You may think that you need to see a large hawk, an eagle, or another great and impressive bird to receive spiritual guidance. Over many years practicing Holographic and Kundalini Reiki, as well as other forms of energy work, I have found that spiritually guided messages from birds can come from the most common ones. The appearance of a House Sparrow or an American Robin may bring very helpful insight into a situation, a relationship, or a challenge you are now facing.
Picture yourself outside, anxious to get home after a tough day at work—frozen, low in spirits, and stressed. As you hurry along, you hear… and then see a group of vociferous House Sparrows in the bushes by the sidewalk, calling and moving about. They seem feisty and in good spirits despite the cold. Could they be reminding you that, like them, you have what you need to get through this period in your life, that perhaps you should release your day and be grateful for what is at hand?
Spiritual Meaning and the Chakras
Each species of bird has certain physical attributes, such as color, size, voice or call, and behavior. Different spiritual meanings have been associated with them, varying with place, culture, and era. Thus, the eagle can stand for power, the dove for peace, the peacock for vanity. These attributes may be associated with the major chakras in our body, on the physical, mental, emotional, or spiritual levels.
As an example, the heart chakra is connected to our love for others, harmony, empathy, well-being, and the sense of balance in our lives. Because of the beautiful red, almost heart-shaped coloring on the breast of a male Rose-breasted Grosbeak, in my mind this bird is associated with the heart chakra. If you should see one at your feeder (and I have occasionally noticed one in my back yard in Quebec), consider what message he may be trying to give you! Has there been a moment in your life recently when you could have opened your heart to someone? Is there an opportunity for you to help a neighbor, a friend, a family member? This opportunity may fly away if you do not act now.
Messages from Birds
When a bird appears in your life and seems out of character, if it is an unusual bird for your area, or if it just feels to you like an awesome bird, pay particular attention! The Northern Cardinals that were your mother’s favorite bird and show up in a group at a time when you were thinking about her, may be suggesting you hold her memory close and ask her for help. Many people have told me about incidents like this.
When a Rock Pigeon decides to make its nest and raise its young on your balcony, do you leave it in peace, or do you sweep away the mess? Perhaps with its prolonged cooing it was suggesting you be gentle with yourself and those close to you, that you accept that you are perfect as you are. If you take a walk in the park and a Blue Jay persists in diving at your head, perhaps it has a nest nearby—but on a symbolic level, is the jay reminding you to connect with your higher self, to remember your spiritual practice, whether it be meditation, prayer, yoga, or another means of relating to the spiritual light that is in and around us?
Messages come from Spirit in so many forms… and when the heart is open to receiving, they become more apparent and clearer. So, the next time you feel a bird or an image of a bird trying to capture your attention, don’t dismiss it. Look for the spiritual meaning of the bird and try asking your higher self what guidance this bird is offering.