The other day at a farmer’s market I saw the most hideous looking duck. It’s feathers were all bunched up and puffed out around its head and neck. At first glance, I thought “neglect,” but then looking around at the other well-groomed birds, I realized that the poor old duck was probably just molting. It’s not a pretty sight, but when those feathers do come in, that bird is going to shine and light up the whole farm.
When I was younger, I had a few reptiles (snakes and lizards) that shed about once every other month or so. Their new skin was so vibrant under the old dull skin. Their eyes were clearer and they became more active right after those heavy layers came off. As I grow throughout my life, I think of myself as shedding old skins and moving out of the layers of myself that no longer serve me. I’m outgrowing old behaviors and patterns of thinking. I’m shedding my ego and walking more and more in the lightness of intuition. During weeks of restlessness and confusion, I have finally figured out that I’m simply going through that process of spiritual or emotional molting.
You know, we’ve been graciously gifted with nature that teaches us exactly how to be. Animals literally live in the moment completely trusting their environment and their own instincts. Animals don’t fear incoming danger before danger lurks. They are so acutely aware of the moment, that they sense danger as soon as it arrives. If danger is not there, they do not experience fear. Fear for animals isn’t an ongoing thing. If there is nothing to fear, they seem to be pretty content.
Animals also know how to love, and from some videos I’ve seen lately, they certainly understand acceptance. There is a video (link at bottom) of a kitten and a young barn owl who meet each other in an open field. I’m talking claws, sharp teeth, a carnivorous beak and talons that could quickly snap a kittens neck in half, but these two creatures find interest in one another and decide to make the most of the situation. Instead of rip each other apart, they decide to play with one another. At some point during the video, you realize that they’ve actually become friends, and they totally dig each other. They harmonize together. They learn to dance within each others limitations and accept each others differences.
I get so tired of seeing people on Facebook pointing out what is wrong in the world. Lets expose everyone’s faults and wrongdoings so that we can prove that we are better than they are. No, you know what? If we want to change this world, we should completely stop pointing out other people’s wrongs and begin accepting the differences in other people. Then we should retract our claws, close our mouths and learn to dance within our own limitations. We should learn to be interested in how other people fly when we only know how to climb. We should learn something from one another. No matter how loud and obnoxious one person is, we should stop judging and start being aware of our own behaviors. Not one person on this planet has all the answers, and every single person you encounter knows something about life that you have never experienced. Learn something from each person you encounter, even if it’s simply an emotion that arises within yourself when they are in your presence. This world is so backward and we are really, really lost. I’m not surprised that our world is so full of addicts. I wanted to drown everything out because the negativity was too great to take on, but once I changed my own behaviors, the world began to be a much kinder place. Like attracts like. That barn owl and kitten found one another and thought about nothing but play. There was absolutely no threat between the two of them. This is how we should learn to be.
In the beginning of the video it looks as if the kitten is trying to attack the owl, and perhaps he was, but the owl didn’t succumb. The wise owl took the opportunity (knowing she could easily fly away if needed) to befriend the kitten. Once this was established, the kitten made nice and learned how to enjoy the owl’s company. This is living in harmony. This is what we learn to do when we stop resisting the world, and our experiences in our own uncomfortable skin. If you’re feeling restless this week, let the restlessness move through you. Be aware of it, but don’t resist it. Ask yourself what old skin you could be shedding that no longer serves you – because you are growing right now. You are constantly growing and it can be extremely uncomfortable. Situations may arise that feel like the world is coming against you. This is your opportunity to let go of the need to be in charge and succumb to your environment.
HOW TO LIVE IN HARMONY: Experience life as it arrives and don’t jump to conclusions. Be present with whatever is occurring, no matter how disturbing it may be. I’ve got a lot of shit coming up for me right now, but I’m trusting in the experience. I am surrendering because most of this stuff is much bigger than me. I just need to tuck in the talons and learn to fly through it all. I trust that the world will make nice and offer me exactly what I need even when it appears to be my enemy. We are of nature, and I say this a lot, but it’s a strong message. Nature lives in harmony. It may sometimes look unkind, or ugly, but there is always something greater occurring. We need to trust in that something greater, rather than getting caught up in snag of the moment. Shed old feathers and skin. Let them go without resistance. If you’re uncomfortable, so what? Be uncomfortable. It’s ok. Life is always offering learning experiences. It’s up to you if you’re going to be an enemy, or a friend. I choose the latter.
Here is a link to that precious video: http://blog.petflow.com/a-cat-pounced-on-an-owl-i-was-ready-for-an-ugly-ending-what-happened-next-is-incredible/#V1VbZrCs2V7wxsTi.01