By Deborah Zagorski
It is with great honor and respect that I reflect on my friend and mentor, the former publisher of Conscious Community Magazine, formerly The Monthly Aspectarian, Walter Perschke. I am one of many who attended Walter’s weekly meditations held on Thursday evenings at his home. I would love to share some of the wonderful experiences I have had over the past two years.
Walter welcomed everyone to his meditation group, and was sure to acknowledge new participants and make certain they were comfortable. He happily answered any questions we had before getting started. Each evening’s meditation began with The Prayer for Protection. If you are not familiar with it, here it is:
The light of God surrounds us.
The love of God enfolds us.
The power of God protects us.
The presence of God watches over us.
Wherever we are, God is, and all is well.
In our meditations, we learned about chakra activation, and how to create a sacred space. We enjoyed meditations on healing, abundance, safety, gratitude, manifesting, and meeting your spirit guides, just to name a few. There was always time following our meditations for sharing questions and comments. Walter always thanked us for attending. We were happy to be a part of the group.
Walter felt it was very important to bring ritual regularly into our lives. Every quarter we participated in The Burning Bowl Ceremony. It was a letting go of what no longer serves us. Sometimes we shared a toast following the event. We enjoyed potluck gatherings and great conversations. There was even a birthday cake to celebrate Walter on his special day.
Besides regular Thursday meditations, Walter offered many other classes. There were movie nights with discussions following; Gong meditations; harp meditations; Intuitive Galas, and also a special event featuring Barbara Marx Hubbard of the Foundation for Conscious Evolution.
Gratitude meditations were some of my favorite meditations. Walter spoke of the importance of being grateful for everything, both big and small. He said, “The more things you are grateful for, the more things the Universe will give you to be grateful for.” I shared with our group a gratitude jar I received from my niece and her husband at Christmas. The idea is to fill the jar with things you are grateful for and then, at year’s end, read all of the entries in your jar. I like to date my entries as well.
I asked Walter about a gratitude journal that I had completed several years ago. “I’m not sure if I should keep this journal or not, but there’s something that still draws me to it,” I said. Walter replied, “Well it sounds to me as if you’ve already received your answer.” Yes, thanks Walter.
Another item I would like to share is how Walter valued “signs.” He told us how he would place a post-it note on his bathroom mirror. The note read “Ask for signs.” You have to look, and the signs will appear, sometimes not in the way or form you were expecting. The other day I was driving, and to my right was a land for sale sign, and it read, “Call Walter.” Well, that was my friend reaching out to me. Thank you Walter. I will continue to look for the signs.
Walter had a phrase that he used in his meditations and in his daily life. The phrase is, “I wonder what I will discover today.” I, too have adopted this phrase.
In closing, I wish to say thank you Walter for everything: your time, knowledge, teaching, listening, expertise, patience, and care. We are all better people because of knowing you. God Bless You, Walter Perschke!
Deborah Zagorski is an Independent Distributor with Young Living Essential Oils and host of A Night of Grace, a monthly prayer group. Her interests include energy healing, crystals, Tai Chi and Feng Shui.