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Healing Cranes

I’ve started folding cranes again. I made a few before, and even made a post about it, but I couldn’t do it without setting up a YouTube tutorial. It started with a little invitation to spend quality time with Moni, Leni and Emily. We all like crafts, so it was only logical that I was searching for something cute, quick and simple. Something that didn’t require tons of preparation, but would be fun for all. An origami evening was born, although folding a crane is not the simplest of tasks to start out with. Luckily there are many other projects one can choose from which we did. I will post our priceless creation soon. 😉

Nevertheless, it encouraged me to finally master the art of folding a crane. I went to see Mom prior to our little evening and practiced. I made two cranes, with the help of the tutorial, which now reside at Mom’s bedside. She was so amazed at the sight of these once flat pieces of paper, now folded into wonderful little creatures, it became obvious about the joy she found in the smallest and simplest of things. It’s been several times now that I felt I was bringing something new to her, be it information or anything else, that she wasn’t aware existed. She was amazed as I played the ukulele without the use of proper lessons. I picked up Dads harmonica and played it just as well. Again she was surprised as if I was some super talent. I encouraged her to try for herself and to play it, but she refused saying she didn’t know how. I didn’t either, but for her it was something that would stop her vs. me who would just go for it and give it a shot. I always said that I was too old to embarrass myself. I didn’t care and if it turned out funny, at least we all would have something to laugh about. Not so for Mom, and she was very afraid to make a fool out of herself. She hadn’t learned to laugh about herself yet and it would become a quest for me to teach her. There was a huge point of difference between the two of us, and within our experiences. The ones induced by life and the ones we choose to take or pass by. Teaching her would bring light and lightness to her days, I would start immediately.

Last night I felt determined to practice some more and I found the perfect squared pieces of paper. Each square is different in color with a quote in the middle of it. I made four cranes and finally managed without the tutorial. Somehow I managed to fold a new hybrid crane (notice the two cranes in the front with their wings sticking straight up), which I almost like better then the original one in the back. Anyways, I can finally fold my crane, but surprise would have it that it might look slightly different with each attempt. I’m perfectly ok with it, leaving the element of surprise as a bonus.

In Japan, the crane is a mystical creature and it is believed to live a thousand years. Traditionally it was believed that if one folded 1000 origami cranes, one wish would come true. It has also become a symbol of hope and healing during challenging times.

I haven’t folded a 1000 origami cranes, but I still have a few wishes. I’m changing the rules slightly and will cast a magical wish anyways. Who could ever refuse a little magic with the promise of it being my goal to give away a thousand cranes during my lifetime. Today I made a special one with a message of light and love for a special friend and soul sister. I will have to post/mail it as soon so it can find its proper home. I’m beginning to talk like she does, although she didn’t know what a handy was 😂. Pssst, I didn’t knew either, and it’s a German thing. In the states we call it a cellphone.

It was because of Mom and her joy about this simple piece of paper, the mystical message that comes with it, that all of a sudden it appears that gifting an origami crane is a treasure and so much more then what meets the eye. I wish I could gift one to all of you right now, but since I can’t, I would like to dedicate this post and these healing cranes to everybody in need of healing. And I know that in the end it is all of us. Xoxo ❤️🦋

Author:

Who am I, and why I write. I’m a dreamer, but I’m not the only one. I am the one, holding on to the silver lining when the skies are gray. I’m a believer that nothing is coincidence, but that everything has purpose. I’ve made my mistakes, don’t we all, but I see them as growing pains and they are a part of who I am today. I have lost myself in order to find myself, and I still do from time to time, but in a good way. I’m a big child who laughs until my belly hurts when life wants to be serious. Career wise: I’ve been there, done that, and I took “The jump” off the hamster wheel in an effort to change my future. I didn’t land all that soft, but I can say that I’m still proud to have found the courage to do it. Coming full circle, I had it all, and yet I was lonely and had nothing. Today I choose to be a collector of moments and I chase memories, instead of the material stuff. Less is more, and the motto is quality over quantity. You’d be amazed at how freeing it can be. I see myself as a free spirit that believes in an unconventional lifestyle. Somehow I go against the grain most of the times, not to rebel, but because it feels right to stay true to my unique and authentic self. It takes courage, and you often stand alone, but if you dare, you soon realize that it is the only way if you don’t want to lose who you are. Just like most, my past wasn’t easy and I come from a life that didn’t always give me the opportunity to be heard. Few related and even fewer cared to take the time. But that’s the past and it’s history, the future hasn’t happened and the “NOW” is truly all we ever have. In the end we all have a story to tell, and we all seek to be understood. We all yearn to be heard and accepted and still life is hard and our path is full of stumbling blocks. If we can see the lessons in adversity we may realize that the toughest moments are often our greatest teachers. There is a reason for the saying that the stars can’t shine without darkness, and it might be darkness that will show you the light.
It took a series of (un)fortunate events, to learn to glow through the pain, to learn how to dance in the rain. I believe in Magic and wonder, and the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. As an empath this old soul often feels a little too much, but I wouldn’t have it any other way.
Today, I am here to tell my story because I believe that it can help others. It is my hope to bring inspiration and strengths to you, while showing you that it can be done. I know you are out there, and I know you are suffering in silence. I am here to tell you that you are not alone, and your voice is being heard loud and clear. Hang on and be strong, transformation is yours. 
In light and love....Rhapsody Bohème 💙🦋

