Bearing 70 nautical miles north, heading for the island of Thira (better known as Santorini), another Cycladic island formed in the Aegean Sea, we were headed to the place that has been calling me. Santorini, a magical island, is essentially the remains of a volcano that last erupted 3,500 years ago, at the time of Minoan Crete. Its villages like that of Oia are embedded within the rim of the cliff face, like a swallow’s nest set in the corner of adjacent walls. The dramatic steep cliffs that have remained look out from a semi-circle around the stunning blue bay or caldera. I was thinking to myself we are entering a volcano’s mouth what could possibly go wrong and how safe are those houses set in the cliff side? Seriously it would only take one tremor. I was looking forward to this island as I’ve heard about its beauty but avoided researching it so not to spoil my perception.
Every morning Adonis, Patricia and I would meet up as we did for breakfast, waiting outside the restaurant doors with smiles on our faces ready for our day’s adventure. However, this time we all had to face Troy who we knew was working inside. I felt for Troy for he fell in love with me and he was keen for me to wake up too my senses. Sadly, there was no spark and there was no connection. I couldn’t pretend there was something either, I don’t believe in leading anyone on for an ego boost – that wasn’t me. I admired how quickly he had these feelings for me but I was more concerned how to gently tell him I’m not interested. How was I to do this? He was like a dog with a bone and I needed something to give!
Troy had pulled me aside as we entered the restaurant and asked to speak with me. I listened while he asked me, “why didn’t you answer your cabin room phone last night? I called you many times”. I explained that I was in Adonis’s cabin room, but before I could explain that Patricia was with us he cut me off and said, “Right, I get it!” Funnily enough it was the universe interjecting at precisely the right time, and I took up this ‘green light’ opportunity and rolled with it. I played along to the universe’s cue and allowed Troy to assume that Adonis and I had something going on. He left disgruntled to continue to serve and I joined the others.
I shared with Adonis and Patricia what had happened as they looked concerned and they seemed satisfied with what I told Troy. The Captain’s announcement sounded, informing us that we would be coming into Santorini in the next two hours and that we needed to collect our tender passes from level four reception in an orderly fashion (people get pretty crazy on a cruise ship – people always want the ‘best’ seats or be the ‘first’ in line when they are going to the same destination, so strange but something to consider knowing – we just went with the flow).
Adonis, Patricia and I headed up to deck nine where we took in the views of the amazing volcanic cliffs with their sedimentary layers jetting out across the Aegean Sea. It was an eerie feeling entering the mouth of a volcano but energetically Santorini buzzed! It felt so surreal being on a nine-story ship and still feel so tiny. Santorini’s cliffs were just too overwhelming and powerful, Mother Nature sure made her presence known here. As we watched in silence, Adonis by my side and Patricia on the other busily taking photos, I gazed into the view and lost myself into another dimension, I’m sure of it. I found myself letting all my stresses go, releasing all my pasted fears, thinking I’m here far away from my normal world where nobody knows who I am and what I am thinking, feeling or seeing. Staring into the deep blue sea, I prayed to the universe to send away the things in my life that didn’t serve me anymore and bring into my life all that I needed for the rest of my journey. To do this I gave myself up as freely as I came on this trip, I opened my mind, I let go of the emotional attachments, I emptied my thoughts and as I was doing this an energetic weight lifted, it was an extraordinary feeling. I was safe but this time I was not alone! It was at this point leaning on the barriers of the boat that Adonis looked at me and I looked at him, time stood still and the Earth stopped moving under my feet. It felt like it lasted forever but an announcement broke the energy field in which we were held in, prompting us to make our way to our tenders. I realized now what Patricia had meant back in Crete!
I left the deck in a daze, trying to ground myself. I walked out on the boarding bridge, concentrating not to fall. As I was being ferried and seeing the large portions of cliff crumbled at the bottom, where the sea lapped up the sides made me feel so secluded, desolated but safe and calm all at once. I was thinking how do these people live in such conditions? Where are they all hiding? Santorini’s illusion was by far fascinating. The island herself is secretive and alluring. As the bus climbed the top of the cliff, she enticed you more. Winding through the streets, passing some houses and churches, a few shops, vineyards and farms we reached her jewel, the furthest village, Oia. Stepping onto the white marble streets, taking photos of the iconic white house’s hanging from the cliffs, with churches and their bells and admiring the infinity pools and gardens your sense of perception is heightened. The view was astounding looking out from the cliffs into the horizon and watching the clouds roll over the island. Before too long it was time to board back on the bus and head back to the ship as the rains were upon us.
On my return to the ship I headed to my cabin taking in what I just experienced. A sense of sadness had filled me, knowing this was the last night that the three of us were going to be together before we headed off on our separate journeys. It always feels sad saying goodbye, leaving beautiful souls you meet behind. I changed into my swimwear and headed up to the pool. There they both were enjoying the rays and waiting for me. I walked over and joined them so happy to see them, we chatted about our little adventures on Santorini, shared photos of what we saw but deep down I knew Santorini had changed me. Santorini’s energy, was like standing under a waterfall, it cleared me and allowed my energy to freely flow.
That night we enjoyed our last meal together sharing our friendship and adding each other to our social media accounts. We discussed our next steps, Patricia was heading back to Columbia and her job, I was heading back to Athens and Adonis was joining me.
Adonis and I shared our transfer back to the city of Athens where we ended up staying together, sharing another three days with each other before we parted. We had such a great time, losing ourselves in the streets of Athens, checking out the Parthenon, the many statues, stadiums and museums as well as the great food Athens had to offer. He was a cosmologist disconnected from his spirit, tormented by his broken heart, and I was reconnecting my heart and starting a new journey.
Meeting Adonis on the bow of the ship and Patricia at lunch was no accident, as I strongly believe that we don’t meet people by accident, they are meant to cross our paths for a reason. To this day the three of us are still good friends. In the end, I opened my mind and saw what the universe needed to show me. The universe rekindled my love of life, my love of others and a sense of freedom without attachment. Adonis, unlocked something I had buried within me and Patricia give me insight I had not seen before. Greece, in all her beauty healed my heart and brought me back to life again.
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A little about me. Currently I'm a full time teacher and a part time reiki healer. Though one thing is for sure, I love travelling as it awakens my soul. So I thought I'd share how my two worlds collide here on my "blog" and all things spiritual.