Animal Medicine of the Great Blue Heron
Written by Cara Sadira
1. Strength and grace amidst chaos
Herons can stand still in turbulent waters on one leg for quite some time while hunting. The heron is strong and poised.
Waters may flow, fish may jump around, starting events may appear, but often the heron is unfazed.
This has great personal meaning for me, as I facilitate adventures for survivors of trauma. Often, our group works out how to have strength and grace amidst surrounding chaos.
2. Precision in reaching a target
3. Patience and a feeling of wellbeing
The heron is still, focused and calm, for extended periods of time when fish were not around. After time, a fish nears and the heron strikes, again catching a fish.
This may be a personal message to have patience because there is balance, abundance and well-being in nature, and we are also a part of that balance.
Next time you are graced by the presence of an animal that you feel is important to you, reach inside of yourself for that meaning.
What are your goals and dreams for life? What are your challenges? Do you see that animal moving or behaving in a way that is inspiring to you?
Start a journal, write down those meanings. With medicine wheel teachings from many different cultures, even the direction that an animal is moving and where you saw the animal has importance. Is there an animal encounter that you want to share?
We’d love to hear in the comments below.
Cara is a facilitator of Cacao Healing Ceremonies, in which participants are led on a shamanic journey to receive messages and guidance from animal allies. Check out our schedule of ceremonies here.
Photo in header by Ksenia Makagonova
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