8-8 Lion’s Gate

Dream 8-8-2019: Very brief dream, a beautiful man with very short medium-colored hair approached and brought his very familiar essence and face toward mine. As he leaned his forehead against mine I knew without a doubt, he knew me inside and out, my soul, my being, and vice versa. We connected through our eyes and our entire beings as he relayed his message to me through our minds…

“I’m coming soon”.

Life and death are one thread, the same line viewed from different sides.

Lao Tzu

Lair O’ the Bear Park Encounter 8-8-08 at 8:08:08am

I was compelled to hike one of my favorite trails not far out of the city boundaries. I’ve hiked this gentle river-side trail for years since I’d inadvertently and delightfully rediscovered it on my middle son’s first grade field trip in 1996.

Years prior, as a 7 year old child myself, visting my dad in the Denver area from Washington state where I lived with my mother and brother. I’d been on a company picnic with my father and my brother at Little Park, an adjunct to Lair O’ the Bear. It was a very nice memory, including winning the 3-legged race with my head-shorter brother, and as we exited the park up toward the street I remember gazing through the rearview window as the pleasant scene disappeared with the old watering hole building etched on my memory. After my mother moved us to Colorado in 1976, I continually searched for that park. It took me 20 years to find it again!

Once rediscovered, Lair O’ the Bear became my “go to” hike for those many years, in every season, every type of weather, so it was a natural place to want to be on 8-8-08 at 8:08am. I was not aware of the astrological “Lion’s Gate” significance at that time. I parked the car in the lot at the Little Park entrance at 8am, and began my walking journey toward Lair O’ the Bear park. Eight minutes later I turned a corner and came face to face with a big beautiful buck with large dark eyes, piercing straight to my soul. We held our gaze for several minutes and he transmited his gentle energy, which was soothing. It felt I could stand there forever in this buck’s gaze. Finally I thanked him for his presence asked him if he’d let me by to continue my hike. He hopped off the trail a few feet and turned toward it and watched me walk by.

Later, as I was returning along the same path back to my car, I came to the same location where I’d encountered the buck, and instead there was a doe and three more young deer on the path. They quickly cleared the way for me to pass.

(Deer Totem By Elena Harris at https://www.spiritanimal.info/deer-spirit-animal/)

“The meanings associated with the deer combine both (feminine) soft, gentle qualities with (masculine) strength and determination:

  • Gentleness
  • Ability to move through life and obstacles with grace
  • Being in touch with inner child, innocence
  • Being sensitive and intuitive
  • Vigilance, ability to change directions quickly
  • Magical ability to regenerate, being in touch with life’s mysteries”

By 2008 I had learned much about myself through healing relationship with myself, with others, with my inner child, with a greater ability to move through life with Grace, becoming more and more intuitive and balanced with my own feminine and masculine energies, all in the hope, focus and goal of meeting my next partner after my first divorce in 2000.

Copyright Darkening of the Light 2020

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