Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Bird Brain?

Calling someone "birdbrained" is an insult—but considering what one bird did recently, we might want to reimagine the term as a compliment.

A parrot imitated the sound of a smoke alarm to alert his sleeping human family that the house was on fire. They escaped with their lives—and the bird—in the wee hours, just as much of the house went up in flames.

In indigenous cultures, figures depicted with bird heads indicated shamanic power; that is, the ability to "walk between the worlds." As we ride the ever-escalating waves into planetary harmony and oneness, communing with animals—and Nature in all her forms—is key. I'll dive into this theme extensively in the November issue of my e-newsletter, What Shines. Consider this a sneak preview.

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