Why is Crow showing up for me right now? According to Ted Andrews, Crow’s message is “The secret magic of creation is calling you”. Crow is legendary for its intelligence, watchfulness, adaptability and its remarkable voice range. Mythologically, Crow is associated with creation and the archetypal forces that surround us and is symbolic with “magic that is alive within our world every day and available to us” (p. 132).
There seems to be a synchronicity between Crow’s appearance and my discussed dream image of ‘the baby with the gaping wound’, whose inside was empty, except for the presence of vital organs, prominently the heart’. I meditated on the meaning of emptiness in terms of an ‘absence of presence’, but then there is also the Buddhist tenet that ‘all things are empty of intrinsic existence and nature’.
What started as a disturbing image turned into one of deep inspiration as I thought about it being analogous to an acorn that has to burst open to grow into the mature oak tree. This was affirmed for me while listening to Polly Young-Eisendrath’s talk on the Jung Platform’s Soulful Life summit: “Your brokenness is the door”. Polly encourages us to engage with our brokenness which will connect us with our Purpose and lead us to enlightenment. Our deepest wounding is the gift. We need to be open to receive ‘The Teachings’.
The lesson I am taking from the resonance between my inner and outer worlds is that we need to connect with our feelings of suffering in order to be full participants as co-creators of this magical universe. As Leonard Cohen said: “There is a crack in everything, that’s how the light gets in.”
- Animal Speak, Ted Andrews, 1993.
(2) Chris Wood
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