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 Post Posted: Fri Dec 26, 2008 9:25 pm 
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I have a bit of a question,about a year ago I noticed a lot of commotion in my back yard with my chickens,they have a coup that they stay in at night and a chicken wire covered chicken run,well when I am home I like to let them out so they can clean the yard and eat bugs and what not,well I noticed a racket and saw a pair of hawks swooping through the back yard,well I promptly put some food scraps in the chicken run to got the chichens back inside and I locked up the coup,sometimes migrating birds of pray will try their luck on their way south or north depending on the time of year,well the next day the same thing happened but with only a single bird and not the same one,not an immature bird as I believe the others were,well after a few unsuccesful tries he got hung up in the chicken run,I went out to see if i could get him untangled,when i got out there he was untangled and trying to get through the run on foot,this is when I got a good look at him kinda close,he had only one eye and he couldnt fly or wouldnt fly away,I grabbed him up and brought him in to see if i could help him out if he was injured or at least fix him up with a decent meal that didnt include my poultry,I have a friend iguanna that was in the house for the cool months,his name is steve,anyway he didnt mind loaning his cage out if I let him run around the houe for a while,it was a three chambered rabbit cage that i had taken out the partitions to make a bigger cage for steve for winter,I stand it up on end and its about seven feet tall, a nice place with a perch,anyway I was able to get the hawk inside no problem and gave him sopme water and ran down to the pet store and baught a large rat to feed him up before contacting wild animal rescue,the laws pertaining to wildlife are pretty strict in Texas and most of the US,not like when we were kids,I used to work for a humane society and am familiar with most of the rescue groups and was intending to contact them the next day as it was getting pretty late,well hawk ate and drank and was passed away the next day,although I had only known the hawk for a short time I couldnt help but feel that I was missing themessage somehow,with the cats around so much I couldnt bare to put him in the ground so Ive kept him ,I built a fire in my back yard and playd my flute to the smoke hopping that the spirit of the hawk would know that I only acted in a good way and wished him a pleasant journey and my thanks for choosing me to help him,I hope that i acted properly,I couldnt think of anything else that i could have done to make his passingmore respectful,he never harmed me in any way or threatened me,I wish i could have done more,I believe he was a Sharp shinned hawk and a very beautiful fellow although only one eyed,I am hessitant in using any part of him,although I have kept him safe all this time.


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 Post Posted: Sun Dec 28, 2008 12:40 pm 
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Namaste and Hello Anthony, I'm Mike. What a beautiful story, thank you for sharing it. I feel that you did all that was in your power to help the Hawk along in a respectful way. As far as "the message" goes, only you can interpet the true meaning.

Hawks are associated with Visionary Power and the Heavens, as they are the rulers of the Sky.

The one-eye apsect is very interesting. I think it would equate to a limited view, or not seeing the whole picture. Maybe that's how your friend got himself into trouble in the first place. Had a limited goal in sight (food) without being fully aware of the dangers present (getting caught in the chicken run).
Another thought on the one-eye aspect...full potential. Hawks are well-known for their keen eye-sight. It's a Hawks main characteristic, his purpose if-you-will. A Hawk with one-eye is a creature unable to live to it's full potential. That's just a guess interpretation though. Blessings...

Love and Light


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Thank you,I'll think on it,perhaps it means I'm not getting the whole picture,sometimes its hard to see the woods for the trees.


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Have you tried contacting the spirit of the hawk in journey?


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I've never journeyd before,how would I go about it? I must admit it has been on my mind a lot.


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There are different ways done by different cultures. Some methods are called shamanic and others have other names. For example, mysticism uses prolonged suffering of fasting along with intense prayer. Meditation uses relaxation and contemplation to reach a beta state. Self flagellation uses pain to eject the spirit out of the body. To me, "shamanic" means "whatever works" so I wouldn't rule out any of the aformentioned methods if that works for you. However, what is commonly identified as "shamanic method" usually refers to the stuff indigenous cultures do, and they tend to go with more direct ways to reach the trance that allows your spirit to move deliberately where you want to go: certain ways of dancing, or chanting, or substances, or rhythms of drums or rattles, or combos of them.

