grace

Sacred Animals Series: The Stag

This will be the beginning of a series that I’ll be doing on the blog all about sacred animals. To me, all animals are sacred and hold so much wisdom and guidance for us in our day to day lives. I think that we could benefit to take many lessons and ideas from the animal kingdom and utilize them as windows and mirrors into our own lives. I will periodically explore certain animals that truly speak to me and the lessons and traits that I believe we can gleam from them to help serve us in our human lives.  There’s an inherent intelligence that exists amongst the animals that seems to cut through all of the noise and confusion of our human existence; I hope to shed some light into the noise!

The first in this series will be The Stag. Each week I will highlight a certain trait of the stag and dive a little deeper into them with journal prompts and quotes!

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    The Stag represents:

grace, strength, vitality, reverence, and fierce love.

The Stag is seen as the protector or King of the Forest and keeps watch over all the other creatures within it. The Stag also embodies and represents the dance of masculine and feminine energies within a single being or entity.

    The Stag’s presence is powerful and revered amongst all the creatures of the forest yet only utilizes force when necessary. The Stag also calls upon our ability to pay keen attention; they are skiddish and require a stillness to be able to connect with their beauty and the nature they inhabit. In this stillness, we make room for observation, connection, and integration. The Stag is mysterious and has been a symbol of The Mysteries for ages. Their value has often put them in the literal cross hairs of violence. They are hunted and their antlers are taken as a symbol of the fierce love and strength they possess. For many living in this human experience, The Stag’s qualities either seem unattainable or they are unwilling to do the inner work to achieve them.

Grace

“Grace, like water, flows to the lowest part.”

Philip Yancey

Grace is commonly defined as simple elegance or refinement of movement. Grace can also take on the connotation of divinity or divine influence. Grace is about having and practicing a loving-kindness for yourself and those around you. As the King of the Forest, The Stag showcases and demonstrates this loving kindness to all the creatures that dwell within it. Also, as the guardian and gatekeeper of your internal forest, The Stag calls upon your ability to show this loving kindness to yourself. Within your internal forest is a well spring of this divinity or divine influence that is in endless supply. In doing deep, internal work, we may dig and find things that are not to our liking or parts of us that we may make us feel unlovable, unworthy, or even ugly. In those places, the low parts, we must let grace flow into them. And with grace, we are then able to integrate those aspects of ourselves into our whole and completely loved being.

Below are some downloadable journal prompts to help you dig deeper into the quality of grace! Do you think we have many things to learn from animals? What animal are you most drawn to? Do you have any suggestions of animals that you would like me to do for this series? Let me know!