Owl Medicine — Discernment and Wisdom

I just came across this image through Facebook. There is an uncanny similarity with the image in my previous post where I talked about the significance of OWL’s appearance.

In January 2012, I had a similar experience of OWL showing up, also in a powerful way. I posted about it here. I reviewed what I wrote then about OWL’s messages. Did I not get it the first time, hence, OWL is making her presence felt again?

I’m highly intuitive and ultra-sensitive. It is a gift for which I am ever-grateful and appreciative.

The gift of sensing subtle energies though can be quite a challenge. I’m sure fellow intuitives and sensitives can relate and attest to that.

It can be quite frustrating and draining especially when it comes to sensing other people’s energies, especially the truthfulness — or lack thereof — in what they convey about their thoughts and feelings, motives and intentions.

In my experience, often, what I’m sensing is not what they’re showing or saying  — or, at least, what they’re attempting to make me believe.  They have an ulterior motive, but they conceal it from me; They think they can.

“A truth can walk naked, but a lie always needs to be dressed.”

I have also met — although, sadly, they’re a minority tribe — those who have, in fact, shown me genuine and authentic kindness and generosity. And for them, I am grateful and appreciative.

For the most part though, those who have shown kindness to me later proved to be so only because they wanted or needed to get something from me.

Sure, I get that we all may need or want something from someone. It is very much a part of the human experience and interaction. Such is life.

But I prefer that the person be more upfront and direct with me with what they want or need, instead of giving me the run around. It’s like buttering me before I’m roasted!

I would often doubt other people’s motives when I feel something is off. I’m not simply cynical or being “negative” because as it turns out, my hunches would prove accurate. Quite accurate, in fact.

Of course, part of the reason for my experiences and interactions with such ill-intentioned individuals is for me to hone my skill of discernment and trusting.

When people beat around the bush and sugar coat, it makes me feel very, very uncomfortable — and angry, to a certain degree. “Ginagawa nila akong tanga! (They make me dumb and stupid!)”

Of course, admittedly, and as I shared in my previous post, I have been quite gullible and overly trusting in the past with many a scheming individuals. And I know that when I continue to encounter such energies and individuals now, part of the anger that I feel is my unforgiveness towards myself.

How could I have been so stupid? How could I have believed them? How could I have allowed them to take me for a ride? How could I have trusted them? And here I am, again, encountering this individual with a similar deceptive energy and (ill) motive.

To break this pattern of gullibility, I need to forgive myself for such unwise choices in the past. I also need to look at my encounters with scheming energies and intentions as blessings in disguise. See beyond the malice — intended or otherwise — and find the gift by viewing it as an opportunity to practice and strengthen my skill of discerning.

That way, I am beginning a new pattern of trusting — in its purest form, one that’s Divinely-guided — through discernment and by listening to and following my intuitive gifts.

“Why in the world would I think that about this person?”

I referred to my two most favorite sources of animal messages and read up again on the explanations and meanings of Owl’s appearance. The messages can’t get any clearer and louder!

animalspiritguideIn Animal Spirit Guides: An Easy-to-Use Handbook for Identifying and Understanding Your Power Animals and Animal Spirit Helpers, author Steven Farmer says,

“If OWL shows up, it means:

Be alert to any deception on the part of others, whether they’re aware of it or not, and look closely behind any guises that they may wear. This is a particularly ripe period to tap in to the fount of intuitive wisdom that’s available to you. Quietly observe your environment, watching and listening for signs and omens that will give you answers to any questions you may have.

Call on OWL when:

You’re facing a difficult decision, one that has considerable consequences, and you want to make the decision that will reap the best benefits for all concerned. You want to be more discerning about someone as to what is true and what is illusion or deception.”

animalspeakIn Animal-Speak:  The Spiritual & Magical Powers of Creatures Great & Small, author Ted Andrews writes,

“One who works with owl medicine will be able to see and hear what others try to hide. You will hear what is not being said, and you will see what is hidden or in the shadows. You can detect and pinpoint the subtleties. This can make others uncomfortable because they will not be able to deceive you about their motives or actions. Owl people have a unique ability to see into the darkness of others’ souls and life. This is very scary to most people. This vision and hearing capability has metaphysical links to the gifts of clairvoyance and clairaudience as well.

