Deer Medicine Wisdom
Deer lives in the forest with lions, an ever looming menace to her well-being. Instead of worrying about pending threats, Deer focus on her personal interests, only taking note of the lion if it encroaches too close. When lion comes into range, Deer takes action. She creates distance or charges the threat and drives the lion away. Once the lion is out of sight, Deer forgets all about it until the next time he encroaches. When he does, Deer knows what to do. She takes action and returns to her life quickly. In this way, she does not give the lion any more of her time or energy than it deserves.
You may think it is dangerous to drop your vigilance on things or people who have hurt or shocked you in the past and who may very well show up again to cause trouble. But the truth is, letting it go conserves your energy much more than living in the nerve-wracking stress of vigilance. There is value in out of sight, out of mind when powers at play are beyond our control.
There will always be lions in the woods. Let them have no more of your time than absolutely necessary. Skirmishes and conflict only last for brief amounts of time- minutes at most. The rest is mental anguish- a churning of past and future. Deer teaches us how to recognize when a real threat is over and how to return to your life’s joy as fast as possible.
Deer has utter trust that her instincts will rise up with perfect timing when needed. Trust that you will know what to do when the time comes.
No matter what recent events may have thrown you off your life path, let nothing and no one keep you from returning to your gifts and passions. You are here for a reason unique to you alone and the world needs you to live in the power of that reason. You have a skill that is effortless to you. Focus on your gifts and skills every day. Let nothing interfere with you and your relationship to learning. Return to your passion now. Think no more about the lions lurking. Your peace and inner joy is THE ONLY way the world heals. Know that the world is truly healing, even if all you hear about are the casualties. The world is much too large to report on all the tiny, infinite moments of peace and harmony that are occurring everywhere, in every corner of the globe. There is peace. All is well. Finding your peace brings peace to those around you and those peaceful people, because of you, bring peace to those around them… and the meadow thrives.
Lions have their place and their importance. In all circumstances, seek joy.