Tonight as I ventured out to my Hot Tub Time Machine I caught sight of the sliver of a waxing new moon, just a couple of days old. It looked like “God’s fingernail”. My first thought was that it is just enough to scratch “it” off. What? Anything left that still needs to go.
As I soak in my tub my Guides tell me to “just relax. You’ve earned it. Climbing the mountain was hard work. There will be days of white water rapids ahead in this river, so enjoy the warm spring fed pool at the top of this ride.” I then ask my Guides if there is anything I should do. They tell me, “just be available. Keep your LINE OPEN. If we call, PICK UP THE PHONE!” Ha Ha. My Guides have such a good sense of humor!
Well, I knew this day was coming. My baby robins left the nest this week. Today it is suddenly very quiet in my studio. I did not realize how frequently I heard the babies chirp, chirp as Mom and Dad Robin flew in with a meal. I found great joy in seeing the reaction of people as they walked down the street and noticed them so close to the sidewalk. One evening a family watched for several minutes asking each other if they were “real”, and yes, “I think I saw one blink!”. And I found it facinating just how many people walked by oblivious to the miracle of nature just inches from their face, because they were too busy on their phone to notice. On Monday the four little robins had gotten so big they barely fit in the nest and I knew the time was near. I also could tell that Mom and Dad Robin knew it too. They became pretty aggressive at “dive bombing” anyone who came too near or lingered for too long. I was not in my studio when they took their first flights. But I don’t believe the Mother Robin pushes them out of the nest. No, they spent many days stretching and testing their wings. They just finally got too big for the nest and had no other option but to fly.
I too am feeling a little like that. Like my current nest doesn’t quite fit anymore. So, what to do? I just keep testing and spreading my wings. When the time is right, I have faith, I will be ready to FLY! Enjoy this little video on my Facebook Page of my babies the day before they left me. See it HERE.
And, I urge you to slow down, stop and enjoy the miracles of nature just inches from your face everyday. It puts things in perspective and teaches lessons about life you just can’t learn on your computer and phone screens. For a great way to learn how to do that I recommend my friend Sallie Wolf‘s book, “The Robin Makes A Laughing Sound, a birder’s journal”. It has great lessons for watching, documenting and enjoying birds and the natural world around you. Perfect for children (and adults!).
Today I worked on wet-felting a dozen + a few (egg-tras in case of breakage) of my “shaker eggs”. They are an item on my etsy.com shop (See them HERE) that a woman custom ordered this week for her daughter’s 1st birthday party to give as favors for the other children. I filled plastic eggs with a variety of beads (so that each egg has a different sound), wrapped them in wool and then with a lot of wetting, soaping and rubbing I created these joyous sounding, rattles that I am thrilled will be adding to the fun of a child’s first party. This was very therapeutic work today, as the last few days have been busy getting larger artwork finished for shows and deadlines. This is a little more “mindless” and that can be good every once in a while.
As I rubbed and felted these eggs I stared out the window at Momma Robin sitting in the nest she and Daddy Robin made a little over a week ago. Everyday I watch them come and go, following the calls of nature. They picked a particularly interesting spot to set up “housekeeping”. They chose to build their nest within a woven sculpture by artist Karen Gubitz. She calls these works her “Basketrees”. It is a perfect shelter for a bird’s nest.
I want to be like the birds. They trust in their shelter. They trust there will be an adequate food supply nearby for their offspring. They trust in each other, the daddy showing up when needed to give the female her breaks from nest sitting. They trust in their environment, in this world.
If humans are the higher intelligent life forms, why don’t they create an environment they can trust, a world they can trust to provide safety, sustenance, blessings, peace, and joy for themselves and their future generations? I bless the shaker eggs as I send them off to a group of one year old children somewhere in Kansas…Maybe these eggs can be a spark to create this future world we can TRUST. At least they will spark a little JOY. That is the basket I put my eggs into because I don’t think that kind of world is just for the birds.
The balance between light and dark. The day is equal to the night. In less than a couple of hours the sun will be centered over the earth’s equator creating perfect mid-line balance. I had a vision today of myself on a trapeze flying through the air, swinging from one extreme to the other. I do that. Usually, I am fluctuating back and forth from my doubts over to faith and optimism with glimpses of Truth beyond my understanding, rarely pausing for long anywhere in the middle.
About a year ago I read a very enlightening book, The Gene Keys: Unlocking the Higher Purpose Hidden in Your DNA, by Richard Rudd. As part of the book you have the opportunity to go to www.genekeysgoldenpath.com and get your own personal Hologenetic Profile. This unique set of “keys” unlock the mystery of your “path”. My path starts with my Life Work of gene key 63. In the shadow aspect this key shows up as Doubt. I often feel the pull of my logical brain, bringing me back to the dark places of doubt. Doubt of others, doubt of myself, doubt of the Universe. But when I can let that go and push my trapeze out into the vast middle space toward the unknown I find the Gift of this key: Inquiry. “Inquiry is about remaining open without finding a definitive answer to life”. The more a person can inquire more deeply and openly, the more apt one is to uncover something more complex, something new and something that will push one forward to a new level of understanding. And when I let the momentum of my trapeze swing from Doubt on through Inquiry to take me to the highest vibration of this key I reach the Siddhi of Truth. Yet, somehow in the great paradox that is the human condition, the Truth is found within the Doubt and my surrender to it.
So, tonight as we move through the transition from Winter into Spring, as the Sun is ever so momentarily balanced over our equator, I surrender to my doubts (Dark) and then I push off into the unknown territory of further questioning and inquiry, reaching for more truth (and Light). Balance in nature is not stationary, it is an allowing of movements back and forth sometimes big, sometimes small, always moving, only momentarily in the center points or on the extremes. I let go of my extremes with faith, I do not hold on. I also do not get stuck hanging in the middle. I swing knowing that I will swing closer to the Truth with the momentum of joy and with the acceptance and trust that wherever I am in the arc of my flight, it is just exactly where I am supposed to be. Striving for Balance. Yin and Yang. Light and Dark. Equi~Nox.