A Fishy Epiphany!
Updated: October 3, 2016
There is a river near my farm about 20 minutes away where something common and ordinary yet equally miraculous and sacred takes place every year. For two weeks in the autumn people come from all over the world, to witness the salmon swim upstream to spawn, and then die.
Now when I say swim upstream I am talking some serious environmental hurdles, and rushing water with such a strong current it can take them a whole day to get up and over them. They have to work hard and they have to be relentless. These rocks were like a big staircase with pools of water in between each big step. You could see about 30 or 40 of these huge amazing fish regroup there in the pools waiting to have the strength to get over the next hurdle. Can you imagine this?
I don’t know about the habits of salmon, but I know their symbolic meaning. As a totem, a term derived from the Ojibwa word “ototeman”, meaning “one’s brother-sister kin.” Through seeing our life through the lens of a connection to the animal world and what their behaviors mirror in our own life, and cultivating this sacred connection, we are able to become more aware of our own journey and our place in the web of life.
The salmon represents the moving through obstacles, inner and outer, and tuning into a reverse current that is invisible to us as we view life through the material world but in full alignment with the power inherent in the invisible realms. What appears to be swimming against the current is in fact the opposite.
I saw something today that was not what I expected, and made me think. We spent time with all the tourists at the mouth of the river and then further upstream where the hardest parts of the salmon’s journey were obvious to everyone, (and where I cheered them on like a strange magenta haired motorcycle geared up maniac giving the hairy eyeball to the lazy fishermen who I felt shouldn’t have been there, but I digress and am working on that one remaining judgmental part of my small self)
So, we jumped on our motorcycle and left the tourists behind and followed the river a couple miles away where no one else was there but a couple ducks, some swans, and us and found some of the salmon that had made it further than the rest. It made me realize to get this far it must have taken them days.
They were huge, some of them at least 3 feet long. One of them kept trying to get over an area of water and rocks but couldn’t make it. Three others were circling around as if they were waiting for the other. All of a sudden the biggest one swam deliberately back over the rocks and joined the one that couldn’t make it and pushed her then swam back and showed her the best way across.
I didn’t know salmon would do that, and maybe that was unusual but it occurred to me this whole salmon spawning witnessing reminded me so much about how it is for many of us in our lives.
The current was so strong and yet in order for these creatures to complete their journey they have to swim against the natural flow. If you look at society, how we learn about whom we’re supposed to be you can see how easy it is to just go with that. It’s too hard not to conform for some of us, so we can just keep doing the same thing, floating with the way everyone seems to be going. It is easier to go with the flow than to shine, to step out of the box, to place yourself in a vulnerable place to be picked on etc. But you might miss the opportunity to finish what you came here for.
You need to take the risk, trust in the Uncharted , in the unknown and unseen and tune into the reverse current that calls you home.
If you could see the salmon as a metaphor for the individual who knows that to be authentic and fulfill their destiny as a co-creator they have to, at some point, appear to go against the grain, push against the current, fight hard and put effort into their growth and experience, and like the salmon I saw today take breaks and rest in between all the efforting, hang out with other fish of like mind but then keep going, and show others how its done.
It reminded me of when I got sober and I had no self worth at all just in awe of the miracle that there was hope and I was alive. All I knew was how to keep telling the story of my being a victim. My first counselor in treatment (who became like the mom I always wanted) told me to “Take the cotton out of your ears and stuff it in your mouth. We know how you got here now stick with the winners and watch and listen and do what they do.”
I think that saved my life. I have followed the solution 90% of the time and fallen prey to spiritual narcolepsy 10%. A lot can get screwed up in that 10% mind you but you can always course correct. Like the salmon that get pushed back by the strong currents, we can swim around until we gather the strength and follow the ones who have made it over.
The salmon’s instinct to spawn is the way they keep their species alive. The soul’s instinct to birth something beautiful and meaningful in the world is like that instinct. You and I know that when we are called we must listen and follow the urge to move forward into Uncharted waters, even if they are dangerous, and appear threatening, we don’t have a choice but to co-create, lest we allow the current to sweep us along back to the lake where we do what we did and get what we got.
So my loves this is my fishy epiphany for you all.
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