I wanted to get away from the noise and disconnect of the “concrete jungle” in Denver so I went for a walk around Evergreen Lake last night.
Breathtaking isn’t it?
As I headed back toward my car a large doe stepped out of the trees and into a stream of water with her fawn. I’ve seen a lot of deer living on the Colorado plains and mountains but this particular deer was stunning. She was big, both physically and energetically. She had a strong, calm presence about her.
I watched her. I was mesmerized.
Her adorable little fawn, splashed in the water and followed close behind but then stopped half way. It was unsure, questioning its next step.
The doe turned, looked back at her fawn, at me and the three other hikers who were watching. It was as if the doe spoke to all of us with her loving eyes. She was not hurried, and she wasn’t afraid. She said, “You’re going to be okay, put one foot in front of the other, you’ve got this, there is nothing to fear.”
The fawn then started to walk again and met its mother at the other side of the stream. They slowly disappeared into the forest together.
Native Americans and Shamans believe wild animals “cross our path” to provide messages (signs) as a metaphor for the current happenings in our lives. I looked up deer in the Animal Speak book. The interpretation below captures the deer I saw last night; especially when I think of all the Coloradans who have been affected by wildfires this summer and the personal trauma people seem to be experiencing more and more regarding finances, illness, death, broken relationships, unemployment, general hardships.
I can’t get this deer out of my mind. She was different. She exuded and modeled a gentle strength in both her body and mind. I think the explanation below was her message to me and perhaps it’s a message that speaks to you as well?
Deer, Power Animal, Symbol of Gentleness, Unconditional Love and Kindness
By Ina Woolcott
Deer’s medicine includes gentleness in word, thought and touch. The ability to listen, grace and appreciation for the beauty of balance. Understanding of what’s necessary for survival, power of gratitude and giving, ability to sacrifice for the higher good.
Maybe the most effective way to summarize the lessons of these beliefs, is to say that only when we move through life in the spirit of love for all beings can we melt the barriers that separate us from others.
By observing the ways in which deer behave, it is possible to see what amazing qualities – or powers – they possess. From the deer we can learn that the gift of gentleness and caring can help us overcome and put aside many testing situations. Only love, both for ourselves and for others, helps us understand the true meaning of wholeness.
If a deer crosses your path, this may show you that you are a very compassionate, gentle and loving person. If you don’t have these qualities, then consider if you have a problem that needs addressing. Are you facing a challenge in your life, whether with a fellow human being or a delicate situation? If you are feeling negative emotions such as anger, try letting go. Think about whether a gentler and more loving approach can sort the issue out. It may be necessary to speak the truth, this is best done with kindness and from the heart.
Deer teaches us how powerful it is to be of gentle demeanour, to exert keen observation and sensitivity. Deer’s are in tune with nature and all it comprises. They are sacred carriers of peace and show those with this power animal how to open their hearts and love unconditionally.
Fawns are born a colour that protects them, camouflaging them from a predator’s sight. In the first few days of their life they hardly move, until their energy field is strong and grounded. They then stand up and begin to follow their mother around. A magical sight to behold is fawns coming out of forests, following their tenderly protective mothers. Even when grazing, the mothers are constantly watchful, fully aware and alert of what is going on all around them. They travel through forest and field with deliberateness and clarity, mindful of the fragile creature they nurture and protect. There is a powerful lesson to be learned here by us. Though we are born with an inborn ability to be unconditionally loving, often we are born to parents whose life experiences have taught them to become hard, and to lose that ability to experience and give unconditional love. Watching the deer and her babies is a reminder to honor and respect the child-like innocence within your self and go about your life with gentleness and an open heart. You should also stand strong on your path, in your beliefs, and not allow yourself to get distracted by outside influences.
Deer has entered your life to help you walk the path of love with full consciousness and awareness, to know that love sometimes requires caring and protection, not only in how we love others, but also in how we love ourselves.
A deer’s senses are very acute and they see extremely well in low light, giving them the ability to understand the deeper symbolic meanings of things. They can hear a twig snap a very long way off. People with this power animal are often described as being swift and alert. They are intuitive, often seeming to possess well developed, even extrasensory perceptions. Sometimes their thoughts seem to race ahead, and they appear not to be listening, to be somewhere else. Anyone with power animal has latent clairvoyant and clairaudient abilities. They can see between the shadows, detect subtle movements and hear that which is not being uttered. Ask the deer to help you develop these true gifts.
Deer teaches us to be gentle, to touch the hearts and minds of wounded beings who are in our lives. Don’t push people to change, rather gently nudge them in right direction, with the love that comes from deer. Love and accept people as they are. The balance of true power lays in love and compassion.
When a Deer totem enters your world, a new innocence and freshness is about to be awakened. New adventures are just around the corner and there will be an opportunity to express the gentle love that will open new doors for you.