THE LION'S TALES
As you can see by now, Ive
really crawled into who and what "The Balkan
Lion" is-an extension of myself." The Lions
Tales" are based on an event experienced or witnessed
in my life. It can be a childhood memory or something
as recent as yesterday. The story may be happy-or
sad-mysterious-or as the old cliche goes"range
from the sublime to the ridiculous". It may be
bittersweet or tug on the heartstrings-to me-these
"Tales" as I call them are life imprints
etched upon my soul-heart and memory conveyed to you-from
the hand of "The Lions Paw".
My first "Tale" is called "The Old
Woman" and surrounds an event that didnt seem
like much at the time-but has stayed with me in such
a way that it has changed the way I view life (the
worlds seen and unseen that surround us) and how I
look at people who cross my path on a daily .
Before I begin my story-I read Dannion Brinkleys books
"Saved By The Light" and "At Peace
In The Light" which detailed his near death experience(s)
after being struck by lightening. Actually hes had
two near death experiences (NDEs).After the first
event-caused by being struck by lightening while he
was on the telephone-he was given a life review by
spirit guides/angels and was saddened by the hurt
he had caused people in his life. As a child-he was
a bully-causing many fights. As an adult-he was in
the military and also worked for the government. He
killed people-sold weapons and did what was required
as a soldier and a lot more. His life review was painful
and he also felt the pain of those he had brought
a lifetime of misery to as he lay dying from the 180,000
volts of electricity that had slammed through him-fusing
his shoes into the floor.
He stated afterward-based on his life review-"if
any man should have gone to hell and deserved it-it
was me". He survived the NDE-but at a price.
One-third of his heart was damaged and for the rest
of his life his physical health would be a constant
struggle for survival. After he began his painful
road to recovery-he gained psychic powers of psychometry
(reading people and events from objects they own)
and other enhanced psychic gifts. He received 117
visions of future events of which at least 95 have
come to pass including the Chernobyl disaster-the
fall of the Soviet Union and the Iraq war.
In his quest for spirituality and life review-his
work with Hospice ( terminally ill patients is truly
remarkable) .He is the leading recruiter of volunteers
in the world for hospice care. He has many case stories
of helping terminally ill patients review their lives
and helps to "strip away the terror of death".
His stories bring hope.
One woman told him the beams of light she saw that
were shining in the skies and raining down on the
"Heavenly Crystal City" that they BOTH had
witnessed in each of their NDEs were the PRAYERS of
loved ones. They show the importance and the POWER
of prayer. He was told by his angels/spirit guides
that prayers brought healing. Upon reading this I
realized to me-it IS one of the most meaningful-powerful
visual descriptions that communicates the importance
of prayer and faith. His vision has been to help the
dying with their review process to make their passing
easier-less stressful and their remaining time more
valuable. He has also begun work on the designation
of stress relaxation centers and continues his work
efforts to the present. I believe that no matter WHAT
or WHERE our belief systems lie-prayers and faith
are important-connected and needed. With this in mind-I
present to you "'The Old Woman".
About five years ago in 1999 I had to go to the store
to purchase some items-your typical convenience store.
My two sons were with me and like any two boys about
to con dad out of extra dollars for snacks and stuff-they
were their usual rambunctious selves. As I walked
into the store I saw a sight that is just as fresh
and implanted as the day it occurred. There was an
"old woman" in front of me. She stood barely
five feet tall-hair grayed-face wrinkled and the weatherbeaten
lines of her life etched deeply into her forehead.
The hard years of her life were displayed in the lines
of her face. The fingers of her hands that had taken
her through life-were gnarled and the bones swollen-almost
protruding through the skin. Her eyes were a pale
blue-grayish in color. She moved as though her movements
were caught in time-in slow motion-and every movement
I realized -to my HORROR-and DISMAY-that pain was
her constant companion and much more. As she took
each item slowly and deliberately from her cart-I
saw why she couldnt stand up straight. The giant hump
in her back prevented her from doing so. It wasnt
her only physical disability. Her legs from her shoulder-downward
to the spine were formed an "S" position.
