This is a countdown, for me, to a milestone birthday. My intent is to move towards this event with a sense of determination and power. So I am challenging myself to writing each day but more than that to guiding my writing with messages. These messages are being derived from Spirit Message Cards. Each day, I shuffle the cards and pull two. The cards make a simple statement. If I need further explanation, one is provided in a small guide book. Today’s needed a bit more explanation for me.
“Practice shapeshifting by altering your physical appearance and mannerisms.”
The Spirit Animal connected with this message is the Octopus. That better explains what it means to “shapeshift” don’t you think? No? Ok then I’ll read into it a bit more.
It seems it really is about altering your appearance, especially focusing on body language and voice qualities. It says that with practice I will become skilled at modifying my aura.
Now, there it got me! I love the whole notion of paying attention to your energy field. I just never actually thought about it this way. But why practice taking on different personas? That was explained too. It suggested studying the behavior of animals. Their superpower is their ability to adapt to different situations. This is about adapting.
Ok, so how can I practice “shapeshifting”? Well, as luck would have it, this weekend might be the perfect opportunity. I won’t be writing for a few days, actually, but when I return I’ll share my experience and the countdown will continue.
Today, I join my daughter and two grandchildren for a journey, by car, to the airport in Chicago; a two and a half hour drive with two littles will be my first shapeshift test. I will practice the art of distraction by storytelling, joyfully singing Baby Shark over and over again and probably reaching dangerously over seats to replace dropped books, toys, and snacks. Don’t worry, I’m not the driver! But let’s hope I don’t pull a muscle! And then, we’ll be spending the night at a hotel where I’ll get to practice sleeping with two littles in the same strange place. That ought to test every last nerve.
Tomorrow, I’ll get the opportunity to practice my calm breathing while we maneuver the littles through airport lines and sitting patiently in our seats while we pretend to be birds flying through the sky.
When we land, my persona will change yet again. Our destination takes us to the home of my other daughter and there will, then, be four excited children and two sisters who haven’t been face to face in months. So my energy field will stay focused on watching children interact without causing physical harm so my daughters have a chance to relax a bit.
Now, here is where card #2 comes in:
“Make a stand for what you believe in and do what feels right in spite of any judgement or disapproval.”
Whenever my two daughters are together, they tend to gang up on me. Now, mind you we have a great relationship separately but, when together, I catch glimpses of mockery, chastisement and eye rolling. I am being judged! Probably they talk about me all the time between themselves but when we’re together, I have to practice shapeshifting into a bit of a guarded wall.
Now, though, because of this message coming at this time, I will watch for those occurrences and actually take a stand. That will likely be a shapeshift they won’t expect but it will be a great one for me to practice.
This countdown, it seems, is becoming all about taking a stand.
I like it!