In the spirit of reading everyday events and experiences as oracles, I tell you this story.
Earlier today, two instances of religious fundamentalism crossed my path. First, someone commented, “Don’t do it if you really love God” on one of the Facebook notices about my Building Your Authentic Intuitive Practice course. I deleted it and got on with my morning. At mid-day, I checked the mailbox on the front porch. In it was one of those tracts from a literalist religious organisation. So I wrote the words “Unsolicited mail. Return to sender” on it and popped it in the local postbox.
What, if any, significance might there be in such a thing happening twice in one day? Most likely is was a post-it note to self from Self saying, “Hey James, don’t get too dogmatic about who you are, what you do, and what you believe. Be careful that you don’t get too preachy and fundamentalist about your worldview.”
I drew a card from the Oracle of Initiation deck after asking, “What message is present for me in the two religious fundamentalist moments?” and got #10, Preparation. It suggests that the ancestors are beckoning me to notice and embrace the holes in what looks solid, to watch for signs and synchronicities revealing more next steps on my earthwalk.
Later, I was journalling in the park when I noticed that someone had built little gateways of sticks, bark, leaves, and coloured string at the bottom of five of the large maples where there were holes between their roots. What a joy to see faery houses! What, if any, significance might there be in that for me? As an extension of the first message, I take it to mean, “Oh James, remember to incorporate a blended sense of play, reverence, and creativity into your life.”
This time, I pulled a card from the Oracle of Initiation deck with, “What message is present for me in the faery houses in the park?” as my question and got #52, Acceptance. This card invites me to remember to see my own majesty in such creative acts, to gracefully embrace Life’s lessons so that I can transform in ways that shine.
When I piece all of this together, I perceive this message: “Look for the holes in all ways of being and thinking so I don’t get trapped in any ISMs (especially my own). Embrace Life’s lessons as creative acts of transformation in which I can behold my own majesty (rather than that of some external agency).” Also: “The holes in the ISMs are gateways to personal truth and creativity.”
Image: Preparation from the Oracle of Initiation by Mellissae Lucia.