Animals as Oracles: A Quest to Connect, Contemplate and Create

The animal world has much to teach us. Some animals are experts at survival and adaptation. Some are great nurturers and protectors. Some have great fertility and others have great gentleness. Some embody strength and courage, while others can teach us playfulness. The animal world shows us the potentials we can unfold. But to learn from them, we must first learn to speak with them.

When we learn to speak with the animals, to listen with animal ears and to see through animal eyes, we experience the phenomena, the power, and the potential of the human essence. They become our teachers, our friends, and our companions. They show us the true majesty of life itself. They restore our forgotten childlike wonder at the world, and they reawaken our lost belief in magic, dreams and possibilities. ~Ted Andrews, author of Animal Speak – The Spiritual & Magical Powers of Creatures Great & Small

I feel so blessed to have, and continue to, experience many beautiful teachings from animals – dogs I’ve shared (and share) my life with – and many of the creatures in the animal kingdom.

In my quest to deepen this journey I want to:

  • Continue to deepen my love and understanding of animals, connecting more often with their symbolic teachings and wisdom.
  • Devote more time to my writing and journaling to allow teachings from the animals to gently bubble to the surface.
  • Deepen my work with oracle cards as a tool for self-reflection and insight I may not otherwise have thought of as a way in which to see the world in a more insightful and meaningful way.
  • Honor my desire to express my creativity, and especially that of playing more with something I could honestly get lost in for hours, which is creating with digital programs such as Canva.

So every day I will draw a card from an animal oracle deck, percolate in its wisdom, consider how I can integrate that animals teaching into my life…and then I will share my insight via a graphic I will design in Canva!

I welcome you to join me on this quest as a partner and sharing how animals have served as oracles in your life, too! Just follow along on Facebook or Instagram, using the hashtag #animalsasoracles

Today’s animal card from: Messages from Your Spirit Animal Guides by Dr. Steven Farmer

Free Webinar: Embracing the Gift of Intuition to Guide You through Transitional Times

Here in the Northern Hemisphere, colder days have arrived, and while the light is gradually extending its reach a bit longer every day, it’s the perfect the time to go inward to pause, really listen to your heart, and capture the nuggets of wisdom just waiting for you.

With the holidays behind us, you are likely giving thought to what so many of us do, and wondering how this year will be the one you live with more intent and meaning…and the one you will begin to embrace more fully who you are and what matters to you.

Perhaps you are in a time of transition and wondering what is next, or how to take steps toward living a life on your own terms.

What if you took the time right now, when life does not seem to have as many demands as others seasons can bring, and learn to hone in on your intuition? So when you find yourself in more challenging times of transition (and you will because this is all part of experiencing life fully!), you will feel more centered and empowered.

If that sounds like a gift you’d like to give yourself, then I invite you to attend my complimentary online webinar training and Q & A which is coming up on Tuesday, January 9th.

It’s called: Embracing the Gift of Intuition to Guide You through Transitional Times.

I believe that by understanding and opening to the gifts of intuition it can guide us to more easily answer the bigger questions about life when they present themselves, and when we do, more magic and love is able to take center stage in our hearts.

The truth is we are always in transition — some small — some big, because we are always expanding and evolving. By spending quality time in self-reflection, turning into the messages within, and capturing what matters, this is the foundation to more clarity, inner peace, and a life that is more fulfilling and meaningful.

One of my favorite quotes by one of my favorite authors, Joan Anderson, speaks to the vital importance to this inward journey: 

Nothing happens overnight. Developing a relationship with the unknown takes time. In doing so the seeker is granted the greatest gift of all—clarity. I have come full circle yet again. I must always be willing to journey forward—spiral into the center and then back out again. Then and only then will I be whole, in touch with all that I am.  

In this valuable complimentary webinar, I will share:

  • Why 15-minutes a day devoted just to you, will have you not only feel more calm and in balance but living with more awareness of what matters.
  • How working with images in a fun, creative, and inspiring way can gently speak to deeper wisdom that can provide guidance in your everyday life.
  • Why re-training your mind will have your body following suit — it’s not just about eating a good diet.
  • How to pay attention for signs and symbols that confirm you are on the right path.
  • How embracing transitional times as a gift can reveal blessings.

Mark your calendar! This enriching and valuable webinar is completely free…

Date: Tuesday, January 9th, 2018

Time: 4 pm pst/ 6 pm cst/ 7 pm est

Bonus for Registering: Receive my interview, in which transformational coach, Jocelyn interviews me about how opening to the messages from animals, nature, and oracle cards can guide us.

Special Bonus During Live Call: Everyone who attends the webinar live will be entered for a chance to win receive one of three 30-minute readings and intuitive guidance sessions with me. It will be a beautiful way to feel supported and gently guided toward tuning into your intuition so that you can take meaningful steps forward. 

Register Here Today!

I’m looking so forward to seeing you at the event!

In gratitude and love,

Barbara Techel

Decluttering and Organizing Led to Creative Abundance

Decluttering and Organizing Led to Creative Abundance
Photo credit: Julia Engel

Abundance is a process of letting go; that which is empty can receive. Bryant H. McGill

I recently finished reading a book titled, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Organizing and Decluttering by Marie Kondo.

Before I finished reading the last chapter Monday evening I couldn’t help but stop and organize my leggings, tights, socks, bras and undies drawers in my closet.  It’s all in the art of folding and tossing or donating what does not “spark joy” which is the title of Marie’s second book, and I just picked up on loan from my library yesterday afternoon. This new book shows many illustrations that Marie talks about in her first book.

There is truly something to the release and gaining of energy that one encounters when putting these practices into place. While I’ve purged and organized over the years and always feel a new abundance of energy when I do, Marie shares that her method will keep you from returning to declutter. Time will tell as I continue to make small steps toward doing more of my clothing, books, papers, etc. which I will tackle as I feel moved to and more so when winter arrives.

I share photos here of my leggings and socks drawers I did and will spare you my bra and undies drawer.  🙂  But seriously, because I don’t have an over abundance of either of those, that drawer is quite sparse as I’m pretty basic when it comes to those departments. To me, at this age, it’s all about comfort!

leggings drawer
socks and tights drawer

While Marie suggests in her “KonMari” method to tri-fold socks, I found that my wool socks are too thick for that and actually take up more room, so they are just folded in half. So you just have to experiment and do what feels right for you in certain categories of clothing.

But my point of writing about this today is really how beneficial this decluttering and organizing is to ones psyche and energy levels. I really believe there is something to this that if we live in a mess or over abundance of material things that no longer bring us joy, how that can clutter our mind and take up our precious energy – leaving no room for other areas of abundance to flow in.

Perhaps it is coincidence (though I don’t believe so!), but after doing those few drawers in my closet Monday evening, yesterday I had an amazing flow of creative ideas come to me that I’d not thought of before! While I was on a high from organizing those drawers I felt full up with abundance with this new flow of creativity. I don’t know about you, but when creative ideas hit, it feels absolutely magical to me!

And I couldn’t help but share the photo of the truck full of mums for this post as it speaks to me of the abundance of beauty we can find ourselves opening to when we learn to let go of what no longer serves us, or the time has truly come to let go and move on.

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