“Our deepest fear is not that we
are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our
light, not our darkness, that most frightens us. We ask ourselves: ‘Who am I to
be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?’ Actually, who are you not
to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world.
There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel
insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to
make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us;
it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give
other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear,
our presence automatically liberates others.” ~ Marianne Williamson
You might be asking yourself: “How
does eagle relate to this quote from Marianne Willamson?” Perhaps, here, I will
answer a question with a question: “Do you think eagle rejects the fact that it
is the most powerful bird on Earth?” I should think
not. Eagle is one of the greatest and most admired birds of prey. It has long
been a symbol of spiritual power and illumination and has served as inspiration
to many societies. As we observe its majesty, we feel its light—a light
eagle is not afraid to shine.
I use this parallel with humans because
our innate greatness is such that, as Marianne Williamson states: “We are all
meant to shine…” The creatures in the wild do not operate from an egoic
standpoint. They don’t judge themselves or others; but rather, they are liberated from the
ego and are able to live comfortably in the brilliant, greatness that is their
birthright. WE are meant to do the same.
So let’s look at some literal and
symbolic aspects of eagle and see what more we can learn from this magnificent creature.
Eagle is a remarkable hunter. They
are, in fact, so good at getting food they spend very little time actually in the hunt. They feed themselves from
land, and yet are boundless in their flight. This reflects much about the hidden significance of eagle. It teaches the balance of being of the Earth but not in
The Pueblo Indians honored six
directions—north, south, east, west, zenith (above), and nadir (below). Eagle
was the symbol of the zenith because of its ability to soar to great heights.
From these heights it could survey the Earth’s four directions (north, south, east,
west). Eagle became the emblem of greater sight and perception.
The bald eagle is often a symbol
of the feminine. The white feathers upon its head are treasured, as they are
links to Grandmother Medicine: tremendous wisdom, healing, and creation.
Eagle’s sharp beak and strong jaw
muscles are designed to cut, tear, and crush. The jaw is important in digestion
and speech for humans, but there is a difference with eagles. Although vocally, eagle is weak, its jaws are one of the most powerful muscles. Eagle teaches the
importance of knowing when to speak, how much, and how strongly. We must
remember that unless this is controlled, we may inadvertently hurt someone with
words (cutting, tearing, and crushing).
Eagle is the messenger of heaven
and the embodiment of the spirit of the sun—both physical and spiritual. They
are symbols of great power, a power that goes beyond their actual size. (An
average bald eagle will weigh 8-10 pounds, about two pounds less than the
average house cat).
As stated previously: “Your
playing small does not serve the world.” To align oneself with eagle medicine
is to take on the responsibility and the power of knowing you are so much more
than you appear to be…
Thank you, Eagle…