Webster’s II New College Dictionary defines “epiphany” thusly:
1. A revelatory manifestation of a divine being. 2. a. A sudden manifestation of the meaning or essence of something. b. A sudden intuitive realization or perception of reality.
As I ate breakfast the morning after having posted about “Cookie,” she visited me with epiphanies, precisely and powerfully, in every sense of those definitions. Call them gifts or rewards for finally writing about her, for publicly acknowledging her existence in my world.
A faithful follower of my blog and longtime friend who’d just read my post directed me to Zazzle, a site featuring, among many other charming products, a particular coffee mug. When I saw it, I was stunned; hairs on my arms stood atop gooseflesh and my heart raced with the realization of the meaning of the image on that mug, in this case certainly worth much more than any thousand of my words.
|CALLIOPE COOKIE, MUSE by WinonaCookie|
Mind you, I had never seen this before. Beyond loving the art, and the story behind Calliope Cookie, I was awestruck. I knew it was Cookie speaking to me. When she first told me her name was Cookie, I now see it was merely a clue.
Buddhist wisdom teaches that when the student is ready, the teacher will appear. Cookie, a wise and clever teacher, evidently feeling I was ready to receive, chose this way to finally reveal her true identity—Calliope, the Greek muse. I feel honored and quite humbled.
With immense gratitude, I’d like to thank Ramona Szczerba, the wonderful artist who created Calliope Cookie, the conduit to my awareness. As she put it when she graciously allowed me to use her art to tell my story, part of which is very much her story, “I'm glad that I could be of some assistance in having your (our?) Muse, Calliope, manifest in corporeal (sort of) form.”