Alan Murray’s Bird Spirit Medicine

Print pagePDF pageEmail page

Having been out with Karen Stead-Dexter and her magical birds for a one to one experience, I was very keen to undertake the homework she set on bird medicine.

Just a couple of days after her first Zoom talk, and before I had had the chance to actually read the homework, I had my ’medicine’  bird encounter. This encounter was NOT dowsed for as suggested by Karen BUT did seem to throw up several related references as she had suggested would happen.

I was up very early (for me), about 6am, to make coffee and on my way to the kitchen I blearily glanced through the front door to see a sparrow hawk sitting on a fence only about 5 metres away. As we looked at each other he/she proceeded to tuck one leg up in his chest feathers and perched there. This exchange lasted for about 5 minutes before he launched himself backwards and away.

Jo has lived here for twenty years and never seen one. She did see what we assume is the same one the next day (near our new wildlife pond) but then he disappeared and neither of us has seen him again since.

Two hours later the same morning, whilst listening to Radio Three, we heard an ad for ‘Private Passions’ whose guest that week was Helen MacDonald. Her bestselling book is called ‘H is for Hawk’ and is about her personal experience of training a goshawk called Mabel, as a way of coping with the grief of her father’s sudden death.

The next day whilst listening to ‘Sounds of the Seventies’ there were at least two references to Hawkwind.

Some days later I listened to Helen MacDonald’s story on ‘Private Passions’ on BBC Sounds when she talked about ‘Mabel’ and a pet parrot.

Almost a week after the encounter I thought I would see what the village store had to offer in the way of bottled beers. Looking down the list I came upon ‘Seahawk’, Old Buzzard and Avocet, so purchased a bottle of each!

So how did Karen interpret this encounter and its links? She said that the sparrow hawk cuts right though stuff and goes right to the point. As he was standing on one leg, and therefore fairly relaxed’, indicates grounding. Not sure how all this directly affects me though. Maybe I am not understanding this clearly enough? Is this the message I am missing?

Helen is a writer, poet, historian, illustrator and naturalist. She’s worked as a Research Fellow at Jesus College, Cambridge, as a professional falconer, and in raptor research and conservation projects across Eurasia. She is an affiliate of the Department of History and Philosophy of Science at the University of Cambridge.

 

Comments

Comments are closed.

  • Zoom Text Resizer

    alt=alt=alt=
  • Devon Dowsers

    Devon Dowsers

Thinking of joining Devon Dowsers?

CLICK HERE TO APPLY TO JOIN ONLINE

OR

CLICK HERE TO PRINT OFF A FORM AND POST

Dowsing is a means of searching, not using our normal senses, and can be done on site as well as remotely (e.g. map and information dowsing). It is an ethical activity used for the greater good. Devon Dowsers welcomes those who have a fascination for this ancient art, and who wish to share their experiences with other open-minded members.

We always welcome new members, so please see our current programme  and come to a meeting to check us out. To learn more,  get in touch through our contact form. We’d love to hear from you.

 

CLICK HERE FOR EXISTING MEMBERS TO RENEW ONLINE

OR

CLICK HERE FOR EXISTING MEMBERS RENEWAL FORM BY POST

 

Our posts month by month

Search Devon Dowsers

Please follow us on Facebook

and Instagram

The Covid19 pandemic

DFEST 2021 NEW DATES

The new dates for DFEST are 12th/13th June 2021. Please put these dates into next year’s calendar. We have booked the Victory Hall, South Zeal for our venue on these dates, and the programme and meal arrangements will remain the same, all things being equal.

If there continue to be social restrictions in 2021, apart from another ‘lockdown’, we are committed to creating a way to share our common Dowsing interests whilst staying safe.


 

Staying safe. Putting love and protection out there for NHS staff, shop staff and all other key workers.

Being realistic and optimistic. By dowsing we can help ourselves and others. We need to optimise the performance of our immune system, remove stressors.

Use the new SELF-HELP tab above to access Dowsing Self-Help Ideas: Health, Gardening, Healing Circles, Exercise etc

'With positive thoughts our spirits can rise like the sun each morning'

 

'Tides ebb and flow and this time will pass'

 

 

 

Loving Kindness Meditation

May you be safe,

May you be healthy,

May you be happy,

May you live with ease.

 

For the full meditation please Click Here

 

Our most recent posts

Devon Dowsers

Devon Dowsers

Subscribe To Emails

Loading