Our friend and guide, Cynthia Crawford, has passed from this life. She was among the first people Barbara and I interviewed for Meet the Hybrids, and I was immediately struck – as most of us are – by her light, her loving energy.

But I loved that she also had a mischievous side, and she would instantly make me laugh when we got chatting. She did not take things too seriously, but had an infectious enthusiasm for life and all it can bring. She could talk about the mundane in the most magical way, and illuminate the numerous layers of meaning in any situation.

Her interview in Meet the Hybrids was life-changing for me. The quote I pulled out for the image sums it up. She outlines a vision in which we are all fragments of Source, our souls each a piece of a divine consciousness, an intelligence which makes up all of creation. This fragmented yet interconnected entity seeks experience in order to know more and be more. Therefore as souls we incarnate purposefully, choosing a path which brings us what we need. I picture it as a kind of spiritual tourism. If one thinks about the vast panoply of motivations behind tourism in Spain, for example, we can see this play out. From Catholic pilgrims walking the Camino de Santiago to stag night packs staggering through the streets of Magaluf, to students of art, culture and architecture touring Granada and Barcelona. If we open this out to the planet, it offers everything you could want in the third dimension; every type of experience and relationship, every mindset, every set of values, every goal. In this view, all of it stands on a foundation of equality. While we all vary in our talents and abilities, it is all part of a collective effort. With a car, for example, we cannot say that fundamentally the tires are better than the gearstick, but they are the best component for their given role, and all complete the system and allow it to perform its function.

If life is a collective enterprise, then everything we do adds to the process, and by definition, no one can be left out of the complex web of cause and effect that makes the world what it is. In this way, everything we are, and everything we do lives on in the rest of the web. Part of me has been shaped by Cynthia, and that passes from me to others. At this point, hundreds of thousands of people have been enriched by Cynthia’s contribution to the human story, and so she, like everyone else, lives on through the web of conscious existence on this world, and beyond it. I don’t know how much more one could ask of a life.

As well as her amazing ET sculptures, which she is perhaps best known for, she worked every day as a connector. She was a global hub, and would be contacted by people from around the world who, as her quote lays out, wanted to understand what was happening to them, what it means and what they might do as a result. She brought people together, and helped to build and strengthen local, national and international connections between experiencers, hybrids, researchers, therapists, artists and many others who wanted to learn more, to assist others, or find the assistance they required. Many of my contacts came through Cynthia, and most people involved in the subject have met her at conferences or seen her sculptures. In a field as riven as any other by argument and infighting, I never heard a bad word said about her. She gave all she had to give in a most inspirational and genuine way.

But her belief was that after this life she would continue to work with us “on the ships,” and I anticipate that already people will be receiving information they understand to have come from Cynthia. Certainly she had a presence which is easy to feel, and an energy that stays with you long after talking. I am looking forward to hearing stories of encounters with Cynthia’s spirit, and perhaps meeting her in dreamtime. Either way, her words come back to me on a daily basis, and none are more important to me than freeing myself and others from my judgments. If the world adopted this single practice, I imagine the world would be transformed. As they say, we must each be the change we wish to see in the world. So thank you and bless you Cynthia – you are welcome to visit any time.

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