Her legs-were bent sideways to her body-no longer
or wider than the sticks of a young tree. Her hips
were out of joint and body alignment- her eyes worn
with the HELLISH suffering that she endured. Grotesque
is the only way I can describe her condition.
From her crippled swollen feet curled sideways so
she could walk each unbearable arthritic and painfilled
step"The Old Woman" lived her life. Her
deformity-complete. All around her-like a movie-I
saw the years and taunts of cruel children-stares
of disbelief by adults and people-cowering away -in
fear-any and all hope of normality-GONE-in the presence
of this-poor-soul. I was FROZEN by that sight-a moment
in time heartbreakingly etched on my mind-heart and
soul. Every sensible part of me just screamed "WHY
I truly felt helpless-I was angry that NONE of the
store staff went out of their way to help her. MERCIFULLY-one
of the store staff helped her to her cart and taxi.
When she left the store that day-she left a part of
herself with me. I truly asked GOD that day through
tear filled eyes-WHY? Was it a karmic issues? A debt
to pay - A terrible life experience-like the story
of Jesus and the paralytic man?(only this one doesnt
have a happy ending with the man being healed). It
was a difficult and miserable life for this soul.
I said a prayer that day and it may have been a selfish
one at that-that GOD-would cradle her soul and not
ever let her suffer like that ever again-I meant it.
I have no right to ask that-but I did-for mercy-for
a soul that had made a huge impact on my life.
I once read a comment by Edgar Cayce who stated (paraphrased)-"if
a soul committed terrible sins like murder-mass murder-destruction-torture
rape-crimes and more-you wouldnt feel so sorry for
them this time around. In my quest for spirituality,
understanding and thinking-I will look at many sides
of a life lesson. This was one of those heart questioning
times-and I had-no answer. Or -did-I?
The "Old Womans Life" was Gods call. I dont
have intuitive psychic powers to fully understand
nor comprehend a souls journey-truthfully-Im like
everyone else-we all struggle on our life journey-I
can attest to that with a healthy AMEN said with a
Sylvia Brown-one of the worlds most renowned psychics
has written and stated many times-when it comes to
dealing with "me-myself & I"-her psychic
ability extends & is meant for others-the life
experiences she learns-are for her soul journey-supposedly-she
gets no extra help for herself and shes on her own-with
everyday life problems-just like you and I share.
Regarding "The Old Woman" her life I believe
was Gods call-outside of my comprehension. Her life
was full of pain, sorrow and suffering. I was touched
by her physical and soul condition as well as the
distractions of my sons that day-the store staff and
everything else occurring at that moment in time.
That day I left the store as I said before-feeling
helpless and bitter-a lot of emotion packed into a
As a result of the incident I remembered the healing
qualities of prayer and faith through Dannion Brinkleys
wonderful vision on prayer which he shared with the
world. When I see those less fortunate-I take time
to look around-see who is with them and no matter
what-I offer a prayer to God-for them. I feel it MATTERS.
I see those prayer beams hitting "The Heavenly
City" and for me-the prayer is sent- to that
person. I see powerful beams of light-in its love
and its power-sent directly to that soul-I actually
VISUALIZE the prayer process in spiritual power- I
see beams of life-healing-hope and inspiration in
these prayers touching & surrounding the souls
it is meant for. There is POWER in this!
It wasnt until nearly four years after I met "The
Old Woman" that I began to fully understand the
life lesson. I was thinking about that day with its
emotions and distractions and as I drifted back to
the memory of it all- a still small voice spoke to
my heart-and I heard the voice tell me-"For all
of those people-it didnt matter-the lesson-was meant
I have never seen her again-just that one day-but-her
life has made a difference to me-and maybe to you
as well. We never shared a word between us-just a
"heart condition". I have thought about
how many years that precious soul lived-for me to
tell this story-yet thats how life works and moves
in "mysterious ways" at times.
I hope you have enjoyed my first "Lions Tale"presented
to you-you are a witness to a life lesson and Pulse
Of The Lion Lion Style! written by the hand
of "The Lions Paw!