There are myriad benefits of Forgiveness for both sides of the act. Things like lower heart rate, lower stress and anxiety, less depression, lower blood pressure, increased friendships, increased spiritual well-being, etc. have been shown to result from forgiveness.
On the other hand, lack of ability to forgive self and others eventually leads to depression, anxiety, fear, shame, anger and all kinds of other mental and emotional unrest.
In light of the recently publicized suicides by well-known, seemingly well respected and high functioning celebrities I wonder what part non-forgiveness played in their desperate state. Forgiving ourselves is often more difficult than forgiving others and then we’ve got to live with that guilt every day if we can’t reconcile it. It can certainly wear on us day after day, year after year.
Spiritual practices help us to forgive and I do practice daily but forgiveness is a tough nut to crack for me related to both myself and to some family members. Along comes Turkey Totem! (Read more about Totem Animals here.)
TURKEY: A SPIRIT OF FORGIVENESS
Turkeys, turkeys they’re everywhere! All of a sudden these dinosaur looking birds seem to be all around me. Everywhere I go I see one or a group or I come across a Turkey feather like this one:
My cat plays with 2 Turkeys every day. They follow each other around the yard and just hang together!
I take their overabundant presence in my life as a sign. I then begin searching for the meaning of this sign. In my research, I kept reading that Turkey symbolizes:
- Connection with the spirit of the land, with Mother Earth
- Blessings from the Earth
- Forms of nourishment in our life
- Harvesting the fruits of your efforts and your work
- Importance of community
- Generosity, sharing
- Having enough in our life, satisfaction
Very nice. I love all of this but it did not prompt me to do anything or have an enlightened moment. Then I received an email from my Shamanic Society (CSEE) containing an article about Turkeys! In brief it said,
‘Turkey suggests that clearing ancestral patterns through forgiveness practice would help to ease triggers. Currently, there are lifetimes of very old, ancestral patterns surfacing with a lot of pain highlighted through the genetic code. You inherited your ancestors’ beliefs in fear, separation and suffering via your genes and through the imprinting of your culture. Your wounded ancestors are dramatically calling out, through the body, for help in getting unstuck.’
Bam! Majorly resonant for me. So, I’m off working with Turkey Medicine and am feeling more ease around these issues as well as things I’ve done in the past that I am not proud of.
If you feel you might benefit from the heart softening, forgiveness inducing spirit of Turkey give this 10:00 minute meditation a try. I love it! It at first may sound odd but stick with it and eventually it will feel like a lullaby and a blessing. I would recommend experiencing it several times (maybe once a day for 5 days). I hope you enjoy and come to peace within yourself and toward others who may have wronged you. Gobble, gobble! Thank you kind Turkey for coming into my life.
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