I went out to refill the bird feeder this morning and a beautiful finch was sitting on the gate under the feeders, totally unconcerned about my presence. He even turned and looked at me and didn't fly away (I was talking to him as I walked up there) until I was about a foot away. It was a wonderful experience.
Had lunch with Zach today and he expressed concern at his feelings of paralysis spiritually. He finds himself drawn to dragons. Has been all his life. Found a book about dragon spirituality that really resonated with him, got halfway through and he just couldn't read anymore. He's so afraid of feeling foolish that he's paralyzed with inaction spiritually.
I suggested he clean his room first and foremost. It's complete chaos, no floor space, no organization at all. I said I would help him and then he can establish an altar that is essentially pleasing to the eye. Nothing more at this stage. Then I told him to spend some time in quiet just listening to his thoughts. Not directing them, not meditating, just watching where they go. Then he can think about dragons and how he feels about them. He was so involved in our pentecostal church, speaking in tongues, speaking the Word in church and feels that he was just playacting so he's afraid that's what he's doing now. I said it doesn't matter if it came from within him and not from a supernatural source. But for now he's feeling foolish for buying into all of it and is afraid of doing the same in a Pagan sense.
I do believe dragons are his path as he's been drawn to them since he was a toddler. I'll just be patient and as helpful as I can and hope his heart and soul can heal from the damage done to him.