On this day, seven years ago, I had a life-changing experience. You know those moments in your life that you know are powerful lesson? And you know that the layers of the lesson will continue to unfold as you are able or ready to learn them? That’s what my “Great Blue Heron Moment” has been like over the years.
I live on a peninsula between two salt water creeks, and it’s normal to see Great Blue Herons flying overhead from one creek to another. It’s highly unusual, however, to have one glide into your back yard and stare at you through the window. And yet, that’s exactly what happened to me on a Sunday morning in February seven years ago. This gigantic bird spent more than two hours in my yard, teaching me amazing lessons.
According to Carson and Sams, “Blue Heron medicine is about beginning the journey of self-realization, of knowing the self by discovering its gifts and facing its challenges, accepting all of the feelings and opinions without denying any emotion or thought.”
“Are you willing to dive into the watery depths of your own feelings and discover the role of your spiritual essence? Heron is now calling you to delve deeper, to know yourself, and to trust your path. Like the Phoenix, who rises from its own ashes, Heron emerges from the unseen worlds of Spirit into a new balanced sense-of-self in order to embrace its potential again and again,” Carson and Sams write.
Great Blue Heron, for me, also teaches about finding a balance between the unconscious and the conscious mind, of balancing mind-body-spirit. Heron has taught me it’s okay to be unconventional, to stand on my own power, to seek my own truth.
Having completed a seven-year cycle since the Great Blue Heron appeared to me, I have more clarity about Carson and Sams’ words. The journey through Spirit continues of course, but every day I am more focused on finding balance, of being willing to look within, and finding my core Self.
What brings you awareness in your life about your life’s journey? May you too, have a “Great Blue Heron” moment, in whatever way that comes to you, and may you acknowledge and accept that moment with joy.