Leadership Lessons: Messengers Come in Many Forms
You may have missed this unless you were visiting the Jefferson Building at the Library of Congress recently. A female Cooper Hawk is flying loose there and the question is how to help her get out.
However, there is a deeper, more important question that our Native American kin would also ask. What is the message that she brings?
There is so much wisdom we miss when we disconnect from the messages of nature. Outer nature is a reflection of our inner nature and having lived in New Mexico and studied with Native teachers I have learned to stop and ask why a certain animal shows up in real life or in my dreams. The answers are always illuminating.
I immediately went to the Hawk Totem and was both amazed and delighted with what I found. This bird has some important messages, if we will stop long enough to listen, right now as President Obama is preparing for his State of the Union speech and members of Congress are deciding to sit together and begin the healing process from the Tucson tragedy.
Here is the essence of what this female hawk wants to tell us:
Hawk is the symbol of the dawn and freshness that a new day brings. The hawk is also known for the ability to travel into the past and thus help us reconnect with our roots and ancestral wisdom. Since hawk has the ability to soar very high she is known as a solar bird and brings energy to help in searches of completion, healing, and illumination.
Hawk has a keen eye and can pick up important pieces to a puzzle significant for gaining a new perspective. Hawk helps us let go of unnecessary baggage and create a time to clear the past. Hawk also helps with the examination of seeking too much detail, being too precise.Continued on the next page