Mysterious Messages and Meanings

Movement outside my large home-office window caught my eye: a gorgeous hawk (a Cooper’s, perhaps) had flown in to sit on the utility line directly in my line of sight. With its back to me, tail occasionally flicking for balance, it sat for several minutes, regally surveying its environment. I watched it with awe and gratitude. Then it lifted up and flew to another nearby spot on the line, where it rested again. Finally, as I craned my neck to watch, it spread its powerful wings and flew off out of sight.

I had seen hawks in our neighborhood but never before had one come so close or stayed so long. As a believer in synchronicities and messages from the Universe, I immediately pulled out my Medicine Cards book to investigate what Hawk’s message might be. When it flew in, I was writing my previous blog post, Brains and Change, and feeling a stir of excitement and enthusiasm again after a time of feeling scattered and unsure about some aspects of my work. Hawk’s appearance at that moment felt significant and validating.

The book explained that Hawk is a messenger that teaches me to be observant and watch my surroundings, even for the obvious, because “life is sending you signals.” The magic of life was coming to me, it said, which could “imbue (me) with the power to overcome a currently stressful or difficult situation.” Pay attention! says Hawk, for I am “only as powerful as (my) capacity to perceive, receive, and use (my) abilities.” Hawk medicine is “a totem that is filled with responsibility, because Hawk people see the overall view….Hawk medicine people are aware of omens, messages from the spirit…” therefore I should “be aware of the signals in (my) life—so notice and receive them.”

Since that day, several strong intuitions have come to me—messages I could not ignore. The first was a message so clear it was as if someone had spoken it directly into my ear. It told me to take my cell phone downstairs with me when I went to work out—something I never do. But I did as ordered and within minutes, a call arrived from someone I dearly love who was in the midst of a crisis.

Another message was even more crucial. My mother was in hospice, and my husband and I were going to leave on Tuesday morning to see her. But then I knew that we had to go on Monday. We were able to see her one last time that afternoon; Mom died the next morning before we normally would have left for the six-hour trip.

We returned home on Wednesday, and the next morning I had a brief but distinct dream in which Mom and I were talking on a phone, and in a faint but clear voice, she told me she was okay and not to worry, creating a feeling of deep peace within me. Her voice faded, and then as I looked up, there sat a magnificent brown- and black-feathered hawk, looking right into my eyes.

As I write about these intuitive events, and others, in my journal, I continue to discover more information and am amazed by what I can learn if only I pay attention.

What signs or synchronicities have come to you? What meanings have you given to them? How do you allow them to play out in your Living, Breathing Story?

14 replies
  1. Sarah Birnbach
    Sarah Birnbach says:

    I am so sorry for you loss. I love this post. It is a reminder to all of us to be present in the moment so that we can hear and see the messages that the Universe is sending us. It is also a reminder to me to trust my intuition.

  2. Marielena
    Marielena says:

    Beautiful, Barbara. I so believe in synchronicities and messages, especially as detailed in my latest blog post. They can be so affirming and open us to new insights and other-worldly realities. Thanks for sharing this beautifully written post.

  3. Sandra Marinella
    Sandra Marinella says:

    Lovely story. I was guided by a series of synchronicities that helped me thread a book together. This story holds the magic that can be found by paying the careful attention. Thanks for sharing.

  4. Ken
    Ken says:

    When Barbara approached me about leaving a day early to go see her mom and sister I searched my internal schedule and found nothing to stop us. Being aware of her mom’s critical hold on life I agreed to go and immediately felt that it was right. As Barbara said, the next day would have been too late to say goodbye to someone I had grown to love. I too am glad we went early.

  5. Sherri
    Sherri says:

    Barbara I am so sorry for your loss. What an awesome experience of events just from listening. I’m going to work on that.

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