Thursday, February 09, 2006

Deer Medicine

I have a dear friend, who has been through a tough decade. Her story is her own to tell, so suffice to say, this has been a year of resurfacing from the drowning pool.

Yesterday was her one year anniversary of recovery and renewal. To celebrate, she went into the woods, to find The Magical Maggie's Special Tree.

This tree is a wonderment to behold. A Grand Sycamore, with an opening in it's base so large that half a dozen people can step inside. It's sort of like a giant living Teepee.

Maggie told her to "set her Intent" during her woodland walk, and ask Spirit to reveal it's Gifts.

As she walked, searching for the tree, she was startled by a deer. The Great Doe just stood and watched her, until she turned. At that moment, the Secret Tree revealed itself.

Later, as she was leaving, she came upon some Bones. They were the hip bones of a Deer. She picked them up, thanking Spirit for her gifts.

"Deer medicine is gentleness in word, thought and deed. It is the ability to listen. It is grace and appreciation for the beauty of balance, understanding of what's necessary for survival. It teaches the ability to sacrifice for the higher good, living in balance with the woodland spirits. Deer has many alternative paths to a goal. The gentleness of Deer is the heart-space of the Great Spirit which embodies love for us all. Deer teaches us to find the gentleness that heals all wounds, to stop pushing to get others to change, and to love and accept them as they are."

She thought about these qualities, and realized this teaching has been calling to her for weeks. This message was the theme of her favorite T.V. show last week. It was the message she read in a book that fell from the shelf at her feet while she was cleaning, and the topic of a speech she attended.

She said this lesson was key to her growth and healing.

You will have to trust me, Dear Reader, when I tell you I know her well enough to confirm, this is indeed very true.


fineartist said...

Just what I needed, Deer medicine.

Thank you sweetie, I always find beauty and peace here.

Writer Mom said...

Me too. Me too!

I'm supposed to go mushroom hunting with my father-in-law this spring. He's a bit of a zen master of 'shrooming. It's gonna be brutal. This is not my gift in life, finding mushrooms.
I hope I get lost and find a deer to spend the afternoon with instead.
I could use a healthy dose of deer medicine.

Kelley Bell said...

Couldn't we all...


Sara said...

Kelley...I like your website! (Perhaps we are cousins. I've been a Bell all of my life.) I found you when I was looking for info on deer medicine since my husband opened the front door to find five deer on the lawn this morning. These are the first we have seen here in northern Durham, NC.

Thanks for your site! It's terrific.