It is always so amazing when I let go of my mind and connect with nature on it's own level. The more time I spend on the farm and with the herd, the more it seems to happen and it is truly a gift every time it does.
Throughout life, nature has spoken to me through various mediums, mostly animals. I have a deep connection to horses (surprise!), dogs, cats (this is new!) and always have had a great connection with birds (hence our chickens being so spoiled!).
Empathic animals with something to "say" seem to find their way here to our farm. We have welcomed nature's messages from dogs, cats, squirrels, chipmunks, toads, many birds, rabbits, coyote, and even a neighbour's stallion!!!
Being here for six years, it is not always a happy encounter. When an injured animal arrives, it has become a family ritual that we all stop what we are doing and put our energy toward helping it. So far, with loving energy, we have helped and released two chipmunks and three birds (a blackbird, a sparrow and a chickadee).
Two days ago, first thing in the morning, still in my robe and our son still fast asleep, Kevin comes rushing inside from working on the barn and says "there's a bird that's injured outside of the barn. I almost ran over it. It doesn't look good, it's bleeding from it's beak!". Of course, I drop what I am doing and go out to see the bird. To my surprise, it was a beautiful red-headed woodpecker.
My intuitive connection to animals and empathic nature really has blessed me with the gift to hear them through their energy. I looked at the beautiful little woodpecker with it's chipped and bleeding beak and looked at Kevin and said "she's going to be okay." I softly held her, cleaned her beak and channeled Reiki energy. Kevin grabbed our rescue kit (birdcage, gloves etc) and brought her inside.
I sang to her and held space for her healing by simply sitting in the room with her and sending all my love to her, and asking that she recover.
I put food and water in the cage and waited.
An hour later I put my hand in the cage and immediately knew she was ready to go back to nature. For those that know woodpeckers, they are feisty birds with an amazing survival instinct using their razor sharp tiny claws (which allow them to hang onto tree bark as opposed to perch, like most birds) and their unique, long beak which allows them to peck tree bark searching for insects or making their nests.
Well, whatever I didn't know about their amazing survival instincts I certainly learned as the little woodpecker attacked my hand entering its cage. Only an hour or so earlier, it had surrendered to my help, because it had asked for it. As soon as I saw its true nature return, I knew she was ready to go home.
I took the cage outside and opened the door...out she flew, so beautifully.
She stood on the tree outside our kitchen window for a few minutes. I felt that she was grateful. We watched her for a moment with a smile, feeling a deep connection to something much bigger that us...an interconnection of all life and energy.
That night, I went to sleep with my usual routine of meditation, reflection and reading to my son...
I woke up at 4 am with a creative surge and appreciation for all that is. I went down to the herd, still dark outside, and sat with them in the space of being.
I returned to my studio, dark beginning to break and hearing the birds chirp at the dawn of a new day. I thought of the woodpecker.
I immediately clued into the fact that there was more to this encounter than the injured bird. I went online to check out the woodpecker's message. It turns out that the woodpecker is the birth totem animal for people born in my birth month!!! I was intrigued and read further into its representation.
"Woodpecker is letting you know that it is time to really pay attention because opportunity is has come knocking along with it. It is signaling you that great changes are happening in your life and it is up to you to seize the moment. Whether it is the renewal of an old project, the finishing of a new project or simply a serendipitous meeting with someone in your life. Whatever way you perceive it know that the door is wide open for you right now and that success is your for the asking."
Well, y'all know our Big Red Barn is almost ready for it's official grand opening...it has been a huge undertaking with most of our resources being put into it (time, energy, finances). We have taken this leap of faith as a calling or duty to serve others...without worrying about what will come out of it or dwelling on all that is going into it. We are so present with this process, sometimes I am shocked at the ease and grace of the dharmic flow, when we allow it! I definitely perceive the encounter with the woodpecker as a sign of the changes, completion and opportunities that the vision has brought to our lives and the lives of others. The woodpecker was hurt and healed in such a short time through its own instinctual self care, with a little help from some friends ;) The only thing we really did was clean its beak, send love...and hold safe space. We, as humans, want to fix and alter the nature of things...and often all we really need to do is be with others and hold space for their healing.
I feel like the woodpecker was reinforcing that we all break and bleed sometimes but with self care and support of community, we quickly return to our true nature and regain our freedom to fly! We all fall down...but we can get back up again and go back to our essence of being. I feel like that is what this project is all about....creating a safe place for that type of healing to happen.
Yes, all of this, from a short encounter with a woodpecker.
"It's time to breathe new life into a project. Use your creative vision effectively and hammer out new ways to break through."
Wow! When nature knocks on your door....you may be pleasantly surprised if you answer.
Nature speaks to us all the time in its own rythym and flow. Can you hear it? tap tap tap tap....it sounds like a woodpecker :)