The Other Side, Part 18

My Symbol was glowing. I said all he had to do was touch it and he would be transported to the other side. He said, “thank you son.” He then touched the Symbol and was gone. Tears were running down my face as he transcended.

Spirit Guide could feel my emotion and asked me about it.

Gen Joseph Mansfield's grave

Headstone of Gen Joseph Mansfield

I told her I had such sorrow for General Mansfield. There was so much more he wanted to accomplish for his country and for himself. Males from time immemorial have used war as a way of showing they were men, and when they are killed without time to accomplish a single aspiration, it is such a waste. War itself is such a waste. It brings out the worst and the best in man.

Spirit Guide said I was doing a service to these men. This brought on more emotion on my part, and I started to cry. She asked me why. I told her I felt so unworthy, but so privileged and so grateful to be allowed to do this work.

She asked me if Animal Spirit Guide had others for me to see. I asked if we could end it for the day. She acquiesced.

I bade farewell to Animal Spirit Guide, and she went into the East Woods.

Spirit Guide said goodbye, and I was left to revel in my own thoughts.

I thought about those we had lost in Viet Nam…so young, so full of life. With such futures ahead of them, and they were gone in the blink of an eye.

Those of us who made it back at some time in our lives ask, “how come I was allowed to live?”

How fragile is Life! How unprepared so many of us are to live it completely! And yet our thread is woven into the tapestry of this world, and we all are an integral part – no matter how short a time we are here.


About Civil War Reflections

Vernon has been a Civil War buff since childhood, but had been inactive in Civil War history for over two decades. However, in the early 1990s his interest was rekindled after watching Ken Burns’ “Civil War Documentary” on PBS. He particularly became interested in the Battle of Antietam (Sharpsburg) and decided to learn more about this epic struggle.
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