That's a lot of options! More than I've experienced, so I can only tell you more about what I do and say that what works best for me won't necessarily work best for you. But that said, I was not prepared to do anything shamanic without my initiation. I was too skeptical. But by curiosity I tried smoking some 10X salvia divinorum (legal in Texas so far) and it almost instantly destroyed my spiritual barriers. I think you might say shamanism found me, not the other way around! So I became curious about the people who used this spiritually and learned about shamanism and it just fit well with me so I continued. I read books and found much help in Michael Harner's "The Way of the Shaman", which teaches practice using drums and rattles. I also searched for local practitioners and discovered a local open circle which was very helpful.

So how do I journey? The easiest way is to be with someone who can drum for me. Then it's a real drum, real presence, real vibrations throughout the body, and the shift in state is effortless. The other way is by listening to drumming in headphones. Someone posted a mp3 in the "activism" section of the forum that I had success with, but not at first. I need to feel the vibrations while listening, so for me it works when I am on the bus. Strange but true. Not just any funky drum track will work... it needs to be simple "hypnotic" boom boom boom rapid and repetative, keeping me alert and yet entranced. In the local circle, our leader tends to flow with it and that would be a distraction in headphones of a recording, so I can only guess the reason it works so well is the activity of the spirits among us.

Now, before doing journeys, I perform a few rituals. What we do as a circle depends on the leader's spiritual guides, and what I do in my own practice depends on that as well. You'll just feel inspired to do something one time and not another, or change it a bit, or whatever seems to call you. But here are the common pieces of it:

Calling the spirits (I do this by getting loud and lively with the instruments, shouting, etc), many North American cultures say "Hok Hey" to get the attention of the spirits. Stuff like that.

Next, calling the elements. One way I do this is by some kundalini poses the leader of our circle taught us. Hard to explain in writing. Whatever connects you to the elements should work ok, just follow intuition/inspiration.

Now that my companions are present, I like to honor the directions. This is done by spending time facing East, South, West, Up, Down and saying something, waving or blowing smoke, or tossing seeds, or whatever at each direction. Just follow your heart or skip it if you don't get the direction thing yet.

Actually, skip anything ritual if you don't connect with it. Nothing should be forced or done just to follow some tradition. But I like to do these things. The reason I do the directions after the calling is because I want to make sure my companions were invited to do it with me.

OK, then I do a purification ritual. I smudge with california white sage, although I've also tried dakota and new mexico varieties which have a more bitter scent that might be good for certain powers, who knows. Stuff for me to explore and learn. Only when I am practicing alone do I smudge myself. Otherwise it is better to have people smudge each other. For this, I use a smudge stick fanned with a big feather that a bird dropped for me last spring. I'm not going to admit what species the bird was nor any connection to the silly federal law against picking up dropped feathers by certain birds or anything. Anyway, it isn't the fan that matters so much as the smoke, so use whatever.

Then I like to sprinkle something in a circle around me to signify the closing of the circle (I use tobacco for that, mainly because I'm a smoker so it has personal meaning).

Obviously, the above doesn't work for when I want to journey on the bus with drumming in headphones, not does it guarantee a deeper experience. Perhaps it is just my way of communicating how serious I am to the powers in hopes they will take me seriously. That is mainly why I wouldn't force something if I didn't feel serious about it. They will know!

OK, now that the preliminaries are out of the way, this is how I do my journey:

1st, get comfortable. For me, this means I am wearing comfortable clothing, in a warm place, lying on my back or reclining in a chair.

2nd, no light. Blow out the candle, put on a blindfold, etc.

