hummingbird

Artwork by Arlene Ness, 2006, http://www.arlenes-art.com/id6.html

Thanks to Angela at Blog Mommas and the drawing her daughter created in October 2012 (below) as a symbol of my blog, I decided to create a new design for my blog and next book using an image/illustration of a hummingbird. (And then I might get it tattooed somewhere on my body. Who knows?!?)

I have been fascinated by hummingbirds since I was a teenager. My stepfather and mom kept a feeder hanging from a post on the outside of our screened-in back porch. It never failed. We would be visited frequently in the mornings and late afternoons by at least one hummingbird. And because there was a barrier (the screen), the birds seemed unaffected by us staring at them through our binoculars. We were able to get really close. Their colors, movement, and peacefulness always awed me.

The following is a blog post written in September 2009 on the blog, “A Light in the Darkness.” Do you think the hummingbird is as appropriate for my writing and motivation as Blog Momma and I think it is ? ~Namaste!

Blog Momma Blog of the WeekHummingbird Symbolism

The hummingbird symbolizes many different concepts. Because of its speed, the hummingbird is known as a messenger and stopper of time. It is also a symbol of love, joy, and beauty.

The hummingbird is also able to fly backwards, teaching us that we can look back on our past. But, this bird also teaches that we must not dwell on our past; we need to move forward. When the hummingbird hovers over flowers while drinking nectar, we learn that we should savour each moment, and appreciate the things we love.

The hummingbird has powerful spiritual significance. In the Andes of South America the hummingbird is a symbol of resurrection. It seems to die on cold nights, but comes back to life again at sunrise.

Hummingbird is the creature that opens the heart. When the hurt that caused us to close our hearts gets a chance to heal, our hearts are free to open again.

With hummingbird consciousness, we learn the truth of beauty. Our life becomes a wonderland of delights in flowers, aromas and tastes. We laugh and enjoy creation, we appreciate the magic of the present moment, and the magic of being alive.

Hummingbird teaches us the medicinal properties of plants and how to work with the energy of flowers to heal ourselves and others.

Hummingbirds teach us fierce independence. They teach us to fight in a way where no one gets hurt. They teach us courage. Having the courage to refrain from creating new trauma by communicating non-violently toward ourselves and others is an important part of healing. Recovering lost parts of ourselves enables us to become healthily independent.

It is not commonly known that the fluttering wings of the hummingbird move in the pattern of an infinity symbol – further solidifying their symbolism of eternity, continuity, and infinity.

By observing the Hummingbird, we see they are seemingly tireless. Always actively seeking the sweetest nectar, they remind us to forever seek out the good in life and the beauty in each day. Amazing migrators, some Hummingbirds are known to wing their way as far as 2000 miles to reach their destination. This quality reminds us to be persistent in the pursuit of our dreams, and adopt the tenacity of the Hummingbird in our lives.


(Content source: http://mara-gamiel.blogspot.com/2009/09/hummingbird-symbolism.html?m=1)

(Artwork by Arlene Ness, Image source: http://estheroinprogress.com/?p=259)

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  1. Im so grateful for youre post ! I was wondering if you can contact me because I would like to buy a copy of you’re hummingbird picture if possible??

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    • Hey, Krysta! It’s not my image. I found it online. Just inspiration. 🙂

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    • THIS IS A NORTHWEST COAST IMAGE.
      I BELIEVE U NEED PERMISSION TO USE IT AS YOUR POST.
      IT WASNT PUT ONLINE FOR JUST ANYONE TO USE AS THEY DESIRE.
      i BELEIVE IT BELONGS TO KELLY MORGAN OR ANOTHER GITXSAN (NORTH WEST COAST NATION)
      I AM SURE IF U ASK PERMISSION IT MAY NOT BE AN ISSUE.
      WHEN A PIECE IS NOT URS IT IS GOOD TO ACKNOWLEDGE WHOM IT BELONGS TO OR WRITE DESIGNER UNKNOWN.. BUT GOOD FOR YOU NOT TAKING CREDIT ! 🙂

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    • Thank you for letting me know the image source. I will add it to the credit of the image and reach out to Ms. Morgan. 🙂

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  2. I am not sure how I missed this the first time, but this posting is awesome. this is such a beautiful symbol for you and the work you do. In fact, I would say this animal totem perfectly represents what you share with others.

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  3. Spread Information nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award. You can pick up the award details here and congratulations! You inspire us everyday!
    http://spreadinformation.wordpress.com/2013/02/20/winning-the-versatile-blogger-award-thank-you-dear-kitty/

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  4. I absolutely agree that hummingbirds are the right symbolism for you and your blog. Here’s why: “the hummingbird is known as a messenger…we must not dwell on our past; we need to move forward…we should savour each moment, and appreciate the things we love…when the hurt that caused us to close our hearts gets a chance to heal, our hearts are free to open again…having the courage to refrain from creating new trauma by communicating non-violently toward ourselves…they remind us to forever seek out the good in life and the beauty in each day.”

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  5. Interesting that it says the hummingbird is a medicinal plants muse, because the Santo Daime religion whose services I visit occasionally to sing hymns “in the forest” have the hummingbird as a prevalent symbol. For this reason, I have grown more fond of them in recent years. They are very beautiful!

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  6. Loved your post! Hugs Paula xxx

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  7. The humming bird has a beautiful mytholgy and as a symbol of your new blog it would well anchor what you are trying to achieve with it.

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  8. At the time your blog was featured on Blog Mommas I had no idea of your love of hummingbirds. It was meant to be! 😉

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  9. That’s a great design! The hummingbird looks like it has a First Nations/Aboriginal pattern within it. Is that just a coincidence?

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    • That’s not THE design but it’s the direction I want to go. I found that on the internet and plan to give it to a friend who is a graphic artist as my inspiration. But it really is perfect.

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    • Ah! Okay. It’s a beautiful design. Will your’s be much different?

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  10. Beatuiful design. Hummingbirds are very unique and beautiful. I also enjoy watching them as they visit the feeders I place in my flower gardens for them. Anxious to see the new blog identity

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    • I had a feeling you had feeders in your garden, Shirley. My home was in western Maryland in the mountains. My mom still has the feeder, and it’s still visited. 🙂

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  11. I read your book today, loved it! Having to do a lot of personal inventory (to say the least)! This post really cheered me up! I love metaphors we can actually use in everyday life! Thank you!

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  12. they are my all time favourite bird! i’ve loved them since i did a speech on them in grade 7. they’re the only helicopter like bird. (Hubby being a helicopter pilot) they’re amazing birds..

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  13. I love this post. I love hummingbirds.

    You might be interested in a photograph I took of a hummingbird on Coronado Island (just off the coast from San Diego), and the subsequent research: http://tuesdayswithlaurie.com/2011/04/28/how-much-does-life-weigh/

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