I am always in awe of how the nature of the winged ones sing their song regardless of the weather, the scarcity of food in winter or the state of the world. Bird song like their medicine is filled with joy, reminding us to step out of our self constructed prisons and take flight.
They also remind us to to follow our natural migratory paths as borderlands, that we in ancient times followed the seasons and looked to the birds for signs of impending storms or natural shifts in the collective or what we often judge as disasters.
Feathered ones also teach us about peace and how to create calm in chaotic times.
Birds don’t stop singing because their feathers are wet or because their nests get blown down in a gust of wind. They sing for the joy of singing, to bring their parties or their young back home, or to entice a mate to continue the survival of their species.
No matter what the season, where I live the mornings are full of birdsong.The Rosy ringed parakeets sing as they leave for the river at sunrise, the ancient hadedas squawk as they head for shelter at sunset (and also in affirmation when I am speaking to something that needs to be shared.)
Depending on where you live, you may hear as many as 15-20 distinct calls outside your window this morning. These songs are more than just beautiful (or cackling, depending on the bird!) – they’re a bird’s way of saying:
“This is my home.”
The response? “This is my home.”
For many of us, establishing healthy boundaries can be challenging, and that’s why it’s helpful to remember the birds.Like our Soul’s song, bird song reminds me of the parts and spaces within me
needs to be healed?
How does your mind get in the way of your heart song?
And how much is the need for some to capture birds, clip their wings and hold them captive in a cage or aviary not a sad reflection on how we as a species take everything beautiful about nature, including our own true nature and emprison it in a cage of our own making
I spoke to these small acts of desperation, of our need to control and emprison, to clip our songs and die a slow death yesterday.
For all of us, the winged ones invite us to look at where we have closed our hearts for the trappings of the gilded cage, the illusion of who we think we need to be that has us self harming and clipping our wings, muting our heart song.
How does your mind get in the way of your joy??
This is one of the most important questions to ask as we move into this new age.
- What must you release to unburden your soul?
- What evidence do you see of this in your daily life?
- What steps are you taking toward your own healing?
- What actions will you take to tell your soul that you are ready–right now?
Examine the legends, wisdom, and powers of the birds known as the gatekeepers of the four directions–Eagle, Hawk, Crow, and Owl
In the West–including their roles in legends and the use of their feathers in shamanic rituals. He reveals how the eagle can be a direct messenger of the Creator, why crows gather in “Crow Councils,” and how shamans have the ability to travel inside of birds, even after death. Expanding his study to the wisdom and gifts of birds beyond the four gatekeepers, such as hummingbirds, seagulls, and the mythical thunderbird, he provides numerous examples of everyday bird sign interpretations that can be applied in your own encounters with birds as well as ways we can help protect birds and encourage them to communicate with us.
Just yesterday Guinea fowl gifted me his feathers as a reminder to keep close to the ground and connect to the offerings of the Earth, that it is time to root down and restore.
Birds are our strongest allies in the natural world. Revered in Native American spirituality and shamanic traditions around the world, birds are known as teachers, guardians, role models, counselors, healers, clowns, peacemakers, and meteorologists. They carry messages and warnings from loved ones and the spirit world, report deaths and injuries, and channel divine intelligence to answer our questions. Some of their “signs” are so subtle that one could discount them as subjective, but others are dramatic enough to strain even a skeptic’s definition of coincidence.
I for one am paying homage and deep appreciation for my spirit guide, a big snow owl that has forever stayed by my side as a keeper of wisdom and a purity around doing my work through constantly seeking out truth and the knowledge, the innate intelligence of my own animal body and all those I am connected to, to continue to up level and share the dream to return to the stewards of the earth and all living things through mindful regard and above all trust….
and for the birds in my garden that never stop singing
Your song is beautiful and distinct. When you sing clearly, when you speak your truth, it doesn’t have to be with force. A simple “I trust” “I believe” or “I am at peace” followed by a statement of your truth is enough to be in a place of gentle strength.
Birds remind us that there is enough space for every being.
The world is made more beautiful by every song.
As spiritual guides, otherworldly allies, and magical companions, birds have been revered for millennia.
Show your appreciation today by offering up some fresh fruit, a bird bath of clean water or some seed as the days grow colder and their natural food source disappear in the winter months and in the heat of summer, water is scarce.
What will your song be today?
Keep singing and shining your light and share this with someone you know may be asking how they may take flight and sing their song from the skies above.
And I am curious to know, what birds have gifted you a sign or offered up their medicine to you as your animal guides?
I see you
and I honor your voice
Your gifts in the world
Always in love
PS: It’s not too late to join the online paw -tal and fellow animal lovers on the 8 week Trust Process online training. All the trainings are recorded for you to revisit and we have created a sacred space to express the divine illumination and shared dream to return to a kinder world where all species are treated with mutual regard and compassion. I won’t be offering this again at only $147 so if you are an action taker say YES – your animals will thank you. Next class is this Saturday at 4pm SAST. Email me for the details and payment paw-tal.