Journey of Souls

 “The soul will never become pious and purified except through undergoing afflictions…” ~Ibn Al-Qayyim
 
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My love,
it was not our Time.
Every destination begins with a journey
Our souls had no choice but to endure it
In order to arrive to where souls need to be.
So we may fully appreciate each other the way we both deserve
So we may fully learn the lessons our mistakes have taught us
.. never again to repeat them.
  because we know the pain they cause
   to our own selves
   and to each other.
 
So that our souls can develop into what our Creator meant them to become:
completely loving
fully giving
absolutely forgiving
Purified through affliction.
 
A journey abounding with tears and hurt
A journey of ‘missing’ -something, while we know not what it is.
Even our laughter fails in masking the pain of Longing
… for it shows in our eyes. 
 
This is the soul’s journey towards Love:
the unforeseen moments brought by unexpected images,
the lonely teardrops,
the suffering and the sadness..
 
Then finally one day ~  at the end of it all
a gentle heart emerges from within an obscure mist
with a tenderness previously unknown – or perhaps unrealized.
It appears before me like an oasis 
    after I had wandered the seemingly endless and parched desert floor.
A thirst fully quenched..
a hunger satiated..
a longing fulfilled. 
 
And the journey ends
at the right Time.. our time..
and we realize we are Home.
Taken aback by the moment, we shed tears of joy and relief,
signifying the journey our souls had traversed through time and space
to finally reunite. 
Reminded of how much it hurt to be separated,
cleansed from the stains of our pasts,
freed from the shackles of hopelessness and despair,
and knowing we will never be deprived of each other again.
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