The Wings of Africa & the Spirit message of Rhino
The subtle element of FIRE carries qualities, qualities such as those of transmutation and purification, Passion for life and creativity.
So yesterday with the intense summer heat, the fire energy seems to have sparked a surge of passionate creativity in me.
and from that process, a spirit message emerged that & I needed to hear heed and embrace.so the fire speaks to me.
I felt a push by spirit, a push by the heat of the fire, this came forth as a desire to create, design, make a new smudging wand. Sweating, I got out my large feather collection, I collect them as a walk in the bush or even the suburbs. On a large table, I got out a few sacred wood wands, I had had for a while, ready to create a new tool when inspiration rose up in me, some glue hemp string, coloured silk cloth, cowry shells crystals, gems etc.
I opened myself up and said inwardly, let spirit guide me, in this process.
An unexpected result came forth, a trident Smudging wand. I’ve never seen one before, nor even thought of making one, but here it is and she is beautiful and powerful. She is called "Wings of Africa" and contains the essence of Africa where I was born, along with a powerful Shamanic creature, a mythical flying Rhino. African mythology is full of wonderful mythical beats. The White Rhino ( originally"whyte" which means powerful) is one of my totems and a spiritual name, and as given to me by the Credo Mutwa a renowned Sangoma a chief Shaman of the African tribes. The actual name is not given here as one should shroud ones spiritual power names and not share in public.
Below are some of the spirit attributes of Rhino
As an earth element animal, the Rhino will also help you maintain a connection with the Mother (earth) and mother Africa, for me having been born in Africa this connection is profoundly important.
Rhino brings with it not only power but also the Whyte Rhino was a harbinger of prosperity, Credo told me. If one saw this sacred and protected animal on the way to hunt or trade it meant good fortune & much abundance would follow. Our ancient ancestors, over 80 thousand years ago, worshipped the great mega Rhino as the spirit of power and the power of the golden horn.
Take a step back and delve into the deeper more spiritual meanings of your current life situation. Know that you are powerful.
-Rhinoceros - says
Rhinoceros is letting you know that you need to look more closely at everything around you because things are not what they seem. Are you seeing lack instead of abundance? This animal is here to remind you to appreciate the expansive bounty that surrounds you. Stop and give thanks to the infinite miracles occurring in every moment of your life. Use your spiritual eyes, not your physical eyes to see the truth and maintain a close connection with “Mother Earth” as you expand your inner knowledge to a whole new level.
If Rhinoceros is your Animal Totem:
You are for the most part a solitary and wise person choosing to spend a great deal of time alone. You enjoy the comfort of your own company and are comfortable with yourself. You have a very close relationship with the ancient wisdom of your soul and have a lot to share about what is real and how to live. For the most part you are a self made success and an achievement seeking powerhouse in your chosen field.
“If the rhinoceros is your totem or come to you as a spirit animal it is your responsibility to take heart of the underlying symbolic message the rhino has for you "nothing is as it seems." The rhino is your companion to help you on a soulful journey in recognizing the truth with your spiritual eyes - not what your physical eyes as Rhinos have poor eyesight and a profound sense of smell.
“Our physical human eyes see something special and magical in the rhino horn - we can initiate that powerful strength, protection, and success internally. Indeed, mystics tell of having visions of an illuminated (sometimes golden) horn the rhinoceros thrust through the veil of ignorance - ripping the veil open to let loose all the opulence and riches (enlightenment) of all mankind's desire. Our physical human eyes see something special and magical in the rhino horn - we can initiate that powerful strength, protection, and success internally. Indeed, mystics tell of having visions of an illuminated (sometimes golden) horn the rhinoceros thrust through the veil of ignorance - ripping the veil open to let loose all the opulence and riches (enlightenment) of all mankind's desire.” http://www.whats-your-sign.com/animal-symbolism-rhinoceros
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Nurturing your own spirit & self with Nature medicine.
I woke up feeling a little down, having gone to bed over thinking and worrying about concerns and problems in my life. I got up and sat in my mediation nest, a beautiful, nurturing soft place of cushions and a warm, quiet blanket.
During my mediation I realised I had fallen back in the human condition of allowing my mind to focus and dance with my problems - allowing it to take me to places of worry and negative emotions, rather than appreciating all the really great things I also have in my life.
My glass was fast becoming half empty, rather than half full.
I felt into my heart and I felt it was shutting down, by perceived hurt, criticism, sorrow. We all have times in our lives that seem hard. Grief can kick in and whilst it’s good to feel into these times & honor them, we can also allow them to take us over.
