Creative spaces bring you to beautiful places. (Part 2)

Part 2

Listen to me while you read!

Just for funsies!

If you haven't read (Part 1), this one might not make as much sense, but more or less I am going to be talking about an experience I shared with a friend, where beetles kept coincidentally showing up here and there like little signs. The symbolism they may hold. As well as present you with questions to ponder. (Feel free to answer in the comments and ask me questions!)

"Is coincidence a real thing or is it just God's way of remaining anonymous?"

It's interesting to me to think about this question. I find myself, when speaking of God, always thinking "For a lack of a better term, I use the word God."

Is God the best term to use? I like things that I vibe with and also using the term "Universe" And the Powers that be. All I really know is that there is something much larger than me at play here. And I enjoy playing along to some extent.

Food for thought. "Find stability in simplicity"

My plan, for the next couple of blogs I write, is to go into is my own thoughts and insight About some of the things that I have found about beetle symbolism. Also to let my readers dive into my mind. 

Beetles can be a sign from the universe, (or from God, or what ever you vibe with) calling for simplicity. It reminds me of Mahatma Gandhi's quote. "Live simply so that others may simply live." 

I remember the first time I saw this quote. It spoke to my heart. I remember, for a good part of my young adult life, trying to convince myself that I was that I was content with less when I knew I was capable of more. Hiding behind are mask of being carefree when in reality I was careless. Always trying to smash beliefs that were instilled in me as a child. One that stands out the most, (I'm sure It wasn't intentionally projected this way) was that I wasn't ever going to be good enough. Religious dogma being the culprit Investing my time and energy, frivolously, on things that I didn't need, to impress people that I didn't really know. People I never really gave the chance to know me. Misguided attempts to gain the affection and adoration from people that were never meant to be in my life longer than their season. Wanting desperately to be "good enough" Like gripping a handful of sand with all of my might hoping that it wouldn't slip through my fingers. 

Shaming myself for wanting to invest more of my resources into things that would ensure my own happiness. Those things seemed to have a tendency to be put on the back burner. Reaching towards the selfless ideals that were encouraged since my youth, and always falling short just like that sand that falls through my fingers. The complexity of my inner workings had been exhausting. 

Introspection and meditation has become my medication. Finding stability in simplicity. Having solid ground beneath me for what seemed to be the first time. Realizing that gravity doesn't need my permission. There is no need to hang a nail in the sky. There is nothing wrong with wanting to fly really high.

"Simplicity is eating when hungry and sleeping when tired." -ASB

I try to live a simple yet fulfilling life. Wanting what I need is the goal. When I want what I need I find out that I have always had what I wanted all along. The simplicity of this perspective reminds me of an Oprah Winfrey quote "Be thankful for what you have; you'll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don't have, you will never, ever have enough." So for me an attitude of grattitude is key

Creative spaces bring you to beautiful places. (Part 1)

So I went on a hike the other day, up in the Boise foothills, with a friend. We had been hiking along and she noticed a big beetle in the middle of the path we were on. She then tells me “Oh cool a beetle. That is the second time I have seen a beetle today.” And It was really cool because we kept seeing them all over. We then chatted about how there is probably some sort of symbolism behind it.

I have always liked looking into symbolism, omens and things of that nature. Things that might seem random and unimportant to some but tremendously curious and thought invoking to others.  My instinct was to go for my phone and go straight to google and try to look it up. But we had left our phones back at the car. We had went on the hike to get grounded. To feel the earth beneath our feet. To be present and in the moment. To move our bodies. To feel the burn in our legs from going up hill.

I know that she had pointed it out originally and that, at first, my interest was to look it up and gain more insight into her as a person. to understand what was going on in her life and in her mind. As they kept popping up around us I began to get more and more curious about what it could mean for myself. Could these beetles be trying to tell her and I both something? 

A few days have gone by since that hike. I did a bit of looking around and found some pretty interesting things in regards to the symbolism of beetles. My plan, for the next couple of blogs I write, is to go into is my own thoughts and insight and to let my readers dive into my mind. 

One of the first things that I found was that they can be a symbolic representation of progress. I imagine progress can look different from person to person but for me it generally means looking at myself and acknowledging that I might not be the me that I think I am. While in that moment of awareness and vulnerability, everything that I think I am seems to fall away. Until I form yet another idea or opinion of who and what I am. With progress the old falls away like a leaf in the fall so the in the spring a new one can replace it with just as much beauty and vibrant color.