letters to sally
~ one woman's dance through the healing power of adversity
L E T T E R S T O S A L L Y
I first met Sally Sunshine when I was a barefoot, dancing, teenage youth in 1974. Sally was a flower child, an earth woman, a barefoot dancer extraordinaire. I immediately saw and loved her beautiful, bright and free spirit.
In 1994, some twenty years later, I came to a twist in the road of my life that I had no preconceived notion of; I became, physically, and fairly
When I first became unwell I visited Sally from time to time. She would offer me soaks in her wonderful, deep bathtub and then massages to help
ease the pain I was experiencing.
It was on one such visit, in the spring of ’94, when I was laying on Sally’s bed receiving a massage from her when I had a vision. My eyes were closed and, there before me, I saw a shelf in a bookstore, that had a book on it that I had, apparently, written.
Just at that moment Sally spoke, "You know, Lisa. You must write your story."
"What?" I exclaimed, startling out of the vision in my head.
“You really have to write about this journey you are on,” Sally repeated. “You are such an inspiration to people! So courageous. So gracious in your walk through this. It is incredible to be near you. You must write it down and share your experiences with the world.”
And so, we offer to you here, letters to sally; one woman’s dance through the healing powers of adversity.
(Excerpt from Introduction to letters to sally.)
my dearest Sally,
I write to you now as I have promised.
To share with you my journey,
and, of course,
to share with you my love,
for I do,
with all my heart,
And, What then is there to tell
of this Journey?
O! So much.
shall I start?
I shall go into
for this journey
has certainly been
a journey of the
I shall go, also,
into the depths of my Soul;
I have journeyed.
And, what shall I write
of the body?
For does this
Healing Journey not have the body
as it’s central focus?
An interesting question.
a question better answered
it is enough to say
that certainly in the beginning,
it did appear that the body, being struck as it was,
was in fact,
the central theme
in this healing.
Four years later,
of the word
~ excerpts from letter #1, letters to sally ~
© Lisa K Sigurgeirson 1998