There are these precious moments in the natural world where a portal opens and magic enters. In April, a young female Mourning Dove arrived at the ranch. She was not afraid of people, and she allowed us to come very close, feed her out of our hand, and even gently stroke her chest. I named her “Lovey Dovey.” For a short time, she participated in sessions with clients. Here is the story of one of those enchanted sessions.
Upon entering the round pen with Julietta on this blustery April day, Kristi declared that her inquiry was to get clarity on,“What is my path? Who am I now? “How do I, this sensitive person who doesn’t have a wall up, navigate in this world? ” Kristi is healing from a brain injury caused by a car accident.
She began speaking about this in broad strokes – “I want to do something that will contribute to others. I can see that someday when I am completely healed, I could do something that will help others who are experiencing the same type of injury as me.”
Then, she started identifying her fears and limiting beliefs: “I am afraid of failure…..I am afraid to take that next step……Will I be accepted into the PRIDE program?……There is some comfort in being the victim.”
Julietta held the space for Kristi to go deep into her inquiry, standing by her side and going into a trance. In retrospect, I see that Julietta was acting as the bridge between what Kristi could see about her current reality, and what was possible to see and feel about the reality she desired .
Lovey Dovey was a huge contribution to this session. She sat by me on the rail of the round pen, cooing throughout the session. At a pivotal point, she flew down to the ground, walked over to Kristi, and held space for her. Then, she flew back to the fence and cooed for us again! . What a wonderful blessing and support she was! It was tacitly evident that she approached Kristi to awaken her imagination, creativity, and awareness of invisible support.
I looked up Dove in one of my favorite books on animal medicine – “Animal Speak” by Ted Andrews. Here is what he has to say:
The Dove holds the medicine of Feminine Energies of Peace, Maternity and Prophecy.
Cycle of Power: Dawn and Dusk.
“The dove has a tremendous wealth of lore and legend surrounding it, most of which centers around the traditional feminine and mother symbols. Because of its association with many goddesses, it was considered the embodiment of the maternal instinct. The Pueblo Indians honored the dove and used its feathers to adorn their prayer sticks. The song of the dove was believed to be an indication of where water could be found. Its song would signify waterholes or springs to which the dove must return at dusk to drink.
The dove’s song is its most distinctive characteristic. The voice of the dove is the rain song. Out of its mourning, it invokes new waters of life. Its song should remind us that no matter what our life conditions, new waters and new life are still possible. The Earth is a female planet, and this should remind us that creations and new birth is available to all of us upon it.
Although its song is heard throughout the day, it seems more distinct at dawn and dusk. These are the “Between Times” – a time in which there is a thinning of the veils between the physical and the spiritual, the past and the future. The dove can help you to use these times to see the creation process active within your own life.
The song of this totem tells you to mourn what has passed, but awaken to the promise of the future. It is a bird of prophecy and can help you to see what you can give birth to in your life.”
The power of the medicine that Lovey Dovey represented in this session says it all.
I commended Kristi for her courage; for her commitment to stand by her heart, her core beliefs and desires. She has been tenacious in her quest, and has surrendered to the process with the vulnerability that is required in order to gain clarity and insight. It was a privilege to witness this beautiful dance between a human and Mother Nature.