Something shifted earlier this week. And I’m not talking about the ground under me from the 5.0 earthquake we recently experienced here in El Salvador. I had just finished walking the dog when I saw the shadow of their expansive wings on the ground. “Oh no! The hawks are back!” Frantically, I searched for rocks to throw at them to scare them away and protect our young chicks. But as I launched them into the air, a sight so rare and so beautiful caught my attention-a rainbow halo around the sun with two hawks flying overhead. To me, this was no ordinary event, this was a spiritual message. The following morning, I saw two other hawks flying high above the sky, but instead of panic, I felt a peace and a deep respect for their beauty and grace. In many cultures, rainbows are said to be messages of peace and harmony and the hawks represent intuition, spiritual awareness, focus, and vision. Perhaps the Universe was reminding me to trust my intuition as I continue in this new chapter of my life and allow the principles of peace and harmony to guide me in my endeavors. It could also be reminding me to focus on completing the special project I have started.
Earlier this year, after learning that come June, I would no longer be the garden teacher at the farm as a result of funding loss, I decided to take some time off from teaching to travel and work on this creative endeavor. In June, I took another leap of faith, left my apartment in Hawaii, and traveled to India for three weeks, then returned to New York for the summer, and in mid-September, I flew to El Salvador, my birthplace and also the setting for the creative endeavor I am working on.
So here I am back at my grandparents’ farm in El Salvador, cherishing the moments I am spending with them, and experiencing life here from a fresh perspective. And always being thankful for and open to the messages from the Universe.