I love when nature reflects messages to me and especially love when it comes in the form of an animal spirit guide. I cherish my time outdoors connecting with our dear Gaia (Mother Earth) and am grateful for the blessings she is always so generous in gifting.
I see many animals always and sometimes they are reflecting a magical moment, confirmation of something that I just was thinking about or asking, reflecting what I’m currently focused on or moving into, or are providing guiding wisdom for things currently in my life.
After an 8-mile hike, which I enjoyed once again in my flip flops – the best way to go for me these days – we made our way to the beach for a picnic lunch, reading, and napping. I usually see a lot of interesting things at my favorite beach, Crystal Cove, and today I was instantly greeted, as I approached the water’s edge, by a large male California Sea Lion. He was not more than 20 feet away swimming and playing in the waves and following me as I walked the same direction. It was really a sweet experience.
Of course I wondered about his appearance and while I knew some basics about Sea Lion symbolism, I wanted to delve into it further, so I started doing some researching and came upon some info that I thought I’d share, as I know people not only have similar experiences, but they may come up in dreams, thoughts, or be an animal totem for you. I also felt that the Sea Lion medicine was particularly timely and relevant to things collectively and even in terms of my post yesterday on intuition and the importance of listening to that inner guidance.
Sea Lion wisdom includes such things as creativity, protection during change, lucid dreaming, movement through emotions, and the inner voice. They are symbols of abundance in many Northwest Coast tribes and in some Nuu-chah-nulth tribes, Sea-Lion plays the mythologically important role of Earthdiver, bringing mud from the bottom of the ocean for Raven to use to create the earth.
The new info I found was in Ina Woolcott’s piece “Seal, Sea Lion, Power Animal Symbol of The Inner Voice” of ShamanicJourney.com, which was particularly interesting to me. Here is what she shares, alongside the same wisdom I already mentioned above:
Seals spend much of their lives in the sea, but they give birth on land. This shows us that there are 2 necessary things that help fulfill our dreams and visions. These are formed deep within us, and are nurtured through the power of our ability to envision them using all our senses. They are most easily made ‘real’ by us when we implement practical and material acts. A lot of the time when us humans are ‘creating’ something, the feeling side of things is absent.
During the mating season, males can partake in extremely savage battles one minute and be playful and amusing the next. Seals have the agility to move from anger to complete calm.
Seals are (obviously) sea mammals, and are highly symbolic of our feeling, sensual selves. The seal helps us to remember our connection to our deep inner rhythms, feelings, and knowing, as represented by the sea. As humans generally believe themselves to be apart from ‘animals’, when really we are a-part of them, we often fight giving in to these deep rhythms and are afraid of ‘losing’ what we consider to be ourselves. When we are afraid of drowning in these depths, Seal being a good swimmer and knowing how to flow with the ever changing current, reminds us how to swim with the current. When we do this the negative feelings we have created such as worry, fear and anxiety are released from our minds. If seal enters your life, you are being asked to review the ebb and flow of your thoughts and emotions and find and keep up a point of balance.
Water is a creative element and symbolizes the feminine imagination and intuition. If the seal appears in your life, pay close attention to your imagination and insight – in the waking state and in dreamtime. A lot of what you imagine generally has a strong basis in reality, no matter how far-off it may seem. People with seal as a power animal are generally highly imaginative and very creative. They will need activities that channel and direct this. The Seal/Sea Lion can show you how to develop and focus your imagination.
Rather than having external ears, seals have small openings. This shows their deep affinity with their inner voice, and can show you how to listen to your inner self, balance your life to it. Your dreams will become more vivid and significant.
Seals swim both below and above water, giving them the ability to experience both the inner and outer worlds.
They teach those with this totem how to flow, how to hear, and how to discover the deeper mysteries of their true nature. Seals are keepers of wisdom. They reveal to us what is hidden deep within ourselves, and teach us how to integrate our imagination with the reasoning power of the intellect. This will give balance and harmony on all levels.
The seal which is so sleek and gorgeous in the water, teaches us how to feel at home in our bodies, and to uncover our inner beauty.
I LOVE Sea Lion’s message and I feel that he was definitely another added nod to yesterday’s post and provided a fluid continuum to the theme of honoring that voice within, the importance of staying balanced so that you can sustain clarity, the importance of flowing and not attaching to any emotions and things, embracing cycles and swimming with the currents of life, be willing to courageously explore the depths of experience and your creative expression, and trusting the feelings and visions you receive.
All answers lie within your beautiful heart and will be reflected for you – As within, so without – As above, so below.
Risk False Security to Gain Wholeness – When You Receive Direction from Your Intuitive Self Do You Listen?
