Decades ago, I was given a curious dream. It was very brief but included an ‘instant replay,’ which has never happened before or since. In it, an elephant stormed across my mental screen from the right, straight into a tall brick wall to the left, which crashed down into a heap of rubble. Instant replay: same scene repeated, as tho to ensure I’d get it and remember… which I did.
That is to say I remembered the dream but had no idea what it could mean at the time.
Some years later, I learned about Ganesh, the ancient Hindu god known as The Remover of Obstacles – a revered protective deity in elephant form. One of India’s most worshiped, respected, and – I venture to say – busy gods. I figure that, quantumly speaking, the copious love lavished upon this being over millennia surely ensures that Ganesh sustains a vast reserve of spiritual clout to bestow upon all who come to him for assistance. The highly benevolent energy is t/here to be circulated – why not join the flow?
Reflecting upon all this, I also remember my mother telling me as a kid that in India, people put an elephant figurine inside their door, facing “out” (ie the entryway), which was believed to guard against trouble from entering one’s home. To this day I have a small elephant right inside my door, vigilantly guarding my portal to the greater world. :)
(Mom also made our one & only matching mother/daughter dresses out of an Indian fabric with little Ganeshas all over it. Interesting for me to remember all this today, so very many years later! Blessings & gratitude, dearest Mom!)
I also have a large hanging elephant tapestry facing the door. Not specifically Ganesh, but invoking that energy of strength and courage, nonetheless. (I have a special heart space for elephants.)
Can’t say I’ve given Ganesh much mind in a while, but today I am, which brings me to this mantra video that I’m sharing with you. I figure what could it hurt to tap into the powerful, protective energy of NO to unwelcome hardships??? I have it queued up here and will continue playing it and invoking Ganesh’s loving, protective shield when I post this.
These symbolic things can definitely move energy when we engage our infinite consciousness with them on the working of it. Ganesh might be considered a Christ aspect with the “special task” of removing any obstacles to the flow of grace.
You never know – it could serve you/us well! Jai jai Ganesha! (Hail Ganesh!)