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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 more often 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 are often vague, like a fortune cookie or horoscope of sorts, and result in my musing for a short while about the possibilities of it and then moving 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.

Last summer, my animal spirit totem that was heavily predominate was Coyote. Coyote was constantly in my face nearly every time I turned around; ether by sight, sound, or physical evidence, 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 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 has passed over a period to allow a new pattern to emerge, and indeed the new pattern has finally emerged.

Of the past three times in the last month or so that I have traveled up the switchbacks of highway 288, North of Roosevelt Lake to The Lazy J, and had company along for the ride, the Red-Tailed Hawk has 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. 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.

Hawk Animal Totem: Hawk is the messenger, the protector and the visionaries of the Air. It 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. Be careful not to become caught up in the details; step back (or fly high) so you can see the big picture. 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 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 -- it will always be with you.
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