Have you noticed how more and more you are being asked to trust your intuition and follow through in support of what its message is? Intuition seems to be a common and prevalent theme to pay attention to, from what I’m hearing, sensing, and experiencing, and what I find is that we simply don’t have the luxury or the grace period we used to, to NOT listen and act up on it anymore.
I was talking to my friend yesterday about this, as we strolled along the beach, and she shared the same has been coming up strongly for her in terms of needing to be very mindful and honoring of her intuition and when I shared the story below with her, she was grateful for the reminder and the message. Our own experiences are not just helpful for our own processes, but can also help others going through the same. This is why I like to share things I go through, as I find it always is connected to and supportive for what others are feeling.
Along our walk some both interesting and magical, immediate messages/signs took place as well, which is simply evidence of the instantaneous and “now” experience of everything when you put out a question or intention, speak a truth from your heart, and get a feeling you act on or disregard. The effects of synchronicity, gifts, messages, and help asked for, all come immediately.
A very strange/synchronous appearance of a large dead Moray Eel showed up on the beach, as my friend was sharing something with me (an odd sighting I have never seen before and was quite “alien” looking in its bloated form.) It was definitely a message, symbolic of the conversation and the fact that I believe it had been spear hunted (as I saw a puncture through the side of its neck where water was bubbling out), and the eyes were missing, also had meaning. Later, after I was discussing Marsh Hawks and their graceful appearances in my life quite often and recently, as well as saying how much I LOVE them, I immediately found a hawk feather on the beach (my second hawk feather, but very interesting to find it along the shoreline, as I usually see the hawks on hikes or more inland). A lovely and magical message for me in reciprocating love and vision.
And messages come in many forms, but the most important and originating form, is as your intuition.
Here’s what Shakti Gawain shares about intuition in her book, “Living in the Light” :
“The true solution is to re-educate ourselves to listen to and trust the inner truths that come to us through our intuitive feelings. We must learn to act on them, even though it may feel risky and frightening at first, because we are no longer playing it safe, doing what we “should” do, pleasing others, following rules, or deferring to outside authority. To live this way is to risk losing everything that we have held onto for reasons of external (false) security, but we will gain integrity, wholeness, true power, creativity, and the real security of knowing that we are in alignment with the power of the universe.
I am not attempting to disregard or eliminate the rational mind by suggesting that our intuitive awareness is the guiding force in our lives. The intellect is a very powerful tool, best used to support and give expression to our intuitive wisdom, rather than to suppress our intuition as we now use it. Most of us have programmed our intellect to doubt our intuition. When an intuitive feeling arises, our rational minds immediately say, “I don’t think that will work,” “nobody else is doing it that way,” or “what a foolish idea,” and the intuition is disregarded.
As we move into the new world, it is time to re-educate our intellect to recognize the intuition as a valid source of information and guidance. We must train our intellect to listen to and express the intuitive voice. The intellect is by nature very disciplined and this discipline can help us to ask for and receive the direction of the intuitive self.”
We all have our moments when we are a little “off”, not fully balanced, have a lot going on and may not be functioning as clearly as we are used to in terms of hearing or supporting our intuition – and all of this is perfect and not anything to get upset about, judge, or get stressed over – it’s simply part of the evolution of your soul and is so beautifully assisting you to greater heights and depths of experience. Once you become aware of something, just make the new adjustments and changes to support it, and move forward. There will always be something new to learn, but over time, perhaps they will be just that – new things 😉
I know that for myself, if I for one second don’t act upon my intuition, I will get a very large Universal/Cosmic message and sign immediately as a reminder that I know better and I simply can’t afford at this stage in my experience to disregard anything I feel and know. Part of this has to do with not only it being important personally to my path, but in terms of the connective thread of that path with the collective, in responsible service, it is all interwoven with. Every choice made is not isolated to ourselves and has impact in greater ways than we realize. I’ve seen how ultra-presence is needed always in choosing responsibly. This is why I am very much more discerning about things in my life now and don’t put myself in unnecessary risk of anything, if I can help it. While I know I am always protected, I also know I can’t go around acting irresponsibly. You can always shift something by a choice that will set a different course.
Luckily, there are very few times anymore that I do not listen and act on my intuition, but if I don’t, the experience seems very tied into something large I am working on in terms of my path. So the small “random” seeming thing I didn’t listen to, is connected to a larger picture I’m being asked to move into. But, as shared, whereas in the past I had more leeway, now I find that immediately I will get a very loud reminder.
Sometimes it can seem like such minute, random, or inconsequential things that your nudges tell you to do or not do. And yet, you come to find they aren’t so little, when you experience the “reminder” and, later, connect the dots with the meaning for you. There is much more at work going on behind the scenes than you may be aware of.
