Transformation & Change: Divine Signs From the Animal World
It’s been quite the roller-coaster around here the past few months; a lot of transformation and change occurring – some of which while I knew it was coming, I definitely wasn’t prepared for the impact that it would indeed have on me emotionally. Yet at the same time, throughout all of this change I have to admit it has likewise been quite fascinating as it seems my abilities with connecting to nature and in particular wild animals have been really strengthening – just this past 2 months I’ve received some divine signs from a few different animals – who were definitely trying to comfort and guide me along my path. I will fill you in momentarily.
Transformation and change – I believe that’s what 2012 is going to be all about. It really started for us here, as a community,
in May when we found ourselves battling countless forest fires in the area. My little town of 3500 – we found ourselves literally surrounded on all sides by forest fires. Travel came to an abrupt halt; roads and highways were closed, and for 2 solid weeks we smelled a constant camp fire in the air and in our homes – with our skies filled with a very eerie looking orangey-grey hue (which was all the smoke).
Many folks, including myself as I have asthma, found it a bit difficult to stay outside for any real length of time – and despite the extreme high temperatures we had to keep our windows and doors tightly shut. Over 49,000 hectares of our beautiful woodlands have burned – at the time there were 49 fires total just in our area – with the largest – which made national news (“infamously” known now as the Timmins 9 Fire) – grew to over 35,000 hectares alone. Today it is actually still burning but contained finally (hot spots now mainly). The panic and chaos that those fires caused here was horrendous … and I do believe many of us are still experiencing the psychological after-effects – as the least bit of smoky smell people start to “freak.” I recall two weeks ago, there was a slight panic because folks couldn’t figure out it a particular CLOUD was actually a cloud or if it was smoke!! As it turned out … it was in fact a whispy cloud that the sun was reflecting off of LOL!!!! But through all of this … it is truly amazing at how quickly people come together to love and support each other in those desperate times of need. I believe that all of this has reminded us who we are … reminds us of our true natures and hearts – and ultimately has brought us, as a community, much closer together once again.
More transformation and change occurred in my personal life just last month – when my son graduated high school and my twin girls graduated elementary school (grade 8 – now entering high school in September). As mentioned I knew the day would come, however I just didn’t realize how much of an impact it would indeed have on me. For two weeks straight I was quite the emotional wreck – crying at the drop of a hat. I cannot begin to explain the emotions that were coursing through me … to be honest I don’t think I even know what half of them were. Pride for sure … but it felt somewhat bittersweet with sadness … and perhaps some regret too? Not quite sure. However, this is where amazing divine messages started to come through to me through the wild animals in my area.
I had a new little buddy … I called him Mr. Butterfly … who came to visit me the same afternoon that my son was to graduate. I had just returned home from walking to the corner store – while also trying to clear my head of all those swirling emotions (I tell you I was an emotional wreck!) … when I saw the butterfly flittering around my barbecue. I turned to my one daughter and said, “Oh! Butterfly!” As soon as I said that the butterfly landed on my shoulder. He actually stayed on me for a good half hour – he was quite content to sit on my arm, hand and shoulder (I couldn’t even go inside he wouldn’t move LOL!). I tried everything to get him to fly away; I even tried to show him some nice flowers to sit on … he wanted no part of it. Finally, after 30 minutes of visiting lol he fluttered off … I then took the opportunity to RUN into the house (literally) because he was following me. When I closed the door I looked out and he was fluttering around the chair I was sitting in as if trying to find me LOL!
It really brightened/lightened my day – which I believe was one of his few intentions. Butterflies … they are all about transformation and change. He came to remind me that ALL change is good. That transformation is inevitable and that growth and change does not have to be so traumatic … that it can all occur as gently and sweetly and joyfully as we wish.
I was going to write an article about my experience almost immediately. However, something stopped me. I was believing that it was just my laziness and procrastination … until LAST WEEK yet another message was conveyed to me … during yet another emotional transformation/change.
My youngest twin girl was accepted into summer training camp for Air Cadets – she is gone now – she left this past Friday for 3 weeks – staying on a major military base 12 hours away to study in a Basic Aviation Course (BAC). I tell you … me having to allow my little baby girl to travel so far away – to a military base at that … for that length of time (which may I add this is the first time ever that she has left home for any period – so it’s a first for her as well) … I have been even still today going out of my mind with worry, stress, wondering, waiting, feeling lost … the house feels so quiet (which feels disturbing to me as well). Anyhow, Yvon and I dropped her off Friday evening to catch her bus for the 12-hour long drive … and all the way home I was fighting back the tears. About 10 minutes from home, all of a sudden literally right in front of us a BEAR crossed the road. Then … out of nowhere: not 1 – not 2 – BUT 3 little baby cubs went scampering after her!!! (omg they were so damn cute!!!!!!!). Although not unheard of it is quite rare to see triplets – and so healthy. The mom didn’t even look back to see if her cubs were following her. She just ran into the thick bush head first. The first cub that crossed the road got to the side and stood up to look around briefly before scampering after his mom (something my son would do lol). The other two – so reflective of my girls – didn’t even look around they just made a bee-line straight for their mother on the other side lol. The message (from observing their behavior): You can be the best possible parent and you guide and teach your children and show them the safest paths to follow and how to do things. But you have to have faith in them … and believe that by showing them they will, when they need to, follow the path right behind you. There’s no point in worrying. wondering and watching to see if they’ll “make it across”. Sometimes all you can do is lead them through the safest way and pray that they will do the same for themselves.You have to let go and let them make their own way across that road at some point ….
So I got the message … but sometimes it’s hard to put into practice LOL!!!! And I am so very thankful/grateful for being given those very special messages. While I am still having a slight difficulty with her being gone (as well as still wrapping my head around the fact that my children aren’t babies anymore LOL!), the messages from butterfly and bear have comforted me and guided me through. But now I am anxious and excited to see if anymore messages will come. They are so loving and actually very special moments that cannot be fully put into words.
I do hope that my message today finds you all equally as well … and I likewise am hopeful that the messages I received from divine the past few weeks may likewise comfort and guide you in your own transformations and changes. Remember it is all a matter of perspective! Change is inevitable … and yes it can be painful. But it can also be quite joyful and gentle … it is all in how you perceive and accept (or not accept) it.
In all of this, we’ve received a few different messages – not only about change and transformation (even the forest fires are about transformation and change … rebirth and regrowth!), but also about the beautiful animals that surround us. We are all connected – and we are all as one. What animal has come into your life recently? What has been troubling you and been on your mind prior to their appearance? Watch their behaviors as you saw them in that moment – what messages came through for you and how do they correlate to the problem that’s been troubling you? Also learn about what the animal represents spiritually and as a totem for there you will find even more answers and meaning.
Quite often I’ve found that divine signs and messages come to me through animals … and likewise quite often when I am going through major life transitions or change or other quite significant events. Receiving those messages, especially when I wasn’t even really looking for them or had asked for them … it comforts me in knowing that truly we are not ever alone and that we are always being divinely loved, guided and supported. These latest two experiences reminded me to look for those messages more often … because they are and always will be there.