My Deer Ones

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Deer hunting season in North Carolina ended on January 1st and I’m always happy to see it go. Don’t get me wrong. I understand that the deer population needs to be culled and many hunters do it responsibly and with respect. It is just hard for me to hear the gunshots or a pack of hunting dogs on a scent behind my property. I cannot think of anything more terrifying to a deer that a pack of dogs on its trail.

I know that some take refuge in a certain area of my land at night and I bless them in the morning when I see where they have bedded down. The truth is that I love these magnificent creatures and consider them MY deer.

These are the ones who come onto my land in the spring and leave their fawn for safekeeping as the doe go off to feed. I have come across these young, speckled fawn over the years. Once when I was quietly pruning blueberries, I almost stepped on one nestled in between the blueberry bushes.

Another fawn had a particularly challenging start to its life when my dog found it untended in the woods. I heard this scream and looked up to find a very young fawn being pulled out of the woods by my lab. No! You cannot kill Bambi!, I thought, and ran over to get my dog off of it. Separated and unharmed, the poor little fawn wobbled off down the slope to get away from this canine. I knew mom would find it and took the dog in the house.

A few weeks later, once again, I was outside working and heard that scream again. Sure enough, my dog grabbed that fawn for a second time. It was now a little older and stronger and after I separated them, it lay there panting for a few moments before it got up and calmly returned to the safety of the woods. Another close call for Bambi, but saved. I like to think my dog just wanted a playmate, but I also understand her hunting instinct and take no chances.

And yes, the story is not quite over. This fawn appeared once more a few weeks later. I noticed the mother first, grazing on the grass. Then I saw the fawn, much larger with fewer spots. It saw us too, but this time it just tossed its head and gracefully pranced out of range of the dog who found it twice before. I just laughed with the knowledge that it survived at least into its adolescent years.

They come, first one or two and then in larger groups into the blueberry patch to feed in summer. Does bring their fawns, some with twins, some accompanied by a buck. I don’t worry about it. There are enough berries for all of us. I realize that I am not the owner of this land, only the steward. And I am also not the only creature to call it home.

One summer, I watched three deer walk into the blueberry patch to feed. I went out onto the porch and whistled. All three deer came out of the patch, stood in a row with ears peaked, looking over at me. I could just hear them saying to me, ‘What? Can’t you see that we are feeding?’ I told them that I was just about to come out with the dog and thought it would be best if they left. And they did, begrudgingly. I’m sure they came back later to continue their dinner when they could do so undeterred by the ‘guard’ dog.

And so the cycle begins once more. Those who survived the hunt will return and leave their fawn for safe-keeping as they go off to feed. Later in the summer, I will see blue scat in the blueberry patch as they continue to enjoy the blueberries. Another year of living in harmony with MY deer on the farm.

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Awakening

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The time for rest has passed

And new growth is emerging all around you.

Tender in its infancy,

Soon to gain strength

With nourishment and love.

Dear One, for many of you, this is the time of spring, when buds and blossoms begin to emerge after winter’s slumber. For many of you, this time of year brings with it hope of new beginnings and abundance. The cycle of life once again begins to spin its wondrous web of connection throughout the Universe.

As we have said before, you are a part of this natural cycle, since you are a part of the Mother; and you also are beginning to awaken from a long rest. The connection you have with the Mother gently pulls you along as you open up to a new day and a new cycle. This is why springtime brings joy to many of you, for you can feel the offering of endless possibilities and opportunities.

The darkness of the rest time purposely leads you inward towards self-examination and self-realization; providing a restorative time of quiet and contemplation. During these times you begin to discover more intimate parts of yourself, previously unexamined or unknown, and the forces of the Universe gently guide you through the reflective process.

Now you are being encouraged to take that leap of faith, in yourself and in the Universe, to move forward using that new-found inner strength that is now rising to the surface of your being. You are more than you have ever imagined. You have greatness within that is beginning to appear in your daily life. You, Dear One, are a child of the Universe, and with that comes all the love, the support and the knowledge of the Entirety of Being.

Can you follow the lead of the Mother and allow the warmth, the light of the love shining above you, to urge you forward? Can you allow the blossoms of your gifts to unfold and gently be pollinated to be shared with others around you? Can you allow the fruits of your restorative period to now emerge with all their sweet nectar?

It is your time to awaken in all of your beauty, in all of your glory, as you are gently urged forward to be the wondrous being you truly are. Remember your place in this world. Look around you and know that all of creation is awakening beside you and urging you to do the same. It is impossible not to open your petals to love as the web of connection pulls you forward. It is time.

Feel the joy around you. Honor the gentle awakenings of the Mother as she reveals her tender leaves, filled with possibilities of beauty and strength. Everything before you is a part of the Mother, a part of the Source. Honor and respect all sentient beings as they continue on their individual life cycles. Honor and respect your own life cycle, without fear, for you are not alone in this.

You are surrounded by loving beings, appearing to you through the Mother, through your companions, and yes, through those flashes of light you might see out of the corner of your eye. Love surrounds you, Dear One. Love fills your being and it is beginning to flow upwards and outwards, just as the sap of the trees begins to rise at this time.

Allow your true self to emerge in all of its glory. Allow yourself to be pulled forward, gently, by the tug of the heart-strings of the Source, of the Mother, of the All That Is. The Light is calling to you. Can you hear it? Can you feel it stirring something deep within you? Oh, loving, dearest One. It is your time to shine.

Look towards the light and allow it to draw you out, out of the deep slumber where you have resided for the recent past. Open yourself to the possibilities of life that lay on the path before you.

Trust.

Have faith.

And allow the love to flow.

Remember you are a being of love

And only love.

Dear One With All of Thee.