Today I ran across three friends, the owl, the turtle and the egret. Well, actually I saw the owl the other night perched upon a post outside my apartment. Today I almost ran over a large turtle sauntering lazily across the parking lot. And at the cafe I was approached by an egret. While these creatures are not uncommon down here in Florida, they seemed to be ‘up close and personal’ and so I decided to look into the messages they were giving me.
The owl is an age-old symbol of wisdom and intuition. It is the ability to see what is hidden to most. It is a symbol of the practice of discernment. A quiet observation of our surroundings. The ability to know what is going on beneath the surface in others, in spite of their words or actions. I am slowly trusting the wisdom of my intuition, in regards to others in my life. To sense what is going on beneath the surface. They may appear to be doing and saying the right things, they may be sweet, generous, and attentive, but if I am feeling something is not in balance, I need not respond. They may have very personal motives which are generated from a place of feeling unfulfilled, and consequently there may be a feeding going on.
The owl is also alerting me that I am being seduced by the fears of my own mind, rather than trusting the wisdom and intuition of my very soul.
The turtle is a symbol of adapting to new surroundings and environments, while maintaining a comfortable self-pace. Not to push self too fast. All things come in perfect and divine timing. Patience. It retreats into its shell to protect itself from negativity and there strengthens itself to prepare to re-emerge. It goes inside to find peace It opens itself up to imagination and intuition, where anything is possible. It symbolizes longevity and immortality, and reminds us that the way to heaven is through the earth. So it may be time for me to just be, to retreat into my spiritual center. To be at peace with where I am at and to be in the moment.
The egret is a creature that has one foot in the water and one on land. It goes with the flow, and is comfortable in spaces that are neither here nor there. And that is the space that I find myself in now, that so many of us find ourselves in now…the place of no man’s land….the in between space where we are not yet feeling the love and support from our soul to the degree we want, yet we are no longer on solid ground with our old life. So it is a message to me , to just be at peace with this space. That this is just a transitional place.
Reminders To Us All
During these times it is easy to get swept up in a feeling of being out of control of our life, since we have kept a tight rein on it with our minds, our human personalities for eons. Right now, as we invite our soul more into our bodies and our lives, our minds are feeling even more scared. Our mind can’t do what it used to do, manage our lives. In fact, it never could do what we wanted it to do, which was bring us joy.
What I was reminded of from my dear friends, the owl, the turtle and the egret, was that it’s not necessary to push this process. It’s happening anyway. There is within each of us a deep undercurrent of wisdom, of peace, of passion, of connection with the Earth. Within us is the knowledge that life wants to serve us, and that it is safe to be here on Earth. Our job is only to ALLOW our soul to carry us now…and also to be patient with our human self because from its perspective this is not familiar territory. Trust that when it feels right to rest, you rest. When it feels right to express, find a way to do that. When it feels right to cry, to laugh, to be angry, do that. Be as gentle and compassionate with yourself as you have been with others.
And most importantly, know that your truth is in the wisdom of your soul, not in the musings of your mind. And your soul is that part of YOU that is whole and complete, that part of you that knows only joy, and knows that all is possible.
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