Happy Birthday Dad


My father was born eighty-two years ago today. He died almost thirteen years ago, still so young and vibrant that I have trouble imagining him as an eighty-two year old man.

I’ve just finished writing the ‘fairytale’ of my life, the culminating project of my two-year Spiritual Guidance course and my dad features prominently in it. He appears as a potter who lives in the spirit realm who both formed my own spirit and also watches over me as I go through a dark night of the soul.

He was a potter in real life and my first spiritual teacher, although I didn’t recognize him as such at the time. Very early on, shortly after the birth of my first child, he began initiating conversations about parenthood, our relationship, and about life. Existential conversations. Conversations that examined the whys of decisions made in my childhood and how those decisions affected my life. We probed and questioned. He showed me how to take a step above the ego to look without judgement. We apologized and forgave each other when we found wounds.

I learned and experienced transcending forgiveness for the first time.

I feel him in my life everyday. Even now, as I type these words honouring his existence, his energy swirls around me. He is my teacher, still.

A Potter's Legacy

A Potter’s Legacy. Artist: Patrick O’Neill




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One response to “Happy Birthday Dad

  1. Alice Lewis

    Hi Terri,

    Trust you made it home safely.

    Loved your ‘birthday tribute’ to Dad. I just know he is so proud of you all and enjoys, as much as I do, watching you all grow and helps steer you in positive ways.

    Mom once said, ‘What would I have if I didn’t have you and Gordon’. It takes being a parent yourself and watching your children and grandchildren grow and learn to realize exactly what she meant. You are a deep, spiritual person and nothing will do you better in this life than ‘believing’.

    I see my Dr. first thing in the morning and then my chiro in the afternoon and then will decide if I can make the trip. Fingers crossed!! I do feel a lot better.

    Just want to see what she thinks.

    Luv, Mom

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