So, a few days ago Sherry calls me with a question: What does it mean when there are spiders literally EVERYWHERE in your space? (Sherry is my best friend and I will refer to her often, as we interact in some way pretty much every day, and her name is bound to come up from time to time as a result of my relating daily experiences now and then...)
Anyway - the reason she asks me questions like this is because she knows I collect books (and quotes and music and...) on a WIDE variety of subjects although, in my opinion, everything is interconnected to everything else, so it's all really sort of the same subject if you think about it long enough to find the connection. But, I digress.
One of the books is Animal Speakby Ted Andrews. It is very much based on Native American tradition and lore, and has to do with animal totems. The thought is that all animals, including birds and insects, provide messages to us from the Universe (or God or Holy Spirit or whatever label you're comfortable with). You are ABSOLUTELY free to disagree with me, but to me it just makes sense.
Every living, breathing organism on this planet is interconnected with every other, and comes from the same source. Why would we not be able to give and receive information? Why would we choose to limit the information we're willing to accept? Wouldn't we want to gather all the information we could, regardless of the source? I know I'm all about expanding my knowledge base, and I'll take it any way you care to dish it up, thank you!
Please understand that I'm not suggesting that you adopt, or even necessarily believe, all of the information, just that you open yourself up to receiving it and mulling it over to see what you really do think and what really does fit.
So, back to the spiders: If spiders show up in your space in greater than normal numbers or with more persistence (I once had a spider follow me around - literally - for a whole morning before I said, "Okay! I GET it!", whereupon he went on about his spider-y business elsewhere), then you are supposed to pay attention to things represented by the spiders. They are all about being creative, especially where alphabets and the written word are concerned. Are you supposed to be writing? Are you stifling creativity in some other way? Are you "stuck" anywhere in your life (job, relationship, thought process, etc.)? Look around and see where you could be more creative and/or what you need to do to get un-stuck.
My apologies to Mr. Andrews if I've oversimplified or misquoted (the book is in storage right now because I recently moved and haven't unpacked everything yet), but you get the idea. If you're really interested, I suggest you get the book for yourself.
I further suggest that you take another look around the big, wide wonderful world around you and see what else you've been missing. There's LOTS of stuff out there! How much of it do you (or I) really pay attention to, think about in any depth, or have any interaction with whatsoever? I have to go walk around and look at my neighborhood now - lots of stuff just around the corner, even!
Listen to Your Muse
Faced a dilemma last week: I had so many things that I wanted to do, that I was stuck in a funk of not knowing where to start. This usually happens when the clutter in a particular room is out of control, or I'm moving again and have to pack up my life, or other equally truly mind-boggling situations. This was more of a kid-in-a-candy-store type of dilemma, but I was stuck nonetheless. What to do? Call my best friend Sherry and explain my problem. Her solution? Do SOMETHING! Didn't really matter which thing (although she did suggest which one I might want to start with, too), just GET MOVING! Good advice, that!
I remember back in my church-going days I had to teach the teenage girls about finding their purpose in life (which I still haven't figured out for myself!), and part of the lesson was to just move down a path, and you would find out fairly quickly if it was the right one or the wrong one for you - "Don't expect the Lord to direct your path if you're not willing to move your feet". (No, I don't know who said it - I remember the what, but not the who.) I guess I have a path or two more to wander down, since I still haven't found anything that fits in the long term. (Did I mention my short attention span?)
Paula Poundstone (one of my all-time favorite comediennes) was quizzing one of her audience members about her plans after college. The young girl had no clue what she wanted to do with her education. Paula then asked the entire audience how many people were doing what they really wanted to do. Not many hands went up. She quipped, "You know how grown-ups are always asking kids what they want to be when they grow up? They're looking for IDEAS!" Probably some truth to that...
I'm not really going anywhere with all of this, I guess - just throwing it out there for you to mull over along with me. I heard somewhere that you should try to make a career out of whatever it is you do that, when you are doing it, you are absorbed and happy enough not to notice the passing of time. What does that for you? Could you make it a lifelong pursuit?
Phrases like "Follow your bliss" and "Listen to your muse" and similar set my imagination going and fill me with a certain feeling that I would love to maintain all the time. Unfortunately, the daily-ness of life intrudes and I get sidetracked. Also, I still have the ongoing dilemma of too many options. What absorbs me today may make me yawn tomorrow.
Maybe the truest thing for me - maybe for you, too - is to listen ALL THE TIME, and if the muse (or spirit or inner knowing or whatever label you care to place on it) calls for a change in direction, even in midstream, then so be it!
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