Tiffany Johnson and the Lesson of the White Crow

Tiffany Johnson

Tiffany Johnson

I asked Tiffany Johnson to tell me a story. She is a psychic, a teacher, an ordained minister, and a board-certified hypnotherapist. Her book, Seeds of Thoughts: A Comprehensive Guide to the New Age, explores psychic development, angels, crystals, numerology, Tarot cards, and other metaphysical topics.

I make a point of taking my dog, Holly, for a walk several times a day. It’s good not only for my health, but also for meditative purposes because we live on a pond with all sorts of flora and fauna surrounding us. This particular day was very promising because it was a lovely summer day, but I happened to be in a spiritual funk. I knew intuitively that what I was doing with my life was right and that I was in a good place, but I felt there was something else I needed to do.

In my morning meditation, I had kept hearing messages about needing to be unique and to clearly define myself. Afterwards, I took a few minutes to reflect on that, to try to interpret what it meant. What I came up with was that I was supposed to do something further in terms of my professional practice. I felt like I was missing a piece that the universe wanted me to fulfill. I wasn’t disheartened, but I couldn’t for the life of me figure it out. Should I be teaching another class? Should I be looking into another modality?

In between my readings that day, I spent whatever time I could researching other modalities on the Internet, everything from Rainbow Reiki to mediumship to aromatherapy. None of them resonated. It was frustrating, because usually when I get a message in my meditation, it clicks right away and makes perfect sense.

All this was going through my mind when I started my walk. Suddenly, a swarm of crows flew overhead and settled in the trees above me. They started squawking and making all sorts of noise, so I looked up—and was awestruck by what I saw. There, about ten feet above me among the black crows, was a pure white crow just looking at Holly and me. Now, if you know me, you know I’m never at a loss for words. But I was at that moment. I had a feeling of blessing and atonement and privilege just to be witnessing this bird. I moved closer to it to make sure it wasn’t a pigeon. It didn’t flinch, so I walked around it at different angles to observe it.

After a few minutes, I continued on with our walk around the pond, but I was hoping the crow would still be there when we had finished. After letting my dog back in the house, I went back to the tree and was excited to see that the crow was still sitting there. It was almost as if it knew that I needed to see it, to take in its stature. It was royal. It was magnificent. I stayed out there watching it for quite awhile.

Shortly after, while I was sitting in my home office, still contemplating my morning meditation. I looked out and saw that the crow had moved over several trees. It had picked a tree that was in full view of my second-floor office, which was at about the same height as it was. I felt like the bird was trying to tell me something, but I just wasn’t getting it. I was too awestruck. A bit later, the group of crows finally flew away.

I didn’t know what the experience meant, so I e-mailed Steve Johnson, a dear friend of mind who was a shaman, and asked if he had any thoughts. Steve was good enough to get back to me right away, and what he told me gave me clarity about my morning meditation. He said that an albino anything is typically seen as a defect, and is often ostracized and even killed by its peers. He said that this albino crow had obviously been accepted and taken in despite its difference.

That was an Aha! moment for me. It tied perfectly into the “unique” message I had received during my meditation. I did some further investigating myself and found many stories of indigenous tribes that had stories about white crows—some were good, some were bad, but all of them indicated that a white crow represented something special. That didn’t surprise me because it sure seemed like a gift to me.

After more reflection, I decided that what I had learned from the white crow was that it wasn’t my words or actions that were important, it was just being present. The uniqueness that I bring to the world is important. The special abilities that I have are wonderful, but it’s how I present them that makes them meaningful.

Everybody has that special something that they need to present to the world. They may think of themselves as ordinary as a crow, but it doesn’t matter if you’re a psychic or a dentist or a postal worker, you have something within you that is amazingly unique. Despite what you might see as a humdrum life or a monotonous career, within every person is that one-of-a-kind something that God put within you. And if you don’t honor that brilliance within, you’re disrespecting the divine source that put it there.

That’s the message my mediation was drawing me toward. So if you’re meditating and don’t understand the message you’re getting, pursue it. If you look hard enough, you’ll find it.

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2 Responses to “Tiffany Johnson and the Lesson of the White Crow”

  1. Kim Wencl Says:

    Wow … that’s a great story and a great lesson for all of us … to keep searching for answers when things don’t make sense. Every person on the planet has a job to do and they are all equally important … from the President to the garbage collector.

  2. Phil Bolsta Says:

    Yes, even when we can’t see the purpose behind something in our lives, the act of looking for that purpose is enlightening in itself.

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