While I know that some people say that a power animal is a private matter, I don't feel as though my current helper is the private sort. I had a shamanic treatment almost two weeks ago and part of it involved a power animal retrieval. Dolphin came forward as a helper for me, particularly with health issues. I was very happy to hear this. For years now I've thought that if I could become any animal, I would choose a dolphin, not because I feel that I share much with them but rather the opposite, that they represent energy rather opposite of my own. Apparently I'm needing to embrace that opposite energy.
I'm finding Dolphin to be a cheerful energy for the most part and one that leads primarily by positive reinforcement. When I inquire for an opinion and I get happiness or amusement or enthusiasm, I know I'm on the right track. When I get concern or feel that I'm being circled, I know I'm off track. I feel that Dolphin is trying to lead me to more joy in life but without directly saying how to go about it. Communicating with this power animal is a new adventure and I hope I'm able to honor Dolphin and the gifts he has to give.
This week has been a busy one in terms of bird messages. It started with a surprising group of towhees in my yard actively casting about what little flotsam had accumulated during our mild winter. I take these tossing birds as an indication that I need to look underneath the obvious to find potential treasures. I also take them as an indication to dig deeper than what's on the surface. In this instance, there was the added message of doing it with others rather than alone.
I'm considering helping to revive a park that is about 40 minutes from my home. I went to visit it on Wednesday and saw an uncommon number of crows and kestrels on my trip out there. Crows can signify many things. Protection and loyalty are two that came to mind. Since I saw them as I neared the park, I see them as indicating the level of protectiveness and devotion the residents of the area feel toward their park. They could also represent the woman I talked to at the local store who embodies that attitude toward the park.
I took the kestrels to be calling me to be watchful and prepared to grasp opportunities that come my way regarding the park.
I had another striking encounter last Sunday that I don't know what to make of and have pretty much decided it wasn't a particular message. A group of red-shouldered hawks decided to enact a mate selection ritual in the meadow behind my property. They were carrying on very vocally, which is why I ended up observing them. This is a very provocative observation only a couple of days before Valentine's Day, though I wasn't thinking about it at the time and nothing happened in my life related to mating rituals. So maybe it was a message for some other neighbor.
This space will primarily examine my experiences along my mystical journey. It will include messages from the world around me and my interpretations of them. I will also share some of my experiences with my power animals.