The BEAutiful Blue Heron

The beautiful blue heron visited David and myself along with our black Lab, Gracie on our morning walk on the beach this past Monday. It flew over us in all its majestic glory, landed on the rocky shore, and peacefully sauntered close by for at least thirty minutes. Resting. Aware of its surroundings. One with all.

A beautiful, beautiful gift to uplift our spirits.

The visit occurred a few days after we had chosen to let go of Beatrice, our twelve-year-old plus white shepherd, when she was diagnosed with either disseminated cancer or fungal pneumonia. In our sadness, we felt like this particular heron was a sign from our beloved Bea.

On my website, the blue heron totem has had its place for many, many years as it feels like not only my own personal totem but the totem of the work that I do as my profession. How fitting that the blue heron visited again at this time.

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A totem is any natural object or being that you feel especially close to. For me, it's the blue heron.  I have had the privilege of having blue herons visit the ponds of two country properties where I lived. They visited so regularly that I often looked out and saw them while I was coaching clients.  I've also been blessed to see them nesting deep in the woods - an unforgettable experience for me.

When I learned about them from the totem knowledge shared by North American Native tradition, I knew that the blue heron would continue to be present on my website in the years to come. On my first web site, the heron was my logo, and on this site I honor it with this page. Here is what Ted Andrews says about the Blue Heron in his book, Animal Speak: The Spiritual and Magical Powers of Creatures Great and Small:"The blue heron is a totem (symbol) of someone who has chosen to claim their life as their own. According to North American Native tradition, the Blue Heron brings messages of self-determination and self-reliance. It represents an ability to progress and evolve. The long thin legs of the heron reflect that even though we must be able to stand on our own, we don't  need legs that are great massive pillars to remain stable.

Blue Herons have the innate wisdom of being able to maneuver through life and co-create their own circumstances.

If the Blue Heron has shown up as your totem, it reflects your need to follow your own unique wisdom and path of self-determination. You know what is best for yourself, and need to follow your heart rather than the promptings of others. You probably sit calmly while the rest of us lose patience. And when you choose to follow the promptings of your heart, you soar with magnificence."

As we watched this particular blue heron, we knew there was a quality of Bea as she, too, was an independent spirit who moved through space with grace, patience, majesty, presence, and love.  The inner confidence of being oneself.

She blessed us for many years, particularly her gentle Dad, David, who chose her at the Humane Society before I came into his life.


Pay attention to the beings that spend time with you from our natural world.  What is their message for you?  Allow your heart to listen.


© 2009 Jeannie Campanelli, Inner Confidence Coaching. All Rights Reserved.

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