Hummingbirds are known to make epic journeys during migration, they need to cross many obstacles, travel long distances. They are Remarkable planners, they will know where every feeder is along their path. They need to eat constantly because of their high metabolism.
I am the Daughter of hummingbird and a bullfighter- now there’s an “angry bird” for yuh!
From way up in the sky on one of her migrations, my mother was mesmerized by the expansive wings and tantalizing movements, a courting dance. Like the infinity patterns she makes with her own wings - she was attracted to what looked like a large hummingbird, glistening as she did, in all his bejeweled regalia.
My first epic flight was to travel from Spain to Eire - Land of the Hummingbirds - my first migration, mother showing me the way, trust, faith, hope, exploration. A new land where the Amerindians believed these little birds were the souls of the departed.
Life was beautiful in the Caribbean and I too felt a powerful heart strum and fell in love at 15 and just knew within me, that this would be my partner for life, but we would have to do the courting dance for some years, until I was strong enough to leave the nest.
My brother died at the tender age of 14, he was filled with joy and an enthusiasm for life, a joie de vivre. It was my first brush with death- one breath and he was no longer here, where did his breath go, where did his spirit go? This became the beginning of another epic journey - a journey to seek truth!
What did it all mean?
Who was I?
What was the purpose of life?
Why were we here?
Where did his spirit go?
I got married at 19 started feathering a nest, and began our family at 20 - A wife and mother chick. Hummingbirds are hard workers and will visit hundreds of flowers a day for nectar, I painted pottery, painted jerseys, made cakes, took care of my three little chicks.
Although very tiny, they may appear vulnerable, yet are fiercely territorial and protective of what brings them joy, and do not back down from a fight, even against all odds. They have huge hearts for the size of their bodies. What they lack in physical strength and power they make up in courage, and strength of mind and spirit. They are resilient and have great endurance to go that extra mile.
A time of LOVE! JOY! NURTURING! CARING! PROTECTION! STRENGTH! LOYALTY! GRATITUDE.
Gypsy chick - Tarot, runes, guidance cards ! A seeker looking for guidance, seeking the truth developing her own practice and learning to listen to her inner hum. Soon the forest fires began, the fires were taking the ones I loved one by one. When everyone else ran out of the fires, I would fly back and forth taking what ever I could carry to try to quell the fires, whatever drop of compassion I could share with those who would soon be leaving me behind. Diving into the pond, collecting whatever I could carry, doing what I could, one drop at a time. Feeling angry all my loved ones were leaving - I knew I needed to be present in every moment, these lessons would be for me, and I did not want to miss them. These moments were pivotal moments for me. Pay attention I told myself! Look deep for the sweet spot! The essence the sweet spots would be your healing balm!
Lessons learned - STRENGTH, ACCEPTANCE, CHOICES, DEDICATION, PERSPECTIVE, RESILIENCE, ENDURANCE…
All I could do was fly back and forth to the pond to retrieve a single drop, was it enough?
I could only do the best I could with the awareness I had at that time.
Before my mom died we would speak of how we would connect and how she would use her energy to let me know she was with me. Before she died she gave each of her children a hummingbird feeder, and let me know her energy will always be in the hummingbirds and she will be with me whenever I see one. Soon after she died a hummingbird made a special visit. it flew into my kitchen and rested on the counter as I looked at the tiny bird I heard it whisper “hold me!” I stretched out the palm of my hand and the little bird moved into my hand. As I placed my fingers around it, it began to caress and massage me by moving its neck and head in a circular motion. My heart cracked open and I felt a melting of my heart, an expansive feeling of being deeply loved unconditionally. The hummingbirds continued to visit me on special occasions and always whenever I needed guidance or needed to make a decision. The hummingbirds taught me there is no place like far away. I was not alone. -LOVE, CONNECTION, UNDERSTANDING, GUIDANCE, TRUST
Third Epic Journey- “business chick”
I continued to flit from project to project trying to bring beauty into people’s lives decorating spaces, homes we had built for others. Then My husband and myself opened our own business, manufacturing components people could use to create beautiful spaces in their lives.
BEAUTY, FAMILY, CREATIVITY, TEAMWORK, SUPPORT.
Empty Nest- My kids then all left for university and I too decided to go back to studying: after raising my chicks to bring out the best in themselves, and help them to be independent, self- reliant, I decided to do the same for myself, to develop my true potential.
What was the song my soul wanted to sing?
I decided to study something called “coaching” a very young and new concept in my country. So I signed up with an International Coaching Academy in Australia and studied with them for 2 years until I was certified.
