Do you see what is and what else it is?

You might have heard people say, ‘what you see is what you get’.  What I have learnt is there is so much more to see than just what is on the surface.

Tribal cultures talk about there being ‘spirit’ in all living things.  In the clouds, animals, trees, water and stones etc.  I subscribe to this belief too.

So what does that have to do with seeing what is and what else it is?

When I see a bird, I see the bird, but then I might see other things.

Take a look at some of these photos I have taken and I will share what I see and what else it is.

Firstly I see a magpie, then I see a whale (on it’s wing)

I see a stone, then I see a man who is like a coyote with a buffalo headdress

I see a palm frond, then I see a native American headdress, a porcupine and a swordfish

I see a cloud, then I see a Pheonix rising from the ashes.

The act of firstly seeing one thing and then seeing something else as well, is called scrying.  As spirit is in every living thing, that is why this occurs and that is how a spiritual message is given to you.  Spiritual messages will appear in all things, you just have to see what is and then really see what else it is, so you can get the message.

It is a great way to get you to think laterally and outside the square.  Sometimes taking pictures of things help you to really see it later.

Why not try it today, go out and look at things, really look at all things.  See what messages are about for you.

Enjoy Tracy x

Nature’s Totem Pole

Trees catch my attention no matter where I go.

I have a few favourite trees on my walks.  Trees that have spoken to me and given me gifts of sticks for the medicine I make in the form of: medicine shields, dream catchers and wands, all of which are healing tools.

Today a tree caught my eye.  I loved the way the bark of the tree spiraled up the trunk.  The spiraling gives it is strength to withstand the elements of its life.  When anything catches my eye, I take a picture so that I can share it.  I capture the moment.

What I did notice in this tree this morning was a face at the bottom of it.  The smiling face of the tree spirit.   Then as I looked more, I began to notice the natural totem that appeared in this tree. Here is what I saw from the bottom moving up, a bat, smiling mans face, boar, snake and lastly a seahorse.

Totem poles were monument carvings in trees by indigenous groups.   They were known to recount familiar legends, clan lineages, or notable events.

No tribe carved nature’s totem pole, it has just grown naturally in this tree and luckily for me, today I saw it.

As I look for the message and the meaning behind me noticing nature’s totem pole today, I will consider the symbols in their sequence from the totem pole, to each shape I saw.   Here is the message from nature’s totem pole today:

  • Today is an important day for you.  Remember to treasure every day as a gift.
  • Sometimes we need to rebirth ourselves, as we have taken on beliefs, attitudes and things that don’t serve us anymore.
  • Enjoy every day and be happy.
  • Be strong.
  • Allow things in your life that don’t serve you, to pass through you, without affecting you.
  • Integrate the wisdom within.

I hope you find this as powerful a message as I did today.

Tracy xx

Is it exercise or a nature walk?

For years I have been going for a walk in the mornings and afternoons.

Initially before I became the shaman, my focus was, time, pace, length of walk, rate of sweating, burning calories and acknowledging other walkers on the track.

But that all changed.

As the shaman in the city, I now notice the colours, sounds, animals, trees and rocks on my walk.  The walk has now become slower.  I pick up feathers, look at the clouds in the sky, watch the sunrise with its beautiful rays.  Touch the trees, see their bark and their unique characteristics.  I have begun naming areas on my walk such as sacred grove, fairy grass and the forest.

Today I was up early.   Early enough to see the suns rays coming up from the horizon and a song popped into my head.  “Little ray of sunshine, has come into the world” (by Brian Cadd).  I captured the sunrise moment with my Iphone, see the picture at the top of this post.

As I threw 3 frangipani flowers into the river to give thanks for the beautiful day and for my gifts, I also asked for clarity on my journey.  I then proceeded to take my shoes off an walk in the crisp grass as I continued on my morning nature walk, remember I live in an apartment, so I have no grass to stand on.

The wisdom of today’s journey was, I am exercising not only my body but my mind and my spirit.  Whatever captures my attention is my connection to the spirit in everything.  The spirit of sunrise reminded me that each day we are born a new, just like the little ray of sunshine that comes into the world.

Enjoy the day Tracy