DINK #144 Hummingbird Medicine

Posted on : 13-08-2010 | By : Lynn | In : Uncategorized

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This morning I was awakened out of a deep sleep by a friend needing to talk and so I sat on the lounge chair we have nestled up to the window seat while I listened and awakened. About ten minutes into our discussion a Hummingbird darted towards the two big window panes and hovered parallel to my face until i had acknowledged that I saw him. I’m pretty sure that he was reminding me to change their food…it had been four days after all!

Later on it occurred to me to look in my Medicine Cards to see what Hummingbird means. Here’s what it says, “Hummingbird is associated with the Ghost Shirt religion, which taught that a certain dance done properly would bring about the return of the animals, and that white people would disappear. Once again the Original People would know the joy of the old ways. In Mayan teachings, Hummingbird is connected to the Black Sun and the Fifth World. Hummingbird can give us the medicine to solve the riddle of contradiction of duality.” It says much more but the piece I want to highlight today is this, “It is said that Hummingbird conjures love as no other medicine does, and that Hummingbird feathers open the heart. Without an open and loving heart, you can never taste the nectar and pure bliss of life.”

After reading this, I then recalled that at about the time the Hummingbird appeared, my friend and I were deep into conversation about her aging parents and about the details of the new house they had moved into that wasn’t conducive to the ease of the aging. I could feel myself wanting to help “fix” my friends parents and noticed that my stomach was feeling tighter and tighter bound. Just looking at the Hummingbird helped me to remember what was important and to let go of things that I couldn’t control so that I could have an open heart to what my friend was saying. She was actually in a place that was full of love and peace for her parents and was able to understand that her mother did not want to talk about difficult things like, why she had moved into a home with three sets of stairs. Instead my friend was willing to “meet” her mother where she was at. I, on the other hand, had been trying to force solutions that weren’t even being asked for by anyone!

I’m grateful for the connection that I have for most of the living things in our world. When I was brushing my teeth this morning I noticed a very tiny red dot slowly climbing up the porcelain walls of the sink. When I looked closer, I saw that it was an itty bitty teeny weeny spider (no, it was not a tick!) I picked it up and put it on the counter. I wondered why my first instinct was to save that little life instead of just washing it down the sink, but I know I felt better because I had.

It’s the little things in life that can open our heart wider when we are willing to let them in. I suspect that have one heckuva spiritual crowbar to pry the doors open….

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