Yesterday I went to the annual Native American Pow-Wow held in Seattle. Despite rain, the fabulous show went on. As I walked amongst the vendors, I saw a magical stand with animal pelts, horns and bones and was drawn to a box full of tortoise shells.
The tortoise, as it turns out means the following in spiritual mythology:
“Because of its seemingly wide-eyed, long-lived, carefree attitude the turtle is often thought to be the wisest of souls among the animal kingdom. We would all do well to take this as a lesson and move at our own pace as the turtle does.
Furthermore, the turtle takes its wisdom one day at a time – not reacting, simply accepting and moving on in its natural methods. Again, this is a powerful analogy for humankind, and we would benefit from adopting the same behavior pattern.
Turtles share an association with water, which lends meanings of motion, intuition and emotion to the myriad of more symbolic meanings of the turtle.”
I felt validated by reading this meaning, as I have been taking my time over the last month researching and investigating many opportunities, trusting my intuition as I’ve gone along.
Thinking about turtle, I was also reminded of how Reiki will bring about transformation when it is ready. I had 2 box turtles many years ago, and one was very delayed in coming out of hibernation. I had just learned Reiki, so I gave him some, not knowing what to expect. The next day, his little head popped out of his shell and he started eating the worms and greens I had left for him.
Thank you great turtle for the reminder of your endless patience!