Trust What Appears Around Us


I truly believe that everything that we do and everyone that we meet is put in our path for a purpose. There are no accidents; we’re all teachers – if we’re willing to pay attention to the lessons we learn, trust our positive instincts and not be afraid to take risks or wait for some miracle to come knocking at our door.

~ Marla Gibbs

Animal Messengers


I have thought for a long time that there are no coincidences in life.  You meet people along your way through life that can help change and shape where you are going and who you are meant to become.  When I went left to go live in Seattle for graduate school, my plan was to get my masters in nutrition.  I really had never heard about acupuncture or thought for one minute that I would become an acupuncturist.  However, I met a man out there that just kept insisting that I should be one.  He even invited a professor for dinner because he was so convinced that this was my life path.  Thank goodness that he knew it, because my life would certainly be very different if I had never studied acupuncture.  So while I firmly believe that people are placed on our path to help lead and guide us, Anita has also taught me that animals can do the same thing.  Have you ever had the experience when you are mulling over what decision to make that just as you are thinking about it, an unexpected animal crosses your path? Or for several days in a row, you keep seeing the same animal or bird that you rarely had seen before?  Or you have a favorite bird or animal that when you see it, it makes you feel happy?  If you are not sure, start paying more attention.  Then google that animal medicine and see what it is trying to tell you.

Several weeks ago Anita and I were coming back from paddle boarding and we saw this huge turtle on the side of the road.  We stopped to take a photo and then wondered what message it was bringing to us.  When I googled turtle medicine, this is what I found…

“We are always exactly where we are supposed to be.  By the laws of nature, it can not be otherwise.  Turtle is home wherever she goes because she takes her home with her. Her medicine advises us to own our space and take the time we need.”

Then several weeks ago, I saw this bear two mornings in a row.  What could that mean I thought?  When I looked that up, this is what I found…

“Bear is the epitome of the protective mother.  She represents your hidden strength.  Bear says to look inward in order to know one’s self.  Her medicine awakens the power of the unconscious.”

When you look up the animal medicine, you can find many sites with multiple meanings, but there seems to always be one that resonates with where you are at in the moment.  Anita has loved Blue Herons for years, so whenever I see one, I always get a good feeling.  On a recent college tour trip, on the morning before a visit, there was a beautiful heron out on the water.  It gave me that same good feeling.  That feeling stayed through the whole tour and that college remains one of my favorites.

If you have had an experience with animal medicine, please share it with us.  And if you haven’t yet, you will now!


Published by acunut

Acupuncturist, Nutritionist and co-director of Wellspring Holistic Center with Anita Bondi

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