Woodpecker Medicine

While sitting alone in the woods this past week, I noticed the familiar drumming of a woodpecker. As I sat and listened, I watched Woody flitting about in a nearby tree, enhanced by my late grandma’s trusted field glasses, doing a sweet fly-by–seemingly just for me to see. After more drumming, it was as if I could see a forthcoming weather report, like a forecast of what’s coming down the pike. Woodpecker’s drumming conjures up Our connection to Our Mother’s pulse.  Moreover, Woodpecker nurtures shapeshifting and assisting with loosening up the Soul for exploring different realms and dimensions, a la shamanic journey, if you will. Further, Woodpecker offers Us traits of “resourcefulness, rhythmic motion and discrimination” and teaches Us to “march to the beat of your own drum” by listening to the Inner Voice (deepest feelings).

More importantly, in the process of listening to the depth of the Inner Voice and submerged feelings within the internal ocean’s abyss, We learn discernment from the incessant chatter of the “voice in the head” and background noise in the “world of 10, 000 things”. Following the energy of the Doubting Thomas and worshiping the God of Opinion, a nice lady once assertively asked, “but if I listened to my Inner Voice, I’d be all over the place and a hot mess”. In the spirit of that energy, I couldn’t have agreed with her more, though I think I drilled home the point about discerning between the Inner Voice and the “voice in the head” without too much pecking.  Easier said than done.  But as a great Jedi Master once said, “when you learn to quiet your mind, you will know.”

Finally, as We welcome Woodpecker’s help in delineating between the voice of the ego and the Sage within, We learn trust the wisdom to know the difference between the chatter and the Guide within. This capacity increases based on our “cumulative effect” of being clear channels, acquiring and accesses strategies for staying tuned in as an authentic Selves in Relationship with others.  I can hear Father Sanchez saying in the film, “The Celestine Prophecy”, “trust your intuition, stay alert . . . something will happen.” And remember to breathe and think in moments, as it’s a fresh way to create a new day in a heartfelt way. When We stay grounded, We are then ready to take flight as We open up Our True Selves to the freedom of Woodpecker’s mantra to create and follow Our own Natural rhythms, you dig? 

2 thoughts on “Woodpecker Medicine

  1. I REALLY enjoyed this post!!! I could visualize the whole encounter in the woods based on your storytelling and loved how you tied it into a “spirit-life message”. I also appreciate your wisdom in reminding me and others reading the blog to look at their real “voice” within, instead the “voice in the head” or NWC, as you call it 🙂 Many years of learned behavior, “the god of opinion” and programming can overshadow what is truly within someone.
    Much love, K

  2. Whether you perceive the sound of a woodpecker as incessant noise or rhythmic meditation depends of your sense of self. Thank you for the reminder to breath and BE. It helps to remind me to BE with the woodpeckers in life rather than view them as annoying distractions from what I need to DO. All God’s Children have a place in the choir.

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