It is said that before entering the sea
a river trembles with fear.
She looks back at the path she has traveled,
from the peaks of the mountains,
the long winding road crossing forests and villages.
And in front of her,
she sees an ocean so vast,
that to enter
there seems nothing more than to disappear forever.
But there is no other way.
The river cannot go back.
Nobody can go back.
To go back is impossible in existence.
The river needs to take the risk
of entering the ocean
because only then will fear disappear,
because that’s where the river will know
it’s not about disappearing into the ocean,
but of becoming the ocean.
John Sherman left his body and became the ocean on September 29, 2021. He was 79 years old.
Today I would like to share with you the recording of the Celebration of Life Memorial Service we had here in Ojai on November 20, 2021. There will be an online gathering to celebrate John’s life. The date is not defined yet. The link to the online meeting will be in a special issue of our newsletter.