Adopted or Morphed?

It’s been a long time since I’ve posted … about eighteen months. In that time I’ve flown a lot, and learned a lot along the way.

The owl is known for wisdom, perception and truth – all fantastic virtues and powerful gifts, which, when used for good, are liberating and love and life-breathing.

The owl has very keen hearing and vision.
Owl can perceive what others cannot.

Discernment has been a spiritual gift for me – ever since I gave my life to Jesus – and as I’ve journeyed with the parliament of owls for the last two years I know the God-given discernment has continued to be a really important tool for me.

Sadly sometimes it’s fallen rusty because of lack of use, and at times, I admit, it’s been mis-directed too. Discernment isn’t about knowing all – or God forbid- becoming all knowing and I’ve needed that corrective from time to time! But the positive side of this has been I’ve intuitively known how to offer loving support and guidance in a whole range of different relationships – and I’m still growing in that!

What the owl has brought however is WISDOM. That’s different to discernment, though both are fabulous spiritual gifts. Interestingly, one Christian site states that “we can have wisdom without the gift of discernment, because the gift of discernment goes further, but we cannot have the gift of discernment without wisdom”.  For me I think you need wisdom in how to use discernment, and maybe even vice versa.

Owl also allows you to move silently and unseen. Perhaps unusually for a ‘sort of extrovert’ I usually like being on the fringe of things – chosing the moment to step in from the shadows into the light.  That’s not the same as being deliberately excluded or ignored, I have a great sense and need of belonging too. But I’ve learnt that I can belong ‘on the edge’. That’s been liberating.  Learning to put my ears to good use has also had a very positive effect on my relationship with others. I don’t always succeed of course – and sometimes my mouth utters things that I really am ‘just thinking’ but I’ve begun to learn the art of listening, and hearing. Two sides of the same owl :)

One of the greatest powers Owl brings you is to penetrate your own secrets
Learning to see into the beauty of my own soul and uncover my personal truths and intentions – this has been the inward movement of the discernment process. Self-deception is a huge obstacle to overcome. I often thing I am stronger (or weaker) than I really am – that I can easily go it alone (or cannot do it without plenty of support) … I’ve been glad of the owl as a companion.

At the start of this year, however, I was adopted into a new family. And it’s one that is proving to be a wonderful blessing.

(The European Brown) BEAR:

I’ve added the European bit – because that too is significant for me. At the end of 2017 I became a Finnish citizen, which means after Brexit I can – and will – remain a citizen of the European Union.

More on the bear later – but for now let’s list the qualities he -or she – brings.
DISCERNMENT, AFFECTION AND FAITH

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