Tuesday, March 12, 2013

When Doves Cry

A few weeks ago, I was over at my neighbor's house, feeling a little self-conscious. She's always so busy and she tells me a lot about everything she has to do, so I want to get out of her hair, but then she keeps telling me stuff, so I stay. As I was putting on my coat for the second or third time, she asked me if I had seen the doves. I hadn't. She was really excited about them---there had been two doves at dusk the last couple of nights in the pine tree in our backyard.

I saw them for the first time a few nights ago, and every night since and up until a few moments ago, I could hear them cooing. Animal Speak talks about the dove's song as a mourning, "The dove's song is its most distinctive characteristic. Out of its mourning, it invokes new waters of life. Its song should remind us that no matter what our life conditions, new waters and new life are still possible. Although its song is heard throughout the day, it seems more distinct at dawn and at dusk. These are the "Between Times"--a time in which there is a thinning of the veils between the physical and the spiritual, the past and the future. The dove can help you use these times to see the creation process active within your own life. The song of this totem tells you to mourn what has passed, but to awaken to the promise of the future." (Andrews, pg 134)

The word "creative" comes up a lot in my work as a positive feeling for people to feel. When it comes up, I always say to feel "the creative power that created you flowing through you freely." "To mourn what has passed but also awaken to the promise of the future" sounds like a tall order to me. No joke, the doves just showed up again in my backyard tree. They remind me that the trick is actually to just stay present, to whatever it is. Whatever it is, let it flow through you freely.

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