I went on a vision quest near Beaver Creek on Wednesday March 20th 2013. The next morning I woke before anyone and walked up to the road to face the sun and invite the day. I heard a loud thump behind me and thought, did some campers move in while we were sleeping? I turned around and about 50 feet away I locked eyes with a full grown female mountain lion. It was so beautiful. Yes I was scared and thought it was stocking me, but why would it have made that sound. I though it may have dropped out of the huge Arizona Sycamore. I didn’t feel threatened but I did turn around and go back to camp yelling “Mountain Lion” and woke everyone up. Then we all went back up there and saw the huge paw prints everywhere. I keep replaying the scene in my mind. Still trying to understand the spiritual message. Guess i’m very lucky because most people may never see one in the wild in their lifetime, let alone make eye contact.
The night before I saw the mountain lion I had a dream… I was laying in a hospital bed and some people were standing around me. Then a large yellow butterfly came up and landed on my hand. Then my sister gave me three tablets with ancient writings on them. Then I was awakened by ravens messing with the trash. So I got up and had to go to the bathroom so I walked about 200 or so feet and found a nice bush to hide behind 🙂 …then I went back to camp and sat for a moment having coffee and pondering the new day and how I loved to be in nature. This whole time my friends dog, a small Queensland Healer, was with me. At this time the Mountain Lion would have been only 25 feet from where I was sitting. Then I saw an old mans face in the tree. I had been seeing this lately and finally asked, “who are you?” It immediately replied with, “I am your Father (whom I have never met). Then it said I am one of your ancestors. I thought, okay, then what is your message? It replied with, “Be strong Rebekah.” Then just after that I was being guided to go up to the road and watch the sun rise to the east. The little dog still with me. The sun felt so beautiful and I welcomed the new day with gratitude knowing that my friend, part Navajo and Hopi, was going to take us to some nearby ruins. Then I heard the loud thump coming from straight behind me. That’s when I turned around to lock eyes with the Mountain Lion.
Looking in my books, Mountain Lions message means “Strength of Will.” Intuition is working. Now is the time for strength of will, patience and creative imagination. Do not force anything.
In another book it means, “Leadership.” It’s medicine involves lessons on the use of power in leadership. Its the ability to lead without insisting that others follow. Its the understanding that all beings are potential leaders in their own way. By observing the graceful pounce of the Mountain Lion you will learn how to balance power, intention, physical strength, and grace. This relates in human terms to the balance of body, mind and spirit. The giant feline never wastes anything. It only kills what it needs for survival. The female lion is the hunter who graces her table in a style akin to mother energy.
It also says to lead yourself where your heart takes you. Others may choose to follow, and the lessons will multiply.
Other than this being a message for me, anyone in a leadership position could learn from the Mountain Lion.