Friday, March 13, 2015

My Guardian Hawk


Have I told you about my guardian hawk? When I leave my house to go for a run or do an errand, it's pretty likely I'll spot the hawk gliding through the air, wings gripping some invisible air current.

Sometimes I see the hawk resting on tree branches. The other day I opened the front door and there she was on the bare limbs of the huge old tree directly across the street from my front door. I felt like she was watching to make sure I headed out to enjoy the good weather.

But the most magical time for me might have been the day I arrived home and found her perched on the tree house in our backyard. I'm sure it was a good spot for her to look for tasty chipmunk nibbles but I also felt she was reminding me to pay attention to her and notice her.

I love this hawk. My children know about the hawk, and they love it, too. And my good friend's children now know about my hawk guardian! She's become a symbol for me that all's right in the world.

I remember the first time I read My Side of the Mountain (Puffin Modern Classics)and imagined having a hawk of my own. My guardian hawk is probably as close as I'll get to actually owning a hawk, but I'm good with that. I prefer to see her flying free.

My boys love the idea that I have a special bond with this bird and have decided they have special birds, too. My middle son told me that whenever I see a blackbird, then I should think of him. And my youngest said that his guardian bird is a blue jay. My mom told the boys that whenever they see a cardinal, it's their great-grandfather visiting them. And the oldest boy somehow got assigned a duck.

I'm not sure the hawk is my spirit animal, but if it were, what would that mean? I took at look at Gaiamtv.com:
The hawk can soar high and reach the heavens effortlessly. As most bird totems, this power animal is often considered as a messenger who brings messages from the spirit world and the unseen.
When the hawk appears in your life, it’s perhaps time to be less distracted by the details and focus on the higher perspective. Relying on the hawk power, you can see what’s ahead clearly and defy any obstacles that may be on your way. 
This works for me. I'm much better at higher level perspective than down in the details. And I like to overcome obstacles. Like when I learned to ride a bike with shoes that clip in and the time I was scared to swim in open water I cried in my goggles.
The hawk is also a bird of prey. Having this animal as a spirit guide emphasizes your ability to lead and influence others.
I think I'm a pretty good leader, but I've been avoiding this position in many of my activities lately. It's nice to step back sometimes and learn from others.
When you have the hawk as a spirit animal, you may have a natural inclination to receive visions, either in dreams or awake. Your extra sensory abilities and intuition are supported by the power of this animal. The hawk totem is strongly connected to the spiritual realms. 
I dream in vivid detail. I remember my dreams. Almost every single night.

Thank you, Guardian Hawk.