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Title: connection
Post by: mikey on March 15, 2012, 11:56:35 AM
hi tony,
just wanted to share a strange experience i had,
did a canoe wilderness camping trip on loch morar ,scotland,
it was a rare day,as believe it or not ,it was not raining,the sun was shining,loch flat calm like a mirror,
i was happily paddling along,felt as if i was floating in an in-between world as the sky and clouds  were reflected in the water,
on my right side, i became aware of a shape skimming along side,only about 3 feet away,
i was amazed to see that it was a buzzard,it was so close i could reach out and touch it,wing tips actually touching the water,
it stared at me as it flew past,then let out one of those high pitched ki noises they make,which made my whole body quiver,partly due to being startled by the noise ,
 i am not sure what was actually going on,but it was a special moment,one that  will always be with me,
i most certainly felt blessed,just wished i could understand buzzard language.
rgds mikey
Title: Re: connection
Post by: Dakota on March 16, 2012, 11:59:32 AM
Wow Mikey, a blessing indeed. The Winged Ones are very special, and in Native American tradition, the birds of prey carry gifts of sacred prayer.

A sacred Connection indeed. Get on native american sites and look up vultures and you will see what our indigenous people believe they carry.

I wish you many moments of soaring upon the wings of your scottish vulture....

Title: Re: connection
Post by: Dakota on March 16, 2012, 12:28:21 PM


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The Golden Purifier
Here are somethings for you.... enjoy the medicine!



the Wanderling

The vulture is a very powerful totem. Its cycle of power is year-round. If you have a Vulture as a spirit guide or totem, it can show you how to use energy powerfully and efficiently.  It glides effortlessly on the winds, soaring to extraordinary heights while using little or no energy.  The Vulture skillfully employs already existing air currents against the pull of gravity, symbolizing the distribution of energy so that gravity (or cares) do not weigh it (you) down.  In the process the vulture does not use its own energy, but the energies of the Earth instead, the energies of the Earth --- or the Natural Order of Things --- being ONE of the mainstay sources in The Power of the Shaman. A very valuable lesson.

"One day, when I was around ten years old or so, I went for a hike deep into the desert unescorted. When my Uncle discovered I was gone he went looking for me. During my walk I happened across the carcass of a dead rabbit and was fascinated by it for some reason. When my Uncle found me after cresting a small hill he saw me squatted down with the carcass. Joining me quite comfortably in a circle with the rabbit were three what were, because of this incident, to eventually become my Totem Animal --- VULTURES. From what he was able to discern from his initial vantage point I was neither afraid of them nor were they remotely afraid of me. As well, and he swore this to be true --- although I have absolutely no recollection of it and construe it as a possible total misinterpretation of facts --- that the vultures and I were sharing meat from the carcass between us.

"When my Uncle told his estranged wife about the incident she suddenly was very interested in me. You see, for some reason, in today's neo-Shaman environment there has been a stress placed on finding one's "power animal." The contemporary neo-Shaman workshops have a tendency to blind people to the fact that real animals are also spirit and power, and every bit as important, or even more so, than than a spirit guide that appears in some vision. His estranged wife, a Midewiwin Medicine Woman, knew that. In workshops, the totem-animal-visions of participants are never frogs, gophers or garden slugs, they are always wolves, bears, eagles, and falcons. If it were only so." [1]

