Joy in the Mystery

Because it is December, I thought of doing an article about peace on earth, but I don’t see that happening anytime soon. I don’t know about you but I am finding it harder and harder to cope in human society. Recently I’ve told people all I want to do is sit on the ground and pet a cat. That is where I find peace. Luckily I have a cat, and the neighbor’s cat likes me too.

A Little Journey

I find peace in nature of any kind, but I started to wonder why I was feeling the need to be with cats? So I did a little spiritual process on cats and was led to a black cat face with big eyes, Egypt and Abydos. So what is Abydos, and what is the message for me?
I looked it up. It is one of the oldest Egyptian cities. It was a sacred center for the worship of Osiris and a burial place for kings. There are at least 10 temples there. Osiris is the god of the underworld and the afterlife, of death and rebirth. Is this a clue I need to follow?
Egypt revered cats. They were often named as gods. Cats were held in high status as only Pharaohs could “own” them. They believed that cats carried divine energy inside.
It’s interesting that many cultures revered the cat. They seem to be mystical and magical, connected to the cosmos. They have an essence of wisdom and intelligence. Just look in their eyes. What do you see? Could they help you connect with your wisdom and intuition?

Possible Benefits

What is the point of my process and learning all this about cats? The message I received at the end of the journey was, “There is joy in mystery.” This reminded me of an experience I had after my father died. I was in that state between sleep and awake. I received a similar image and felt so much joy. I’ve never felt anything like it since. Is this what the afterlife feels like, I wonder? What paths could I take to explore the mystery of life and death?
The journey reminded me that I feel peace and joy when I pet a cat. It is well known that they can be very calming, that their purr is healthy for both them and us. They are also independent. Maybe they can help us find our own inner authority and strength, with calm and poise. My cat calms me down, gives me the permission to sit and wait, to just be.

A Season of Mystery

In this sacred season of winter solstice and religious holidays, how can we tune into mystery and joy? Religious or not, it is a time of moving from darkness into revelation, bringing more of the mystery to light.
What mystery would you like to explore? Maybe your dog, your cat or a tree will help you connect to the sacred mystery of life and death, the mystery of nature and the cosmos.

Peace be in you, in the lights and the candles, and in the eyes of all beings around you. Look at the stars and imagine.
Remember your true nature – peace, love and wonder.


Maggie Marshall helps you in remembering your true nature of connection, healing and inner power. She guides you through spiritual, body awareness and shamanic experiences. She lives in Maple Creek, Saskatchewan, Canada near her beautiful tree and deer friends.

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