Law of Attraction Lessons I Learned From Turkey Vultures

TurkeyOn my way to pick up my daughter at preschool yesterday, a Turkey Vulture swooped low over the road in front of me and flew up to join four of its friends sitting on a wire peering down intently at the ground below.

Something had died, and these guys were getting ready to eat.

Now I have to admit that I have what some might consider a bit of weird relationship with road-kill. Having worked extensively with Malidoma Some, Francis Weller, and other teachers of indigenous wisdom, I feel a strong connection with the “medicine” of our animal friends. Over the years, I have gathered quite a collection of feathers, talons, bones and other objects that hold this medicine and remind me of mine.

So whenever I see Turkey Vultures gathering at the side of the road, my curiosity awakens. This time was no different.

“I wonder what died?” I heard myself asking.

Slowing down as I passed their gathering spot I craned my head to see what those big black birds were gazing at. But whatever was going to be their lunch was down in the drainage ditch beside the road, hidden from view.

Because I was running a few minutes late I drove on, resisting the urge to stop and satisfy my curiosity.

A short second later, as I passed the vultures, the odiferous and distinctive scent of skunk drifted into my awareness accompanied by the thought, “A skunk must have died nearby.”

Now you have, no doubt, already made the connection between my question, “I wonder what died?” and the obvious answer, “A skunk must have died.”

It’s sort of a big d’uh.

But here’s the thing. Because the answer didn’t come in the form I was expecting I didn’t immediately make that connection. I had asked the question expecting to SEE the answer. When I couldn’t see what had died I resigned myself to the fact that my curiosity would remain unsatisfied and the question unanswered.

So it took me a long second or two to connect the question with the answer. I had to get through the limitations I had set up along with my expectation.

And this is one of the keys to applying the Law of Attraction.

When talking about the Law of Attraction we often hear the phrase, “Ask and It Is Given.” Esther Hicks and others remind us that whenever we ask “it is ALWAYS given.”

This can be hard to accept since so much of what we seem to be asking for doesn’t seem to show up in our lives.

Well my experience with the turkey vultures and the dead skunk provides an important clue about this.

Whenever we have an expectation of HOW the answer will appear, we limit our ability to receive.

Because I was expecting the answer to my question to arrive through my eyes I did not immediately make the connection to the answer that was coming through my nose.

When we ask for anything – the answer to a question, more money, a new life partner, more joy – most of us have a clear expectation of “how” the answer will arrive. And because of those expectations we unknowingly put on blinders to all the other limitless ways that the Universe could answer us.

And so we often end up feeling that our asking has not been answered.

But the answer is always given. The problem is that we often are not open to receiving it, in the way it is being offered.

So when you catch yourself asking, whether it’s a question or a request, remember the turkey vulture and the skunk and see if you can remain open to all the possible ways that you can be answered.

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      6 Responses to “Law of Attraction Lessons I Learned From Turkey Vultures”

      1. Steve on October 2nd, 2007 11:02 am

        Hi Ed,

        I wasn’t sure where you were going with that one. I was thinking, ‘Turkey Vultures, is he serious?’

        Then you put it all in perspective at the end of your post. Well done. The key to attraction being open to receive our ‘wants’.

        It’s such a valid point that I have missed in the past. Thanks for the reminder.

        If you’re looking for other ways to open up your receiving line of ‘wants’ check out my post,

        ’10 Tips To Get Into The Groove Of Gratitude’.

        Stephen Martile
        Personal Development Made Simple

      2. Mark on October 2nd, 2007 11:59 am

        I love that you made this experience an example of LOA. True, we get what we ask for, however often miss it, because it manifests in a different form than we expected. It is critical that we develop our awareness and be open to the possibilities of how things may be presented to us.
        Great article!

      3. Edward Mills on October 2nd, 2007 12:38 pm

        Steve. I wasn’t sure where I was going with it, until I got there! 😉 Glad it made sense to you too.

        Mark. Thanks. It’s a lesson that we all need to remember, myself included. That’s why I’m always thankful for the messages, even when they come from Turkey Vultures and Skunks!

      4. Katy on October 3rd, 2007 6:32 pm

        You’ve got some great points there. Thanks so much for taking the time to state the obvious – more like, how we often overlook the obvious. Something to definitely keep in mind as I’m learning from the wacky, yet specific messages the Universe has been giving to me lately – LOL.

      5. Edward Mills on October 5th, 2007 9:37 pm

        Katy. I’ve learned that some of the most powerful lessons are waiting in the “obvious.” It’s just that we tend to disregard the obvious. That’s why it’s so much fun to pay special attention every once in a while! 😉

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