Wednesday, 29 April 2015

Spirit Animal–Great Horned Owl and Wisdom



The Great Horned Owl parents debuted their three new babies in Fish Creek Provincial Park this past week.  The parking lot at the Ranch Restaurant is now full all the time as photographers and nature lovers come to see the family. 

The Great Horned Owl mother and father fly up to our area frequently and sit in the pine trees in our yard or in our neighbours’ yards.  I love to listen to their hooting.  They talk about what hunting is like, and what the breeze/wind is doing.  Sometimes, they seem to be doing a “life talk” about walking in the night to see life through different eyes.  Or, sometimes the talk is about choosing how to live life – either as a leader or as invisible.  Several times, the lesson seems to be about right eating and right action, two of the Buddhist’s precepts.  Always, Owl’s words are thought provoking.

For more blogs on Great Horned Owl see:



Monday, 27 April 2015

Angels Speak - I Choose What I Become



I was thinking about all the different steps in my life that were part of the journey to get where I am now.  I was wondering if I was making the choices or if choices were made for me.  I was really contemplating “free will”.


I looked up free will at and found that there were two definitions.

1.    free and independent choice; voluntary decision:    You took on the responsibility of your own free will.

2.    Philosophy. the doctrine that the conduct of human beings expresses personal choice and is not simply determined by physical or divine forces.


I looked at some of the things in my life that I considered to be a bad choice.  As I examined the circumstances around the choice, I concluded that I did make the choice and that it was the right choice for that set of environmental factors.  If I had not made that choice, I would have made a much bigger mistake down the road.   I decided that we have free will and with it we exercise compassion, give ourselves the ability to change dramatically, and help ourselves mature. 

For other of my blogs on free will, see the following:

Spirit Animal - How Otter Saved The Animals
Spirit Animal – Honouring the Child
Shaman Speak - The Way of Peace


Saturday, 25 April 2015

Angels Speak - Sometimes, Moving Forward


Life lessons come in such different ways. And, life lessons come each day of our life, if we are awake enough to see the lesson.   Often, we are too caught up in the emotions and actions of each day to stop to examine the lessons.  We miss them! 

Here is a story that illustrates this.  I was working with a client in my day job. We were trying to work through a process in their Receivables department so that they had less month end work to do.  I wrote up the steps for the process.  I then walked through the process several times, and they could not seem to get it right.  I only had so much time so had to leave to move to the next client site.  The process did not get resolved.  That night, I was thinking and thinking about it.  I said to myself, “If only they could SEE the big picture!”  And then, all the light bulbs went on for me.  The issue was that they could not see where I was going with the process.  The lesson was about communicating.  I drew a diagram that night, and emailed it to them in the morning.  The email came back with a big smiley face on it.  They finally understood.


Thursday, 23 April 2015

Angels Speak - A Dr. Seuss Moment



The great gift of Dr. Seuss is the practical advice that he hands out to people in the form of fun and funny ways of grouping words together.  The practical advice – you CHOOSE your path – never ages.  To repeat, it is timeless.  We need to make ourselves conscious of our choices.