“... The danger has always been that the rituals, the static patterns are mistaken for what they merely represent and are allowed to destroy the Dynamic Quality they were originally intended to preserve ...”
Robert Pirsig




My name is Ronen Hirsch – I don’t often feel a need to cite it – but it is a key element of this recollection.

About 10 years ago I went to visit Los Angeles, I lived there for 5 years as a child and hadn’t been to visit for almost 15 years. I went for two weeks and stayed with my aunt and uncle (and also attended Lauren’s marriage ceremony). I was in the midst of a transition (seems to be the story of my life) and taking a step back before making a change.

During the visit my aunt took me on a day trip which included a stop at Ojai – a charming little town north of LA. She (my aunt) wanted to take me to some kind of “spiritual” experience – a healing treatment or something like that. At the time I was not as open and in tune as I am today – and though I wasn’t against it, I also wasn’t looking forward to it.

When we arrived at Ojai we wondered around what looked like the town center. We drifted into one of those “spiritual product shops” – with oils, candles, soaps – a place with a definite and intense presence – and smells. I walked around minding my own business and I noticed that my aunt struck up a conversation with the woman at the counter.

It wasn’t long until my Aunt came up to me and asked if I would like to get some kind of massage/healing treatment here. My head started hurting… and I turned down the offer. We then headed out and drove up to a nearby mountain to a place of meditation. My headache got worst and lasted two hours.

The name of the woman at the counter was Randy Hirsch. I am looking for her – I’d like to speak to her. If you are reading this and know someone from Ojai, please send them a link to this post. If you are from Ojai and know Randy Hirsch – please ask her to contact me.

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  1. Posted November 27, 2009 at 3:48 am | Permalink

    Dearest Ronen,
    Wow, I am impressed. I remember our trip to Ojai, but had no idea it had stuck in your mind for so long. It is possible that your headache surfaced as a recognition of your soul of the spiritual journey you were to experience years later. And how interesting that your beloved wife is an expert in massages and healing treatment.
    I will do my best to look for Randy.
    Your loving Aunt.

  2. Posted November 27, 2009 at 8:46 am | Permalink

    Hello Dvora,

    Yes, it sometimes pops up in my consciousness. Usually my memory is very vague (and short term) – but when I think back on our visit to Ojai I have specific memories and images – which is an interesting experience for me.

    Something happened there – for sure. Thank you for taking me there.


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