I am a member of a personal development and social networking group a fair distance from my home, and haven’t been able to attend for some 9 or 10 months, for various reasons. This past weekend I felt a very strong urge to be there.
There were a couple of new faces there. I had no idea when they had joined the group. So the organiser invited us to do a quick round of introducing ourselves: name, what brought us to the group, where we are on our life path, and what we would like to achieve from the group going forward.
As always, I enjoyed hearing how my like-minded, positive friends have been progressing in their life journeys. Then the second from last person, a man I had not met before, began speaking. And the room became so still, so quiet you could hear a pin drop, like nobody dared move a muscle in case we would lose the magic of what we were hearing.
Aviel had attended the group a couple of times. He is a farmer with a local Trust organisation, where he works on the land, growing organic and biodynamic crops, and he looks after many farm animals. This time, however, he had come to say his goodbyes to the group.
Aviel is leaving the country this week, to fly to Argentina, to donate a kidney to his father. A man who left his life 30 years ago, when Aviel was only 12 years of age.
Aviel displayed deep emotion as he revealed that he has no idea when or if he will be able to return to the UK, where he has lived for about 23 years, as his job is not guaranteed to remain open for him. He is also leaving his 19-year-old son and his beautiful cat and dog.
As Aviel spoke, his humility and spirituality filled the room, enveloping everybody in his warmth and selflessness.
Even after Aviel stopped speaking, not a move could be made or a word said for, oh I don’t know how long. It felt like the whole room was suspended in time.
Asked why he would give up so much for a father who left such a deep hole in his life, he simply said “Because I just feel I have to, it doesn’t feel like a choice. He needs a kidney, I have one I can give”.
I was completely awestruck, as were most others. When we returned our heads to the room, there were a few tear-filled eyes. Some of us had a strong urge to get up and hug Aviel, so we did.
For the rest of the day, I couldn’t get Aviel out of my mind. I felt so blessed that his soul had touched my own, and realised this was why I had felt that strong impulse to travel to the meetup that day.
But I couldn’t leave it there. I wanted to know more.
Later that evening, through the marvellous medium of Facebook, I contacted Aviel and asked if he might be willing, if he has time before he leaves, for us to meet so I could learn more of his amazing story. Thankfully, he willingly agreed. I had a lovely meeting with him yesterday and learned so much more about his life journey that led him to this place he is at now, and the opportunity to save his father’s life.
I have lots to write up, so plan to publish Aviel’s story in the next few days.
People often talk of karmic connections, or chains of events that lead us to take a different path in life. Like a staircase, it’s about taking each step, not knowing what is at the top, but having faith that what is there is for your highest good.
Everything happens for a reason.
Read Aviel’s story HERE
If you can understand Spanish, watch the video recorded by the Argentinian news channel HERE