There are just a handle of people throughout your life that remind you who you really are. Vlad is one.
I will never forget the first day I met him. He was hunched sitting on a chair at St. Jude hospital waiting to be seen. He was in much pain. I came into the waiting room and sat by him and his family. As I started talking to them, I felt an urgent need to put my hand on Vlad’s back. The dad, Alexandru, asked me about Reiki, and I said that I can do that if Vlad wants me to do on him. Vlad said yes. The moment I put my hand on his back, he started saying…’mmmm, this feels so good” and slowly straightened his back. And this is how I started my relationship with this amazing person that would never stop fighting cancer until yesterday, when he let go and became a beautiful angel (June 9, around 1 PM CT). That was two years ago in March 2012.
Since then, I have seen Vlad regularly, giving him Reiki and love. He awakened in me what was forgotten. He taught me to be strong and fearless in face of pain, illness, and death. He showed me the power of love. He gave me the best gift someone can give to another person. He was the inspiration for many of us who were by his side through chemo, radiation, bone marrow transplant, and much more that I can’t even describe.
And I wonder why? Why so much pain? He was only 24. Why? This is an answer that we will never know. As my therapist said yesterday, enlightenment is when we can be present and ok with the unknown, when answers are not searched and questions are asked without an entitlement to an answer.
My heart aches for him and his family. What a loss…But I believe his soul is in a good place, and will survive and maybe reincarnate in another body, as I believe in reincarnation. His heart will be in our hearts forever.
This is a picture I took last night as I was leaving the hospital. It had rained so much and just when I was out, I saw this. It only lasted maybe 3 to 4 minutes, but it was so amazingly magnificent that I heard the angels singing. Yes, this is for Vlad, I said to myself. This is not a coincidence, as I don’t believe in coincidences anymore.