Blue Heron

I didn’t think anything was wrong with me. I was pretty sure I was fine. However, the doctor advised me to go and get a diagnostic mammogram.

The weird thing is I wasn’t scared.

At that moment.

A week before the test was a different story.

Maybe I’ve just been in denial? Maybe I want to believe nothing is wrong with me but maybe I’m wrong?

Sitting on the land with my journal, writing all these fears, I asked Spirit for a sign that I’m ok.

The message I got was…

In times like these, we need to just stop and breathe. Get out of our heads and just Be. Enjoy this moment. This very moment. Connect to our bodies. Just Be.

The mind is like a runaway train. The universe asks us to step off and trust. Trust that we are always supported. No matter what. No matter where our journey takes us.

We will always be ok.

I had Jamie Sams’ Medicine Cards deck with me so I decided to pull a card.

Blue Heron.

Self-reflection.

Here is the card’s meaning, taken from the Medicine Cards book…

Heron medicine is the power of knowing the self by discovering its gifts and facing its challenges. It is the ability to accept all feelings and opinions without denying any emotion or thought…

Heron is now calling you to delve deeper, to know yourself, and to trust your path.

And then I looked on spirit-animals.com…

Alternatively, he could be teaching you how to become comfortable in uncertain situations.

Well, this was certainly an uncertain situation!

Two hours later, I was driving down the driveway to head back to the city. As I approached the creek, I looked to the right. There on the creek bank, standing still and tall, was a blue heron!

In shock, I slammed on the brakes. He turned to look at me before he spread his wings, lifted off, and flew into the woods.

Six years of coming to Magic Tree Sanctuary, I had never seen a heron on this land. It wasn’t a coincidence that today was the day I saw one. Two hours after I pulled the Blue Heron card. It was Spirit at work.

It was my sign.

We are always supported. Trust that Spirit has your back. No matter what.

In harmony,

Julie

The Gift of a Feather

As I drove up the twisty mountain road, my mind was focused on altars. More to the point, I was thinking about feathers and how I wished I had one.

I’d recently seen a photo of a friend’s altar. She had created an incredible altar on top of a trunk in her office with crystals, oracle cards and beautiful artwork. I had similar items on my altar, but I noticed she had large feathers on her’s. I loved how the feathers looked—a striking element of nature in her sacred space.

In five years of walking Magic Tree Sanctuary, I had only found 2 feathers—2 giant turkey feathers. I used them to add some interest to a fake plant on the master bedroom dresser in the cabin.

Should I bring them home for my altar? No, I really like the way they look in the cabin, I thought as I turned into the driveway.

Right after I dropped my overnight bag and a few groceries on the porch steps, I headed down to the creek to unload the chairs I brought up in the truck.

I parked by the bridge and carried the chairs across to the grassy area. I placed them on the ground and as I turned back to cross the bridge, it caught my eye. There, on the creek bank, I saw a large striped feather.

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Am I really seeing this?

I walked over to the feather and as I picked it up, I experienced a deep inner knowing that this was so much more than just a random coincidence.

Synchronicity.

Since then, I’ve begun to recognize these magical occurrences for what they are—messages from Spirit. The Universe is co-creating with you. You are never alone and you’re always supported. You are on the right track.

Since finding that feather, I’ve noticed when I open myself up and create space to receive these divine messages, more of them show up. That’s part of the magic. The more you notice synchronistic moments, the more they get repeated. It’s the Law of Attraction principle.

What you focus on grows.

In harmony,

Julie

Happy to Be

Recently, I attended a local sound meditation event and as the singing bowls whirled away, I heard a voice say, “Stop doing. Just be.”

Once the bowls were quiet, the facilitator spoke to us for a few minutes and she said this phrase… “Take some of the pressure off.”

Another message for me from Spirit. I know this because I have no idea what else she said but when she uttered that phrase, I felt like I was out of my body for a minute.

I spent the rest of the weekend pondering this idea of just be.

What if I actually stopped doing?

I’ve been doing my whole life and in the last 5 years doing (A.K.A. trying, forcing, manipulating, worrying, etc.) has become so much more intense as I try to scratch this itch of doing something meaningful.

I spent time on the land and asked it about just being. I wrote this question in my journal… What if I don’t do anything meaningful?

Here’s what the land said to me: “Just to be alive is meaningful. You are meaningful. To shine light and love can be one of the most meaningful things. To have people in this place to experience this beauty, to experience the healing here and sharing your light and love with them is so powerful. It’s extremely meaningful.”

And at that moment, a butterfly landed on the page!

This morning, as I scrolled through my Facebook feed, I came upon this. Look at the title of this short film. Happy to Be. I watched it and everything Warren said and his way of being, resonates so deeply with me. I had the nudge all day to share with you and I take that as Spirit is telling me someone else here needs to hear Warren’s perspective on the world too.

In harmony,

Julie