Robin Williams. No one may ever have truly known him–but the entire world knew ‘of’ him. He was truly a creative genius of our time. There was such an authenticity to him. He made us laugh, always and cry, often. He rocked our world. Yesterday, he rocked our world one final time.
He gave us the fantasy of Mrs. Doubtfire, the realism of Patch Adams and the incredible phenomena of What Dreams May Come. We gave him our wholehearted appreciation and laughter, our sheer joy, our applause, our love and admiration. We thank you for the difference you made in unabashedly shining your light.
For so many his passing has illuminated the bane we call depression, the plight of the bi-polar personality, and of addiction that unfortunately many do not understand but are quick to judge. While he has shone a bright spotlight on these conditions it was the fact that he felt so alone in a world of people who adored him. He was loved and yet he couldn’t always feel it. The pain obviously was insufferable. Many are saying, ‘If we had only known….’. The truth of the matter is if we all had known not one of us would have reached out. We would have left it to those closest to him or to experts in their field.
Thus it is with our world. There are many Robin Williams’-type personalities all wanting to be free of their demons but nothing is done. We KNOW this and still we do nothing. Think of how it must feel to someone imprisoned in their own mind. They watch as we KNOW what human beings do to each other in the name of peace. We KNOW what we do to the most helpless species on our planet. We KNOW yet we do nothing. For those fighting their personal demons it simply wouldn’t matter who knows what they are experiencing or not as we seem to be the type of humanity that just leaves everything to government, alleged experts and sundry others.
You left a final gift for all of us, Robin Williams. You impacted us in life and you most certainly have impacted us in your passing. It is not a personal pain that should be recognized but the giant wound we call humanity that seems desensitized, uninformed and in denial. Yes we deeply feel the loss of the light that has gone out and we will mourn it for years to come. But your passing caused another dynamic into being and that is one of action. May we all take up the torch and begin to heal the festering sores on this planet. We KNOW….now we must DO. Personally, I will not mourn your transition but will embrace the opportunity you created with your passing. You rallied the world. The world feels the love. Now let us keep that love going…let us make a difference in our own unique way…let his passing be a gift that is given to the masses in ways unimaginable. We can do this…..because we KNOW.
Yesterday as I read for a client I felt a spirit with me that just made me feel so light that I wanted to laugh out loud. I could hardly contain myself when I asked my client who “Robin” might be in regard to her life. She looked at me quizzically and said she didn’t know. I went on to say that he was hilarious…that all I wanted to do was laugh. She still didn’t know. Then I heard spirit ask me to tell my client that she was beautiful, so I did. She cried. No one had ever said that to her before. This comical spirit, its work done, simply moved away. I never gave it another thought until I read on Facebook that he had passed. I had the odd sensation that I had already known but wasn’t at all sure how that could be. It was a few hours later, when my own shock dissipated, I recalled the session earlier in the day. I had to laugh out loud. It didn’t seem at all a stretch to think that Robin Williams would have taken gleeful delight to poke mediums when they least expected. Thanks Robin….for making my day in a personal way but most of all…for shattering a façade my client had built around herself. For a fleeting moment you made someone laugh and someone cry, just like you used to. Well done!
My heart and my love goes out to Robin Williams’ family. May you have strength to move forward in your lives. The loss must be devastatingly immense. Because we all KNOW…perhaps in our own way we can reach out to you and let you know that he made—and continues to make— a difference in this world.
Find a way to keep his legacy alive. If you know someone who suffers from depression or bi-polar personality. Reach out. For God’s sake….reach out. We owe it to each other because we KNOW.