Goodbye Sonoma County, Goodbye California!

Those of you who read my Sonoma County Moving Story, know that Stephen and I arrived in our current home through a series of synchronicities that caught our attention in a big way. Although people always consider me “very Sonoma County,” I have felt strongly since moving back to California that we were here more for Stephen than for me, especially in this little 1111 house. I have been receiving so many concerned emails that I thought I should make a public announcement regarding some unusual aspects of our divorce.

First of all, yes, the divorce is still amicable. Beyond amicable. It feels blessed and like the most synchronized event in both our lives. If you know how much we live by synchronicity, this really says something! Secondly, yes, I know about Stephen’s relationship with Shana Dean, and they have my full blessing and joy. In fact, I set them up. I have been friends with Shana since May 2008, but we became very good friends once Stephen and I moved to Santa Rosa on Summer Solstice 2009.

The more we hung out, the more I noticed her compatibility with Stephen. As Stephen and I continued to discuss our relationship, I kept seeing (in my mind’s eye) Stephen and Shana together. Then Shana had a psychic reading (with someone else) describing a soul connection with someone who sounded exactly like Stephen. I promptly introduced them — insisted they meet, insisted they explore this, and they finally did. Although it sounds weird to outsiders, and is admittedly a little strange even to the insiders(!), everything’s moving along smoothly and blessed, and their relationship has freed me to move back to the Chicago area much sooner than expected. I am so excited for this next phase of all our lives. Really, truly joyful, so please rest easily on that front. This is Spirit in action, not a tragedy. 🙂

My mom sent me something via email yesterday — a meditation/study from a Christian publication called “The Upper Room.” The piece focused on the pillar of cloud and the pillar of fire that led the Israelites through the desert so that they could travel by day and night and never lose their way. I have had so many synchronicities, signs, nudges and miraculous arrivals of resources to get me back to Chicago/Evanston that I do feel like I’m following a pillar of cloud and a pillar of fire. And there’s plenty of manna to go around, too!

For all the amazing events since our Summer Solstice move, this all has kind of an eerie familiarity to me. In 2001, I went through a similar series of Divine interventions to get me out of Chicago/Evanston and into Seattle. Money arrived at the last moment; bizarre coincidences grabbed my attention; the right people appeared at the right time.

For years and especially in recent months, I have felt like I’m walking a labyrinth, retracing steps I took many years ago, but with the awareness and maturity that comes from a long journey to center. I’ve had a vision of the endpoint, but it didn’t make sense given all of life’s twists and turns. In a labyrinth, “The way in is the way out,” a phrase that has haunted me for at least a year. When drifting off to sleep, I would hear this phrase; when waking up, I would think it.

I’ve written about my dreams and “obsession” with doors and portals — even started painting them! Beginning with the Full Moon in Gemini on 12/12/2008, I’ve sensed that something massive was shifting in my life. I’ve received glimmers of what, but I had no idea how things would reorganize to get me there. After another year of walking the labyrinth, twisting and turning, yet always remaining step by step on a clear path, I’m beginning to find myself close to the entrance.

But the way in is the way out, and the way out is the way in. In returning to Evanston/Chicago, I can feel things coming full circle in a hugely positive, fulfilling way. I feel like someone who journeyed to Chartes Cathedral instead of going all the way to Jerusalem — taking the long pilgrimage there and then slowly, meditatively walking to the center of the labyrinth and back out, then home again. I even painted a labyrinth from Chartes Cathedral on a block of wood at my parents’ house, just waiting for them to ship it to me in my new home. Whenever I get that Victorian House I keep seeing with all the doors painted by me, I think I’ll also paint some kind of labyrinth on the living room floor! In any case, my life feels so blessed and so touched by the Divine that words cannot do it justice. It’s a feeling in my heart, and I hope you will join me in feeling grateful for the beauty and fluidity of life as I say goodbye to all the people, places and things that have formed so much of my last nine years:

Goodbye Sonoma County

Goodbye San Francisco, Bodega Bay and Mendocino

Goodbye Stephen Bruno

Goodbye Shana Dean, Cecilia Benjumea-Kinzie, Tania Marie , Cassie Margraf, and Karen Lang

Goodbye Cafe Gratitude and Monday Night Live!

Goodbye Living Light

Goodbye Monterey

Goodbye Seattle

Goodbye Seed and Slice of Life

Goodbye Petaluma Raw Food Potluck

Goodbye Sedona

Goodbye Lake Tahoe, Reno and Timothy Glenn

Goodbye Oregon Coast and Ashland

Goodbye New Mexico

Goodbye Photography

Goodbye Pacific Ocean in all your Majestic Beauty and Power

Goodbye Cacao for Breakfast — Okay, maybe not; I might never say goodbye to cacao for breakfast 😉

Hello family, friends and loved ones as neighbors again!

Hello Lake Michigan

Hello feeling grounded

Hello Karyn’s Raw and Cousen’s Incredible Vitality

Hello four seasons

Hello short flight to see my niece and nephews, sister, brother-in-law, parents and grandmother

Hello Life in all your crazy, twisted, amazing abundance!

Many Blessings! I leave California on Saturday, February 6 [2010]

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9 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Dawn Vierra on February 3, 2010 at 6:30 pm

    Sending you off on your new adventure with love and light. I can’t wait to see (and hear) what happens next. I thank you for your guidance, inspiration and beacon of light gentle spirit. Thank you for coming into my life. I am holding onto the quote you mentioned in your story above “The way in is the way out”. How right on that is as I too am finding out. That will be my mantra too, hope you don’t mind. :O)
    I’m so happy for you and Stephen.

    ME

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  2. I am smiling one of those smiles that starts in the heart – for you and everyone you know!! xoxo jess

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  3. Yay for Chicago! I hope I get the chance to meet you. There’s lots of Raw Food groups up here on Meetup.com

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  4. Laura, you are truly an inspiration. Very excited to see what unfolds and manifests for you in your new/old home and this time of return and renewal. Feel deeply, release, enjoy everything – cacao included! Diana ♥

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  5. Posted by laurabruno on February 4, 2010 at 2:38 am

    Many thanks, much love and blessings to all of you! And Kathy, I’ll look forward to meeting you sometime in Chicago! Laura

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  6. Posted by Mindy on February 5, 2010 at 6:17 pm

    You are truly an amazing being. Your particular expression of the One is awe inspiring to me….California seems packed with mystics, raw food enthusiasts, etc…I’m glad you’re tipping it eastward some for balance. Thank you for sharing your life. I was thrilled to read in one of your earlier blog posts that you are drawn to the Hanuman Chalisa, and KD’s chanting. I picture Hanuman leading the way, flying along just ahead of you as you make your way back. Many, many blessings, and much gratitude. Jai Hanuman!

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  7. Posted by laurabruno on February 5, 2010 at 6:31 pm

    Thanks, Mindy! Funny you should mention Hanuman, as I’ve definitely been listening to the Chalisa a lot, especially while flying back and forth from the East Coast and packing for Chicago. Blessings and love, Laura

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  8. Congrats! How exciting and yet, a tear rolled in my eye as I read through your Goodbyes…. a new chapter for sure… the end of a era and the beginning of new one…. much to look forward to. I hope Wendy and I get to see you sometime on one of your more frequent trips East.
    talk with you soon.
    XXOO,
    Bill

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