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Examining Soul’s Purpose

Examining Soul’s Purpose

Examining Soul’s Purpose

I’m the sort of person who pays attention to the frequency of certain animal sightings in my life. Nearly any wild animal I sight and photograph for me carries a meaning, a message, a lesson, but above all, a trigger for me to pay closer attention -- to my physical and social environment and surroundings; to the present moments of my life; to what thoughts have weighed heavier and lately on my mind. The animal acts like a sign or symbol; a totem in other words, if you care to embrace Native American and other ancient animal lore. Interpretations in these moments to the casual observer are often vague, like a fortune cookie or horoscope of sorts, and usually results in my musing for a short while about the possibilities of it, connect with how I feel inside about the observation, and then move on. But when the frequency of any one animal becomes predominately evident over all the others over a period of time, I take that as a sign to examine my life a bit closer in regards to the type of lessons available by having this particular animal totem in my life, and how it is showing itself to me.

One Summer, my animal spirit totem that was heavily predominate in my life was Coyote. Coyote was constantly in my face nearly every time I turned around; ether by sight, sound, or physical evidence, and I received daily reminders. I took from this how in certain parts of my life wisdom and folly go hand in hand, and how seeking out my own foolishness allowed me to discover and grow from my mistakes. Then for the first half of this year, my predominate totem was Turkey, reminding me weekly for nearly 3 months to embrace and share my earthy blessings, and use them to their greatest advantage. My encounters were always nearly identical in how they re-occurred. But for nearly two months now, my turkey had left me and coyote was still absent. It was a noticeable hole that I didn’t feel the presence of any other predominate animal in my life. While I see a great deal of wildlife on a monthly or weekly basis, there was no strong re-occurring moment or encounter, at least until enough time had passed over a period of time to allow a new pattern to emerge, and indeed the new pattern finally emerged.

Three times over a month or so that I have traveled up the switchbacks of highway 288, North of Roosevelt Lake, and had company along for the ride, the Red-Tailed Hawk had been my new messenger. Oddly while it is so easily and clearly seen by me, no one else with me ever sees it, until I stop the Jeep and point it out to them. The moment is always the same. I'm not alone, the Red-Tail is roosting on top of a saguaro cactus, and then only once it has my full attention does it launch and fly off circling or hovering over me. Perhaps I am keen in looking for it to begin with, yet something about the particular moment of Red-Tailed Hawk taking flight tells me to look further, as well as why is when I have someone with me? I do that road all the time solo, then and now. Once I paid closer attention of the third encounter, the encounters stopped, thus message received. I won't speak to directly what I got out this messenger in these particular moments, other than I shrugged it off, and the next day understood how that hurt me.

About Red-Tailed Hawk Animal Totem: Hawk is the messenger, the protector and the visionary of the Air, and holds the key to higher levels of consciousness. This totem awakens vision and inspires a creative life purpose. A Hawk totem is filled with responsibility, because Hawk people seek the overall view, and are careful not to become caught up in the details; to step back or fly high, so you can see the big picture. It's a message to observe and study your surroundings, and work on accepting things the way they are, rather than forcing change -- soar high above the mundane and everyday problems and find the peace and power that comes from having a Hawk totem. Additionally, a Red-Tailed Hawk totem is extra special, as it has direct ties to Kundalini energy, the seat of primal life force, and additionally it is associated with the base chakra. If you have this Totem, you will be aware of and work towards fulfilling your soul's purpose. It reflects a greater intensity of energy within your life: physical, emotional, mental and spiritual forces will all be strong within you. The Red-Tail Hawk is a permanent totem, moving between the seen and the unseen -- it is always with you once you have it.