EAGLE MEDICINE

Last night I saw a pair of eagles…in my dream.
My Cherokee grandmother’s mischievous spirit tapped me on the shoulder, leading me to the Native American Medicine Wheel and Medicine Cards. Both of these tools are symbols that focus on and teach the power of:

Undaunted Courage
Daring
Boldness
Grits & Guts
Patience
Bravery, Valor, Resoluteness

The Universe…Nature…the Animals all speak to us from very deep places. The Medicine Wheel and Medicine Cards represent a modern day version of an ancient ritual used to teach individuals about themselves, nature, animals and the Creator Spirit (Christian people refer to as God). If we were to travel back in time far enough, we find that the foundation of most of the planet’s spiritual beliefs, as with the Native American people in the United States, share some basic commonalities:

They share the quest for:

Personal Vision
Understanding of the Unseen (Spiritual Connection)
The Pursuit of Love, Happiness and Contentment
Shared Communication and Community
Inspiration, Imagination and Creative Expression

We are all born with the capacity to dream, to have visions, to be inspired and to create. Two of today’s preeminent authorities on Native American Medicine are Jamie Sams and David Carson. In their books they thank their medicine teachers for teaching them to touch the stars, to keep their hearts open and to walk their talk. It is from their resources that I share the interpretation of what Eagle Medicine represents.


Eagle Medicine
--Spirit—

Eagle Medicine is the power of the Great Spirit, the connection to the Divine. It is the ability to live in the realm of spirit, and yet remain connected and balanced within the realm of Earth. Eagle soars, and is quick to observe expansiveness within the overall pattern of life. From the heights of the clouds, Eagle is close to the heavens where the Great Spirit dwells.

The feathers of Eagle are considered to be the most sacred of healing tools. They have been used for centuries by shamans to cleanse the auras of patients coming to them for healing. Within the belief systems of Native American tribes, Eagle represents a state of grace achieved through hard work, understanding, and a completion of the tests of initiation which result in the taking of one’s personal power.


Flowers do not force their way with great strife. Flowers open to perfection slowly in the sun… Don't be in a hurry about spiritual matters. Go step by step, and be very sure.
-White Eagle-

When you are in doubt, be still, and wait. When doubt no longer exists for you, then go forward with courage. So long as mists envelop you, be still. Be still until the sunlight pours through and dispels the mists -- as it surely will. Then act with courage.
-White Eagle-

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