One of the times I did not trust my intuition happened just a couple of days ago and felt it important to share, as a good example of what I am talking about.
I was invited to go somewhere – a spiritual center that was re-opening. Seems pretty harmless and perhaps even aligned or supportive, right? It was sort of a weird, energetic day to start off with, and I had a lot going on, so my usual clear and strong inner support system was skewed. It didn’t seem like a big deal at first, but I had the feeling it wasn’t really something for me to go to, for whatever reason. (I don’t always know why I feel something, but I just KNOW). Yet, with the energetics feeling off-balance that day, my mind got into the mix and started thinking, “what harm could it do?”, “it’s really close to home”, “it’s a free spiritual event”, “friends are going”, “why not?”
So you can see how the left brain started to override the right, rather than support the right with its first insight.
So, I tried to call the place to see about scheduling a couple of free offerings and when I did some weird stuff on the phone took place where the first person I talked to didn’t have the right information and gave me over to someone else and then they put me on “fake” hold, lol, and then said, “well just come in and we’ll get you in an appointment.” I thought, “hmmm, that’s odd, but ok fine.” (second dismissal of intuition and heart nudge).
Then just right before I was going to leave, my intuition got stronger and started to override the left brain (coming more into its power again) and I decided not to go. I wasn’t sure why, it just felt not right, not important and a waste of time, or some other reason I wasn’t aware of. In some ways this could seem silly, but I just really was not on board in the same way others were for this. The teeter-totter was playing out in my mind, rather than staying centered in my heart.
I messaged my partner, Dave and told him I wasn’t going to go, as earlier I mentioned to him that I would be. I said to him that I thought I’d waste my time. And I sat for a moment and then my mind said, “oh why not just go, what harm can it do? It’s less than 10 minutes away, you can go quickly, check it out and leave.” (Silly in my book, as this is not my usual protocol, as I honor my feelings and things like this haven’t been a challenge for me for a long time.)
But, for whatever reason, my Higher Self and the Universe had a lesson for me today on this energetically off-day. It seemed very strange to be wishy-washy, but like anything, it’s always perfect and my choices would help me to see why.
I then re-messaged Dave and said, “I’m not feeling it, but I’m trying to be open, so I’ll just go quickly and come back.” (Another dismissal). When I messaged this, the time of my message said 2:22 pm and that means the angels are supporting your thoughts, it’s a sign of confirmation and a call to further action along your path. It’s about faith and trust and your Divine life and soul mission. It has to do with balance and keeping up the good work you are doing, as evidence of your manifestations are coming into being.
And I have had this come up recently, the 2:22 when I have had intuitive nudges and then followed them, then received this message and they’ve always been supporting my acting upon my intuition and result in fortuitous things. In this case, it was a message to trust my intuition (not the decision to go despite it) and yet I still didn’t for whatever reason.
So, I left the house and not more than 30 seconds down the street I miss getting into a bad car accident by literally an inch, when someone not watching pulls out of their driveway and almost hits me. It was such a bizarre experience too, as it was surreal and the way my car and my hands at the wheel reacted with perfect precision, angle, and timing to “just” miss the hit, was a bit supernatural. Even the angle at which my car moved, was not normal and I felt the car do something not normal, as I know my car quite well. It felt like something beyond me had moved my hands and car.
I instantly knew what this all meant. That what I’d known in the first place – I was not to go to this event, for whatever reason – was far more important than it seemed, and this was my reminder warning that I cannot afford NOT to listen at any given moment in my life, even when it seems so inconsequential.
I instantly got chills, thanked the Universe and my guides, and drove past the freeway on-ramp I would have been taking, and went a different direction, instead, to a metaphysical store by my house I’d been wanting to visit for a while. There I re-centered, breathed, spent time with some crystals to rebalance, and was back on track, feeling clear and confirming my intuitive feelings, forgiving myself for not listening, having gratitude for the support, protection, messages, the process and the growth it provided, and then went back home in peace and renewed connection to what this meant with bigger things going on in my life right now.
When I got home, I messaged Dave to let him know I hadn’t gone, what happened, and how I felt back in my center, balanced and renewed on a whole other level with my intuitive trust, the message time was 3:33 pm (exactly 1 hour and 11 minutes later). 333 is a message that the Ascended Masters are with you, loving, guiding, protecting you always, and working with you on all levels to assist you in your endeavors and with serving your Divine life purpose and soul mission. It is also a reminder that you can call upon them when feeling perplexed or confused, as to your life purpose or anything you need assistance with.
Even though I had some senses on why this may have been, it ultimately doesn’t matter what the reason was for why I was not to go, nor do I need to know. All I need to know is that my intuition is always right, always has been, and always will be. Our intuition and heart always has the answers. When the heart and intuition are supported, there becomes no necessity to reiterate with reasoning, as that is wholeness in itself. (11:11 am as I just wrote that)
Everything is always in Divine perfection, but we can always be a more present, conscious, and co-creative partner to experience in our highest way.