BODY CENTERED COACHING
TRANSFORMATIONAL PRESENCE COACHING
GRAPHIC COACHING AND FACILITATION
An Empowering Space - my coaching practice, website, workshops, one on one coaching, radio program - YOUR HOUR OF POWER- I was flying from flower to flower sipping the sweet nectar. meeting like minded hummingbirds. As a hummer I was so filled with energy, I wanted to do everything, and do everything on a GRAND SCALE. I felt confused, lost, burned out, overwhelmed, was unsure of how I could blend all these skills and techniques into something that made sense to me. I was continually listening for my hum. The hummingbird continued to show up at different points on my coaching evolution, joyfully and playfully pointing the way.
I have always viewed coaching as an Empowering Space, a place to focus, to gain clarity, a place of awareness which leads us to choice, and inspired actions.
The hummingbird has added another perspective and dimension to the meaning of an Empowering Space….
Each drop is your gift you give to the world, your contribution, your way of making a difference and an impact, no matter how large or small. That drop is your healing medicine for the world and for yourself, that drop of sweet nectar, that flower’s essence. Just as a hummingbird can fly high above things, looking into the pond you are able to see things from a new perspective, a mirror so to speak, a place for deep reflection. The soul speaks to us in metaphorical images. I have been able to use the wisdom of the enneagram, my visual maps and cards, as the pond, as a mirror to the soul.
Every hummingbird must rest in order to conserve and use their energy wisely. Many times we frenetically go through life without stopping, until we are burned out or overwhelmed, or sick, or even near death before we stop! All the while not even taking time to enjoy what we have accomplished. A hummingbird has a wonderful daily strategy for conserving and replenishing their energy called TORPOR. During the active part of their day, hummingbirds that undergo daily torpor maintain normal body temperature and activity levels, but their metabolic rate and body temperature drops during a portion of the day (usually night) to conserve energy. Torpor is often used to help them survive during periods of colder temperatures, as it allows the hummer to save the amount of energy that would normally be used to maintain a high body temperature.
This is an important lesson, and reminds us daily to take time for ourselves, to make proper use of our energy, and to maintain a spiritual practice of inquiry, reflection and contemplation, that will nurture our souls daily.
-TIMEOUT - pause- look at the incessant, infinity patterns of the movements of your wings, how can you use them differently, more effectively, to hover, fly backwards, upwards, sideways and forward.
- OBSERVE - with curiosity - yourself, your thoughts, your inner dialogue, your behaviors
- REFLECT - on your feelings, your reactions, your triggers, your beliefs
- PAY ATTENTION to where your attention goes, practice shifting focus, practice presence, pay attention to insights
- ORGANIZE- , and reorganize your behaviors, your priorities, your intentions, your resources
- REJUVENATE - renew- use your energy wisely- take inspired and intentional actions.
MEDICINE of the Humming Bird is bringing joy to others, soul tickles that delight your heart, a healing energy. Taking time to enjoy the sweet nectar of life, the things that make you, smile, laugh and bring you sheer delight. To restore health, joy and vitality to all aspects of your being.
While working with my clients, those who are courageous enough to embark on their epic flight of rediscovery and self awareness, I help them connect to the energy of the hummingbird, and reconnect to their authentic self, cut through the outer beauty and bedazzlement of the many roles they play, and go deep to the sweet spot of the soul. PASSION! PURPOSE! HEALING! CONNECTION! CLARITY.
LESSONS the Hummingbird has taught me on my Epic Journey of coming home to myself. My rediscovery.
-Things are never as they appear on the outside, go deep and you will taste the sweet nectar of life.
-Courage, curiosity and creativity are required when we take an epic journey that eventually leads us back to source. We embark on a journey despite the tremendous odds, when there is not enough time, money, resources, or know how, for what we are attempting, yet have the faith to take the trip.
- When we deny the call of the hummingbird, we see ourselves as tiny and vulnerable and the feat as being impossible, we die when we settle for comfort over discovery. When we compromise the soul’s longing to grow, we wither and are sapped of any of the nectar of life. When we reawaken the great instinct to explore, our lives become less mundane and trivial and becomes an epic journey, filled with awe wonder and delight.
- Reconnect to your life purpose and what brings you joy.
- Gain clarity and new insights
- Re-establish boundaries
- Regain an enthusiasm for life
- Follow your bliss it will lead you to source
- Make the impossible, possible
- Let your faith be bigger than your fear
- Share your essence - your single drop of medicine- with others in order to bring joy into Life
- To be true you must embrace the life that is calling you, listen to the Humming of your Soul?
What is your Soul Humming to you today? …. this is the image that came to me as I thought of my Epic Journey.
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