The milestone that shook my soul
The Jerusalem Experience is the milestone that was to literally shake me up on a soul level. I use the word soul because the experience expanded my awareness that took me beyond the tourist visiting an ancient city. I was not a tourist, I lived there, or so it seemed to me I did, until I remembered it was 1971, and a different time. My whole life has been in and out of time zones. I do not always understand why it happens, but when it does, I have learned to pay close attention. I am not sure I believed in the concept of reincarnation at age twenty-one. Today I know it is a reality never mind a belief.
I relate my experiences in the Old City in retrospect, as I have more knowledge about my past and its effect on the present. From the moment I got off the bus outside the walls of the Old City I knew I had been here before. I kept shrugging off this feeling. The Old City is one of the most well known places in the world, so what was new about this idea. I assumed everyone felt the way I did. The place was too familiar to me. As I walked towards the gate the feeling closed in on me more intensely. The time of my visit to the Old City was in 1971, four years after the Six Day War in 1967. The War Treaty recognized the right of all the states to live in peace within the secured boundaries of this ancient holy land. I am not a Biblical scholar but I translated the pain of history in that region inside of me, my soul cried, and still does.
As I approached the Damascus Gate, or the Ottoman Gate, and entered the archway, I felt the cobblestone road beneath my feet, and I lost track of time. Everything around me disappeared and I was in the past, in another time. There was a ringing sound in my ears and I felt as though I was going to faint. I sat down on the stone ledge nearby and tried to breathe evenly. What was happening to me? Once again I was asking no one in general but the answer came instantly; in time I would know. My thoughts ran on. Jerusalem is the center the land of religious holy ground. Each religion claims its stake in the land, and it obviously reminds you of the history of the past events. No one is not affected by religion.
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