“The owl, as a bird of the night, can teach all of the secrets of the night. These secrets involve everything that transpires when the Sun is gone. Owls are the eyes of the night, and they see what is not in the open.

“The owl has a third eyelid that moves from side to side. It cleanses the eye, clearing its vision. Again this symbolizes so much about new vision opening to you. It often reflects that you were born very perceptive—with a vision of others that you may or may not have recognized or acknowledgedOften those with an owl as a power totem have a unique ability for seeing into the eyes and souls of others. Often these perceptions are discarded as wild imaginings or with such phrases as “Why in the world would I think that about this person?” These kinds of imaginings, positive and negative, should be trusted.” 

Without a doubt, OWL is reminding me of one of my most important growth opportunities — the ability to discern, to trust my intuition and fully embrace my gifts of clairvoyance, clairaudience, clairsentience, and claircognizant.

The veil has been lifted

To you OWL, I am indebted

Your message I will follow and heed

Your presence I will call upon when discernment is what I need

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Copyright © 2011-2014 Nadine Marie V. Niguidula, M.A. and Aligning With Truth

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11 Responses to Owl Medicine — Discernment and Wisdom

  1. Pingback: When OWL Appears | Aligning With Truth

  2. What a beautiful and powerful totem you have coming up with Owl medicine, NadineMarie. And I do resonate with what you’ve shared about being an intuitive-sensitive who can sense behind the facade, and its gifts and challenges. “It’s like buttering me before I’m roasted!” … that made me smile, though I’ve experienced that as well (easier to see in hindsight, though, isn’t it?). Thanks for sharing the post and wisdom on Owl (an ancient symbol of Feminine Wisdom). xoxo Jamie

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    • Thank you too Jamie and you’re most welcome! Yes, everything is so much easier and lighter in hindsight. 🙂 Owl and her wisdom…what a gift! 🙂

      Blessed be,
      ❤ ❤ ❤ NadineMarie ❤ ❤ ❤

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  3. Grace says:

    Love this post…I wrote about Owl visiting me last week, and wrote only a piece of her medicine. Reading this was a reminder and an affirmation of what Owl was reminding me of…and what is important for me now. Like you, I hate it when people beat around the bush or talk untruthfully, even when it’s an act of omission more than confession. Just happened to me last week with someone I consider a very close friend. Rather than just being honest with me about something, she talked around it. That hurt. But Owl comforts me with the knowledge that I have the sight to see through the darkness to the intent. I know her intent was (a) to get what she wanted and (b) not to hurt me.

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    • I’m sorry to hear about your experience with your friend. It’s one thing when people conceal the truth in their deeds or words — intentionally or not, knowingly or not. Coming from a friend though, a very close one at that…I can imagine Grace how that can reeeally hurt! But thanks to Owl, and yay to you for having seen through it! 🙂

      And I’m going to sound like a broken record here, but over and over again, I have encountered people who have difficulty speaking truthfully. As you said, whether it’s an “act of omission more than confession,” lies, untruths do hurt!

      Of course, having been there myself, having gagged myself, and, as I’m sure you also know, it’s really FEAR that’s underneath that. And it is a fear that I continue to overcome as the wound of silencing myself is a deeply embedded one.

      Thank you for visiting and sharing your experiences and insights Grace!

