~ Gift of Vision ~
“If you go as far as you can see, you will then see enough to go even farther.” ~ John Wooden, American basketball coach who won ten NCAA National Championships within a 12-year period, an unprecedented feat.
In transcendent flight, Regal Eagle sails on the wings of a lone wolf song rising in the heavens, echoing through the valley of the mountain. Soaring in splendor, Eagle majestically glides through the sky, communing with Spirit in a miraculous sight of true nobility.
Eagle’s keen vision is one of the sharpest of any animal in the world, and up to 3.6 times more powerful than humans. Three of the primary reasons for his superior eyesight are: extremely large pupils which ensure minimal diffraction of light, an excelled field of vision because of the comparative large pupil size in relationship to his head, and the ability to rotate his head almost full-circle. While we have 200,000 light-sensitive cells per square millimeter of retina, he possesses 5 times more – about one million! Thus, Regal Eagle is the master of vision and King of the Skies, surveying his kingdom with a razor-sharp sense of panoramic perception.
Reigning in the heavens as one of the most powerful birds of prey, Eagle’s supreme stature and prowess also leaves her undefeated in the animal kingdom. Weighing as much as 20 pounds, with a wingspan of up to eight feet across, she boldly soars above the earth, displaying stunning acrobatics. She can take wing up to altitudes of 10,000 feet, and achieve speeds of 75+ mph in descending glides. Humanity has always regarded Regal Eagle with fascination and inspiration high among the towering trees, viewing her fantastic sublime flight as one of nature’s wonders, aspiring to the freedom of the Soul within.
Eagle has been revered by mankind since the beginning of time, depicted as early as the Stone Age, and represented as an enduring emblem of valor and supremacy in countless cultures. We have adopted him as a personal image in myth, religion, art, government, and commercial venues. Thus, the role of Eagle has become an ultimate living symbol, and universal depiction, of omnipotence among the human civilization. It is no wonder that we have looked to him throughout history as a prevailing symbol of strength, pride, and independence, instilling these very qualities within our hearts.
~ EAGLE POWER MESSAGE ~
As you see Me fly high in the sky
You can touch My Spirit.
It is here, where Freedom of the Soul soars –
Where the True Vision of life enfolds.
It is an ever-changing landscape.
This is where your freedom lies:
In the knowing of Change.
Perception is the key
To find your place with Me.
~ EAGLE ELEMENTS AND SYMBOLOGY ~
Through the physical and spiritual realms of the Five Kingdoms in Nature:
Celestial, Elemental, Fauna, Flora, and Mineral
Mayan Blue Eagle – an ancient Mayan symbol of the Higher Self. In the highly evolved Mayan spiritual culture, Blue Eagle represented an avatar soul soaring majestically within the heavens of higher consciousness beyond the realm of earth, seeing with far vision above the mind of man, touching the face of God. Totem Blue Eagle is the great Thunderbird above the shifting clouds, perceiving through the changing mists with spiritual clarity and compassion, that all things come to pass in the highest united movement towards the undeniable connection to One within the subtle inner workings of the kingdom of Divine Love. Eagle’s keen vision comprehends beyond the false illusions of matter, observing the authentic panoramic landscape of grace and unity dwelling within the heart of all things. This is the sacred flow of Cosmic Consciousness. “The harmonic wisdom of Blue Eagle is flow, representing smooth, uninterrupted movement. Blue Eagle is the flow of planetary consciousness”. So translates authors Ariel Spilsbury and Michael Bryner about insightful ancient healing energy symbols, regarded as the language of light, in their book, The Mayan Oracle: Return Path to the Stars. Wisdom is the perception of pure vision – when we soar and see with true clarity from the unobstructed realm of spiritual heights, knowing that the embracing Realm of Love works through all life in unity and perfection. And so, like the great Blue Eagle, our greatest gift to ourselves and others, is to simply strive to be our conscious elevated self, living by the grace of love.
Sun Fire – the elemental physical and spiritual life-force of our world. From the great Sun Star of fire, all earthly beings survive and thrive. Sovereign Sun is the blessed, pulsing essence of life’s energetic chi, in benevolent devotion to all. Warmly embracing us in its kingdom, it anoints us with physical and divine nourishment in a benediction to life. The dynamic sphere of Regal Eagle, airborne in the Kingdom of the Cosmic Sun, is full of sacred light. Sun is the element of fire, burning away false illusions of matter, thus allowing space for expansion and enhancement of new growth and awareness. As we learn to open and raise our vista of vast perception through this pervading spiritual light, we can witness the absolute flawless manifestation of all things through the Sun’s glorious radiance, shining through the sacred source of One. This is the Gift of Vision from Regal Eagle. She intimately knows the mystical secrets of the Divine, where all life unfolds in the perfection of Love. “To love and be loved is to feel the sun from both sides,” gleans David Viscott, American psychiatrist, self-help author and Pulitzer Prize nominee. This shares the vision of Eagle, soaring through the altitude of grace within the realm of universal harmony, as our life-giving Sun blesses and shines on all.