The scientific name for the Turkey Vulture is CATHARTES AURA which means GOLDEN PURIFIER because as it goes about it's lifetime business it purifies the landscape and environment in it's own natural way, ensuring the continued health and life of other living things. The Vulture is a promise that all hardship was temporary and necessary for a higher purpose.  Once a Vulture enters your life as a totem or guide, it will remain with you for life.
Vultures live and work together, both in cooperation and friendliness. They communicate with friends and neighbors when they find something to eat. They let the others know where the food is. And when there is a big feast they communicate with neighboring flocks in distant roosts. Also, Turkey Vultures that range within California Condor habitat areas, when they find food they will go to the Condors and lead them to it. One roost was observed when they had a dead cow in their neighborhood. They somehow contacted a roost of 100 vultures about 30 miles away to come join them. Several days later, before they finished their feast, two more cows died. Within a day the vultures had contacted another roost to join them. At night all the birds visited together in the same or neighboring trees. There were now three different roosts living together. When the cows had been cleaned up the several visiting roosts went home. (source)
In Greek mythology, the Vulture is the descendant of the Griffin.  It was a very Buddhist-like, Zen-like symbol of the non-dual oneness of heaven and earth, spirit and matter, good and evil, guardian and avenger.  The Vulture is the avenger of nature spirits.    Ancient Assyrians believed the Vulture was, like Nagarjuna's middle way, Sunyata, the encompassing overall non-separated union between the day and night. Ironically, regardless of the less than good image the vulture is typically granted by most, think about it:

Unlike the needs of nearly all other living creatures, vultures do not kill.
Their prey either dies or something else kills it.

Truly a most noble attribute for any living entity, flora or fauna.

Herodorus Ponticus relates that great men of legend were always very joyful when a vulture appeared upon any action. For it is a creature the least hurtful of any, pernicious neither to corn, fruit-tree, nor cattle; it preys only upon carrion, and never kills or hurts any living thing; and as for birds, it touches not them, though they are dead, as being of its own species, whereas eagles, owls, and hawks mangle and kill their own fellow-creatures. That very same overall innate nature imbeded in the actions and life of the vulture, never killing or hurting a living thing or its own fellow creatures, is reflected for the most part, in and by the the actions and life of the person that truly has the vulture as a totem animal.
Title: Re: connection
Post by: mikey on March 17, 2012, 09:06:01 AM
thank you dakota for your reply,

as the great joseph campbell once said ,
there is a dimension that is not available to the 5 senses,

both yourself and i,have had the privilage of sensing that dimension,
rgds mikey
Title: Re: connection
Post by: Tony Crisp on March 18, 2012, 09:39:47 AM
Hi Mikey - Lucky you to be on a Loch in the Highlands and be visited by a creature of the sky. And of course there are no 'coincidences'.

The hawk is best described by the ancient Egyptian Horus, and is an 'eye in the sky' which sees all. So I think it was a gift of wider awareness that flew low to let you know in not uncertain terms that such sight is with you.

If you imagine yourself taking the hawk into you, your body and mind, what do you feel?

Title: Re: connection
Post by: mikey on March 18, 2012, 10:26:33 AM
wow tony,
you have just opened up a dream for me,
you remember the dream i posted .about putting a capstone into place on a pyramid i was building,
when you said the "the eye in the sky,which sees all"something went ping!
another term for the capstone on a pyramid is the "all seeing eye".
this was the last piece to fit into place ,then the job is done,

my mentioning this experience with the buzzard,is that piece falling into place.

the job is done,in that my synchronistic experiences have been to teach me that,indeed ,there are no coincidences,
i feel quite elated,also in the knowledge,that it was no coincidence i ended up on your site,

thank you for the wisdom of your experience.
rgds mikey
Title: Re: connection
Post by: Tony Crisp on March 18, 2012, 11:03:02 AM
Mikey  - Good news.

Here is a little more about the vision that can come from the Hawk. It is something he experienced during such a 'flight'.

"The words now, without the vision seem empty. But as it was happening I could see the vast sweeps of time and how the individual human life is woven into the whole pattern of events, and how the present life is in every way an extension of that weaving. This opened a view I had never seen before, as an expression, in ordinary or extraordinary human events, of these vast sweeps of history, of how huge dramas are involved in the most simple of human events. I saw that when our vision expands, when, like a great hawk our awareness soars above this moment, and takes in the huge horizons that stretch away from this time, this place, this period of our life, we gain a vision of tremendous context, tremendous background for all that surrounds us and we experience. In fact this ‘context’ was so enormous I could, even with this wide view, not grasp it all."