I had a totally different picture of Paris before I visited the city. And I must admit I was taken completely off-guard when I noticed that women showed zilch interest in make-up or dressing-up, men not bothered if their shoe color matched their overcoat, subways and stations so raw as if they had not seen a “clean” day in decades. The city was “carefree” in every sense. Couples occasionally exchanging kisses were the only confirmation that this place wasn’t on another planet. But that’s not the most astonishing revelation I faced there. Before I went to Paris, my idea of peace was only sitting in meditation or indulging in some sort of creativity. I didn’t know it would take me a trip to Disneyland to realize that I can be peaceful even amidst hundreds of people, even when they are constantly moving, chatting, laughing, jumping, and running!
This happened at Disneyland! As we started getting closer after a 45-minute train journey, I could feel a great shift in energy. Now, for someone who is quite energy sensitive, it was a great deal to be among hundreds of people for an entire day as I was constantly worried about catching others’ energies. As soon as we stepped under “Welcome to Disneyland”, the sun shifted the curtain of clouds from its face as if saying hello to everyone passing under it. The faces were brightly lit up instantly and the whole vibe of the place was charged up by this infectious positive energy. Imagine hundreds of new-born, children, teens, adults and elderly dispersing the same energy from their hearts and body! What do you call such a place? – Heaven! During the whole day, despite being surrounded by so many people, walking around the whole park, taking so many rides, feeling thirsty and hungry and all this, while the sun played peek-a-boo for the most part, not a single child cried. There were only smiles, happy dances and happier rides.
There was in fact no restriction on a 60, 30, 20 or a 100 year old taking a “kid ride and why should there be? After all everyone’s a child at Disneyland! I didn’t know the concept of inner child before I started meditating and it was quite surprising to see a place like Disneyland stressing so much on letting your inner child come out and play. I also wondered why there were no toy-trains or trolleys or buses to take you through the titanic park if you got tired. But guess why! Because nobody gets tired at Disneyland, especially after being infused with so much positive energy. It was like a land of souls connected to each other through invisible threads of happiness. Everyone had become a “child”. Everyone had become “one”. It wasn’t even difficult to see orbs floating around freely as you walk past them and halos around children and people, even from a distance.
The beauty and precision with which the park has been carved or the rides have been designed, it can make you cry in awe at any time. The Mickey Parade, the princesses gracing the chalets, animating the same expressions as seen in the movies, your favorite Disney characters dancing in front of you and as if this wasn’t overwhelming enough, the fireworks at night that hold your breath for twenty-five minutes straight; all of this makes you wonder if you are actually living a dream.
What made me really emotional was the opening line right before the fireworks started – “We all have magic inside of us but sometimes our inner child is so scared that it refuses to believe in it”. As I tried hastily to capture those moments in my phone, I realized that it had already captured me and it can never let me go. With teary eyes, I saw the magic unfold right in front of me! It was like falling in love for the first time, or even greater – finding love for the self when you meet your inner child for the first time. As the Disney movies get projected on the castle one by one, you feel a deeper and deeper love for yourself as if the magic has entered your sacred place and now it will never cease to show up till you believe in it. It was as if, it is set somewhere in your soul and you just have to call it and it will appear, right in front of you, in the same manner; dong the same thing to you. Just like it promised! For me, it was a moment of unconditional love that I was always capable of receiving and giving – to my inner child, to everyone else. It was heaven, which for the first time, lasted longer than a moment. I wish everyone in this world could witness this magic as I am sure after they leave, they will forever find it in them whenever they look for it because they would have met themselves! And that’s where the magic begins.