It was inevitable. Hawk was definitely going to make an appearance in this column at some point. It was all a matter of time. I would wait for Hawk, my personal totem, to let me know when the time was right to write about him. This month, it finally happened.
I’ve acknowledged Hawk as my primary totem animal for six years, and over the last six years, he’s flown in and peppered little lessons in my life here and there. This past month was different. This past month there was a theme, and Hawk wanted me to dive-bomb into it, the same way that he dive-bombs for his prey. In writing this article, it is my hope that you can take something away from it to apply to your life too, and if these specific lessons don’t speak to you, then maybe it will inspire you to learn more about this majestic hunter of the skies.
Hawk is most widely known for being a totem for visionaries. He helps us see the bigger picture. Often times, Hawk people may refrain from “choosing sides” in an argument, because they are able to see the situation from a higher perspective and understand that there are multiple points of view, and the emotions of everyone involved are valid. For this reason, Hawk people may have a proclivity toward professions where an unbiased and nonjudgmental eye is needed, such as counseling, therapy, and coaching. (As a therapist and spiritual life coach myself, I’m aware that this opinion is biased. The irony!)
I always use a piece of picture jasper in my meditations with Hawk. If you have never seen picture jasper, it is a brown stone that appears to be painted by nature with the most beautiful designs of landscapes. This stone stimulates the root and third eye chakras at once, connecting one with beautiful earthy scenery of mountainous regions, while at the same time bringing along intuitive messages and aiding in strengthening one’s visualization skills. With picture jasper clutched in one hand and a rattle shaking in the other, Hawk took me on a journey into his body where I experienced the spirit of flight, and the courage of the hunt. Hawk presented me with one word: Focus.
I realized in my six years of working with Hawk, I have taken his meaning of “seeing the bigger picture” to the neglect of Hawk’s most awe inspiring act of all: the moment when, after scanning the earth below, he catches sight of that squirrel, or fish, or rabbit, and with laser like focus, takes the plunge.
Are you the type of person who gets really excited about lots of different ideas? Do you set so many goals for yourself, that sometimes you burn out before you can accomplish any of them? Maybe your dreams include writing a novel, running a marathon, pursuing that master’s degree, taking a ceramics class, memorizing lines for your role in the school play, working extra hard to get that promotion at work, learning to play the guitar, taking yoga classes three nights a week — you get the picture. Goals are wonderful things to have. Working towards something that is achievable and realistic helps us see what we’re made of and develop more self-confidence. But what Hawk has taught me personally is that if your dreams are all over the place like two dozen pigeons scattered in the wind, although you might be able to see them all, you can only catch one pigeon at a time.
Prioritize. What is most important to you right now, at this very moment? Strategize. What small steps can you take to achieve this particular goal? Focus. Set your sights and prepare to take the biggest and most courageous leap of faith of your life.
Trust in the medicine of the Hawk. Being a messenger of Spirit in Native American traditions, he offers gifts of clarity and intuition. If you are unsure of your soul’s purpose in this life, try getting a bird’s eye view.
Many blessings as Hawk guides your way,