On Saturday, I was at a Therapeutic Touch workshop.

During the workshop there were practice sessions.  At the end of each practice session, I saw, in my mind’s eye, a Seagull.

Not the entire Seagull.  Just the left hand side of the head.  Left eyeball looking me square in the face.

Seeing an animal (in this case a bird) – a spirit guide – is not odd for me. What is different, new (and needs to be figured out) is why I am seeing the guide at the end of the session.

Normally, I see a spirit guide during the session.  When this happens, I tell the client what I am seeing and then outline the meaning of the spirit guide to them.

As I was seeing the Seagull after the session had ended, I never mentioned it to the client.  In hindsight, I am really glad I didn’t mention it.  ( Why? Stay tuned!)

Seagull as a Spirit Guide

To be honest – Seagull – on the surface, I am not a fan. 

I have always viewed Seagulls as being kinda scrappy – scroungers – eating garbage – bickering amongst themselves.

Then BAM, it finally dawns on me. 

The reason I am seeing the Seagull at the end of the session is because the Seagull belongs to me – NOT THE CLIENT.

My first thought was EGADS, SERIOUSLY – A Seagull as a guide.

I normally see hummingbirds, doves, even wolves and sharks.

My second thought was, how judgemental.  This must mean there is something I am missing.  Something I should be paying attention to.

My Life Lesson

I have learned over the years that the more I resist something, the more necesary it is for me to learn or accept.

(As an aside.  In my youth I said, I will never join Toastmasters and I will never join a women’s group.  I have now done both and found them to be extremely supportive and helpful.)

In this case, since I am fighting so hard internally not to accept Seagull, there must be something important she needs to tell me.  Something important I need to listen to and accept.

No time to waste….

Without wasting any more time, I google Seagull as a Spirit Animal.

And, of course, Seagull has a long list of lovely attributes.

This is the one that particularly resonates with me:

Seagull can encourage and inspire you to express your individuality and follow your own path.

Hmmm – That is my mantra.  What I believe, and what I say to clients.

You are a beautiful snowflake – Perfect the way you are – It is important to love yourself just as you are and to follow your own path.

It is extremely interesting, that I am receiving the same guidance I give my clients.  I guess I am not walking the talk.

Seagull at work – My dreams

Little did I know Seagull had already started to support me.

Then, I remembered my dream.  The dream I had that very morning.

In the dream, I am visiting my parents in Toronto.  I’m late leaving for the plane.  Frantically I start to pack.  

My parents both say – Don’t worry about packing – Just go. You have everything you need.

It starts to make sense.  If I am truly to follow my own path, I cannot carry the baggage of my “personal” past with me.

Then, the following morning, I have a similar dream.  This time I’m at a conference in Vegas.  Again, I’m late for the plane.  

The choice  – pack or take the flight.  I choose the flight.

When I enter the plane – the fuselage melts – I am floating in the galaxy – weightless – there is only darkness and stars.

Then I see suitcases – My baggage – floating past me.  

Undeniably, there seems to be a lot.  I could even say that I was startled by the amount of baggage I saw floating past me.

However, if I am truly to follow my own path, I cannot bring the baggage of my previous “career – jobs” with me.

The way of the Seagull

The Seagull is exactly what I need.  I am grateful that Seagull came to me. It is time to follow my own path.  It is time to leave my baggage behind.

The Qualifier

Raincoast Elemental Wellness and Consulting Inc. is a complementary care provider.

All the services provided by complementary care providers are complementary to, and do not replace the prescribed treatment/therapy of a licensed Medical Professional.  Complementary care providers do not diagnose, treat or prescribe.

Raincoast Elemental Wellness and Consulting Inc. domiciles in Canada and falls under the laws and jurisdiction of Canada.