So I decided I needed that which I know best helps me:
to reopen my heart to seeing the sunshine rather then focusing on the shade.
I needed some Nature Medicine.
I needed to take myself on a little Spirit walk for my soul.
I grabbed the car keys, my wooden flute and my little dog. Five minutes later we were walking amongst the gum trees between deep, red earth wombat holes, along the river toward the wetlands.
I felt myself wanting healing. I so wanted to feel better. “I’m in Nature, I should be feeling good, I should be connecting,” but No, my monkey mind had come on the walk with me, poo.
So I relaxed and stopped trying to connect, stopped trying to feel better. I just started to really look at what was around me, smell what was there, hear what was present. I grabbed a hand full of tea tree leaves, crushed them between my palms and inhaled deeply. Aunty Wendy an indigenous elder, says this stuff is bush medicine for her aboriginal mob for when they are feeling anxious. I smiled and was reassured by this memory. Even traditional indigenous peoples got anxious sometimes. I tend to Romanticise the life of our indigenous ancestors, as they lived so closely connected to the land, in apparent paradise. However they, like me had things on their minds: “I’m worried the wife feels I have not brought back enough meat that last hunt. What of that other tribe and what they may be planning. “
My dreamy mind was brought back into the now, as I stumbled on a gum tree root and I looked up at a shining blue black Raven cawing loudly overhead.
When Raven shows up I know things will happen.
Walking helps to move me and moves my emotions, but I also know that sitting still in Nature is a very powerful practice.
So I found a warm spot, with a beautiful view down over the lake and the water bird infested, shrubby islands. I settled the dog, warmed my wooden flute in my hands and played a Pan like drone, softly to the wind, to the water and to me.
I had stopped.
The harmonic music soothed me, as I felt connected to other than me, and that resonated back into my heart. The birds listened and then sang along. The wind played the trees and a wire fence breezily hummed. I closed my eyes for a while and went deeply inward.
As I opened my eyes, two huge ancient birds floated in from the blue sky, to plane down upon the water with giant webbed feet.
The Pelican. An old wise friend, one I had not seen for a while. They can disappear into the great, blue beyond, seemingly for years at a time, as can our hearts.
I recalled the alchemical myth of Pelican. Seen higher in esteem, even than the majestic Eagle. Pelican is the greatest of flyers. It takes a huge amount of energy for them to get off of the water, but once in flight they soar upon the unseen up-currents for hours & days, able to traverse continents, almost without effort. With this ability to fly into the stratosphere endlessly and effortlessly, they are a symbol of Great Spirit.
A symbol to aspire to: Effortlessness.
And yet the Pelican is also depicted in the alchemical diagrams as having multiple chicks. The chicks, being symbols of our many aspects of spiritual self. She is compelled to peck at her very own breast, making herself bleed and pour blood from her own heart in order to feed her fledgling chicks - an ancient shamanic and profound wisdom symbol.
Even the very greatest adept of effortless flight, needs to sacrifice to self, in a painful symbol, of self love, giving of self to self and in order to nourish our spirit selves, our own inner growing children.
Here I was, in the bush by the waters, being reminded, nurtured by nature herself, sacrificing my time, my busy day, my sorrowful bleeding heart in order to feed & nourish my soul.
It completely astounds me that almost without exception, when I consciously go out into nature for healing and connection as opposed to just going for a walk in the bush, nature, great spirit, provides me with the nutrients I need. To see Self or some aspect of myself, reflected back to me, coloured by verdant wisdom and earthy grounded insights.
Nurturing one’s self, one’s spirit, as the Pelican mythically does, in order that we may fly more effortlessly through life, is important. Making time for Nature to nurture us, as a mother nurtures her children, is an art lost to most.
An old aboriginal Uncle, unfortunately I don’t recall who, but I think that’s OK, as in my mind he’s become archetypal wisdom & represents all indigenous people. When asked, “What is the most important thing you can do to help white fellas understand the deep connection to country that aboriginal peoples feel” he replied:
“Sit down on the ground in’da bush, for 2 hours. Shut up, be quiet.”
This answer was so profoundly simple. It left an indelible mark on me.
Remember to honour yourself & nurture your own spirit. No one else can like our own ancient mother, Nature.
Anthony Ashworth is a Shaman and House Whisperer. He takes people into pristine nature on what he calls Spirit walks and guides people with shamanic techniques, to easily reconnect with nature and with themselves. click for information on Spirit Walks
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