Patterns – where to start?
Opening the door, I enter as Andy, now motioning to me while talking to someone on the phone, tells me there is a problem. He says someone lost a cell phone. Without thinking, I respond, "Under the seat."
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He looks at me quizzically. I say, "Tell him the words I get are: "under the seat" ..."
Andy hands me the phone. The conversation continues and I hear the story. I am asked if there is anything else I can add. I detach for a second and push my thoughts away. What draws my attention? What rises to the surface? Very little.
"My sense," I reply, "is that it is like the seat of a car or a vehicle of some sort."
I am informed by the caller that the person was also on a tractor and that person wonders if he could have left the phone on a fence post because he remembers setting it down at some point. I don't sense a connect with that and respond that it doesn't fit with what I have been given.
Briefly, I remind myself I have been planning to book a dowser for my talk show and need to follow through with that. I am thinking about the person I have in mind. Might they address this better than me?
Feeling a bit down, wishing I could elaborate, hoping something more might surface, I get nothing. No more images or words. And so it goes. This is a pattern I am familiar with by now. I have learned to trust that when I have been given a specific answer, it does not help to embellish or try to make sense of it. I tell him to call back and let me know how it goes.
Same day, within an hour or so, the follow up call is a negative report. No phone under a seat and the now unresponsive cell phone forwards to voicemail. Reaffirming the initial guidance, the answer is unchanged: "Under the seat." I apologize that I am unable to add anything more.
I requested as a favor that he let me know when the phone is found.
I pray later that night to whomever is the guardian in this case to assist and let the phone be recovered, if possible, or to be lost if that is the best resolution. And I let it go.
Early the next morning, I have an impression of the phone on the ground in a pasture. Even so, I am told not to deviate from what I have been given. Do not change the response. Allow that the insight in that moment had an intended purpose. It isn't for me to know the fine print. Let it go.
I get a call mid-morning. The phone has been located. The reveal is in the back story.
He catches me up and says they had no luck yesterday, looking under seats or retracing steps where the phone might have fallen. Then they had to stop looking for the phone because, in addition to the fact it was no longer ringing, it had started to rain.
Not quite ready to give up, he tried calling the phone once more this morning and discovered it was ringing again. Following a hunch to retrace his steps yet again, he drove out on the tractor to the place he originally thought he lost the phone (and the very same area he and his friend meticulously canvassed on foot without any luck).
From his seat on the tractor, he spied the phone lying in the dirt. How could they have overlooked it? Had a cow kicked it into view? One more note. He happened also to remember that, on the previous day, he had not placed the overcoat/jacket with the phone inside on a fence post. Instead, he laid it on the seat of the tractor when he went to work with the cattle.
My take away: The spark of insight I was given was offered as a clue and not an answer. Fascinating. The Guides I work with provide carrots of hope, incentive and illumination to encourage one to work to connect the dots. They certainly infused the perfect recipe to keep me inspired.
I am curious.