For three days now, I've had weird stomach stuff going on. It starts up in the early evening, before dinner time, making me not want to eat at all. By bed time I've been having difficulty taking a deep breath or even standing fully straight. When my husband asked, I pointed to the spot where the pain is most acute and he said - that's your gallbladder. That makes no sense to me though, from all I know about what causes gallbladder distress. A low fat, no animal fat diet, consisting primarily of raw fruits and veggies should not be a problem for the old gallbladder! In chinese medicine, gallbladder issues can be a sign of holding bitterness and anger, which I thought about - am I bitter? I sure have had my periods of bitter anger in the past, but I'm really not feeling either these days - I'm actually feeling more free and peaceful within myself than I have maybe ever! Perhaps it wasn't my gallbladder, but it is in that region of the body, and you see how I mull things over! Thankfully, I've started to improve - perhaps because of the attention I'm giving to the ideas it has provoked?Anyway, in my quiet time this morning I kept getting an image of a crow. At one point, during my visualization, this giant crow hopped over, dipped his head toward me and pulled out a perfectly round, white stone, pearl like, from my stomach region, just below my sternum. Crow, in the Medicine Cards, created by Jamie Sams and David Carson, is described as a symbol of Sacred Law, protector of all sacred texts, and represents an omen of change. Merging the realms of dark and light, Crow lives in timelessness, knowing the present, past, and future all at once. When Crow appears in a card spread (or as I believe, in your meditation, back yard, popping up where ever if you see a repeated pattern), asks you to take a look at how you see human law vs sacred law, and asks you to recognize your own personal law or truth. It asks are you living by that truth and walking the talk? I ask myself am I listening and living my personal truth fully? What is my life's mission and how can I fully embrace and live it?Also interesting (to me!) is that the discomfort I am experiencing is in the stomach, or third chakra region. The 3rd chakra rules personal power, will, ego identity, and self esteem. It's also where you set boundaries for yourself - knowing how much to give, and how much to keep for oneself. Between Crow's wisdom and what I know about chakras, I'd say I'm being asked to find the balance of how I use my inner knowledge in my outer world, how I remain present and true to myself as I move through this human plane. Of course, that's something we're all trying to do, don't you think? How do you learn from your body's messages?
Just for fun, I thought I'd share this video I came across,
which shows just how dang smart and adaptable crows are!