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Julie graduated from Creighton University with a major in dance and Theology and taught for several years at an inner-city school in Milwaukee. With a desire to expand her knowledge of the arts and spirituality, she attended St. John’s University in Collegeville and completed a Masters in Theology and Liturgical Studies. Over the years, her quest to merge diverse religious beliefs and practices through the commonalities of love and peaceful living, led her to travel, live, and study with shaman practitioners, herbal healers, Native American medicine women, Buddhist priests and other earth-based spiritual teachers. Through these experiences and experiences with global metaphysical teachings, she learned to honor the eternal source of love in all people.

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Kin Domain Fledgling


Today my Kin Domain was host to a robin fledgling. While I feed my chickens the little one sat as still as could be in the grass. At one point I had to move a hose which I needed to get water for my chickens and which would have become an obstacle for the bird. As I approached the little bird with very slow movements, the mother and father birds chirped and weaved about encouraging their young offspring to take flight.

The scene reminded me of how we sound when our child is about to take first steps or ride on a bicycle for the first time. In the insistent chirps I could hear mental echoes of
come on, you can do it, I know you can. Just put one foot in front of the other. or in this case, just spread your wings and flap.

And so it went from the bird parents until I reached down and gave the reluctant baby a gentle tap under the tail with my gloved index finger. The little one flew several feet and landed on a wire screen used to protect a giant sunflower. The parents were mighty happy. Many proud chirps abounded. I moved my hose to get water for the chickens. Snapped a picture of the fledgling, then left them to celebrate the happy outcome of their little chick taking flight.

What a great day!

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