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Sense of Wonder

Anna's Hummingbird

A native of the New World, Hummingbird has enchanted all who have seen Her. This tiny fast Bird inspires wonder in those who watch Her feed. Despite her small size, Ruby-Throated Hummingbird migrates from the eastern United States across the Gulf of Mexico to Central America. What makes this passage extraordinary is that Ruby-Throated Hummingbird does not eat on her journey. She stores up a layer of fat equal to half of her body weight.

Other Hummingbirds like Ruby-Topaz Hummingbird and Broad-Billed Hummingbird spend most of their day in flight. They hover from flower to flower looking for the energy-rich nectar They need to survive. To live, a Hummingbird needs to eat from 2,000 flowers a day. To go through the night without feeding, Hummingbirds slow their metabolic rate and go into a kind of hibernation.

The Aztecs of Mexico regarded Hummingbird as a warrior. Despite Hummingbird’s delicate appearance, She is a bold, quarrelsome Bird who will readily attack any intruder that strays into her territory. With the frenzied beating of her wings, Hummingbird will defend Herself with her long beak.

This tiny Bird with her brightly colored feathers and unique hovering flight inspires wonder in people. Her brilliant plumage is seen only as a blur as Hummingbird hovers before a flower for a sip of nectar. The hum of her tiny wings is music to people’s ears. (Each kind of Hummingbird’s wings hum at a different note on the musical scale.) Her iridescent colors and music instill a sense of wonderment in people.

Important Hummingbird Teaching: Accomplishment

“The ruby-throated hummingbird is a wonder of migration. Every winter it makes an amazing journey. Some have been known to make a journey of 2500 miles or more, from Alaska to Central America. Because of it, the hummingbird is a symbol for accomplishing that which seems impossible. It will teach you how to find the miracle of joyful living from your own life circumstances.” Copyright: “Animal-Speak”, Ted Andrews.

Rufous Hummingbird

Important Hummingbird Teaching: Joy

“Hummingbird darts lightly through the world, spreading its message of joy and beauty, and teaching us to appreciate the wonder and magic of everyday existence. Hummingbird brings the gift of joy. Learn to laugh and be happy.” Copyright: Unknown.

Important Hummingbird Teaching: Transcending Time

“Hummingbird shows us how to re-visit the past for the purpose of releasing it instead of being caught in a permanently backward flight pattern. It also helps us to see that if we step aside we may see our life differently. Hummingbird teaches us to transcend time, to recognize that what has happened in the past and what might happen in the future is not nearly as important as what we are experiencing now. It teaches us to hover in the moment, to appreciate its sweetness.” Copyright: Beyond the Rainbow (Constance Barrett Sohodski)

Hummingbirds at feeder

Hummingbird’s Teachings Include:

“Hummingbird darts from flower to flower in search of nectar and teaches all who honour her to let in the beauty of life, the nectar of love. This tiny bird is surprisingly tough and aggressive, often driving away larger birds. Invoke Hummingbird for indomitable energy and the ability to tap great power from within.” Copyright: Dolfyn

“What is hummingbird's message for us? First of all, adaptability in life's many situations and being able to 'roll with the punches'” Copyright: Unknown

“Hummingbird is a very good sign. She is a good-luck messenger. She takes our prayers to the Great Creator. She is a doctor and healer. The Hummingbird has the power to travel long distances under great odds and obstacles.” Copyright: “Spirits of the Earth”, Bobby Lake-Thom.

Ruby-Throated Hummingbird

Hummingbird’s Wisdom Includes:
Accomplishing All Against Impossible Odds
Finding Good in People
Being Adaptable in Life’s Many Situations
Spreading Joy and Love to All
Searching for the Sweetness of Life
Inner Joy
Finding Unique Ways to Awaken Others to Beauty
Energetically Tasting the Sweetness of Life
Stopping Time
Having a Warrior Spirit
Being Feisty
Transcending Time

Hummgingbird Empowerment: Hummingbird: Fill Your Life With Wonder: Animals have gifts that they are willing to offer people. One gift of the animals is their energies to empower people on their journey of life. With their energy gift, each animal offers their particular wisdom to the person. For people who need to fill their lives with wonder, Hummingbird offers his formidable gifts.

I offer Hummingbird Empowerment for $40 US (includes before and after consultations, Hummingbird meditation, and Hummingbird crystal). For more information, contact me.

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Read "Nature" Books reviews of:
A Hummingbird in My House: "The Story of Squeak"
Author: Arnette Heidcamp. Read about one woman's friendship with a hummingbird, she called "Squeak".
Hummingbirds: A Wild Life Handbook
Author: Kim Long (Johnson Nature Series)
Learn more about hummingbirds.

To see photos of all species of hummingbirds and how they live visit Hummingbird Pictures.

Anna's Hummingbird Photo copyrighted by National Zoo.
Photo of Rufous Hummingbird courtesy of U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Picture of Ruby-Throated Hummingbird copyrighted by Mary Ann Sterling

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