The message here is to listen with all of your senses, be as present as possible with yourself, support your feelings despite all else, and be gentle with yourself along the process. There is no greater time than this now moment, to walk in the fullness and wholeness of you.
When we continually suppress and distrust our intuitive knowingness, looking instead for authority, validation, and approval from others, we give our personal power away…The true solution is to re-educate ourselves to listen to and trust the inner truths that come to us through our intuitive feelings…To live this way is to risk losing everything that we held onto for reasons of external (false) security, but we will gain integrity, wholeness, true power, creativity, and the REAL security of knowing that we are in alignment with the power of the universe. ~Shakti Gawain
A recurring message that appears, in order to teach myself to not only listen to, but fully, consistently, and actively support, is that of trusting my intuition. I am continually reminded that my intuition always knows best what is for the highest good, but it is when I ingeniously find ways not to completely honor it that things don’t flow, produce opposite results than intended, and simply come up short for everyone involved – not just myself.
Like with everything, there is no end to exercising, practicing and going deeper with the things we are developing, nurturing and expanding. Every experience is another layer revealed and a new depth we are taken to, once learned and embraced.
Sometimes the challenge for highly intuitive and creative people is to bring the same amount of strong trust and spontaneous action into the world outside of the bounds of your art form. But the good news is, since the gift is already obviously present, it’s just a matter of allowing it to spread through all other areas of life by erasing the imaginary boundaries between the two worlds – your art form and your experiences outside of your art form.
Every now and then I remind myself with loud messages from my intuitive knowingness (about specific areas/experiences in my life I’m putting to closure), if I haven’t heeded the softer messages. What I’ve found is that sometimes when I receive its clarity, rather than have my intellect be the powerfully supportive tool that gives expression to my intuitive wisdom, I allow it to ingeniously try to work out how to tweak things into what would “seem” to be more beneficial. It has good intentions, but if not aligned with the wisdom already embodied within the intuitive clarity that is connected to Source, this “good-intended” rationalizing simply works against it rather than supports it.
The key is, intuition knows what is in the highest good and therefore to rationalize out how to make that into a new form that would be better, simply doesn’t make sense.
Something else I’ve observed as a theme around, with many, is how the mind doesn’t always give itself away with flat out judgments or easily caught fears, as in saying “that’s a foolish idea” or “I don’t think that will work” or “that’s crazy!” Sometimes it works more ingeniously (behind the scenes and in self-sabotage to challenge you to greater depths) and rather than actively support intuition, it can devise ways that fit into the framework of the “idea of” the spiritual beliefs and heart intentions you are working towards having – in essence superficially “talking the talk,” rather than “walking the walk.” The intellect can try to make it fit into all these new framework “idea boxes” rather than realize it already perfectly “was” the core essence of the “walk” in its original, natural origin, but it needs to be anchored and actively HEART-CORE-expressed.
However it plays out, everything is in perfect order and divine alignment. Even if you don’t follow your intuition the first time, you get the chance to heed the message of the result, so that you can more consciously be aware of and choose more wisely, next time. And for many, including myself, this can some times take more than one go around, but I guarantee if you’re committed to evolution and growth, you’ll hear the message loud and clear at some point! And when you do, the timing of choosing to follow it will be the perfect timing for you.
Another thing to realize is that often times you can follow your intuition, but if you have lingering voices of doubt, fear, or have allowed others’ voices of the same to pervade your inner environment, then acting upon your intuition can still be affected and perhaps not provide the fullness of what it could have if purely expressed. There are times when I receive the intuitive hit and then being a sensitive, allow others’ feelings to filter into my experience, and if I still proceed with my first intuitive nudge, unless I fully release everything other than me, and step into my own reality, the intuitive hit still won’t come to fruition. This is a reminder of self empowerment and the need to strengthen what I know my own gifts are and to not allow anything to interfere with that – to stay focused and in MY heart, thank everything for what it shows me and release it.
Even if what your intuition tells you is very different than the way others do things, that’s likely the exact reason why it will work. Because it is unique to YOU and the expression of YOUR energy, gifts, and authenticity. To do anything other than what is uniquely within you, will fail to provide the results you desire in one way or another.
Once you do receive the message, embrace all that it reveals about yourself, release and integrate it, and honor new commitments to the Source within you that are aligned with the power of the Universe, you have chosen a new empowered, courageous, and magical story to write. For me, I know each time this happens with new lessons learned, it provides greater sense of clarity, depth, strength and lightness for the new chapter to begin.