Our mother made sure we could swim. Taking us to the public pool and standing poolside with the other moms as my seven siblings and I kicked, blew bubbles and learned to tread water. These classes ensured that we all would not drown during our yearly two-week vacation at the Jersey shore. It was thanks to these classes that I got to meet God face-to-face.

As soon as the van doors opened we would scramble up the beach pulling off our clothes as we went and screaming like banshees. “Last one in is a rotten egg!” Returning to the ocean every year was like returning to the embrace of an adoring grandmother. It was intoxicating and euphoric. I dove deep and fearlessly into the liquid blue.  The experience was nothing short of mystical as the water welcomed me with open arms.

I felt I could breath more easily under the water. I would spread out my limbs and let the ocean take me. The salt currents dancing and tossing me like seaweed as I surrendered into the methodic rocking and its all-consuming embrace. The sway sanctuary of water held the sacred song of the sea. A twinkle, a humming, and soothing vibrant tone. And I a sea creature, eyes open and searching to see if I could find the source of the serenade, till I realized that I was in the midst of and underwater orchestra. Magical, mystical and highly seductive.

As I lifted my head for air, I saw my sister’s faces and it was Easter morning and Christ had risen. We would baptize ourselves all day in those waters. from sun-up to sundown. Each day starting like the one before. “Last one in is a rotten egg.” No crab, or shark, or sunburn could keep us away.

There was a God, His name was freedom and his heaven on earth was the sea.


Maureen Muldoon is The Spiritual Vixen, a happiness Pied Piper, intuitive vision caster, fearless activist, writer, speaker, storyteller and thought leader. She is the spiritual director of SpeakEasy Spiritual Community and creative director of Voice Box. She hosts conversations that inspire individuals and organizations to get on course with their own brilliance. She blogs at ~ MaureenMuldoon.com and Vlogs on YOUTUBE