Ice covered everything like a shiny frosting. The bitter chill of the wind stung my cheeks. I was out walking my dogs on this chilly, frosty morning, when out of the corner of my eye, I caught a flash of red. I turned my head to focus on the red that had caught my attention, and saw that it landed in a tree right above me. I was dumbfounded by what I saw! Here it is a terribly cold day in early February, but up in the tree sat a beautiful red-breasted Robin! It’s not that Robins are unusual where I live, but they don’t normally migrate back to our area until mid to late March .In fact, I had just been mentioning to my husband a few days prior, that I hadn’t heard or seen any birds in weeks. I soon realized why it had caught my attention. This precious little winged soul had a message for me.
The robin opened it’s beak and began singing a melody so joyful, that the sound went straight to my heart and struck a cord within me. This little winged one continued to sing as I looked upon it. It sang for the sheer joy of it, and was there to remind me of a joy that I had forgotten. This synchronicity of this event was hard to deny. The universe was gently nudging me to remember in the most beautiful way. As I always do when I am given a nature message, I look on the internet for added potential insight, and here is what I found:
If Robin has flown into your life;
Robin signifies stimulation of new growth and renewal in many areas of life. He teaches that any changes can be made with joy, laughter and a song in your heart. This bird shows you how to ride the winds of passion within your heart and become independent and self reliant through this change. http://www.spirit-animals.com/robin/
Well, there ya have it! But, this was only message number one.
I returned back home after my walk, still contemplating Robin’s message to me. I was then reminded of an image that was given to me the day before. At the time, I didn’t think anything of it, since I had nothing to connect it to, and it just seemed very random at the time. The image was of a young honeybee that was shedding it’s skin. I honestly didn’t even know that they shed their skin, but apparently they do when in the larvae stage, and they shed three times before maturing. So back to the internet I go, and here is what I found on the symbolism of honeybee:
This honey making insect reminds us to make our lives productive while the sun shines and to enjoy the nectar of efforts. No matter how great the dream is, there is the promise of fulfillment if we pursue our dreams.http://www.spirit-animals.com/honey-bee/
There was no doubt in my mind that the message of the honeybee also included transformation. As I shed my old layers of fear and doubt that hold me back, I will feel free to follow my dreams with joy, passion, and a lighter load. Message number two complete.
The next message was filled with encouragement. I was shown an image of a cork floating on the water. A hand came down from above and one of the fingers attempted to push the cork under the water. No matter how often or how hard the hand pushed the cork under the water, the cork always bounced back up to the surface, unharmed.
There it was! The message as clear as day! I need never worry about anything that comes my way. Even if for a short time it feels overwhelming, I will always resurface, and be alright. And that, in a nutshell was message number three.
Since it was a very cold day outside, and we didn’t have anything pressing that required our attention, my husband turned on Netflix to find a movie for us to watch. I am still giggling at his choice of movie! He does have a knack for finding just the right one to trigger something in me. This time was no different. My husband chose “Hector And The Search For Happiness”, a quirky, charming and amusing story of a psychiatrist who finds his life becoming very dull, and so he takes off into the world hoping that he can find the answer as to how, and where to find happiness. I absolutely loved this movie! I highly recommend it to anyone and everyone. Not only did I enjoy the movie, but I also got the answer that Hector was looking for. A voice within my head said, “Joy and happiness are your God-given natural state of being. You are always filled with joy, unless you choose something else.” The thoughts, words, and ideas continued to pour into my head. As I allowed fear, pain, doubt, worry, and anger to weigh me down since I was a young child, these emotions became a heavy and tiresome blanket that covered all of my joy, until I forget that the joy existed at all! As I became an adult, I carried all of these accumulated emotions with me until they became so cumbersome that living was a chore, and I struggled to enjoy even the simplest joyful moments. Oh, and then you add to that other lifetimes of pain, guilt, grief, shame and self-judgement. I realized that I had judged the deeds from other lifetimes that I had done to others as “unforgiveable”, and I committed myself to lifetime after lifetime of imprisonment within my own darkness. I felt that just punishment would be to never allow myself to feel joy or happiness because I didn’t deserve it. WOW!!!! This is BIG!!!! I have always found that identifying an issue and belief system surrounding an issue, immediately relieves at least 75% of any challenge. Here it was…BIG, BOLD and the TRUTH! I remember someone once telling me that the sun is always shining, even if there are dark clouds to block the sun from view, the sunshine is there just waiting for the clouds to part. I have never forgotten this.
My new mantra is, “I accept my divine gift of joy and happiness, and I allow it to thrive.” I have cast away the heavy blanket of darkness into the violet transmuting flame, allowing my load to lighten. Lesson number four was a biggie, but a real goodie!