The Great Blue Heron’s Gift

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The Great Blue Heron’s Gift

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.

Blessed be,


By | 2017-02-10T14:01:16+00:00 February 10th, 2017|Latest News|10 Comments

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  1. Kelly May 11, 2017 at 1:55 am

    I am used to seeing Great Blue Herons in the marina where I keep my boat in the Pacific Northwest. Usually as one approaches, they fly away with annoyed squawking. However one day I was on my boat playing my ukulele. A Great Blue Heron landed on my neighbors boat so I admired it a bit and then started playing my ukulele again. The bird closed its eyes and fell asleep. After awhile, I quit playing and followed the bird’s example by going below for a nap of my own. When I awoke and climbed back into the cockpit, the bird was still asleep on my neighbor’s boat. When I closed my boat hatch, which always squeaks annoyingly, the bird woke up but did not leave. As I left the bird seemed to be continuing its nap. I wondered if the bird found the ukulele music soothing.

    • Deb Bowen May 11, 2017 at 3:26 am

      What a great story, Kelly! I think the Great Blue Heron came to you to remind you that you, and your music, are gifts of connection to nature, and the bird was sending you thanks! Blessings, Deb

  2. Michelle February 10, 2017 at 10:16 pm

    Thank you so much for this. I really connect with birds and have been asking spirit to send me bird messengers since I’ve started opening to my abilities. We’ve been building my bird symbols together but was recently stumped by a Blue heron moment. I saw one fly low across my path four different times (!!!) in 2 weeks (and I live in an area where seeing Heron are rather rare). I was doing research/meditating on Heron meaning and nothing was really resonating – but this has. Thank you so much for all you do, and for helping me figure out my Heron’s message!!! <3

    • Deb Bowen February 11, 2017 at 12:47 am

      Oh Michelle, I’m so happy to know this post was helpful to you. Heron energy is amazing, I think, and a great reminder to stay connected to Spirit, for me at least. Blessings to you and thank you for writing! Deb

  3. Patricia February 10, 2017 at 9:21 pm

    I had a Cooper’s hawk waiting for me on Wed morning when I pulled into work. It was just sitting on a powerline. It stopped me in my tracks. I looped the lot and stopped to look at him. I’ve never seen one so close up. the hawk is my animal totem so I’m wondering if he showed up to let me know that I’ll find my way through the changes and challenges going on both at work and at home.

    • Deb Bowen February 11, 2017 at 12:46 am

      Hi Patricia,
      Hawk is my Spirit “Animal” Guide too, and I know when s/he appears, I am on the right path. I would certainly take the presence of Hawk energy as a positive sign! Thank you for writing! Blessings, Deb

  4. Charlene February 10, 2017 at 4:31 pm

    Thank you for sharing the gift of your Blue Heron. Your story held a reconfirming message for me. After reading this I went outside and was surprised to have 3 black crows in my tree as I walked under it. That I am finding your story at this very moment in time is amazing-it has assisted me in receiving clarity that I asked Spirit to provide. Gratitude and blessings to you Deb.

    • Deb Bowen February 10, 2017 at 4:37 pm

      Thank you Charlene! I love that Crow came to see you today. When I pay attention to the messages that come through nature I am always rewarded, and it seems you are too! Thank you for writing! Blessings to you, Deb.

  5. Janice Schwartz February 10, 2017 at 2:54 pm

    Lovely story. I’ve heard you mention your great blue heron from time to time on your podcast. I’ve been finding feathers everywhere. When I go for a walk I find a bouquet of them. Not a pile of feathers in one place but all along my walk I see them and pick them up and put them in a vase. Like you 7 years ago, I’m in a moment of deep transition. I’m listening as much as I can since I have no idea what to actually do. Thank you for your story. I appreciate you.

    • Deb Bowen February 10, 2017 at 4:02 pm

      Thank you so much for your comment Janice, and I so understand those times of transition! Our winged brothers and sisters generally teach us, I believe, that it is safe to fly free in our beliefs. Specific birds bring specific messages, I think. As you know, I recommend Ted Andrews and David Carson and Jamie Sams’ work. I also like Stephen Farmer. Keep me posted as the messages become more clear to you! Thank you for writing! Blessings, Deb

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