Updated: Jan 20
Hold out your hands to receive and accept the gifts of the universe.
I was in my early 20s, at the Chicago Theatre with my long-time boyfriend (now husband), to see guitar virtuoso Joe Satriani serenade a crowd of music lovers.
We had been dating for several years, and we knew that when we got married, the song we would dance to at our wedding would be Joe Satriani’s “Always with me, Always with you.”
The year we saw Joe Satriani, we were in the midst of attending 30 rock ‘n’ roll concerts—from Motley Crue (the loudest band I ever saw live) to meeting Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson from Rush before a show at the United Center.
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So there we were, at the Joe Satriani concert, standing in one of the back rows (I was in an aisle seat) having a great time, being in the moment with the music. During the middle of the show, a man who was sitting closer to the stage walked toward us, asking us if we wanted his tickets. We said “sure” and we're so glad we did. Because when we walked to where these tickets were, we arrived in one of the front rows. We were just feet away from Joe.
He finished the song he was playing, and then we heard the beginnings of the chords for the next song. It was “Always with me, Always with you.” It was if he was playing just for us to us.
Tears trickled down my cheeks. I breathed in the beauty of this moment. This was a beautiful gift from the universe, a connection with a greater force. Even writing this now, I am getting chills because this is still one of my favorite memories with my now husband.
I stood there with him in stillness, listening to this music in appreciation. He put his arm around me and we looked at each other and we just knew that this was more than a coincidence, this was an instance of the universe talking to us.
This experience made playing this song at our wedding almost exactly two years later even more special. The universe continues to talk to me in many ways. Some of them are obvious, while others are more subtle. The universe is speaking to you, too. Are you open to receiving its messages?
The universe is always with me and it’s always with you. Hold out your hands to receive and accept its gifts.