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Summer Storm

By | May 26th, 2017|Jan Hornford, Nature and Animal Messengers|

The forest has a wild abundance of life and possibility. It holds all emotions: peace and joy and fear. The unknown and the unknowable are here. There is an intersection of the visible and invisible. I see the trees and know that I am only encountering a small part of the Being that is the tree. When you look at the forest, the forest looks back at you. The woods teem with animals, yet they are elusive and hidden. I know that bears, cougars, and wolves all live in this realm. Although we do not encounter them face to face, we can sense them on the periphery of our vision, dancing in the shadows. The soul is like that, shy and elusive, camouflaged by our roles and responsibilities. The forest beckons hidden aspects of our Being to come forward, offering us a glimpse of an unrealized truth, opening our hearts to a new understanding of ourselves.

Mother Bear

By | May 3rd, 2017|Jan Hornford, Nature and Animal Messengers, Shamanism|

Trading Fear for Respect Bears tend to evoke fear in most people.  We fear their strength and power. It is proper to have a healthy respect for bears, to know their ways [...]

The Gifts of Owl Spirit Medicine

By | April 19th, 2017|Jan Hornford, Nature and Animal Messengers|

Our culture sees Owl as a symbol of wisdom and insight. Owl carries this medicine on silent wings and guides us through the darkest night. Owl teaches us that we are not flying blind, but are guided by our intuition. Owl teaches us to trust our inner knowing and our deepest Self. Owl Spirit Medicine reminds us to go within, to trust the ancient wisdom that lives within and through each one of us.

Awareness of Hawk – The Lesson of “I Am”

By | April 12th, 2017|Jan Hornford, Nature and Animal Messengers|

A hawk was my first teacher of Oneness. A bird of prey that hunts other birds, this slender brown hawk offered me the most profound awareness of oneness.

Sandhill Cranes – Joy in the Sun

By | March 13th, 2017|Jan Hornford, Nature and Animal Messengers|

The cranes offer a simple wisdom for how we can live our life.  We can greet each day, grounded to earth, full of joy and gratitude, energized by sunlight and the possibility that lives at the beginning of a new day. We can raise our voice and jump for joy and awaken to the Life force that will lift us up and give wings to our Spirit.

Nature Messengers ~ A Sensory Awakening

By | February 24th, 2017|Jan Hornford, Nature and Animal Messengers|

Nature is the vastness that exhilarates and frightens us. We sense that there is so much more than meets the eye – a mystery so fathomless we hide from it, fearing for the safety of body and soul. We dominate and control that which we do not understand. We strip Nature of her resources, use her up even as she gives and gives, dominate her by “right,” take without thought or thanks, lost in the delusion that we are different, separate from her, better than her. It is time we wake to the Dream! We are part of Nature. Her breath is our breath; her pain is our pain. Our Spirits flow together down hidden paths, gossamer strands of energy link us one to another. The deer and the bear are my brothers. Water is my life’s blood. I am the hawk, and the hawk is me. All That Is reflects my soul back to me in a myriad of ways.

Nature Messengers – Encounter with a Pine Marten

By | February 10th, 2017|Jan Hornford, Nature and Animal Messengers|

The world is always speaking to you if you choose to listen deeply. The Universe is offering us signs and messages. It is those special moments, when we are captured by the wash of colour in the sky, by the chatter of the birds in our backyard, or by a feather floating to the ground at our feet. It is when an animal shows up in your life in an unexpected way. Perhaps a Pine Marten crosses your path, or you see an image of the same animal multiple times over a short period, or you may see an animal behaving in an unusual way. It is these moments that carry the magic and the message, information that can guide us on our road and open new paths of awareness.

Nature Messengers – A Wild Wisdom

By | January 24th, 2017|Jan Hornford, Nature and Animal Messengers|

There is a Wild Self within us; it is that part of us that longs to live close to Nature – to be one with the land, to walk barefoot on the grass, to feel the suns' warmth on our skin. This is our birthright. It is not something to be learned or acquired. It is our heritage – an instinctive and intuitive wisdom that lives within us. Our ancestors knew this. They were taught the ways of the animals, the rhythm of the Seasons, the gifts of the plants and trees, and their place in the Web of Life.

The Aspen Grove

By | March 15th, 2016|Nature and Animal Messengers, Therese Antony|

Beyond the offering of their beauty, aspen groves provide an invitation to better understand ourselves. Found where there is ample sunlight and in cooler, higher climates in North America, aspen trees are deciduous (drops its leaves in winter) with smooth, white bark marked by black scars where their lower branches have self-pruned through the natural growth of the tree.

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