It’s Batty

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    I would have never thought that I would be interested in finding out what is the spiritual significance of a bat. Here’s how it happened.
    My mastermind group, which we call ourselves WIG for both – Wildly Important Goals and Women Inspirational Group, was meeting at the beautiful arboretum a week ago. It was our mid-year retreat to check-in on our dreams and challenges in achieving those dreams. Each of us takes turns reporting in on our lives and our desires for our businesses.
    After our lunch, we decided to switch places and find a new place to sit that was more private and in the sun. So we found the perfect table that was set off from the crowds. A couple of us were working on adjusting the table and getting the umbrella set up. As we were rolling out the umbrella, something flew right past me. Then one of my friends screeched, “bat!”
    Our initial reaction was a little freaked out by it, so we chose to find a different table to meet. Laughing about what happened, someone suggested looking up the significance of seeing a bat. We couldn’t believe what we were reading, as it fit perfectly with where we were all at individually and where we were at as a group.
    According to this site a bat symbolizes:
    • Illusion
    • Rebirth
    • Dreams
    • Intuition
    • Initiation
    • Journeying
    • Inner Depth
    • Communication
    It was fascinating to see how these insights applied to us. The purpose of our group is to help each journey to the inner depths of ourselves and the work that we share with the world as a result. The report said that bats, “are very nurturing, exhibiting verbal communication, touching, and sensitivity to members of their group.” That is what we do for and with each other, we are nurturing group interested in the well-being of each other. At the same time we use our intuition to ask each other challenging questions, breaking through the illusion to get to the heart of the matter.
    All of us are rebirthing our own dreams in a new way. Also, for the first time we realized that as I group we might have a bigger dream of how we could all use our expertise to help other heart-based women entrepreneurs like ourselves to help them Dream IT, Manifest IT, Illuminate IT and Present IT.
    One of the greatest gifts of our group is that we hold each other accountable for our dreams. What is fascinating about having the bat as a symbol representing our group, it says that “we’ll be put to the test as it demands 100% commitment to spiritual growth.” This means that we all need to wholeheartedly commit to our self improvement and to the group’s development as a whole. As with anything that requires great commitment, it will be worth it according to this report. “Working with the demanding bat will reap some of the most profound rewards you could ever dream of.”
    Earlier this summer when I was at my parent’s home on the lake when we were sitting out on their deck late a night, we saw many bats swooping by. I wasn’t too fond of seeing them then. Now that I can see a deeper, spiritual significance, I have a different response to seeing a bat. I welcome one in my life.
    I encourage you to look at your life to use the symbol of the bat to see what you might need to commit 100% spiritual growth to.


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    Janae Bower is an inspirational speaker, award-winning author and training consultant. She founded Finding IT, a company that specializes in personal and professional development getting to the heart of what matters most. She started Project GratOtude, a movement to increase gratitude in people’s lives.