loved one creates great pain that in
some cases never leaves their hearts for as long as they remain
in the physical world."
looked very sad after hearing those words. He knew that he had created
a great deal of stress for Pat and Penny. He said, "Tanasi, are
Pat and Penny okay?" Tanasi paused a moment and said, "Paden
you wish, we can go see how they're doing. Would you like that?"
Paden said, "Yes! Please! I would really like that." Tanasi smiled
a little smile and nodded her head up and down letting Paden know
that she understood what he wanted.
next thing Paden knew he and Tanasi were standing behind Pat and
Penny who were kneeling on both sides of his bed crying and holding
each others paws. As they were crying they were chanting and praying
to the Great Creator and were asking for Paden to be spared so that
he could return to them. Paden starting crying and said, "I'm sorry
Penny!" but she didn't even look up to answer him. Tanasi gently
took his left paw and said, "Paden
they cannot hear you here
with me. If you look closely, you will see that they are actually
both leaning over your physical body as they chant and pray to the
looked and then he saw himself lying on his bed with his eyes shut
tight. He said, "Whoah! How can I be standing here with you and
laying there on that bed? Hey! What's wrong with my body? I look
terrible and ug-a-lee! What's wrong with me?" Tanasi squeezed his
paw gently again and smiled saying, "Paden. Your physical body is
barely alive. They all fear in their hearts that you are about to
die and leave them here in the physical world. In fact
is why I am here
remember?" Paden responded meekly, "Uh huh.
I remember. They look so sad. I don't like it."
then said, "If only more creatures could have the opportunity to
see how much their illnesses and poor health hurt their loved ones
and friends when the fear of dying is heavy on their hearts and
even worse, when the loved one really does die. I think it would
dramatically change the habits of all creatures to live their lives
more carefully and take better care of their body's. There is so
much that can be controlled and the pain of loss in terrible." Paden
was meekly shaking his head up and down as he sniffled and fought
back more tears.
Paden felt very uncomfortable. He blurted out, "I don't want to
go to the spirit world yet! I want to go back to Pat and Penny and
make them proud of me. I want to feel their loving kindness again!
Please Tanasi! Help me! Help me!" Then there was nothing. Paden
was now no longer aware of anything. There was just emptiness and
blackness all around him.
and Penny were slowly getting worn out. Finally Pat noticed that
Penny had actually drifted off to sleep and was lying on top of
Paden instinctively to keep his little body warm during the cool
mountain evening. Pat took that opportunity to quietly leave the
room to try to find Owaso and see if he had come up with any new
ideas about how to save Paden.
homeground was silent with most of the community sound asleep. He
heard a Barred Owl calling off in the distance, "Who who
called softly for Owaso but got no reply. He began to run to try
to cover more ground more quickly. He was very worried about Paden
and knew that time was short for his beloved little nephew. Then
Pat saw the elder Brogan sitting quietly under a tree gazing up
at the heavens. He stopped running and waited a moment out of respect
to see if Brogan would acknowledge him. He did not. Finally Pat
cleared his throat, "Aaaah Hmmmm!" and Brogan looked like Pat had
scared him. All at once he jumped up and looked at Pat with his
eyes bulging out of his head and said, "Oh, sorry Pilgrim! I was
just admiring the Great Creators work. The heavens are so beautiful,
especially on a clear cold night like tonight
you know what
I mean lad?" Pat thanked Brogan for recognizing him and said that
he agreed about the beauty of the heavens. Then he asked him, "Mr.
Brogan, sir, have you seen the medicine mouse Owaso tonight?"
pushed his hat back and scratched his head. Then he said, "You know
I don't remember seeing Owaso at all this evening. I'm
sorry. Can I be a helpin' ya' with something?" Pat said, "Well sir
was going to try to find some help for poor little Paden." Brogan
said, "Oh lad. I'm so sorry to hear the bad news about little Paden
I'll be a prayin' for ya'." Pat thanked him and Brogan kind of grunted
a response to him and started to look up at the heavens again.
Pat was on his way again looking for Owaso. He knew that time was
running out with each passing minute and poor little Paden had less
and less of a chance of making it through this difficult time. In
fact, Pat was afraid that Paden would not even make it through the
night. He could only hope that he would find Owaso soon and that
Owaso would have some good news. Otherwise he knew it would be the
end for Paden.
2003 Geoff Hampton
Hampton is an internationally known author, speaker, motivator and
business consultant. Hampton is the Executive Director for St. Mary's
Health & Fitness Center in Powell, TN and is also a regular
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as well as Canku Ota. He can be reached by E-mail at GEOFFLHAMPTON@aol.com
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