If you lived in BC and watched the CBC news during the 1980s, you will likely remember “Dr. Peter.” Dr. Peter Jepson-Young put a face to the disease the general public was only beginning to learn about: HIV-AIDS. Once a week for about two years, Dr. Peter shared a video diary, updating viewers on his life, his health, and the progression of his disease. Before he died, he visited Long Beach and was inspired and moved by the connection he felt to this place. He wrote this now-well-known affirmation after that visit:
I accept and absorb all the strength of the earth to keep my body hard and strong.
I accept and absorb all the energy of the sun to keep my mind sharp and bright.
I accept and absorb all the life force of the ocean to cleanse my body and bring me life.
I accept and absorb all the power of the wind to cleanse my spirit and bring me strength of purpose.
I accept and absorb all the mystery of the heavens, because I am a part of that vast unknown.
I believe God to be all of those elements and the force that unites them.
From these elements I have come.
To these elements I shall return,
But the energy that is me will never be lost.
–Dr. Peter Jepson Young
His words inspired many others, including this blogger, who found a similar connection to this beautiful beach.
This film, The Energy That is Me, is worth a watch, whether you remember Dr. Peter and especially if you’ve never heard of him. His work continues through the Dr. Peter AIDS Foundation. The footage from Long Beach, where he records his affirmation, is at the beginning and near the end of the film, but please try to take the time to watch the film in its entirety and to share it with friends. (I can’t seem to embed the video here, but just click this link and it pops right up.)