Driveby Painted Rock – Sign of Progress

Maybe this is a vent in disguise but I’d like to think it’s more of a hopeful sign.  Just wanted to put it out there in the cyber world.  Should have snapped a photo.  Didn’t so you’ll just have to believe me.  Here’s the deal. I’m down off the mountain now living at the foot of the foothills.  However, my residence was in the Appalachian Mountains for many a year, near 20 give or take.  Point is the contrast.  I wanted to write something about the whole Jesus thing.  Around here there are these huge boulders placed in front of schools and there are messages painted on them that change from time to time.  Once when my granddaughter was in elementary school, her mom and dad rented the rock to paint a big happy birthday message to her.   It’s a ‘thing’ around here.

So the thing is that in driving by the other day,  caught sight of a huge rock in front of our local high school which read HAPPY HOLIDAYS and beneath it were various symbols of various religions.  I felt encouraged by that.

Christians, it seems to me, way too often assume everybody else is or should be just as they are and we get the Jesus thing shoved in our Jewish, Buddhist., Hindu, Druid, Taoist, Islam, Shinto, Wicca … you get the idea… faces!

What about the contrast, the point of this blog post, that was mentioned above?

Well, when living in Appalachia, in my desire to tend App State University, the local college, in reviewing my transcripts,  indicated I needed a few more electives.  Turns out I didn’t but that’s another story.   Point is that when walking into a classroom there was written on the board in huge letters, JESUS LOVES YOU.  Not only that but one day one of the local Baptist ministers was standing outside the main building trying to give away Bibles.

Here’s another example.  In the small mountain community, there was — and then there wasn’t — a yoga studio.  I inquired about it and was told that the landlord would not rent to the yoga people because his minister said not to do so since yoga relates to the devil.  True story.  I know it sounds unbelievable, but I wouldn’t lie!

Anyway… what a distinct difference between those examples of religion in the Appalachians and the painted rock outside of the High School yesterday!  An acknowledgment that the acceptance of differences in humanities theology is alive and well (at least down here in the foothills!)

Amen.  and PS – if I get by that rock again before it’s painted over into a different message, I’ll grab a photo with my cell and post it here.

Animal Power Totem Leopard, Shamanism and Stray Cat

Leopard walking toward

I came across it yesterday.  A documentary from BBC on Leopards and that was mostly because I was looking up information to keep this animal totem nourished within me.  I realized I’d seen that documentary before–years ago.

The attraction to Leopards has always been there but faint or it’s been present in faded awareness. This animal has returned to me–the spirit of the Leopard as it relates to strength, wisdom, intuition and most of all shamanism has been reawakened.

I’m noticing leopards everywhere now–in purchases I’ve made over the past months that have leopard patterns; scarves, glasses, clothing, etc.  But not until Leopard came to me in a dream and in meditative visions did I connect all the dots.  Pardon the pun, but it’s true!  The Leopard part of my psyche is being re-triggered and this power animal is returning to me.

leopard print
Leopard spots which look like roses, called rosettes.

I really have to smile at how in such an absent minded way, I always select the leopard patterned wrist wrap for my workouts at the gym.   (I use a soft cloth to put on my wrist to catch perspiration when working out at the gym.)  How long has this spirit animal been trying to call for my attention?

How could I have not realized all the leopard patterned items I have representing my connection to this power animal totem?  It’s actually kind of embarrassing to admit.

I’ve heard it said to watch for the behavior of other animals around you as another way your power animal communicates.  It may sound silly but as was walking to my apartment the other night after dark, a gold colored cat came rushing though the parking lot as if it did not even see me.  He trotted by me as if I were a ghost calling out some strange sound over and over eventually disappearing into the night.

Yesterday, he was at my door and scattered off when I opened it.  I did not know he was there at the side of my door when I opened it.  He took off but came to rest at the front of my car, looking up at me as I walked closer taking his photo as I went.  He looked up at me and as we made friends.  Was he connecting to my Leopard energy having called out to me in his ghost walk the night before?  Who can say so for sure.

I’ve seen stray cats out and about here but not one of this color until yesterday.  Here are the photo’s.  At first he kept a distance and then felt very comfortable.

I shared my leopard energy with him as well as some food and drink, hoping it will help him on his path.  Stray cats have to be strong and wise and wary in a world that misunderstands them.  And they (like me) have a good deal in common with Leopard energy.

PS — this stray cat has a large type of rosette (see image below, close up) on his side.   I call him SHAMAN.

stray cat collage shaman