Enrichment, within.

             We’re going to begin with our daily draw today.  Because that’s the direction I am being pointed in.  Also, the narrative is long, and it feels like this story needs to be told first.  (It also feels very valid and important.)

             The guidebook section on this one includes a poem, as they all do:

“Swan . . .

the power of woman

entering Sacred Space,

touching future,

yet to come,

bringing eternal grace.”

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“Swan  ~  39  

Grace

Little Swan flew through the Dreamtime, looking for the future.  She rested for a moment in the coolness of the pond, looking for a way to find the entry point to the future.  This was a moment of confusion for Swan, as she knew that she had happened into the Dreamtime by accident.  This was her first flight alone and she was a bit concerned by the Dreamtime landscape.

As Swan looked high above Sacred Mountain, she saw the biggest swirling black hole she had ever seen.  Dragonfly came flying by, and Swan stopped him to ask about the black hole.  Dragonfly said, “Swan, this is the doorway to the other planes of imagination.  I have been guardian of the illusion for many, many moons.  If you want to enter there, you would have to ask permission and earn the right.”

Swan was not so sure that she wanted to enter the black hole.  She asked Dragonfly what was necessary for her to earn entry.  Dragonfly replied, “you  must be wiling to accept whatever the future holds as it is presented, without trying to change Great Spirit’s plan.”  Swan looked at her ugly duckling body and then answered, “I will be happy to abide by Great Spirit’s plan.  I won’t fight the currents of the black hole. I will surrender to the flow of the spiral and trust what I am shown.”  Dragonfly was very happy with Swan’s answer and began to spin the magic to break the pond’s illusion.  Suddenly, Swan was engulfed by a whirlpool in the center of the pond.

Swan reappeared many days later, but now she was graceful and white and long-necked.  Dragonfly was stunned.  “Swan, what happened to you?” he exclaimed.  Swan smiled and said, “Dragonfly, I learned to surrender by body to the power of Great Spirit and was taken to where the future lives.  I saw many wonders high on Sacred Mountain and because of my failth, and my acceptance, I have been changed.  I have learned to accept the state of grace.”  Dragonfly was very happy for Swan.

Swan told Dragonfly many of the wonders beyond the illusion.  Through her healing and her acceptance of the state of grace, she was given the right to enter the Dreamtime.

So it is that we learn to surrender to the grace of the rhythm of the universe, and slip from our physical bodies into the Dreamtime.  Swan medicine teaches us to be at one with all planes of consciousness, and to trust in Great Spirit’s protection.

If you pulled Swan, it ushers in a time of altered states of awareness and of development of your intuitive  abilities.  Swan medicine people have the ability to see the future, to surrender to the power of Great Spirit, and to accept the healing and transformations of their lives.

The Swan card is telling you to accept your ability to know what lies ahead.  If you are resisting your self-transformation, relax; it will be easier to go with the flow.  Stop denying that you know who is calling when the phone rings.  Pay attention to your hunches and your gut knowledge, and honor your female intuitive side.”

             Yesterday I was drawn to go looking for a guided meditation CD in The Burrow (I knew it was around here someplace).  I found it immediately.  Tomorrow I’m going to listen to it, it’s very “all planes of consciousness” focused.

             And when I was talking to *A* about how I could shake this obsession with the physical, we discussed yet another meditation journey.  Today, we hear from Swan.  And are recommended to strengthen our faith by delving in with trust.

             This message is crucial to our Zen Balance, in that we have to keep our path in focus, but we also need that Enlightenment to guide and nourish us along the way.  This journey is challenging enough without having some kind of spiritual insurance there to keep us hale and healthy.  For me, this type of validation is exactly the sort of sign that I love to see.

Today’s Deck:

Medicine Cards – The Discovery Of Power Through The Ways Of Animals by Jamie Sams and David Carson illustrated by Angela C. Werneke.

Today’s Mileage:

was a bike erranding day, with some power yoga at the gym thrown in, for 9.345 miles with an average speed of 9.5 MPH (exactly the same as yesterday) for 58 minutes and 56 seconds.

FLP Report:

was not recorded anywhere and now I’ve forgotten.  There were two.   What I remembered though, or was reminded by Swan, was that on Tuesday Dan and I saw no fewer than a dozen Mr and Mrs Mallard pairs along the canal.  A big neon “IT’S SPRING NOW!” flashing banner couldn’t have been more obvious.

Yesterday’s Baking:

turned out very nicely, if oddly-shaped.

tahini cookies

Also, they got a bit big this time.

             One of my deliveries earlier was handing over some of these to J.D. (who I spotted, though a window, in a cafe, which saved me a bike-in-the-elevator ride up to where his car is parked).  If he heats them up at work, and they scream again (or incinerate from the inside out), he’s promised to let us know.

7 thoughts on “Enrichment, within.

  1. Mmm, yummy baked goods! Look wonderful. When I get my own place again, I intend to start cooking and baking once again, for my health.

    I like the card and the story. I’m so tired from packing that I think I’m pretty much going with the flow on default because I am too tired not to go with the flow! 🙂

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    If *I* can bake,
    anyone can. 😛
    J

    10:57 p.m.
    3-23-13

  2. What a beautiful card and story.
    Also, yummy baked goods that I am averting my eyes from, as today I get serious about shaking off the pounds gained at conference. : )

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    That card and story must have come up before (I’ve had the deck for over 20 years) but this time it struck me as brand-new and such a revelation. Which really, is what makes these daily draws so much fun.
    J

    10:59 p.m.
    3-23-13

  3. I think there is also a message there that you are already beautiful; you just don’t know it or believe it yet.

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    Which could totally be applied to us all.
    J

    11:01 p.m.
    3-23-13

  4. Well, maybe I’m just stuck in the whirlpool part right now. Much busyness but little that feels like forward momentum, but if I have faith and patience it will become clear. Hmmm. Going off to ponder that one for a while.

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    It really will, I promise!
    J

    11:03 p.m.
    3-23-13

  5. Wow, Swan’s message, and especially poem, resonates with me and touches me so deeply it brings tears to my eyes! I think this is the most beautiful message out of all the beautiful messages you deliver to us daily. And Thank You, again.

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