Behaving Outside The Norms

Written by avenefica on March 15th, 2014

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Have you ever exerted extraordinary, almost inhuman displays of behavior?  Perhaps in times of extreme distress, high violence, and/or  moments of threat…have you ever shifted into a person you couldn’t recognize as yourself?  In these dire moments, I believe we all pull out pieces of energy that lay dormant within us.  As humans, we are multi-faceted.  There’s really no telling what we can conjure in a moment of intense duress.

I remember times when I have exerted strength way beyond my tiny frame in order to pull a buddy out of a bad situation.  I remember times when I have spoken so vehemently about human rights in support of the underdogs of this world.  I remember moments when I have fiercely defended my loved ones, full-on, with teeth bared, and claws at the ready.

Acquaintances have retold stories about my behavior.  I listened in disbelief. I have no knowledge of what I spoke or how I behaved the day after these events.   I can’t believe someone like me could conduct such severity of word or action.  It’s a bit of a head-trip.  Almost an out-of-body experience.   I never hurt anybody, but according to accounts, I was a frightening force to be reckoned with in the heat of the moment.  Witnesses said I didn’t even look like myself, it was as if I was someone else defending, snarling, protecting.

When recounting these experiences, I am flummoxed about the source.  Looking back, it feels as though it was not me who acted or spoke in these situations.  Rather, it was as if I was being channeled by something greater, grander, more powerful than myself

Please don’t misconstrue what I’m saying here. I’m not some crazy nut-job. Never have been. However, there are times that beg us to pull out of our normal structure to defend, to make right, to establish authority.  I’m talking about extraordinary, unusual, even diabolical circumstances here.

Now, normally, I believe there is no need to be vicious to get our point across.  Grace and eloquence are far better contenders in the race for getting our notions known to others.

But there may be extreme moments in each of our lives that punch at our need for justice.  Moments in which we are yanked out of our personalities,  out of our bodies, and it seems we become the “other”.  In these moments, we become primal archetypes.  In my case, it seems other-wordly entities have taken over to present a much bolder, fiercer persona in an effort to protect and preserve that which is sacred to me.

When those moments come upon us, I urge you to consider…where does that concentrated power come from?  What about the words you utter in the heat of defense for a loved one?  Where do they come from?  How about you mother’s out there who have exerted inhuman feats and efforts to protect your cubs?  Where does that come from??

Sometimes we cannot delineate.  Sometimes the need for ferocious protection and defense is so strong, we cannot discern the consequence of our actions.  Through experience, I urge you to try the peaceful path before getting to the point of no return.  Before you start “seeing red” – give peace a chance

Having said that…there are trigger-finger moments that exact extreme reactions from us humans.  I pray these moments never arrive at your doorstep.  But when they do, conjure the force of dynamic , capable, ancient energies that are more-than-willing to hurl their energy into you to squelch out the fires in your life.

For me, I’ve found several animals and ancient deities have bombarded my faculties in times of crises.  This invasion (in retrospect) is welcomed an necessary.

In short, I believe archetypal energy is ancient and ever-ready to inject us with the energy we need to act appropriately when necessary.

Thankfully, this energy is available to us in times of stress as well as in times of peace.  Ancient energy of our ancestors can enter our hearts in times of tranquility with as much profoundness as when we are in high anxiety.

Let’s not rely on our powerful, knowing ancestors solely in times of duress.  Let’s open ourselves to their wisdom in times of silence, solace, stability, and tranquility too.

Just thoughts.

 

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Do the Sham-ROCK!

Written by avenefica on March 10th, 2014

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Meaningful Shamrocks and Playing with Natural Inspiration


Every day, I have an exchange with these ridiculously perky shamrocks.

I watch while ‘patiently’ waiting for the java to brew (“whaddya mean the coffee isn’t ready yet!?!?!” lol), and I get lost in these deep amaranthine beauties.

These shammy gems encourage me to view Nature with dream-eyes.  By doing so, limitless morphing ensues.  For example, these shamrocks set me upon wonderfully odd dreamy-scenes like…

• Seeing whale tales slapping high seas while en route to acres of plankton yummies.

• Spying pterodactyl wings slicing through crazy pre-dawn mists & fog.

• Viewing airplane propellers that spin me into exotic realms.

• Counting sacred trinities and getting lost in the promises these triads hold.

• Picturing hearts crudely cut from construction paper & waiting to be given to a secret love.

You get the idea.  Nature has a magnificent way of making our creative bits go whirly-twirly if we are open to the spin cycle of soulful contemplation.