Raptor – the classification of six birds-of-prey families who hunt primarily via flight using their keen sense of vision. One of these, the avian family Accipitridae, consists of eagles, hawks, buzzards, harriers, kites, and vultures. Eagle is the second largest in this family with 59 species, and most tend to be great in size with long expansive wings and massive feet. Visually, everything about Eagle’s superior physical appearance is sharply refined – he is stately figured, sleek and chiseled. By his very presence, he demands attention of life, fearlessly flying through the skies, soaring above all else in spectacular aerial display, higher and closer to heaven. As Victorian author Jane Austen clearly perceived, “Everything nourishes what is already strong.” The vast vista of life’s simple, intimate truths open before those who are spiritually strong. This is the living mantra of Regal Eagle. Looking with far-vision, his thoughts are honed to Truth – to the wider, optimistic perspective encompassing the art of true being. Surveying all we see in this light can reveal insight of who we really are: Infinite Beings of the highest caliber. We can learn to fly on the sublime wings of our spiritual Eagle within, rising up to the lofty heights, honing positive thoughts about ourselves and life. As the traditional Thunderbird of the Native American culture, Eagle totem speaks to us of higher thought as a path to mental liberation. As King of the Spirit Birds, his message is about taking flight through clarity of mind – not allowing the illusions of limited perception to ground us in our passage to freedom of the self. Flying with Eagle can prompt our deeper self to contemplate life’s wider landscape before us, enabling us to make consistent, life-affirming choices. This is the Gift of Vision from Regal Eagle, a sacred seer and messenger of Spirit, connecting us to our True Selves. His message is clear: Courage – courage to fly above the mundane, above fear, journeying into the heart of love – into the universal realm of all life.
Treetops – the rising structure of trees, ever growing heavenward towards the almighty sun. Eagles characteristically choose “super-canopy” trees, rising above the rest, with sturdy branches and a superior viewpoint of the surrounding terrain in remote isolation. Typical eagles’ nests are built 50-125 feet high in sheltered seclusion, and are around five feet in diameter. Often using and rebuilding the same nest year after year, over time they can become enormous, measuring as much as nine feet wide and weighing two tons! Eagles don’t mess around – they are no-nonsense beings! High above the ground with a majestic birds-eye view from the vantage point of towering Treetops, Regal Eagle surveys her world. “The question is not what you look at, but what you see.” So wrote Henry David Thoreau, which resonates precisely with Eagle’s Gift of Vision. From her transcendent stance among the Treetops, she can stare at the sun squarely with her eyes. Possessing two eyelids, the inner one being transparent, she is able to observe Sun Fire, and the sun itself is reflected in her all-seeing bright yellow orbs. The celestial Mayan Eagle is the solar animal connected with the dawning sun, and her yellow eyes are borne of the sun, with surges of power and electrifying vision. From the stately Treetops, she springs forth in magical flight towards Sun Star, the life-giver, and shares her heightened, finely tuned power with us. As we look into the keen eyes of our Regal Eagle within, we can feel the mirrored sun brilliantly shine energy and clarity upon the dawning of our own awareness. Eagle’s eyes can alight our own visions when we allow them to illuminate us from the inside out. This kind of powerful spiritual connection can help liberate us on many levels to “fly higher”.
Hawk’s Eye – a gleaming blue/grey/green stone reflecting light in wavering bands. Although it is called Hawk’s Eye, it refers to the species of Raptor and all its family, including the Regal Eagle. Hawk’s Eye is called the “all-seeing” stone, gently attuning the Third Eye Chakra to enhance psychic higher vision. “A vision is not just a picture of what could be; it is an appeal to our better selves, a call to become something more.” Quoted by Rosabeth Moss Kanter, a Harvard Professor acclaimed in 2010 as one of the top women who have changed our world on social issues, this directly relates to Regal Eagle’s quest for higher spiritual insight and fortitude, as he sets his sights forever on the panoramic picture of life, strong and sure. Considered to be the highest flying bird, Eagle boldly sweeps heavenward, unflinchingly facing the intensity of the sun, exposing his true spirit to receive its blessing of pure vision and illumination. Associated with the air element, Hawk’s Eye can help us aim higher on our path through life’s travels, expanding the overview of our horizon to reveal true, inner awareness and understanding. With eagle-eye clarity, we can perceive with the sharp focus of an elevated perspective, and move towards a stronger, clearer intent through life’s path.
~ CELEBRATION THROUGH SACRED CEREMONY ~
Moving through the spiritual energy of our own totem Regal Eagle within, we can be blessed with the precious Gift of Vision in conscious awareness to all life. Here, within the realm of Divine Clarity, our True Self eternally dwells.
