Brown Feather from Heaven?

Brown Feather from Heaven?

I had an interesting experience today. While I was talking to a good friend, I decided to walk out onto my parents’ back deck (where I am visiting), something I rarely do. As she and I engaged in conversation, I looked down and found this brown feather sticking up between the floor boards – as if it was waiting there for me.

My curiosity piqued, I did a little online research to figure out what it could represent.

From NataliaKuna.com:

When you look at a feather, you will notice that there is a shaft running up the center of it vertically (the white part that looks like a stalk) . Well this shaft is hollow – so the  idea is that the person’s prayers go upwards through the hollow shaft to the Creator – and then his blessings come back down to you through the same orifice, which acts as a channel.

Feathers, with their connection to wings as a spiritual metaphor, represent a  strong celestial connection to the Heavenly realms, as well as love, truth, protection, new beginnings and rebirth.

When a feather actually ands at your feet, it is traditionally seen as a positive omen that your calls have been heard and answered. But generally speaking, when you find a feather in a magical way, Spirit is communicating with you and showing you their support and guidance.

On top of the general spiritual meanings of feathers, specific colours  and colour combinations  can also add extra meaning to aid in your interpretation.

Have you heard of that saying:

“Feathers appear when angels are near?” 

Feathers have ethereal qualities and come to you as sacred gifts from heaven. They fall on your path as a sign from the Divine, sent your way in order to comfort you and place you in a state of  joy and higher awareness. Spirit is showing you that you are on the right track and reminding you of your celestial origins and deep connection to  your heavenly home beyond earth.

Not only do angels and guides  send you feathers as a sign of unconditional love and to show you that they are near and hear, guide and support you from above; but also those who have crossed over to the ‘other side.’

A feather, especially a white one, can represent that your loved one in spirit is okay, watching over you and at peace. It is their way to interact with nature and send you a message from heaven.

BROWN

  • earth
  • grounding
  • grounded balance between the physical & spiritual worlds
  • stability
  • endurance
  • home life
  • friendship
  • respect

According to AskAngels.com:

Brown feathers signify grounding, home life, and stability. There is an energy of respect, grounded positivity, and the balance between the physical and spiritual.

Since my brown feather features a bit of white at the bottom, I especially like this interpretation from SacredWicca.com:

Brown feathers give stability and respect. They also symbolize the home and grounding. Brown feathers banded or mixed with white bring happiness and give the kind of protection that enables one to go unnoticed amidst those who would harm them.

In light of recent events, I’m grateful to have received this sign today.

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Ash Wednesday Musings

Ash Wednesday Musings

Growing up Catholic and attending Catholic school, Ash Wednesday always felt like a somber day of remembering one’s bodily mortality, e.g. “Remember man that thou art dust, and unto dust you shall return,” and deciding which decadent treats (chocolate, soda, cake, etc.) you were willing to give up. For better or worse, the day became synonymous with dieting for many people, as the concept of self-denial centered around food and beverages. Some argued that you could have Sundays “off” while others insisted you must stick to it for the full 40 days.

Why the discrepancy?

According to Catholicism.About.com:

Lent, the period of prayer and fasting in preparation for Easter, is 40 days long, but there are 46 days between Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent in the Roman Catholic liturgical calendar, and Easter. So how are the 40 days of Lent calculated?

A Little History

The answer takes us back to the earliest days of the Church. Christ’s original disciples, who were Jewish, grew up with the idea that the Sabbath—the day of worship and of rest—was Saturday, the seventh day of the week since the account of creation in Genesis says that God rested on the seventh day.

Christ rose from the dead, however, on Sunday, the first day of the week, and the early Christians, starting with the apostles (those original disciples), saw Christ’s Resurrection as a new creation, and so they transferred the day of rest and worship from Saturday to Sunday.

Sunday: The Celebration of the Resurrection

Since all Sundays—and not simply Easter Sunday—were days to celebrate Christ’s Resurrection, Christians were forbidden to fast and do other forms of penance on those days.

Therefore, when the Church expanded the period of fasting and prayer in preparation for Easter from a few days to 40 days (to mirror Christ’s fasting in the desert, before He began His public ministry), Sundays could not be included in the count.

Thus, in order for Lent to include 40 days on which fasting could occur, it had to be expanded to six full weeks (with six days of fasting in each week) plus four extra days—Ash Wednesday and the Thursday, Friday, and Saturday that follow it. Six times six is thirty-six, plus four equals forty. And that’s how we arrive at the 40 days of Lent!

While I’m supportive of anyone using this time to deprive themselves of sweets (and lose weight in the process), I also love this idea from Aleteia.com:

During Lent we want to de-emphasize ourselves and emphasize our dependence on God. Almsgiving (materially sharing with those in need) is one of the three “pillars” of Lent. (The other two pillars are prayer and fasting.) We can give in ways other than money. In giving up things around our house that we don’t need, we can detach from “stuff” while helping others.

Here’s the challenge: During the 40 days of Lent, find one thing each day you no longer need. For most of us, this should be really easy. It could be a kitchen item, a jacket, a bike, an unopened gift hanging around. Go through your closets, drawers, basement, even the garage.

Click here to read the full post.

For me, it’s also about releasing old beliefs and thought patterns while embracing the knowledge that we are all children of God. With that in mind, here are some suggestions. During Lent 2017, let’s fully let go of:

  • Self-Doubt
  • Worry
  • Fear
  • Laziness
  • Impatience
  • Jealousy
  • Selfishness
  • Distrust
  • Comparing Ourselves to Others

Instead, embrace our individuality as creations of God. Celebrate the unique gifts He has given to each of us. Vow to use them in service to your family, friends, neighbors, community, country, workplace and/or business. Stop the comparison/jealousy game and recognize that we are all here for our own purpose. It has been said that “comparison is the thief of joy.” I fully agree.

No matter how you honor the season of Lent, remember to express gratitude for all that you are and all that you have. Focus on your blessings, not your problems. By doing so, you just may find that God will guide you through every obstacle.

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Wednesday Wisdom: How to Manifest Abundance Into Your Life

Wednesday Wisdom: How to Manifest Abundance Into Your Life

Here’s yet another informative, inspiring video from You Are Creators.

 

1. Believe

2. Visualize

3. Be Grateful

4. Listen to Your Heart

5. Continue Your Actions – Never Give Up, Never Relent

Have a great Wednesday!

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Tuesday Motivation: FEEL as if Dollars Want You!

In my constant effort to focus my mind, I came across this excellent video on YouTube from the You Are Creators channel. Click to listen to today’s Tuesday Motivation.

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