As I wandered around Riversleigh forest these last months, in any one of my myriad forms, I occasionally came across various colored bottles scattered throughout. Old, left over from who knows what event, tossed aside when finished, but, who would do that here? Yet these were beautiful, in multiple colors, too nice to have just been discarded. Perhaps they were left, on purpose, by fairies or some other beings. But for what reason?
I gathered them into one spot, sometimes having to go back in a larger form in order to pick up and carry the bottle, not knowing what to do with them, but assuming I would eventually find a use. One day, I also found some cut-glass sunflowers in the middle of a shrub which I added to my growing pile of vibrant glass. However, I was a spinning spider that day, having dropped to that shrub from a tree, and couldn’t carry items of that size so I needed to shift into something larger. As a dexterous raccoon three trips worked perfectly. Then I found straight pieces of wire which I could drag to the collection spot, one by one, in my wolf’s mouth.
What to do with my assemblage of intriguing objects? Originally all in one pile, I then scrambled the pile to see if an idea presented itself as to what I could do with it all. Then I reorganized the pieces so like was with like. Still no ideas but I liked the tactile feel of the smooth glass as opposed with the cut glass in conjunction of the straight metal wire-rods.
Becoming a ladybug, I flitted around the piles of prism bottles reflecting the sunlight, the three glass sunflowers looking like amber jewels, the tangle of wire like the old-fashioned pick-up-sticks. Since rearranging the objects themselves elicited no ideas I thought perhaps a different perspective could come up with what to do with it all. Idea! Put it all together into a sunflower plant with a framework of the wire which would hold the bottle leaf/arms. Then I painted labels on each bottle of my human goals, allowing for one bottle to be labeled “unknown”.
Later I found a small statue of Treebeard holding a pearl (left by a hobbit? ) and a brilliantly colored, graceful vase on the beach (what was it’s story? had it washed ashore from a distant land?). Arranged together in a sculpture, they became a focal point in one of my secret groves. A place to speculate on my future: who was I really beyond all the shapes? where was I going? what was I doing? Much to ponder in these quiet times of Riversleigh. ( I wonder if anyone in the future will find this as I found all the components?) Patience was needed to wait for the final realizations to sink in just as patience was needed to collect all these necessary objects. Was this the intent? All will be given you – wait and go with the flow.
(The human I cut out these images from a gardening magazine to make into a SoulCollage card relating to my Goals, and then journaled about the ramifications of those Goals. Afterwards I scanned and made the card into a Project Life card and journaled further. Also made a mind-map relating to my goals. Very helpful to think in terms of how my Goals would evolve and take shape, just as the shape shifter me watched the slow process of discovering and putting it all together at Riversleigh.)