I was walking the in park one morning, minding my own business when I felt a psychic tap on my shoulder. I had been thinking about the next animal to highlight in the Animal Wisdom Circle and of course (being a former marine biologist) I was considering another marine animal.
But my attention was brought to my shoulder – it literally felt like it was tingling from someone tapping on it – and I heard the acorn woodpeckers hammering on their granary trees in the woods around me.
“Hey, why not talk to us?” a voice whispered in my ear. “Get a higher perspective from the animals of the air.”
Oooh. I hadn’t thought of that! My whole body felt energized and solid – my “inner ‘yes.'”
After traveling to Thailand, Scotland, South Carolina, Florida and Bali, I knew it was time to talk to some of the locals.
I began the conversation with a Woodpecker, who was a leader of the community that lived in my park, by asking my three questions. His answers were from a “higher perspective” and they reinforced the recent theme of how we are all connected – to ourselves, to Source and to the natural world around us.
What is your Spiritual Gift?
Being part of something bigger than ourselves.
What is your Spiritual Lesson?
When I lose someone else, I lose part of myself.
Do you have a message for people?
Don’t lose sight of your true nature. You are part of nature and not separate from it. There’s nowhere you can go where you’re not connected to your true nature.
The members of the Animal Wisdom Circle who were on the call live with me asked more questions and by the time we hung up, we felt like we really understood what it’s like to be a woodpecker. What an awesome insight!
Now on my daily walks, I am even more aware of my connection to nature in general and to the woodpeckers in particular.
Thanks for tapping me on the shoulder, Woodpecker!
Now it’s your turn: what does the Woodpecker’s message mean to you? When do you feel the most connected to nature and to your inner true nature? Please share your insights in the comments below.