While sitting in the hot tub, I noticed an entire flock of red breasted robins had come to hang out in the tree in front of me. I immediately wondered about the symbolic meaning of the red robin and the entire flock.

I imagine that there are many people who dismiss the idea that this was “a sign” or that the flock of birds was “a message” or that there was any meaning to it at all. If that were true then everything would be disconnected. Everything would be separate from everything else. Which is kind of the way that we live and think in our culture.

There is an “us” and a “them”. I was born naked and alone. I will die naked and alone. We are all separate, isolated beings. Or so the western “scientific” culture would have you believe.

Have you ever felt the presence of your lover, felt her feelings, even from one thousand miles away? Have you ever seen a mother who knew that her child was in distress even at a great distance? Have you ever called someone on the phone at the moment that they were calling you? Have you ever had a premonition that something was about to happen before it happened? Does the full moon keep you up late at night?

We use the word “coincidence” often to dismiss simultaneous events and synchronicity and to re-affirm the common understanding of “the separation”. As a culture we have a deep commitment to “separation” as fact.

But as a useful point of view, spend a day or two deep inside of the idea that the planet earth is a single, unified organism. In the same way, “your body” is composed of billions of “separate” microbes that outnumber the cells in “your body” 10 to 1.

Consider that “your body” and “my body” are part of the same, single, unified organism.

Is my liver “separate from” my lungs? Is my heart “separate from” your heart?

Is a flock of red robins sitting in the tree across from my hot tub “separate” from me?

Or are we all one single, unified organism?

The red robin signifies growth and renewal. He ushers in the spring.

I can feel you as I write. I feel you reading this. Can you feel me?

red robin