Now, drumming. This continues for 20 or 30 minutes or so, maybe longer. If you are able to drum for yourself it is as long as you need it to be. If you have an assistent you can signal them with a rattle the tempo and some other signal when you are finished. In group sessions or recorded drumming, there is some signal that tells you when it is time to finish up and find your way back. In our local circle, we use 4 sequences of rapid drumming, then fast drumming for a time to allow everyone to make their way back. In the recording that was posted to the forum at this site, the drumming pauses, then resumes at a slower pace then finishes with some bell sounds.

What to do during the drumming?

At 1st, I don't do anything, just listen and wait. I am waiting to feel some effect of the drums. What the feeling is I can't describe, but after a little while I feel "ready" and then begin to communicate with the spirit world.

Here is how it works. I imagine a fantasy. I build it. That is me speaking my intention to the spirits. This creates a symbolic message. I move through the fantasy. So what?! Same thing I used to do in math class! But here's where it gets interesting. Things happen to my fantasy that I didn't will. Things don't happen that I want to will. Now it's not a fantasy, but an experience.

So, here is where I start. My experience with smoking salvia divinorum was sliding backwards kinda inside out into myself. I relive that when I journey by drumming. I can't explain it really, so I'll mention some other things. Some people think of a hole or opening into the earth and imagine themselves going to it. Some people follow roots of a tree into the ground. The common thing seems to be a descent of some sort. Now... where does this lead you? Do you see anything? Is the journey verbal or visual? Or is it some other senses? Different people experience it differently.

For the 1st journeys, you might want to just go down a little way then come back. Give that some thought, then try again and go farther, maybe the same session maybe another session.

Now consider seeking a guide. So descend to the starting place/chamber/whatever. Then look for a way to a place full of stuff: things, beings, etc. Harner says skip past any reptillian or insectoid entities and watch for other kinds, but my guide is a spidery one so maybe he is wrong or maybe someday I'll learn he was right the hard way! You may see multiple creatures. If you see the same one make an appearance 4 times from different angles/aspect/whatever, then ask it if it wishes to be your guide. If it does, maybe it will give you its name too, and maybe you will know if it is a he or a she. If not, keep going and watching. Maybe it will happen this session, maybe another. Eventually it does, so then become acquainted.

Once you have a guide, you may find it waiting for you each time you journey in the future. Now, you can ask the guide to take you places, to help you find what you seek. To protect you while doing this by letting you know when a spirit is being tricky or something.

At that point, the two of you should be able to take further journeys to find and gather additional companions, or find the spirit of that hawk you were wondering about, and other stuff.

Post journey stuff: I like to take some quiet time to contemplate what I experienced. After the final journey of a session, light the candle, thank the spirits, open the circle, and spend some time outside just chillin'.

I hope that helps.


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 Post Posted: Tue Dec 30, 2008 7:01 pm 
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Thank you,I'll try it.


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Hello Anthony, About 15 years ago my first wild animal that came into my life that was injured was a redtail hawk. This hawk change my life in so many ways. If you like I'll tell you more about my experiance if you want to know just e-mail me. Anyway I've been rehabbing injured wildlife life since and have had the pleasure to help Owls, hawks, racoons, deer, coyotes, squirrels, chipmonks, all types of birds, rabbits, etc. And every animal that has cross my path have taught me wonderful things about life, myself, and spirit. I have witness what I call miracles many times. That if I told someone else about what happened with alot of the animals most people would call me crazy. And yes sometimes I have lost a few that past away and at first it was sad. Until I learned that lesson. Now I honor every animal that come into my life and thank these wonderful teachers (helpers). And you were saying that you still have the hawk. I myself honor the animals buy making a animal totem dreamcatcher and use there feathers in the creation. or if its a bird you can use there feathers in many waysto honor your friend. And I have learn that everything that comes across your path is ther for a reason and its your path and only you know the answer and sometimes it hits you right between the eyes. Sometimes it takes a while. And sometimes afew weeks or months. But trust me there is a lesson, reason for everything. I don'nt know if you have tried to journey but this is a great way to find out many things. And everyone can do this since we are all one don't doubt yourself. Thanks for shareing your story Anthony Many Blessings my Friend! Jim


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