Two snowstorms, little food and a focused mission, she never gave up. I have been watching the cardinal for the past few weeks. She fancies a large honeysuckle bush just outside my office window. At first I thought she was foraging for food. That bush attracts birds in all seasons, even now when it is bare. I then noticed she was picking off the small branches. She would pick one off, hop down, drop it, get back in the tree, hop down again, pick it up and fly off. She worked tirelessly. I realized she was gathering materials to build her nest. A male cardinal was also in the vicinity. He would hang out in nearby trees and come down to the bush on occasion.
I called my husband over. “Looks she is doing all the work and he is just up in a tree watching her.”
“Yes, he is protecting her.”
“Are you sure?” I asked suspiciously.
“Yes, he makes sure she is okay.”
“I hope with all the branches she is taking the tree will be okay.” I said. “Will the braches grow back?”
“Yes.” Bill answered “And often two will grow in its place.”
Hmm, nature trusts and has its own flow. One is not taking from the other but in reality it is helping it grow. Natural pruning.
I was memorized watching her. She let out a beautiful call and the male came swooping down, and they came together beak to beak which looked like a kiss, and then flew off.
After witnessing that I did a little research. Cardinals mate for life and what looked to me like a kiss, was actually part of their mating ritual where the male finds food and feeds it to the female beak to beak. If the mating is a hit, which apparently it was, the ritual can continue all the way through little missy incubating her eggs.
I watched her on and off until after 5:00 and she was still going strong. I have my morning coffee with her at seven the next day and she was already hard at work. No nine to five for this mama.
It is said that cardinals are messengers from heaven. I look at her, what message do you have for me? “Chill out woman!” she says. Being a worrier, a lot of inconsequential things have been taking up way too much space in my head. I have a growing affection for this bird.
With the cold spring and April snowstorms, food is very scarce for the birds and other wildlife. My daughter fills up a tin of cardinal food, throws in some raisins for the robins and puts it down by the bush. Chickadees, wrens, red finches, sparrows, robins and mourning doves come to feast.
Soon the squirrel “toddlers” who were born in our maple tree last fall, come and play in the bush and eat the food. I am concerned I just messed things up for the cardinal because now she is not hanging around. I go out to move the pan of food away from the bush. From my window it looks like a good chunk of the 2 feet of snow that fell over the weekend has melted.
When I get out there I realize it is an illusion and now the top layer of snow is crunchy ice. Ug, I decided falling in the snow wouldn’t be helpful to me or the cardinal. I look around for a way to lasso the pan of bird seed but realize the unlikelihood of that working so I go back inside and decide to let go and let nature take its course.
When I get back to my office, I look out and there is the cardinal grazing at the pan of food. She goes back in the bush and then flies into the nearby maple tree where the squirrel siblings are playing.
Yesterday, I was away in the morning and didn’t see the cardinal all afternoon. Surprisingly I was feeling a bit sad. At some point she would be done building her nest, lay her eggs and her mama duties would keep her away from the bush, but it felt so empty not seeing her.
This morning she came by for a brief visit. Hung out in the bush and got some food that my daughter replenished yesterday. Squirrels were busy call morning taking the sunflower seeds and burying them in the yard. The harsh spring seems to have them busier than usual and still burying their seeds. A couple years ago we planted sunflower seeds all along one side of the yard. Sure enough, the squirrels dug up each and everyone one of them. Now, perhaps this summer we will find some surprise flowers popping up where they might have forgotten their stash.
Confession: while I love nature I never paid that close of attention to it as I have in the last few weeks. Maybe the harsh spring has me being more mindful of nature and the cycle of life. I feel such a connection to the cardinal and to the squirrel siblings. The squirrels are fun to watch especially when they play in our tire swing.
I got quiet again and connected with cardinal for a message.
Focus – do what you need to do to take care of yourself and your family. Don’t stop until the job is done. You can get support from others – from your husband, but you are the one to do the work. It is your job. Work with what is around you and available. Everything you need you already have. You don’t need to look far.
And then with the squirrels.
Squirrels – We play, we get distracted but we take care of our needs and plan for the future. We work hard and play hard. We get support from each other. We value our home.
The messages both made sense and were quite timely for me. While I felt clear about the message from the cardinal and the squirrel, I wanted to get another layer of their wisdom. I decided to connect with them through my Akashic Record. The Akashic Record is the record of every soul and their journey and includes universal wisdom of all that exists in the world. I use it for many things in my coaching practice with clients as well as teaching people how to access it for themselves. I use it for a way to connect to Spirit and for insights and healing. I have used the Records to connect with animals before including my own pets. Here is what the cardinal and the squirrel shared.
I speak to you from an open heart. The world is my world. I do not hunt for predators. I focus on what I need to do for my family. I am aware of others and do not change my behavior based on their reaction to me, not like you do. I respond to their behavior – I do not alter my goal. I build my nest, they do not stop me from that. I may avoid their presence if I fear they will injure me. Nothings is personal in nature. The squirrel has nothing against me. It just wants the same seeds as I do. He is bigger so he will win, but I can watch from high above and detect when the coast is clear. It is not personal is the message. People just want what they want – it is not about you.
Work in partnership. Things are easier and more fun that way – but still be your own “person” and work with nature because that force will not change, run away or abandon you.
Great insights again from my friends…at least I feel like they are friends. There is so much wisdom available to us when we tune in, whatever method we choose. What are your takeaways from messages from the cardinal and the squirrel? Please share in the comments.
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