Monday, March 17, 2008
Picture: Emily, South Highlands Elementary Magnet School
A couple of mornings ago I had an intense message from Turtle in a dream. It was as if this animal-this reptile was calling me. I have had a couple of experiences in the last few months that have indicated that Turtle is a symbol, a sign for me. Late last year I had woke my son up early one Saturday morning and told him I got a "hit" that we needed to go and make an offering in nature. I try to obey Spirit when it calls, so I gathered some items, told my son to get dressed and we headed out to this park called Sweet Water near my mother's home. When we arrived we walked for some time and we found a nice spot by the river but Spirit was not saying "this was the spot". My son was like "sure it is...lets give the offering here" he insisted and I just trusted that we needed to move on...I asked out loud for Spirit to give us a sign and we just continued to walk (with my son complaining). As we moved on I looked down a path to my right and I saw a bright yellowish/green turtle just resting on the path. I smiled and said "See! We need to make the offering here!" and as we walked down the short path we met with a huge fallen tree and an ant mound at the river's edge.
More recently, one of my travel companions had found a stiff white piece of "something" that looked almost like coral but it was almost flat and somewhat smooth. I was drawn to the shape and she gave it to me. As I examined it the next morning one of the Bwejuu fishermen told me it was the bone of a turtle. I knew that it was "for" me. The fisherman also told me that there was a small island off Zanzibar that was a turtle island. Unfortunately, I did not have time to arrange to go over to the island but I know now for my next trip...
So, Turtle came home with me and her medicine is very strong. I did some research on what the First Nation folks say about Turtle medicine:
Turtle symbolizes both new beginnings and endings. It is through the ending of something that allows space for something new to arise. This ending may be of an outer circumstance or a change or shift that occurs within ourselves. There may be a sense of loss or even grief over what has passed and yet it is through the energy of Turtle who is very long lived and thus very wise, that we can come to understand why something did need to leave our lives. Turtle can help lead us to that space where we can finally move on, to let go of what has been, celebrate it for the gifts it gave us and finally to turn and head for a new shore.
Wow... when I read this it rang so true for me. Lately, I have even been able to see the "blessing" in my experience with my ex-husband. If that did not happen the way it happened I would have spent a great deal of time in limbo. The harshness of that situation moved me -literally to say YES TO LIFE! - To still say YES!!!! Its funny but ever since I have been home, things that I would have labeled as bad seem to only prompt me to ask "what opportunity is this presenting?" When I ask that question then the universe answers quickly because I have not made any mental formation on the situation. I am seeing a "science" to life now -perhaps the word is alchemy??
More on this later...
Posted by Camara Meri Rajabari at 7:41 PM