      Blessed be.
      ❤ ❤ ❤ NadineMarie ❤ ❤ ❤

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  4. Betsy says:

    Thank you again Nadine Marie…I needed some strength and reinforcement today…to stick to my resolve to walk away from a very addictive relationship. I was the one, of course, who sensed the dysfunction from the beginning yet I ignored it…and whoa Nelly, did I ever pay the price for not listening to my inner voice. Instead, I let HIM convince me there was no harm in going forward together. Meanwhile, my body let me know that something is all wrong here. Now, 15 months later, I must pull on every tool I’ve got to keep me walking away from it. I DO know it is an opportunity to learn and grow though…I feel the hand of the Divine in all of this.

    I am also an intuitive-sensitive. I have not yet learned to value or trust my Knowing. It seems these abilities get quashed in childhood, all in the name of ‘belonging to the tribe’ or fitting in to the family-of-origin. As adults we must re-learn to use the gifts and also learn to follow our own path…which often means distancing ourselves from the familiar and feeling profoundly alone, again and again, until we learn to feel the true Connection. That’s where I am now, daily, hourly, having to choose my Self over the instant gratification which leads to misery again and again.

    I’m so grateful for your posts, which are a part of my current journey. And grateful that Owl showed up to remind me that my intuition is real, it is something I can nurture and believe in and trust. It will guide me towards that which is the highest good…if I am willing to trust in it. Oh Lord give me strength!

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    • Addictive relationships are one of the most difficult to get out of. How do I know? Been there myself Betsy! I can relate to the difficulty you’re going through. Of course, the other will convince us — manipulate, in my case — to make us believe, to make us hold on to the slightest sliver of hope, that we ought to stay together. Those of us who grew up in abusive environments end up in abusive relationships which are a form of a drug! I can’t count the number of times that I went back and forth, breaking up and getting back together… When I finally walked away from it, and I was able to stay strong in my resolve, boy did that feel powerful! Oh yes, it scared me out of my wits — initially at least! But as you said, the hand of the Divine is in it and will guide you through! ❤

      The desire to belong took me a looooong time to overcome. I wasn’t even aware that I had such a desire and how strong it was. It wasn’t until I let go of such a desire — as I realized that it wasn’t essential to my well-being — that I felt much freedom. It continues to be part of my process and my journey. Nowadays, when people ask me about family and country, I say, with much pride, “I AM a child of the Universe; I AM the Universe. I AM a citizen of the world; I AM the world.” I AM all these and more! As you said Betsy, the only true connection to my origin that truly matters and which I need to continue to strengthen and deepen is that with Source.

      I’m so happy that my posts are helping you in your journey! 🙂 Reading such comments are a validation of my decision to write and blog as a way of carrying out my mission.

      We really have much to thank Owl for – along with many other animal spirit guides! ❤

      Blessed be…
      ❤ ❤ ❤ NadineMarie ❤ ❤ ❤

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  5. Betsy says:

    OMG..I was feeling a little dejected that Owl had not PERSONALLY appeared to me except indirectly through this blog post. A few moments later, I made a rare visit to Facebook and the post at the very top of the page was a gorgeous photo of an Owl. !!! ❤

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    • Isn’t that amazing? We humans can be really so funny. When we want something, we want it NOW, and we want it to come in the EXACT FORM that we want it, instead of allowing the Universe to deliver to us whatever and however suits our needs and best interests the most! Blessed be…. ❤ ❤ ❤ NadineMarie ❤ ❤ ❤

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  6. Wonderful post.. I am a great believer in animal totems.. And have several I know turn up to nudge me along when needed.. Loved your in-depth post of this subject.. And having just painted an owl for a friend whose totem it is.. Again its great when synchronisity shows up this way… 🙂
    Have a Perfect week..
    Sue

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    • Yes Sue, I am so thankful that I was led to the realm of animal totems as it has aided me in my journey of self-discovery — and in a most powerful way at that! Loooove synchronicities! Can’t be/can’t live without them! 🙂

      Thanks for stopping by. A wonderful week to you too!

      Blessed be… ❤ ❤ ❤ NadineMarie ❤ ❤ ❤

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