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It’s a bird, it’s a plane…it’s a jellyfish cloud? Trusting messages that are trying to find you.

It is funny to me that much of my writing discusses synchronicities and spirituality because I grew up extremely cynical and skeptical about these kinds of things. I think this makes for an even more beautiful connection with Life, when you are ready, because it means that what you feel, see, perceive and understand is truly earned. It’s not blind faith, it’s faith after doing the work, experimenting with what you really believe, and being open to what Life has in store for you. I’ve been shown over and over and over, everyday magic that I no longer doubt or question.

I love that.

The beginning of this week was not a highlight for me (or maybe it was, depending on my vantage point). I’m a very sensitive person and I’ve been working through some deep emotional stuff that has had painful elements to it, though there have been gorgeous gifts as well. I am grateful.

But, when you are in the pain, sometimes it’s hard to see the big picture. For me, that’s when FAITH comes in, and a willingness to believe that whatever ails you is teaching you something and making you stronger, even if in the moment it feels like complete agony. I’ve never done a marathon but maybe this is what mile 20 feels like??

I decided to get out of the house and go for a walk. The sun, fresh air and open sky always have a way of shifting the energy and making me remember that, somehow, everything life is manageable – all of it. I asked for a ‘sign’ that I was on the right path or at least headed in the right direction, and I looked up at the sky. This is what I saw:

When I saw this cloud, for some reason, I immediately thought, “There is a huge jellyfish right in the middle of the sky.” I don’t know anything about jellyfish. I’ve never been stung by one and maybe have only ever seen a couple of them in my entire life. Also, while I’m familiar with numerous animal totems, I knew nothing about the symbolism of jellyfish, or even if they even had a meaning.

This is what I learned:

The transparency of the jellyfish teaches the inner source within each of us. We have an enormous amount of power within us to draw upon. We can turn on the light even in the depths of darkness through the wisdom the jellyfish. It often shows up just when you believe there is no hope left. The jellyfish sting symbolizes that even the most vulnerable has the ability to shield and protect itself from outside influences. The jellyfish is an electrifying totem. It offers a spark to energize and illuminate. (from about.com)


Jellyfish’s medicine includes – sensitivity to water energy (emotions), understanding of the value of floating rather than swimming through trying emotional times, proper use of softness (not being rigid), ability to become untangled from the webs of peril in life, acceptance and faith.

These are the only creatures that rely on movement for the sustenance of their lives – they have almost no ability to move on their own, depending oceans currents and the directions of the wind to move it on the way that it must go.

As they move in harmony with the currents of life, they show to us how to flow with the natural forces of Mother Earth. There are some ancient healers who hold the belief that the tapestry of true spiritual knowledge is held within the transparent form of the jellyfish. (by Ina Woolcott, shamanicjourney.com)

Perfect. Thank you.

What’s funny to me is that when I look at the photo now, it doesn’t look very jellyfish-ish to me. But a few days ago, that’s all I could see.

This is huge part of the lesson: you have to trust your instincts at that exact moment. We are changing and evolving every second of our lives, and you need to trust what comes precisely when you are meant to receive it. What comes on Monday may be totally different than what lands on Thursday. It is always shifting, just like the water that moves the jellyfish. And the timing is always perfect, if you stay OPEN.

It’s also important to know that we each have our own ‘messages.’ A jellyfish cloud had huge meaning for me, but would likely be completely meaningless for someone else. It was a symbol for me that exact second in time.

What’s the point?

The point is that there are meanings and messages for ALL of us if we believe and have faith in them. Also, we need to be open to the ways they want to arrive, however quirky, weird or unusual. The ‘medicine’ of the jellyfish totem was perfect for me on that day in that exact moment, likely never to be recreated exactly the same way again.

What’s perfect for you today?

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