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I believe in Miracles | Dr. Patty Luckenbach's Feather

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Yes, I believe in miracles. In fact, I wrote a book on it, "Lifesigns: Tapping the Power of Synchronicity, Serendipity and Miracles." Since the book has been released, many readers have shared powerful stories with me about how they've used the Lifesign Process to recognize the miracles in their everyday life and find meaning in them.

Perhaps it's time to share some stories. If you have one to share, I'm all ears, contact me at alex[at]alexmarcoux.com.

I Believe in Miracles Series

I believe in Miracles | Dr. Patty Luckenbach's FeatherTo start a new blog series, demonstrating that miracles do occur, I thought I'd share a story from my book. It happened to Dr. Patty Luckenbach, Associate Minister at Mile Hi Church, author and speaker. It is a profound experience involving a dear friend and a feather. Her story demonstrates the power of the human spirit, and just how unexplainable events can give us messages . . . Even from the afterlife.

The Feather©

Native American ways are more than a hobby or a passing interest to Dr. Patty. They are a way of life for her. She considers herself uniquely blessed having been adopted by two Native American families. She's also a Pipe Carrier–she honors the prayer pipe and the Native American customs as they relate to this sacred instrument. The position of Pipe Carrier within Native American traditions is not taken lightly since the pipe represents one of the highest forms of Native spirituality. It is only bestowed upon those deemed worthy, and it is no surprise to me Dr. Patty is thought of so highly.

As a minister at Mile Hi Church just outside of Denver, Colorado, Dr. Patty has served hundreds of congregants over the years. At one time, she assisted Donna, a beautiful woman with a great sense of humor, who was dealing with a grave health challenge–cancer. During this period, Dr. Patty and Donna became very close and she didn't "want to be the one to bury her." As their friendship grew and Donna became sicker, Dr. Patty made a request to Donna. "If you can—send me a message after you've transitioned. Let me know you're okay!"

Donna jokingly said she'd probably be "too busy over there" and it'd be a long time before she'd get to it!

At the time, Dr. Patty had a mountain property on which she had erected a teepee. Donna loved going to this property, and at one point she asked Dr. Patty if she could join her in the Lakota ceremonies in South Dakota. She did. It was here Donna discovered the Lakota ceremonies and traditions were very grounding and meaningful in so many glorious ways. Donna was even offered a prayer pipe at one of the sacred traditions, a tremendous moment for her.

As Donna's health deteriorated, she asked Dr. Patty if she would "offer a pipe" for her when the time was right. Donna's children were not familiar with Native American traditions, so she asked her children for their consent so Dr. Patty could perform the Pipe Ceremony, a formal ritual to pray to the Great Spirit when the time came.

Dr. Patty will never forget the day the phone call came from Donna's children. Donna was at her home and had slipped into a coma. It was time and her children asked if she would come. As part of the sacred ceremony, Dr. Patty needed a goose feather. That same day, a wild goose just happened to die and end up on Dr. Patty's porch. Now she had plenty of feathers to choose from, and she prepared her feather ceremoniously by wrapping it in red fabric. She headed to Donna's home with the feather.

Here she found Donna in a coma with her hands folded upon her abdomen. Dr. Patty performed the sacred ritual for her dear friend and before she left her, she placed the fabric-wrapped feather in Donna's hand.

The call she dreaded came in the middle of that night. Donna had passed. Her children asked Dr. Patty if she would come and pray with them, so she returned to Donna's bedside where she still lay with the feather in her hand. She prayed with her children. Donna was taken away and cremated with the ceremonial feather.

Two days after her cremation, in the middle of the night, Dr. Patty had a dream. In her dream, Donna entered her bedroom. In the morning when Dr. Patty woke, she saw a brilliant red cloth beside her. The cloth-wrapped goose feather which she had left with her dear friend was now lying beside her in bed.

Dr. Patty laughed. Her friend had let her know she was okay–as requested. Later, Donna's children assured Dr. Patty the feather had been cremated with their mother's body.

To this day, Dr. Patty still has the feather.

The Meaning of a Feather

How the feather manifested into this dimension is a mystery. It is unexplainable. It is one of life's miracles. This event gave Dr. Patty a meaningful message.

I find it interesting that the feather was the symbol used to send Dr. Patty the message. The feather symbolically represents higher thought and spiritual growth to a higher dimension, which is certainly representative of Donna's transition to a higher plane. The feather not only told Dr. Patty her friend was okay, it confirmed that she had evolved to a higher spiritual dimension.

I often stumble upon feathers in my path. I have learned that the feather can have different meanings. It can be a sign of encouragement as we travel toward our destiny, our purpose. It can be a confirmation we are on a spiritual path, or we are on the right path.

Feathers can also mean we should take a lighter stance on a particular situation, or we should lighten up and not be so serious. In this case, we should look for the joy in life.

When you see a feather in your path, go inside. Know there is a message for you and it is a gift from the Universe.

"The Feather" was published in "Lifesigns: Tapping the Power of Synchronicity, Serendipity and Miracles." Reprinted here with permission from Jenness Press.

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