22 thoughts on “Healing Cranes

  1. Oh my, Love, we must be cosmic sisters for sure! I started folding cranes a long time ago, just for the fun of it. But I soon found how meditation-like it was for me… I’ll soon reach the 1000th, and when I do, I’ll ask to share my wish with you… You deserve a little pat on the back from Life 🙂 *tight hugs* xx

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  2. Paper Cranes are symbolic of ‘peace’ and so appropriate to give your creations to your Mom. There are symbolic cranes in Hiroshima and most visitors are gifted with a paper crane. It is a moving place, and I have been lucky enough to visit. Well done my sister! Your light is glowing brightly. 🌟🌟💞💞

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  3. I meant to tell you before, but was not at my best so forgot, how special cranes are for me too. We have them in Britain but it’s a secret, they are hidden and those that know where to look keep it secret to protect them because they are very rare and there are so few. They were here well into the past. The Celts held them as sacred and it is said one of the Celtic Gods invented the Celtic Ogham letters (like Viking Runes) after seeing them in the shapes of the flying crane’s legs. That’s why a Celtic shaman calls his medicine bag a craneskin bag, as do I. The crane is thus the messenger of the Gods and symbolises wisdom.
    I’ve seen the cranes in Britain and they are so magical and special, they look amazing, in flight especially, and it’s such an honour and a privilege to see them in this country, I cannot tell you how excited and thrilled I was.
    I think it’s most wonderful that your mom enjoys so many of your gifts and surprises with such child-like wonder and joy. It speaks of her beautiful spirit. I’m with your mom, I would love to receive an origami crane! It makes my heart happy to hear that your mom is not only at peace but enjoying life’s pleasures with you again, my angel. Xxxx 😊

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    1. That is soooo wonderful my dear animal lover sister. For me too it’s always a bonus to encounter wildlife when hiking and when outside.
      Pssst. Your crane is already made and bares a special wish and message just for you. I might have you a sneak peek, but just maybe hehehehe. Xoxoxo

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      1. I am beyond excited, delighted and honoured! I am serenely practicing a calm sense of anticipation and simply counting my lucky stars for knowing you, my beautiful sister, because you are ….. drum roll…. wait for it….. Magical Crane Warrior Woman! xxx

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      2. Haha oh my goodness, you have me a new title. And what a title it is….how do I ever live up to that 😉. Guess what? I’m watching a show about cranes with Mom right now. There must be more significance to it that I’m perhaps aware of. Maybe another message and more to consider. Xoxoxo

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      3. Oh yes, the message is you’re a shaman and need to get a craneskin bag to keep your medicine in, unless you already have one? BTW, I don’t bestow titles you have to live up to, only ones you are already living at or beyond, so no worries, sister! 🙂 x

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      4. You know that little pouch I sent you, maybe something like that but bigger, depends what you need to keep in it. You could make it yourself or commission a soul sister to make it for you? 🙂 x

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      5. Yes, I do love that little pouch and as a matter of fact everything that came with the pouch. It’s always close by where I sleep. Maybe one day when I have access again to materials etc. I will make one I’m sure. Perhaps when I know what and which medicine should be in it. Xoxo

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      6. I’ll have to write a post about what’s our medicine. Thanks for the inspiration! Come and visit me, I’ve got loads of leather, I bought it cheap on ebay, we can make pouches together. xxx

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