Coming home the other day, I discovered what looked to me like a pile of sticks on our cottage front door, about eye level, not moving. Hmmm… I walked closer, quietly, and discovered to my deep and abiding surprise a praying mantis! I know that nature talks to us just like the Shimmering in the written word, so after supper, I pulled open my animal discernment books. What is the message?
The power of stillness. Meditation. Chi Kung, using life force energy to strengthen and heal, directing it through the body’s organs and systems, empowering.
One new friend here at Rose Villa heard about this, and sent me a link for more divination:
“Praying Mantis animal spirit will often appear when calmness and contemplation are needed, not to sit still, but to reach a conclusion to a situation so decisive action may proceed. Even though Mantis is the symbol of meditation and contemplation she is also the symbol of action and decision-making.”
Praying Mantis animal spirit is often seen when major internal and external life changes are taking place.
Meaning of praying mantis on front door: “Praying Mantis at the front door of your home is a strong spiritual message, asking you to look within and approach your inner feelings for contemplation. Soon you will be asked to do something you are not comfortable with. Bringing about the need to change in this area, to give yourself a better life, by doing so you will expand and grow your higher consciousness.”
So, that’s quite a set of messages, all of which are pertinent and relevant. Amazing. Mouth open type amazing.
A few weeks ago I learned some new things about my cancer:
- “Nothing has changed since your diagnosis in February of 2015. No CT scan followup needed for a year, instead of 6 months.” From my oncologist. Who reminded me, as always, that kidney cancer is slow growing, not to expect much.
- I am no longer eligible for hospice, whether I want them or not. No one will state that I only have 6 months to live. This shifted just a month ago.
- Two of the five lesions in my lungs have disappeared. To me, that’s change, but hey, I am not an MD. (Thank you Dr. Tenzin, I attribute this HUGE change to you and your magic Tibetan bowls on my chest! Hope to do some more.)
- No one is worried about my fatigue, as it’s not considered life threatening. I do. Hence the praying mantis, as my question has been: Now what? Can I live like this much longer? How?
- I am no longer thinking of myself as living with a terminal diagnosis, but rather living with a chronic illness, at least until or if it shifts back. No pain, just prone to sudden collapse with extreme weakness, so I can’t plan, and need to rely on other people for nearly everything now. A new realm, but it feels the same.
- I need help learning how to live with this, long term. Help!
And then, an old friend of mine contacted me a few days ago, out of Facebook land. She is an acupuncturist, teaches medical chi gung, is a practicing Buddhist, and was a hospice nurse at one time. Much to my everlasting astonishment and gratitude, she is coming next week and we’ll figure out a chi gung practice for me to blend in with the practices that I am already doing. I am open to whatever she might want to share.
Another dear friend is excited to provide soul collage here at Rose Villa; all I have to do is set it up. That is a wonderful discernment process and has helped me for years and years.
Eric and I are planning a short vacation up on Mt. Hood towards the end of the month; a time away with great sweetness. I need to be in wilderness where I can think clearly.
Help is on the way! (Wasn’t that John Kerry’s campaign slogan? How did he get in here? Egads. )
May all of you find a way into your own next breath, your own path to joy. We stand with each other, we do.