Coopers Hawk, Anhinga, Blue Throated Hummingbirds and much, much more are an integral part of life on this Earth. They maintain the web of life, our life, that we need for physical survival. To many of us, shamanic people, they are much, much more than that. They are advanced teachers and protectors who communicate in ways we don't fully comprehend with the five senses; and we have to practice shamanic methods to communicate with them using the spiritual senses. They each have both spiritual knowledge and species specific traits that generate knowledge we can use. Like hawk can see from above the broad expanse of options. They have specific refined skills of defense as masters of their environment, nurturing capabilities, know how to survive and thrive in the natural world, and how to live in balance with their resources.
They also have spirit, and that's a common long standing belief among ancient and indigenous cultures around the world. Most native peoples develop a feeling of kinship with all creatures. For understandable reasons. Some of my ancestors in Greece, for example, would adopt an owl, as a protector of the village, so a particular animal spirit, and the entire species, in the wild would become a spirit animal protector. The village would regularly make offerings to the spirits out of gratitude and appreciation for that protection and insight about potential danger.
When these beautiful living animals transition, due to old age or predators, they leave their body behind and many choose to return and help the living, both two and four legged beings. They can become our guides and friends, in spirit. They become radiant beings who bring us their wisdom, power, and qualities, if we know how to ask methodically and with an open heart.
Author: Jacqueline Komninos
Shamanic Practitioner and Educator, Specialist in resolving middle world spirit issues and supporting empowerment, self-confidence and interpersonal success with shamanic practices and wisdom
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