A personal ceremony can be performed to enhance the manifestation and integration with Eagle’s all-embracing gift. This can be a private celebration between yourself and Eagle Spirit, or you can invite others to join. It can be as ritualized as you desire, or naturally free-flowing, and include anything you want to say or any object(s) that intuitively feels in harmony with the act of thanksgiving for Eagle’s blessing.
A powerful place to hold the celebration would be outside in a naturally wild area among towering trees under a wide, encompassing sky, but location is not of prime importance. If you do not have access to this environment, any contact outside facing Eagle’s auric presence would be helpful. If the celebration is held indoors, being in room with a window is encouraged to enhance the presence of natural elements, but if this is not possible, symbolically facing a natural area would be beneficial. Even if this locality is hidden or at a great distance, emanations from Regal Eagle’s spiritual source are not obscured, as they flow freely throughout the Universe.
As a sample list, any of the following ideas below could be included in your celebration, and verbalized during a Blessings of Intention for Vision affirmation ceremony (see below). Also, any of these offerings may be created and integrated into your ritual either physically and/or symbolically in Spirit.
- Begin with a personal intention of Vision to enhance any general or specific aspect of your life.
- A blue candle to embody the vast celestial vision of your Higher Self symbolized by the Mayan Blue Eagle soaring through the heavens.
- Visualizing the illuminating spiritual Sun Fire, purifying your perception with the truth of love and perfection in all things.
- Honoring Raptor, the sure, strong force within, who can guide you to heights of clarity and purpose.
- Viewing and blessing the noble Treetops, where Regal Eagle resides and unwaveringly stares at the radiating sun, receiving power and enlightenment from on high.
- The gemstone Hawk’s Eye, or any other stone resonating Spirit Eagle’s visionary powers of observation and/or flight. Other gemstones associated with the Third Eye Chakra which can enhance crystal-clear spiritual vision include Amazonite, Iolite, Sodalite, Azurite, and Blue Quartz.
- Intentional blessings for the Gift of Vision. A simple statement in the form of a heart-felt declaration can attract and summon the heights of magick and power through the fundamental, positive act of intention. By the sincere act of a clear and pure desire, a personalized blessing can call upon the spiritual forces of unity within life – the source of your Infinite Self. You can use any of the following Blessings of Intention affirmations as a guideline to be included into your own personal declaration towards inner harmony and integration with the energies of Heaven and Earth. Written as non-denominational statements, these intentional blessings can be practiced by any single person, or unstructured or organized group, as their own personal form of prayer, charm, chant, invocation, or medicine, etc.
- A devotional affirmation of praise, honor, and thanksgiving, as suggested in Dream Song to Regal Eagle (see below). This act of appreciation is enhanced with the powerful personal statement “I Am”, and especially when said aloud, can invoke the creative energies of manifestation radiating throughout the Universe, calling upon Eagle’s Great Spirit to be infused into your life. All or part of the Dream Song passages can be included in this holy prayer of purpose and gratitude, and they summon and embrace a wide range of natural spiritual influences, ancient mythology, and alchemical life-force energies from Native American, Deity, Celtic, Shaman, Indigenous, Pagan, and Wiccan cultures.
~ BLESSINGS OF INTENTION FOR VISION ~
- With this illuminating candle, blessed by Eagle Spirit, I light the eternal presence of Mayan Blue Eagle, soaring through the heavens of Higher Consciousness, alighting my heart and soul.
- With the brilliance of Sun Fire, blessed by Eagle Spirit, I take flight and burn away false illusions, transcending to observe the Truth of Love working throughout all life, radiating within my heart and soul.
- With the regal sovereignty of fearless Raptor, blessed by Eagle Spirit, I ascend to the heights of clarity with far vision, ever strong, flying higher with the freedom of self-liberation rising in my heart and soul.
- With the strength and power of noble Treetops reaching up to the sun, blessed by Eagle Spirit, I behold my own Spiritual Sun within, feeling the courage to face the luminous vista of dawning vision enlightening my heart and soul.
- With gleaming Hawk’s Eye, or other visionary gemstone, blessed by Eagle Spirit, I see the eternal horizon of spiritual insight softly shimmering before me, ever manifesting strong and sure, sparkling within my heart and soul.
~ DREAM SONG TO REGAL EAGLE ~
O Regal Eagle, you fly into me!
Through my heart and into my head,
Your Spirit soars.
And I am One with you.
We fly into the sky,
Into the sunlit horizon
Of clear vision.
Life before me is seen through your eyes,
Within the sphere of all possibilities on high,
Where all is working within the Realm of Love.
And here I am…forever flying, with you.
Thank You, O Regal Eagle, for your Gift of Vision
The Mayan Oracle: Return Path to the Stars, by Ariel Spilsbury and Michael Bryner
The Illustrated Directory of Healing Crystals, by Cassandra Eason
From Heaven Sweet Nature Springs