Those of you who have been to my lectures or classes know that I have had real encounters with the spirits of Nature. Some of these stories are published. They are real, I did not imagine it and I may be a bit Puckish myself, but I"m not crazy. My feet are firmly on Terra Firma.|
I carry the gift of connecting to this realm both ancestrally (my grandmother Cate was a seer in Ireland) and through my soul essence.Well, I have had another recent encounter and it happened just a week before Doreen Virtue"s World Wide Fairy Festival, and I was leading a local one she sponsored here.
You see, the fairies can test us sometimes. Test our integrity, our compassion, to see if we are worthy of us working with them. I thought this encounter below was a test, and perhaps it was for the fairy presence was very strong in the class I held, but I learned it was a gift to me.
I am moving away from my park. This park has been a lifeline for me in a very crowded overdeveloped area. It is also challenged by the energies and disrespect for nature, so I would send it healing as I walked through it"s trails as I was being healed by it. After my time spent in this park I always felt rested, restored, and full of the answers to my questions that I came into the park with, rattling in my head. It calmed my mind and soothed me if I was angry, hurt or direction -less. Very often I would talk to the Nature spirits in this park and feel them watching me as I walked by. This is and was very real for me.
So, during the winter, I took my walk and I told the park I was leaving it. As I walked I became emotional as I thanked it for all it gave me over the years I lived by it. Clarity, vision, health, restoration, energy, beauty. I told it the only thing I will miss in my move was it, and I meant it. I decided I would gift it with crystals programmed with healing and bury them at 4 points in the park, and also expressed this out loud.
Then, I had not gone into it since then. I became busy with work, but I was also avoiding it, trying to detach. Like distancing yourself from someone you must part with. I know I was doing this, and I could feel it calling me to come and walk. Every day.
So finally, we set out after the urging became too strong to ignore. My partner and I went out at dusk, our favorite time (and also a favorite time for the Nature Spirits).As we walked on the trail, we came upon a frog right smack center of the trail. We almost stepped on it and it did not move an inch even as we loomed over it and stumbled about. I bent down and it was the same color of the dirt and leaves around it. I was amazed it just sat there. I also became concerned that those who ride bikes on the trails or go running through it, or walk unconsciously might injure it. So I told the little frog to move, but it would not. I grabbed a small stick and tried to gently encourage it to move off. It would not budge. We decided to continue on and leave it be, but 30 seconds later I stopped suddenly, and went back to it. I was concerned it might be injured, because it was odd that it would not move. I had to help this frog. I am of the mind that when an act of kindness presents itself to you, act on it.
It was gone.
I looked about the trail and did not see it. Relieved, we walked on and then a thought came to me; Was that a "fairy frog"? A frog who was directed into my path by the beings of Nature? My partner had thought the same thing, and I discussed that it could be a test of my service to Nature, to see if I was worthy to lead the Fairy Festival coming up in a week.
We began to discuss the fairy world and the story of Cooby the Fairy Cow, a fairy story we loved.(This story is found below) We talked about if another animal companion came into our lives, we would name it Cooby.
About 10 minutes later, as we headed back to the car, I heard a cat crying in distress. I"m like a mom; I hear cries of distress from any creature from blocks away. I saw, sitting in the middle of a trail, a very frightened but very friendly and affectionate very large white cat. As I approached him I noticed his eyes, they looked otherworldly. They seemed to glow with an ethereal light from a distance.
I had to lay on my belly as I tried to gain his trust because the bats were swooping by my head to get the gnats that were gathering about me. He was desperate for help but after I unveiled the carrier would not come near it. He has cuts all over him from brambles and his one ear is bleeding because he scrapes it on the ground to scratch at something. I stayed with him until 10 pm long after the park closed but was unable to get him into my cat carrier and cried, as I had to leave him there, lonely, injured, frightened and abandoned. I left the food and some water for him.
I prayed to the angels asking for a good heart passerby to rescue him, as the hope of finding him again was not there for me. I asked for their help try to get this sweet frightened boy out of the park before he suffers a slow, lonely death.I was desperate to get this sweet frightened boy out of the park. So I went back the next day with my dear friend and soul twin Karla LaVoie,
(author of For Time and All Eternity, Love Never Dies") with another can of food and called out "Kitty!" in the same area I had seen him the night before.
I knew the chance of him being still around there were slim. After just a moment I heard him answered me back from a distance and the slow crunch of him making his way through the woods, over a ridge. He stared at me with those strange eyes and meowed, trying to find his way towards me through thorns and thick underbrush. It was hard for him, but he worked his way over. I called upon the Lady of The Wood to help, that overighting nature spirit who is in every large wooded area, to help me help this creature.
The angels sent a young couple that came along and managed to pick him up and put him in my cat carrier. He let us pet and pick him up.
He is so incredibly loving, soft and tender I can"t imagine anyone abandoning him let alone dumping him in the woods. As he rested in Karla"s home and was undergoing medical care, we were calling him Bowie for David Bowie because of his otherworldly eyes.
My brain told me NO MORE CATS. It also told me I"d officially be the crazy cat lady who neighborhood kids throw rocks at the door. I asked everyday for the angels to tell me what to do with this sweet soul. To guide me and show me clearly, what I was to do.
This week, I was going to visit Karla and "Bowie." Karla who helped me rescue the cat and is keeping him in her home and healing him, and rapping our brains to do the right thing by all of us.
As I drove into the park the next day I heard the spirits of Nature in the park begin to talk to me. Finally, they answered my questions.
I received the message that he was abandoned, the owner either passing away or moved. A voice said as I drove through the park;
"He is our gift to you. Our gift to you as you leave us."
Tears flowed as I heard this, as I knew this and seemed to know it but blocked it because I did not want more cats. I also wept because of the poignant message, the loving goodbye I received from the spirits of that woods. They were thanking me in the way that they would. By helping a lonely desperate sweet animal they were aware was inside their park needing help and they wanted to let me know that all these years, they heard me, they saw me, and they loved me too.
We named him Willow in honor of a favorite tree that I have loved since childhood who passed from this Earth. The willow tree gives the gift of healing emotions, heart wounds and grief. And he liked it better than Bowie or Coobie. Cat"s who work with the Fairy Realm have a way of telling you such things.
Copyright 2008 Eileen Smith . All Rights reserved
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