I was recently in Denver, CO receiving my certification in Advanced Pelvic Floor Needling. This is the final level of professional certification available as a Western PT. As a needler for about 8 years, this was an important course to round out comprehensive learning and treatment techniques. I am really excited about the possibilities that this final certification will offer to my treatments.
As so often happens, when I attend Western courses, I am the odd ball holistic healer, holding a PT license with an attraction to alternative health and healing and lots of training to support my evolving practice. After many years now of existing in two worlds, that the Western approach and the holistic healing realm, I almost expect to be the stand out. It is one of those things that still brings me a little bit of anxiety, for no reason other than the contrast that exists within my own self about living so deeply seeded between two worlds.
While my story is wildly different than that of my colleagues, I find I'm generally met with curiosity, fascination and sometimes confusion. As I traveled over the past week I found this same pattern. I found that as I more deeply accept myself, I am more deeply accepted by others. It's a reflective exercise for me.
This trip brought up emotions for me that I've felt on the surface for a long time related to this space between the worlds. I have questions of "What's next?", "Where am I going?", "What makes me excited?" and "What steps will bring me closest to living my soul purpose through my work?" I feel closest to alignment when I'm in the treatment room with clients, bringing together the world of Western and Alternative Medicine.
After sharing this internal conversation externally with my beloved, he reminded me, as he so often does to find the joy and the excitement. And we concluded that making any decision from a state of confusion or conflict won't serve us. I settled.
Shortly after, this gorgeous rabbit crossed my path. Symbolically, the rabbit reminds us to "Stop, look and listen, like you never have before." The rabbit encourages us to look within ourselves and how we integrate with the outside world. It nudges us to develop our instincts more deeply. Additional associations with the rabbit are abundance, vulnerability and comfort.
Seeing this rabbit and sharing a moment in time with her was wildly profound. It felt as if the rabbit was giving me permission to really be with myself and tune in more deeply. I was excited to receive this guidance and reassurance from the universe.
Within 2 hours, around the same area, my best friend and I saw a beautiful red fox. I pulled up my spirit animal app and read this, "Utilize all your resources, the seen and unseen." The fox reminds us that the solution to any problem lies within. Spending time with fox energy will guide you to the silence and solitude needed to see a solution clearly.
While the contrast within me can be overwhelming, I've come to realize, that this is what makes me who I am. The work I am doing is special and extraordinary. For now, I'm going to hang out with the rabbit and the fox and really take in their lessons and guidance as I continue to evolve as a human.