I was so touched this week. A BodyTalk student from New York emailed me to share his experience after reading my blog post about my Grandpa Ellis last week. It just so happens that we have the same last name (although I don’t think we’re directly related). He spoke about his experience of feeling the connection with his grandfather after he passed and how positively that influenced his life.
Marc shared his story of learning to play the drums prompted by this connection with his grandfather. It was so touching, I asked him if I could share it with all of you.
So here’s his story:
I just read your entry about your Grandpa and listened to “By My Side”. The song was so moving and beautiful and stirred a lot of emotions and memories in me about my Grandpa. I’m still tearing as I write this. My Grandpa Larry was the leader of a 15-piece Swing band during the prohibition era; he was the drummer.
About 2 years ago I started playing drums and I felt his presence very strongly . . . he helped teach me how to drum from the spirit world . . . and then I started gravitating towards playing jazz drums which was a style of music that I hadn’t given much attention to.
It feels amazing to play jazz style drumming . . . my body becomes alive and feels like it’s improv dancing, I get so focused and lost/tranced at the same time. I listen to a lot of jazz these days and get hypnotized by jazz drummers . . . I can watch and listen to them for hours.
When I started to play the drums . . . out of the blue I would randomly hear snare drum sounds in my head. I didn’t know what to make of it first. Then it started happening more frequently and then other drum sounds would appear like the kick drum. The sounds were loud and beyond ignorable.
I then had the notion that it was my grandpa trying to talk to me somehow. I had learned a few ways to dialogue with Spirit but it was always through signs, symbols & numbers, rarely would I hear words or let alone drum sounds.
I posed a question to my Grandpa and or my Spirit Guides cause I wasn’t sure if it was him. I asked “Grandpa . . . if this is you talking to me through drum sounds, show me a sign. Show me Spider-Man hanging upside down, if this is you.” I like to get real playful with asking for signs from Spirit.
About a week later I had started a new job . . . I had left the gym where I was doing massage and began to Nanny for a 13 yr old boy. The first day on the job he was showing me all the things in his room. At the end of his tour he said, “And THIS is my prized possession!” He reached down on he bottom shelf of his book case and took out a vintage Spider-Man comic wrapped in plastic. And on the cover Spider-man was hanging upside down.
I had received my sign and my Grandpa used this boy as a messenger. I interpreted that as a double message – I’m in the right place with my 180 degree career change that I was worried about, which all dissolved that instant.
I am doing massage again and energy work.
Thank you for sharing this story and your song. It’s funny how a little story will affect your experience of a piece of music.
One of reason’s that Marc’s story was so powerful for me was because I had a very similar experience. It was almost like I could feel my grandfather more after he died than before; like there was nothing in between us — no personalities, belief systems, defenses or projections — just pure Spirit.
Marc’s story really demonstrates something that I talk about it almost all the areas of Restore Your Soul; that when we need a sign or support to help guide us, all we need to do is ask!
Thank you, Marc for sharing your story and your heart!