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Judging by Appearances

A Seagull on a dock (c) FreeFoto.com

Most people encounter Gulls at beaches, usually when Gulls are scavenging for food or resting on boat docks. Some people watch Gulls drop Clams on hard rocks or on parking lots to open up the Clams. As opportunists, Gulls exploit whatever They can use, wherever They find it.

A readily recognizable group of Birds, Gulls have solidly built web-footed legs for running and swimming. With their long wings, Gulls can easily hunt over large areas of water. Most people can identify these white, grey, and black Birds, although names of particular species elude them.

Gulls live in colonies of many Birds. Usually nesting on rocky cliffs, tens of thousands of Gulls share a breeding territory with other Birds such as Pelicans, Herons, and Terns. Somehow in all the confusion of all these Birds, individual Gulls find each other and work things out.

In Salt Lake City, Utah (USA), a monument to California Gull sits in front of the State Capitol Building. Shortly after the Mormons settled the area, millions of Crickets began to devour their crops. But then thousands of California Gulls came and ate their fill of Crickets. In gratitude for saving their lives, the Mormons decided to honor California Gull.

Another Gull story involved a trainer of the Cleveland Indians Baseball team. While the beloved trainer was near death, a lone Sea Gull stayed near the dugout. After he died, the Gull remained to comfort the ball players, then left. These two Gull stories reflect how Gulls can be spiritual messengers.

Most people see Gulls as messy, noisy, and aggressive Birds. But imagine what the beaches would look like if you had no Sea Gulls – a silent beach covered with garbage. Gulls have a place in this world that people need to accept.

Gulls teach that appearances can be deceiving. Most people regard these noisy, troublesome Birds as pests. No man sees the services that Gulls provide, for example, eating garbage and cleaning up beaches. Gull teaches to judge by actions.

Glacous Gulls in flight

Gull’s Teachings Include:

“The Sea Gull is a survivor. He can go for long periods of time without food and survive under the worst conditions. He represents stamina, perseverance, and cunning. The power of the Seagull can also get rid of negative powers.” Copyright: “Spirits of the Earth”, Bobby Lake-Thom.

“Gull is an excellent and effortless flyer. She flies with almost no effort at all by working with the wind. Invoke Gull for her ability to soar through life with ease and effortless achievement. Assertive and courageous, Gull misses no opportunity for a meal, as all beach goers know.”Copyright: Dolfyn

“Seagulls bring us the gift of a carefree attitude. They are very relaxed and easygoing in all of their pursuits. When several gulls find a fish or some other food, the one who gets there first gets to eat; they usually do not fight over dinner.” Copyright:“Animal Energies”, Gary Buffalo Horn Man and Sherry Firedancer.

City Lights Gull

Gull’s Wisdom Includes:
Freedom
Carefree Attitude
Versatility
Seizing Opportunity
Moving Through Life’s Flow with Grace
Observation
Swift Action
Responsible Behavior
Having Grace
Messages from the Spirit
Friendship

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Picture of "City Lights Gull" copyrighted by Mary Ann Sterling

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