I open the front door and step out to take my morning walk along the beach. A flock of pigeons greets me, flying only a few feet away, right in front of me. I smile in gratitude for the pigeons’ greeting. What a way to begin the morning! 🙂 What a blessing! 🙂
I take my walk, and I find another group of pigeons feeding on the ground. Pink ribbons catch my attention. The pink feathers are beautifully adorning the back of the female, white doves! They look like pretty ribbons — what a charming sight! 🙂
Pigeon is showing up and catching my attention.
Hmmm…What might be her message for me?
In Animal-Speak: The Spiritual & Magical Powers of Creatures Great & Small, my go-to bible for animal messages, there isn’t much that’s written about the symbolism of Pigeon that resonated with me. However, author Ted Andrews points out, “It would be wise for anyone with a pigeon as a totem to study the characteristics of the dove as well.”
Here’s the meaning and message of the appearance of Dove:
“The song of the dove speaks to all who hear it. Its mournful tones stir the emotions, the internal waters. 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 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.”
To mourn. To grieve. That’s the message!
To mourn all that I’ve let go of in my life. To grieve over all that I’ve released.
“The dove is also a ground feeder, reflective of keeping contact with Mother Earth and the creative possibilities of the feminine energies on earth. The Earth, a female planet, should remind us that creation and new birth is available to all of us upon it. The mourning dove helps us to remember that. 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. “
I have the power within me to create and bring joy to my life. That’s my reminder. I have equipped myself with enough tools and resources — to truly be in my power, my own center of creation and manifestation. I’m being reminded that I can tap into the unlimited and abundant resources available to me, through my connection to Source.
However, before I can truly be in the space of creation, I need to first mourn and grieve over what I have let go and released. I need to let go completely — and not only of what was but also what can no longer be. Only then will I truly be in the space of creation —without the baggage and garbage.
In my most recent post, I wondered if there’s any difference between “giving up” and “letting go.” I’m realizing — thanks to Pigeon and Dove — mourning and grieving are what will take me from a place of simply having given up, to truly and fully having let go.
I may have decided to not subscribe anymore to certain limiting beliefs and programs, to break destructive patterns and habits, to keep away from toxic people and relationships, to release disempowering thoughts and emotions, to change unhealthy lifestyles. But how much of those have I properly and effectively grieved over? Dove and Pigeon remind me of the need to grieve and mourn over the loss. I may even need to perform grief rituals and ceremonies to effect mourning, healing, and completion.
Ahhh…Completion. That is the ultimate destination.
It is only after I have properly mourned and grieved that I would then feel complete and make peace with anyone or anything not being in my life or possession anymore.
And then I can say, with much certainty, that I have not simply given up, but have truly and fully let go.
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