Blessings Abound

Blessings Abound

Message from the Deer

Recently I’ve been noticing many deer wandering by my mountainside home.   They are abundant here and very tame.  Because hunting is not allowed due to the nearby human population, and because the cars generally move relatively slowly (due partly to the abundance of cervine animals here), there is a lack of fear in these animals.  Thus they move slowly and with grace and beauty.

Often I have noticed a doe and her daughter grazing outside my windows.  These two have appeared several times in the last couple of weeks.  Other days there are small families of deer which walk past my home.  And two days ago I had a stunning visitation from a big, strong buck. 


So today I am reflecting on the meaning of Deer.

In native wisdom traditions, Deer represents gentleness.  There are other meanings, but this gentleness is the quality most often associated with Deer.

We need more gentleness in the world, don’t you think?  I know I’d certainly like to live in a gentler world.

Of course, I can also take this message very personally.  Perhaps I need to be more gentle with myself.  Perhaps I need to stop chastising myself for things I don’t get done.  Perhaps I need to stop worrying about things.  Perhaps I need to be kind to myself.


About two years ago I had a dream in which an injured white deer laid herself at my feet.  I intuited that she was hungry and gave her some of my banana.  I sensed she was thirsty and gave her some ice which I chipped from her own body.  I sat by her injured body and stroked her and sent her healing Reiki energy. 

Then, with a mixture of relief and sadness, I watched her as she got up and left.


Although it now seems obvious, at the time I needed my friend to gently suggest that the deer was probably me.  It was true that due to my circumstances at that time in my life, I was often hungry in the evening, as well as quite thirsty.  In addition, I did need healing on many levels.  I find it interesting that it was so much easier for me to take care of that dear deer than it was to take care of my own self.  However, as is often the case, my dreams brought me a message that needed to come to my consciousness and as a result I was able to focus more fully on my own nourishment and healing.


Perhaps the Deer who have been gracing my life want me to share these thoughts with you.  Wouldn’t it be nice if we lived in a gentler world?  Wouldn’t it be nice if we were more gentle with ourselves and others?

Thank you, sweet Deer, for your grace, your beauty, your gentleness, and your message.

Comments read comments(2)
post a comment

posted November 19, 2013 at 1:33 am

Thanks, Jennifer, for your thoughts.
Good point. We seldom see a deer trip, do we? :)

report abuse

Jennifer Ann Sharpe

posted November 18, 2013 at 2:55 pm

Thank you for these thoughts. ‘sure-footed as a deer’ has been a quotation I have held onto as I wait to know its meaning. Just as we need to secure our own oxygen masks in an emergency before we attempt to assist others, becoming sure-footed signals our ability to assist others.

report abuse

Post a Comment

By submitting these comments, I agree to the terms of service, rules of conduct and privacy policy (the "agreements"). I understand and agree that any content I post is licensed to and may be used by in accordance with the agreements.

Previous Posts

What Is Most Important?
So, I have decided to take a break from writing this blog for a while. Although I have much to write about, sometimes the time, energy, and means to write it are not as available. And I’m in a place in my life right now where I don’t care to ...

posted 7:03:01pm Feb. 03, 2014 | read full post »

Things Can Shift in an Instant
Two times in the last two weeks I was feeling incredibly depleted and fatigued.  The first time it was after driving 2000 miles across the country in four days by myself - the third and longest day was through gale force Kansas winds that shook ...

posted 2:19:08am Jan. 28, 2014 | read full post »

What Do You Value?
On a long 2,000 mile car trip across the country recently, I found myself with some time to think.  Car trips can be good that way.  Somewhere along the way I found myself thinking about money and how we have come to place such value on ...

posted 7:08:03pm Jan. 21, 2014 | read full post »

A Time for Others and a Time for Self
We're all familiar with that timeless piece of wisdom found in Ecclesiastes: "There is a time for everything,     and a season for every activity under the heavens: 2     a time to be born and a time to die,     a time to ...

posted 2:05:32pm Jan. 14, 2014 | read full post »

Learning to Trust
I finally figured out what I'm doing wrong.  I figured out why I've been having so much trouble with Dad's move into the nursing home, with his recent decline, and with his current fevered state.  It's not that I'm afraid of him dying, it's ...

posted 4:22:58am Jan. 06, 2014 | read full post »


Report as Inappropriate

You are reporting this content because it violates the Terms of Service.

All reported content is logged for investigation.