Today’s post is a gift from Liara Covert who writes the Dream Builders blog. She shows us that ancient myths are alive and well, inside each of us…
The Thunderbird legend is timeless. Some people believe it began as a myth of Native American tribes in the Pacific Northwest and the Great Lakes. Yet, the legend spread much wider. This great creature has been sighted by non-native people on many different continents.
Native American myths suggest the sizable Thunderbird is a guardian Spirit with innate power to influence changes in the elements and energy shifts, in everything. It has penetrating vision and even changes form to help regenerate and stabilize the energy grids of the Earth.
Legend says the magical creature flew with a whole whale in its claws and saved a Chilkat tribe from starvation. As lightning shoots out from its eyes and thunder pearls from its wings, you might imagine everyone would hear it coming. Wisdom reveals the depth of your faith and the nature of your beliefs determine all you will sense and experience.
As it happens, the Lakota and other tribes believe that if you have repeated dreams of birds, the medicine or “alternative healing way” is part of your destiny. Yet, if you envision a Thunderbird, you are destined to be a ‘Heyoka,’ that is, to learn to channel and heal with electromagnetic energy.
According to Laughing Deer in the Encylopedia Mythica, Heyoka is “one who does things backwards or opposite…Spirit chooses who is Heyoka; it is a very difficult path to follow.”
Of course, difficulty is relative. Conditioning may have also taught you choose your own destiny. With this in mind, you’re never alone. Discerning that the Thunderbird serves the Great Spirit beyond enables you to realize you are also guided in ways you hadn’t foreseen by forces you have yet to understand.
Some people believe a Heyoka is a trickster to be feared, ridiculed and revered. Negative perception does not recognize illusion is part of the teaching medicine of Heyoka. Human beings won’t grasp life in the same way. Heyoka practices are sacred and have magical meanings that carry over into your life. Will you be empowered to shift your consciousness?
Heyokas are said to embody divine strength. They are trusted interpreters of dreams and heal with innate insights that even they themselves underestimate. They may unexpectedly enter your dreams or your apparent reality. Why? To remind you not to get too serious about your current mental state, physical form, thoughts and beliefs. Human beings are encouraged to be humble, to detach from their conditions and to recognize Spirit wields all power. You only determine how you will react to a given set of impermanent circumstances.
Thunderbird magic itself relates back to the mythical bird’s role as a catalyst in the lives of human beings. It triggers revelation, transformation and energy shifts beyond superficial perception. Heyoka behavior, awakened by the Thunderbird, defies the status quo to awaken your senses to change your own behavior. The magic you hold within yourself enables you to initiate changes at the cellular level of your being. Thunderbird magic leads you back to rediscover the dormant magic within yourself.
After all, from birth, you master the art of producing your own illusions. Your perception is full of them. By extraordinary or mystical influence, you produce desired effects or results in every area of your life. How much of this do you realize? Supernatural elements are forces of your own nature. Thunderbird magic opens a doorway into another dimension of your soul. As you raise your awareness, you prepare to explore infinity.
I love this! Gave me goosebumps!
Loraleigh, divine spirit surrounds human beings in forms that everyone hasn’t yet evolved to perceive or accept. Stories that perpetuate and reinforce the Thunderbird legend are a friendly reminder to open your senses wider. As you do, you will embrace more of what your being has in store for you. The magic is bubbling up inside you, waiting to be rediscovered.
The (nimikee) Thunderbird shown to me with an American Indian Warrior, together both came to my vision from the sky coming from the east. I took four photos of my vision after I prayed so many times and gave thanks for the vision.
I only show the photos to other American Indians as myself.
Thank You for sharing your visions. I too have dreamed numerous times of the Thunderbirds. For I have been visited by more than 1 and wondered what it is they want from me. I have moved from the East (pa) to Oklahoma in my search for answers. Still looking but know I will find the answers.
Thank you for sharing your experience with us !
I, too, spent time in Oklahoma!
Then there was the Sweat Lodge….
When I was a little girl, I’m not sure if I was dreaming or not, I was maybe about 5 years old I saw a huge bird soaring in the sun. I had never seen a bird that size before. It reminded me of a great eagle. It landed briefly and flew away. What does that mean?
I think it meant that you were seeing a symbol of your ability to “conquer” the bland constraints of current culture and Soar far beyond what most people consider “appropriate” 🙂