A while back I posted Part One of my adventures with spirit animals. Today is Part Two.
On my last bike ride, I was unexpectedly gifted with a sighting of three young raccoons. I was still giddy with the thrill of it, when something else happened.
The Universe was not done with surprises for the day.
If you are person who lives near Nature, you already know: Nature is very much around us. It is not just that we live in these homes or apartments, and we have these fences or boundaries, and Nature doesn’t come in and interact with us.
Nature is here! Animals are everywhere!
Animals, insects, flora, trees, the wind and weather!
Nature is with us always!
Thus, after seeing the three raccoons, I continued on my bike ride. And sure enough, there it was on the next curve: my second sighting of a spirit animal in the course of 10 minutes: a young deer, blocking the path.
Deer is my totem animal, so I certainly paid attention!
Some of the questions I ask when visited by a totem animal are:
• Is it strong or weak?
• Young or old?
• What other physical conditions?
• What is it doing?
• What was I thinking about when I saw it?
• What question was I working on when I saw it?
• What came into my mind when I saw it?
I slowed my bike to a standstill and instantly noticed another woman across from me. So there I am, 20 feet from the deer on one side, the woman 20 feet on the other side, and the deer in the middle of the path.
And all of us froze.
The woman and I both went into some kind of reverie for the deer, because we both know: it was a holy moment, a message from the Universe, a sacred sighting.
Normally a deer this close, even a deer familiar with humans, would have turned and leapt away in that flashing, bounding way that deer do.
But this deer just watched us watching it, and then it started chewing grass on the side of the path.
It was fully conscious of us.
It was fully aware of us.
And it was not afraid.
What a beautiful message to receive, in these woods on this bike path, in witness by another human being!
Fully conscious. No fear.
And after a very, very long while, the mood shifted. The moment was complete. You can feel this, if you pay attention: the vibration just changes, and there it is.
Very slowly, I began towheel my bike past the deer until it slowly, casually turned and began to ramble through the brush.
The woman raised her hand as I passed.
We had witnessed this moment together.
What animals in Nature do you notice? What are they telling you? Go outside today, and see what happens.
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Miracles are real.
Except, they're not particularly miraculous.
They're just how the Universe works.
When we begin to trust in the Universe, we discover that convergences—miracle moments in which time, space, consciousness and grace all come together—are happening all time, in every moment.
When we let ourselves believe in miracles, we start to pay attention to all the magic and power that is always around us.
At first, when we start paying attention, it seems like miracles are happening more often!
But soon we come to the understanding: miracles are always happening. It’s how the Universe works.
If you have lost your faith a little bit or a lot, take a step back from all those Misbeliefs. All that worry and angst in your head is not real. The Universe is moving in Divine Flow, just as it always has, forever.
Take a moment, take a breath, and just start noticing every little thing around you. When you pay attention, without expecting things to be one way or another way, you start to notice the synchcronicities and convergences, and you start to see the patterns, and you start to see the miracles.
And once you start to notice them, you will see that miracles—all the ways the Universe is in direct support of us—are happening all the time.
Sometimes it seems we follow our schedules religiously—except when it comes to our spiritual life.
Now, some of you have very active spiritual practices, and you understand why it’s important to create time and space for retreats, workshops and events that expand you. Yes! This is the way to do it!
But for many folks—and I know this because I hear this directly from you—you're so busy with your life, spiritual practice seems to take a back seat.
Maybe we can grab a couple of minutes in the morning to journal, or a few minutes to meditate before bed. Maybe we multi-task by listening to spiritual podcasts while we’re at the gym. Or we squeeze our Divine connection into yoga class during the week, or at a Sunday spiritual service.
It's hard to understand until you're there... but..once you start making your spiritual life your priority, your to-do list is going to shrink.
You won’t be squeezing spirituality in anymore.
Skimping on the Divine won't be enough.
You’ll want to make it your priority.
And when you make it your priority, all the busyness, all the doingness—will start to drop away. You just won't be interested any more.
Once you start connecting in with the Divine—really experiencing two-way communication with the Universe—then the stuff that doesn’t really matter, won’t matter to you.
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