Cultivate Discernment

Animal Medicine from Gifts from the Rainforest ~

There are forty-nine Intuitive Learning Circles in Gifts from the Rainforest. Each Circle imparts the teaching and healing medicine of its plant, animal or nature spirit. In this post, we’re exploring how to cultivate discernment through:

Animal Totem #2 – Vulture

The inner guidance from Vulture reminds us to cultivate discernment at all times because there are always those who would love to take advantage of our blind spots.

Are you in any danger? If so, what will help?

When the Vulture shows up, it’s  time to learn how to distinguish true assistance from exploitation.


What is the Healing Action of this Intuitive Learning Circle™?

This Circle helps you become aware of unconscious fears and transmute them. It also can help Identify dangerous situations and avoid them if possible.

Animal Totem - Vulture

Scavenging The Jungle

“The circling vulture reminds us that there will always be those who feed off of the misfortunes of others. They are attracted to helplessness and pain and see it as opportunity for feeding, not kindness.

It is important that you be able to distinguish true assistance from exploitation. Focus on your gut feelings when someone offers you help in times of trouble. Recognize when others feed your insecurities, fear or hatred rather than your strength and faith.

Do you feel competent and empowered around them? If not, return to your center and listen to that still, small voice.

Remember, the persistent squawking of the vulture is intended to frighten and distract you from listening to your own truth and higher good.

Further Exploration to Help You Cultivate Discernment:

New light is being shone on the subject of your inquiry. A truth that you have ignored or disregarded has come back to haunt you. However, haunting is not always a bad thing. It may mean that you are getting very close to a breakthrough. If you can discover how you are sabotaging yourself, you will have gone a long way towards finding the solution to your dilemma.

Only you have the power to heal yourself. Have you given that power away? Some people would prefer that you think you cannot do without them. There are many around you that are available to assist you without any strings attached. Ask them for help. If you are surrounded by criticism, find some new companions. Remember that you are not alone. If you feel obligated, free yourself. It may take courage to say no, however that is what is called for now.”

~ from Gifts from the Rainforest by Rheanni Lightwater

Interview with a Vulture: Advice on How to Cultivate Discernment

Cultivate DiscernmentRheanni Lightwater: Hello, Mr. Vulture. Could you tell me if are there any humans that you respect?

V. Vulture: Hey, that’s easy. I like folks who can say “no” to things that they don’t want to do.

RL: And why is that?

VV: Because there’s too many people that don’t pay enough attention to what’s good for them, you know what I mean?

RL: I guess I don’t know what you mean exactly.

VV: Let me put it this way – people like to take chances, right?

RL: Well, quite a few of us do.

VV: Right. But a lot of those people take foolish chances just because they think their friends will like them better or they want to be cool.

RL: I think they do that because it’s easier to go along with the crowd than to be different.

VV: It may seem easier at first, but after a while they stop thinking for themselves and just do whatever other folks tell them to do. Eventually, they lose touch with their gut instincts.

RL: You mean they stop taking care of themselves?

VV: That’s right. That makes them easy prey for vultures like me. Now, if folks would pay attention to their gut feelings, they would know whether they really want to do something or if they’re just being taken for a ride.

If you don’t mind a little friendly advice, take a look at the Circle I sent you, while you ask yourself this question:

“Is there a situation in my life right now, where I’m in danger or being taken advantage of in a harmful way?”

If the answer that comes to you is no, then good for you! You are listening to your gut instincts.  But, If the answer is yes, you might want to ask what that situation is and what to do about it. It’s always a good idea to know when someone is lying to you. 

It’s even more important to realize when you’ve been lying to yourself!

RL: That sounds like pretty good advice.

VV: You bet! Take it from someone who knows.

RL: I will. Thank you, Mr. Vulture.

VV: No problem.

SOS - Soul Oriented SolutionsThe medicine of the Vulture offers five different exercises that might help you cultivate discernment.

Gently gaze at the SOS symbol and ask yourself which number exercise will help you the most.

What number between 1 – 5 comes to you first? Follow your inner guidance.

  1. How To Be More Intuitive
  2. Learning How to Trust Your Gut Instinct
  3. Staying Out of Trouble
  4. Stop Sabotage and Learn from Danger
  5. Know When Someone is Lying

Whatever number comes to you, click on the link and go to that exercise.

Once you’ve gone through it, you might feel that you need another exercise to help you complete your process. Go ahead, just don’t overdue it. Be sure to rest and take good care of yourself!

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About the AuthorRheanni Lightwater - Learning from Danger

Rheanni Lightwater CHT, CKT lives and practices in Santa Fe, NM. She specializes in mind body healing with family and relationship clearing using Kinesiology, the Intuitive Learning Circles™, Reiki as a Master Teacher, Hypnotherapy and Shamanic Clearing Techniques.

Schedule with Rheanni via Zoom, Skype or in person when you visit Santa Fe, New Mexico. Call her at (505) 271-4612 between 10:00am – 5:00pm, MST, Monday through Friday to schedule.

This Mind Exercise should not be considered as an exclusive method of treatment for any ailment. The appropriate medical or psychotherapeutic authorities should be consulted for the diagnosis and treatment if there is any medical or psychological condition. The information and practices described on this website are best considered as an adjunct to orthodox medical or psychological treatments.

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