A few days ago I was visited by not one, but two eagles. They came in the morning and spent the entire day with me, just outside my office window at our home in northwestern Montana. Throughout the day they traded places, but one of them was always perched in my favorite tree, looking right down on my office.
I talked with friends who’ve lived in this area for some time, as well as friends on-line from around the world. Regardless of their individual spiritual or religious tradition, they all strongly suggested I “pay attention” as the eagle in Native American tradition, is often a messenger from God.
I was busy and didn’t think too much about it- until it happened again the next day. Yesterday they were back. I captured the female in a video yesterday, in the middle of a snow storm. And this time, I paid attention.
Years ago when I first lived in Montana, I was gifted Medicine Cards: The Discovery of Power Through the Ways of Animals. This is a book and a deck of cards, to assist us in going within to that sacred part of ourselves. After the second, “coincidental”, rare visit from the eagles, I found the book and looked up Eagle Medicine.
Summarizing the highlights from the book, “Eagle medicine is the power of the Great Spirit, the connection to the Divine. It is the ability to live in the realm of spirit, and yet remain connected and balanced within the realm of Earth. Eagle soars and is quick to observe expansiveness within the overall pattern of life.
Within the belief systems of Native American tribes, Eagle represents a state of grace achieved through hard work, understanding and a completion of the test of initiation which result in the taking of one’s personal power.
Eagle is reminding you to take heart and gather your courage, for the universe is presenting you with an opportunity to soar above the mundane levels of your life. Eagle teaches you to broaden your sense of self beyond the horizon of what is presently visible.
Eagle teaches you to look higher and to touch Grandfather Sun with your heart, to love the shadow as well as the light. See the beauty in both and you will take flight like the Eagle.
Eagle asks you to give yourself permission to legalize freedom and to follow the joy your heart desires.”
Wow. I sat down and read this early this morning, looking for the meaning behind the symbolism. If this is as rare as folks tell me it is, I want to understand the “why” behind the experience.
And just as I was going deep within, I realized that the eagle wasn’t here today. At the same time I realized this, I gazed out across the lake. The sun broke through from a previously cloudy day and sunbeams danced across the water. If was if someone flipped on a light switch- both on the inside and the outside of my world. Perhaps the work of the eagles in my neighborhood is done- for now anyway. But knowing myself, I’m sure I’ll need another reminder soon again.
I’m now looking at my life and preparing for that opportunity to soar above the mundane levels of my life. (And that has to be pretty high, because mundane is not a word that most would use to describe my life.) However, I’m here and I’m open to the possibilities of even greater things to come. I’m also taking the time to look at the shadow side, embrace it and find those places where I’m not following the joy my heart’s desires.
It’s a reflective time but a very special one as well. I’m feeling connected to everything around me, in such a profound way and I am grateful. Not only for the physical beauty of this area and for the gift of the eagle medicine, but also for the overwhelming feeling inside that no matter what it may look like, all is perfect in the world.