We meet again – we are born again – it does not stop – until the essence of love has united soul and body. This is how the chorus sounded to a song from the musical Atlantis, in a staging by Herlev theatre and revue group approximately 35 years ago. My father, whom I rarely saw and with whom I had a rather stunted relationship had a small role in the play, and one day he took me with him for a rehearsal. The story of Atlantis captivated me. I was probably about 12 years old at the time. According to the story, Atlantis perished because a goddess did not choose love. She chose what society and the family expected of her. She ignored her heart because she was afraid of the consequences of listening to it. At the time, I had no idea how much wisdom there was in the relatively banal production of the local revue’s musical. And yet, for some reason, I was enchanted by the play and came to all the rehearsals and several of the performances. I was there for last performance and remember how the loneliness and emptiness overtook me when I took the bus home that night . I was never good with endings. As a kid, I had never understood the concept of quitting while having a good time – it made no sense to me. Why end something that is good?
Life went on after Atlantis but the words and melody lingered and have regularly appeared in my consciousness over the years. As I began to work on this book, the words haunted me more and more often. I woke up with the song and Atlantis on my mind and heart several days in a row. I could feel it that it was telling me something.
The more I thought about it, it became clear to me that those words in the chorus are an essential part of life. Already as a 12-year-old, the universe had tried to tell me about the life cycle: We meet again, we are born again, it does not stop – until the essence of love has united soul and body.
It could sound simplistic:
You are here to learn and you will continue to bump into the same souls and the same challenges until you have understood it and until you have learned to forgive and listen to your heart.