• Rhonda Craven

Permission To Be Free

A year ago I was seeing owls everywhere: in nature, art, pictures, trinkets in stores, jewelry-everywhere. I was intrigued and attracted to them. Being me and believing deeply in symbols and the universe's organic way of speaking, I knew that I was being shown something. So, I researched the shamanic meaning of owls. Owls are a symbol of wisdom, but also a symbol of death. Not death in the sense of actually dying, but death as transformation. Death of a part of oneself. The funeral period of my life was very difficult for me. It was hard feeling like I was forced to let go of a part of my life I was not ready to have a funeral for. But the world doesn't stop because you are not ready. So I struggled with this because I struggled with the idea that this change could be for the better. How could pain and it's restrictions possibly be a change for the better? It was hard to see through all the loss and sorrow I felt. But strong women healers held me and guided me and refused to let me fall during this process, no matter how many times I stumbled. The other day, on my daily walk through the woods, I spotted a bald eagle. I stopped dead in my tracks. I was so taken.... I was actually seeing one in real life-which I have never done. It flew away after a minute, and I almost didn't believe that it happened. Self-doubt tried to set in, but I refused it. I knew that despite my logical brain telling me it was unlikely, my intuition and heart told me with pure confidence that I had. Exhilaration and pure joy set in without hesitation- and I welcomed those feelings. A week later, a full article was printed in the news about bald eagle sightings in Chester County. (for those of you who still require proof, which is totally understandable.) I began seeing eagles everywhere, just as I had the owl. Then, I stumbled upon this article:…. I knew my journey had shifted. This was the universe's way of affirming this shift. This clip from the article could not describe what is happening any better: "Eagle symbolises a state of being that is reached through inner work, understanding and passing the initiation tests that come about from reclaiming our personal power. Eagle is the gift of clear vision with which one can truly see, to live in balance with heaven and Earth. Eagle shows you how to look above so you are able to touch Grandfather Sun with your heart, to love the Shadow as much as the Light. You are being asked to give yourself permission to be free in order to reach the joy that your heart longs for."

The question is, do you listen when the universe speaks? Do you hold onto that precious voice inside of you, guiding you with intuition

? Are you ready to give yourself permission to be free in order to reach the joy that your heart longs for? We all have the power. We all have the strength. No matter what happens, if we turn to that ancient wisdom inside of us, it will guide us to our greatest form. Give yourself permission to spread your wings, and it will set you free. Namaste :)