This One is Special by Suzanne Askham
When your child has a condition that can’t be cured, where do you look for answers? This exclusive excerpt from ‘This One is Special’ describes the mystic vision that Suzanne experienced one year before her very special child was born…
It’s 1995, in Richmond UK. The sun is streaming through the bedroom window now, making patterns on the wall. It is early in the morning, and I have just opened my eyes. There is a special quality in the air: the poised, waiting quietness that comes before a town wakes up.
And in that moment, without warning, my vision alters. Although I felt no movement, all my senses are now telling me that I am no longer in Richmond. Instead, I am standing outside the back door of my grandparents’ old house in Northamptonshire.
The garden here is full of flowers of every color, and birds are singing high up in a willow tree. In the air I am aware of the scent of roses and mint, and a favorite of mine, southernwood. However, I am not actually breathing in the fragrance of these plants. I’m not even sure that I can hear the birds in the willow tree. It’s more that I am absorbing some beautiful, peaceful atmosphere that consists of things like southernwood and roses.
The house – a cottage really – has thick walls made of stone. You can see that they’ve been whitewashed many times over, until the stones have become rounded with countless added layers of paint. The cottage is hundreds of years old. It is a place full of meaning for me, because I always felt very safe and happy here.
In my vision now, I am just entering the house; I am moving through the rooms. Curiously, I seem to have travelled back in time. The house is furnished exactly as it was when my grandparents lived there.
I go up two steps between the tiny dining room and the living room. I remember those steps well, and they bring back happy memories. We used to sit on them, my brother, sisters and I, as children, eating Grandma’s fresh-made Victoria sponge cake that oozed delightfully with strawberry jam. We had big appetites from playing outdoors all day. We listened to the grown-ups chatting and we knew, without being told, that all was safe in our world.
While I am remembering that, I realize to my surprise that I am not in my body. I have no sense of my body – it’s just not there. I suppose it must still be lying in bed in Richmond, but I can’t locate it or get any sense of it.
This causes me no concern at all. I completely understand that spirit is my natural state. I am a floating point of consciousness.
As I move from the living room into the front room of my grandparents’ old home, I become aware that I am not ‘in’ the house in a conventional sense. It is as if reality has shifted. This is very hard to explain. It’s as if the world that we normally see is a magical type of fabric – somewhat like shot silk organza. If you look at it one way, you see the fabric. If you look at it another, you see right through the fabric and you realize that the fabric is some kind of illusion.
However, I am not simply seeing through the fabric. I am actually in that space that is not fabric. And I can see the fabric, while also understanding that it is an illusion.
And that’s only the start of it.
I have a dawning realisation that the space in which I am floating is not empty.
What fills the space is invisible, but I can sense it: a vast, infinite, loving presence. I am suffused in happiness to feel that presence. I feel so safe, and so loved.
I am held in that presence. I am that presence. I am loved and cherished by that presence. I am absolutely safe. I always have been. I always will be.
I am in bliss. I am bathing in bliss….
About the author
Suzanne Askham is an author and editor whose world was turned upside down when her first child was born with profound disabilities. Suzanne has spent over 100 nights in intensive care units, both as a parent carer and as a patient. Through her family’s extreme medical challenges she has developed a powerful, practical and spiritual approach to life which has proved helpful to many. Suzanne lives in Wiltshire UK.
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