I used to think that symbols and metaphors were merely the fanciful creations of poets, musicians and artists. But after years of life coaching, and hearing metaphor after metaphor from my clients, I now realize that artists don’t create the metaphors as much as observe them. Our lives are filled to the brim with meaningful symbols. Life is always communicating with us symbolically, and we can benefit greatly from the conversation, if we “listen” to it.
You can start paying more attention to the symbols in your life by paying more attention to what I call “the big three” — your home, your car and the animals that come into your life.
From my clients, I have learned that your house represents you, your car represents you “on the go” and the animals that come into your life are bringing particular messages.
Let me use my life as an example.
Currently, I am going through a period of break down (“death”), a time for ending old ways and allowing new ways of being to emerge. As you may already know, I took a month-long personal transformation tour a few weeks back, and man did it stir things up.
When I returned home, I found they had begun the planned renovation on the place I’ve been living. Interestingly, they had basically started tearing out walls and flooring right around the time I began a deep workshop on my trip; that is, right as I was tearing out some of the old “walls” within myself.
So my home has definitely been reflecting me.
Then, the day after I got back, I took my car to the shop and found out it needed a whole new transmission.
House being rebuilt.
Car being rebuilt.
Me being rebuilt.
Could it be any clearer?
That’s not a typo. We found an owl in the house. That’s him (or her) in the photo.
So, of course, I looked up the symbolism for the owl online and got this:
“The traditional meaning of the owl spirit animal is the announcer of death, most likely symbolic like a life transition, change.”
Okay, let’s check the symbolism scoreboard:
1. My car dies.
2. My home gets deconstructed so much that I’m told I need to move out.
3. An owl, the “announcer of death and transition” decides to sleep over in my torn-down-to-sheet-rock living room.
I’d say three for three, wouldn’t you?
And somehow for me, it’s much easier to face all this death and destruction (and impending rebirth) with the Universe talking to me symbolically. It sort of says to me, “this may not be fun, but it’s meant to be. Just go with it.”
And so I am.
What are your home, car and the animals in your life (or other symbols) saying to you?
Make it your habit to listen to what life is saying to you. And if you have anything to share, I’d love for you to do so below.
Love, blessings, and rebirth,
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