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“In Your Own Backyard” Grady the Grackle

Has grackle
shown up in your life? Do you have some emotional congestion to clear? What a
gift that a bird that is so widespread and so accessible can show up just about
anywhere and teach us to more properly express and release emotions that
disable our ability to take in new life and new approaches to life. It seems,
in this day and age, we ALL could use a little emotional clearing to help us
navigate more smoothly along our paths.

Let’s take a
closer look at grackle.

Although it is
often considered part of the blackbird family, like crows and starlings, it is
actually part of the meadowlark and oriole family of birds. On the surface,
grackle looks to be simply black; however, about its head and shoulders are
iridescent feathers that change from blue to green to purple or bronze,
depending on the light. What might this symbolize? Perhaps that situations are
not what they appear to be and we may not be looking at them
correctly—particularly anything dealing with the emotions.

It is important
to note that black is the color of the inner and the feminine. The purple and
bronze that color grackle’s head indicates that emotions are coloring our
thinking process.

Grackle is a
very sociable and chattering bird. (Mom/Dad, if you’re reading this, these are
the birds that adorn the trees at the river and act as our 6:00am wake-up
call). It is not unusual to find people that are in the midst of unbalanced
emotional states constantly narrating and rehashing their conditions in social
situations. While this may be thought of as a therapeutic form of release, one
must remember that most of the time, these social “opportunities” do nothing
but aggravate the conditions and feelings surrounding them. Again, grackle can
teach a more creative release of this emotional congestion.

Emotions that
are not properly dealt with can aggravate or even create congestion in the physical
body at some level. Grackle loves pine trees. Pine trees are very therapeutic
to emotional states. In homeopathic medicine, pine is used to help alleviate
strong emotional states, particularly feelings of guilt.

It is said that
most illness is symbolic. Congestion, especially pneumonia-like in appearance,
can tell us that we are suppressing emotions and refusing to deal with certain
long-standing issues. This, in turn, suppresses our ability to move forward.
Grackle can show us how to handle this—show us where excess emotions are
dissipating our life force and facilitating a congestion of growth and
movement. Grackle helps us to express and release our emotions in a more
creative and beneficial way…

Thank you,

4 Responses to “In Your Own Backyard” Grady the Grackle

  1. Janine Conahey May 23, 2013 at 5:38 pm #

    I just learned so much reading this. Maybe that’s why this 53 year old still puts purple in her hair when the body is fighting pain from Myasthenia Gravis. You are a superb writer and I relate so much to the nature connection. Thanks much.

    • Noelle Meade May 23, 2013 at 6:20 pm #

      Hi Janine, thank you! And yes, nature has so much to teach us. Have you ever heard of Louise Hay? She has many wonderful books about the mind/body connection. I have a few of them and one I love in particular, is You Can Heal Your Life. In the back of the book, she has a HUGE list of physical dis-ease and the probable cause related to emotions and thoughts. It’s interesting what she says about the muscles. She writes that problems with muscles are a "Resistance to new experiences. Muscles represent the ability to move in life." The affirmation she gives for this is: "I experience life as a joyous dance." She recommends repeating this everyday, as much as you can remember to do so. What’s more interesting, is the Grackle bird, in my blog talks about the emotional congestion that DIS-allows us to move forward in life….hmmmmm, maybe a Divine connection there! :)

  2. Max Robinson May 31, 2013 at 8:13 pm #

    What we found in our back yard this morning was that some bush tits have started a nest in our apple tree. A bush tit nest looks a bit like a sock, knit of thin twigs and lined with downy feathers; from the way they always travel in a group, some flitting forward while the others pause and watch for danger, surrounding the suet prior to tasting its delicacies, I tend to call them the Wolf Pack. I wonder what you would have to say about bush tits, and what they can teach us.

    I found your blog because you made a connection with me on Google+. Nice to meet you, Noelle.

    • Noelle Meade May 31, 2013 at 10:11 pm #

      Hello Max, thank you for sharing your wonderful story about the Bushtits (aren’t animal names funny sometimes!?) I have never seen the nest, but have seen these adorable little songbirds here and there. I don’t know a whole lot about Bushtitis, but I do know this: they are very social, very "family-oriented" birds and hang out in flocks for most of their life–like a wolf pack as you mentioned–until breading season, at which time they pair off. Both parents share the duties in incubating the eggs…they will do this separately AND may even incubate together (can you imagine how cute that would look to see both birds sitting on the eggs!?) Off hand, I would say they definitely teach us a more harmonious and integrated approach to living…amongst family AND societies… Thank you, again, for sharing your story…it’s vey nice to meet you too!

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