These sassy shamrocks suggested I share with this you….to invite YOU to dive into Natural pools of wonder…to ask YOU to observe Nature with dreamy eyes and be suspended in a daze of bliss.

Why?

Because Nature knows best that the most vital productivity comes from plugging in to natural realms of reverie.

So, let these shams ROCK your world!

What do you see? Where will they take you? How will they shape your day?

PS: Am I one of those hopelessly cheerful ‘morning people?’ Hardly. But the shamrock and other Natural lovelies set me free to the joys proffered by Nature and all Her unfolding glory.

And by the way:  If you don’t have a shamrock in your windowsill. No sweat! You’re not limited to the shamrock to get your groove on.

Nature offers an infinite array of stuff to electrify our hearts, minds and souls.

This post is just an elementary note…passed from my school desk of Nature to yours…with x’s and o’s…to remind you that Nature loves you…and all She asks in return is your love in return.

So get your Nature on, and jump-jive in Her resplendent awesomeness! :)

Other Links of Interest:

Shamrock Symbolism – Shamrock Meanings

Month of March Symbolism and Meaning

Getting Messages and Inspiration from Nature

Symbolic Meanings from Nature

 

 

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Peregrine Parable and Meaningful Falcon Symbolism

Written by avenefica on March 6th, 2014

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Very often we can glean symbolic meaning and life-metaphors from stories, myths and parables.  The falcon has tons of symbolic lessons for us.  This is a neat story to illustrate how parable and myth can serve as a powerful message.  It also illustrates how the majestic falcon reminds us of our own potential majesty.

~Peregrine Parable~

Once upon a time, in a land far, far away lived a king who received two Peregrine falcons as a gift.

This was a very honorable offering as the falcons were exquisite, and would make noble companions as the king hunted his royal grounds.

The king passed the falcons off to his gamekeeper and instructed him to train the raptors for next hunt.

The gamekeeper set about training the two Peregrine’s. One bird performed exceedingly well. However, the second bird excelled not at all. In fact, the bird never moved off its branch!

The gamekeeper was flummoxed, so he recruited the advice of an avian expert. After inspecting the bird who would not fly, the expert diagnosed it as perfectly healthy and sound. He was baffled as to why the bird would not fly.

Left with no other choice, the gamekeeper approached the king about the flightless falcon. Never turning down a good challenge, the king sent out an announcement to every village, town and rural residence within the kingdom. He set a high reward to anyone who could make his grounded falcon take flight.

Hundreds came to surmise the flightless falcon. Some tried luring the bird off its branch with bits of meat. Others chanted and sang in hopes to inspire the bird to fly. Still others poked at the bird (which was a big mistake as the falcon bit the fingers that poked at him!).

After many days of challenges and many disappointments, all attempts to prompt the raptor to fly off its branch failed.

Then came an old woman from the furthest outreaches of the kingdom. Since she kept to herself, cloistered in her small hovel, few residents in the kingdom knew anything about her. She was weathered, disheveled and smelled faintly of bog water.

As the old woman approached the falcon, she drew out a wicked-sharp blade from the folds of her garment. The crowd gasped. Would she kill the king’s falcon!?

Hardly. She used the blade to hack off the end of the branch the falcon had been stubbornly sitting upon all this time.

In a flash, the falcon’s wings unfurled, and it took off into the skies with stunning glory, grace and power.

The king marveled over the sight!

‘Woman, how did you know? How did you know my falcon would take flight if you cut the branch?‘ The king asked excitedly.

From leathery lips, the wizened woman replied:

‘Some souls need to be reminded they have wings.


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A dear friend of mine shared this story with me and I loved it because it spoke to me of how certain perspectives can limit our views concerning potential.

What do I mean by that? Let me answer this question with a few other questions that may weave deeper meaning into this parable.

• Does complacency limit how far we travel?

• Are comfort zones prohibiting our expansion & development?

• What kind of reminders can we heed about our potential?

What motivates us to excel and succeed?

• What have we forgotten about our divine, authentic selves?

• How can we break the spell of lackluster limitation?

These are just a few questions this Peregrine parable prompted me to ask. What kind of symbolic messages come up for you in this story?

By the way, if the falcon really seizes your attention, maybe this regal bird can serve as a source of inspiration for you. Take flight into a few symbolic suggestions for the falcon here.

Helpful Links:

Air Totems

Nature Symbols

Falcon Meaning

Falcon Tattoo Ideas

 

 

 

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