There’s a walk I’ve taken pretty regularly during the last few months, whether on crutches, in a brace, or some semblance of normal movement.
A blue jay, sometimes a pair of them, have made regular guest appearances. They always stand out to me. Besides blue being my favorite color, there’s something about them I find captivating. I’m always glad to see them, and they sometimes feel like a sign of sorts, even though I cannot place exactly what that sign may be.
Some time early in June, my mom brought back a blue feather found on the path, likely from one of my two friends. This was after a month of physical therapy in my Queens neighborhood resulted in pulling my broken knee further apart, forcing me back into an immobilizer. You can read more about that, and the direction it took me in, here.
She took the feather as a good omen. Willing to take any good news I could get at the time, I also accepted it as so.
Right after the discouraging news regarding my setback, I used my second private session with Brad Yates to address it. It was one of the best things I’ve done, as it touched on so many issues that were contributing unnecessary suffering, if not downright root causes of the situation. I had the very surprising thought “this setback may have been worth it, just to get to this.”
That session is worthy of its own discussion, as well as some other positive events that unfolded afterwards. Some of the massive takeaways were the dangers in over exertion, feeling like there is something to prove, and a desire to be exceptional – which can easily lend itself to pushing to a point of doing more harm than good.
Fast forward to July, and I finish a conversation with Brad about something else (speaking of the positive events…). Later that afternoon, he does a live stream EFT session, open to the public on his YouTube channel.
After one of the rounds, I grabbed something to drink and returned to see a curious background on the screen. Brad starts speaking about the book “Illusions” by Richard Bach as the original inspiration for him to explore this type of work at a young age.
In it, apparently, a training given by the master to the protagonist is to visualize a blue feather until it appears in his life. Brad’s stream background turns out to be the cover of the book, with the blue feather featured prominently. Interestingly, it’s a rather small, one-time occurrence in the book, but obviously carries a certain significance.
I realized I had actually ordered this book about a month ago on Brad’s recommendation, but never took it out of the packaging. Sure enough, there it was. Here is a photo of the book and ‘my’ feather which was used as a bookmark.
You can make of this what you will. A while ago, I’ve given up the idea of being some type of interpreter, or eventually some type of teacher of what these things “mean” or “prove.” I consider it a personal journey.
For me, it was a strong demonstration of the synchronicities that appear in life as a sign of (in my opinion) moving in the right direction.
It was also a good reminder. Even though I’ve had it reinforced many times in my life, there is something very impactful for me when I get that reminder ‘this stuff works,’ and ‘there’s more going on here than you think.’
It seemed to resonate with several important shifts in perspective and their corresponding positive results, in more than one area of my life. Thankfully this includes my injury.
I hope that your perceptions will be open to have your own synchronicities, and your own reminders and inspirations to keep on the path of inner work – letting go, and experiencing something much greater than the limited sense of self we get conditioned into.
As for the book, there were some key moments that seemed especially relevant for me at the time. The fact that it was the original inspiration for one of my favorite facilitators also let me enjoy it on a different level.