Do you believe in spirit animals? If you believe in them, they will come when the time is necessary. I did not realize the potential of spirit guides until I wrote my book, Finding Om, where during my time spent in Australia and Fiji I had a deep and profound spiritual awakening with sea turtles. The wise and old sea turtle exposed my soul’s memory to understand the relationship between Mother Earth, nature and humanity.
In September, I underwent some emotional stress. I became sad because my time here in Germany is coming to an end and I could not imagine waking up one day in my old Seattle bed. You would think with this being my fourth move abroad it would get easier, but somehow it feels harder. Throughout this time I also had to push back my release date for Finding Om and finish some food photography for my vegan cookbook.
Although physically calm, my mind was an emotional roller coaster because nothing was transitioning smoothly. At times I became negative or self-doubted my abilities - until the Universe sent me a spirit animal.
One evening I walked to a flower shop to buy flowers for my next day recipe photography. I didn’t find what I was looking for and walked home. My mind questioned, “Should you just check out what the other lady has as she has some amazing flowers. Even though her shop is closed you can still peep your head in the window.” My mind waxed and waned this questioned and decided to look at this lady’s shop.
I placed my hands and my head against the class to see that she still had sunflowers and gerberas. I took two footsteps forward to walk home and then I thought, “Well maybe I should see if she still has the orange ones?”
I kept yelling at myself internally because I needed to go home and finish an article. But once again something pulled me back to the glass. I took another minute to look at what colors she had and turned to walk home. Within ten footsteps, I saw a bird on the ground flapping its wings, unable to fly.
An Indian lady stood next to the bird and spoke in German to me. I asked her to communicate in English and she said the bird flew into a glass window and now cannot fly.
We tried calling several veterinary facilities, but everything was closed. We both couldn’t stomach the thought of the bird staying in a city square. I offered to take the bird back to Old Town where I buzzed my doorbell to get my husband’s help.
Devastated, I stood in tears, holding a broken bird while people looked at me as if I were insane. My husband went to call some numbers and I went to place the bird under a tree. Scared, he kept flapping his wings, but was unable to lift himself off the ground. Not only was I an emotional mess earlier in the day but this now made my emotions worse.
No one wants to see or experience pain and suffering. All humane and veterinary facilities were closed and I went to the store to get birdseed. I couldn’t bring the bird back into my apartment because of my cat and I mentally crashed into deep sadness. And of course, heavy rain down poured that evening.
I walked back to the bird and said, “I just don’t get it. It’s as if the bird can fly, but he’s stuck.” I repeated that sentence two or three times.
Upon reaching my apartment, I went online to Google the type of bird. He was darker in color with a white horizontal line going across the wings. Unable to find the species, the light bulb struck.
Chills fled my body as I thought, “It’s as if I can fly, but I am stuck in negative emotional thinking patterns.” I asked the universe if this is true to heal the bird so he or she can fly back to safety. The next morning, I searched the entire area and to my spiritual hope the bird flew far and free into life.
The Universe is clever. They will get your attention or praise your hard work in the most unique ways. But if you believe in spirit animals, experiences like this can happen. If you do not believe in the possibility than you are not open to receiving signals from the universe. Although it can still happen, these experiences occur more frequently when you have a consistent spiritual practice or communication with the universe.
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Elizabeth Rae Kovar M.A. is Author of her memoir, Finding Om and is a Fitness Trainer, Yogi, Reiki Master, Presenter and Lover of Life. To view her portfolio please visit www.elizabethkovar.com