LOVE MAKES A NEW REALITY. MY SON SAID "MORE BUBBLES"
Update: Now goal is $1000 instead of $1350, found a less expensive ticket!!! So we are nearly 50 percent there!!! We can do it!! Your help will make the difference!!!
My name is Ben, my Hebrew name is Reuven. "See a son", perhaps is a good English translation for Reuven, and my Hebrew name is so very relevant in my life. My story is about being able to truly see my older son Noam who has autism for who he is, to see just how incredible he is, and to be grateful that I am his father. Just two weeks ago, when I recorded myself with my son in our magical playroom, a Son-Rise teacher named William said go to minute 2:15 on the tape. "It sounds like he is saying a sentence. Check it out." My heart was pounding. I cued the tape to the exact spot. I played it five times, praying and listening, praying and listening. And I heard it. "More bubbles." The words were said slowly and at first glance just sounded like a string of "b" sounds. But when I was able to love my Noam without any judgments, and believe anything is possible, I heard this sentence, so loud, so clear, so courageous. Waiting that extra second allowed him to complete the sentence. Oh my gosh. He's communicating: "More bu...bles." My dream is to go to Uman for Rosh Hashanah (the Jewish New Year) to pray for my son Noam and his full recovery from autism. The best way I can hope for my son's healing is by working on myself--filling myself up with unconditional and overflowing love---to always be happy and grateful with my life. The best way I know how to work on myself is by praying. I do not claim to know G-d's ways, but I do know this: The power of prayer in my life has been very big. With prayer, I can love unconditionally. And with love, anything is possible.
My Noam...(which means sweetness in Hebrew)...without feeling judged for doing the best he can, but instead truly heard and loved, celebrated for every attempt, for every effort, my beautiful Noam is beginning to speak! Language is such a gift, words are so precious. I am so grateful to G-d. Every single word just like every deed matters. Every act of love inspires my son to want to speak one extra syllable. To take one extra step climbing the mountain. And boy can he climb the mountain when we climb it with him and help him soar.
Every $1 you donate will be an act of love, will be part of this journey. Many of you probably never heard of Uman and therefore might be like, dude, nice story, but Uman?? What's Uman?
The place I want to travel to is called Uman, a place if not for the teachings of Rebbe Nachman ("It is a great deed to be happy always"), not many people around the world would know about it. Rebbe Nachman wanted to be buried there so that the Jews who were killed there would be remembered. Somehow this is symbolic to me, that every person counts, no matter who they are or where they live. Every soul is precious. I cannot think of a better place to pray to be unconditionally loving of my son Noam and my life. Because of Rebbe Nachman's dream, today Uman is a place where people from around the world come to dance and celebrate their lives no matter what the challenges. Where people come to celebrate the new year full of so much hope. Anything is possible when we believe that it is. Uman has become a blessing because people believe going there is a blessing. How we view a person or a place or a situation can dramatically affect the reality it becomes. People from all walks of life love each other for who they are without judgment. I want to celebrate my life this way, I want to set the tone for the new year with love and acceptance. With the belief that every person, place and situation has good that I can see and experience..right now, right before my eyes, no matter what. I want to travel to Uman. The way I begin a journey can help define my journey. To begin the year with so much love and acceptance and believing anything is possible I believe can inspire healing, with God's help.
I ask for your assistance to help me get there. The fact that the donations so far have come from both people I know well, people I don't know well and people I don't know at all is exactly all I could have dreamed of. I am already over 20 percent there! Someone donated an additional $100 over the weekend!!! How amazing would it be if I could purchase my ticket to Uman based on the love and support of both family, friends and strangers who simply wanted to support me because I believed in myself and my dream. This would be the biggest act of love. Thank you so very much to every person who reads this. Just know that no matter who you are I will be praying for you to receive your greatest dream and hope!
Thank you so so much.