These last few months I have been traveling to new lands to study and to pass on the ancient wisdom of the Andean tradition. There is one particular light filament extending far, far like a rainbow thread connecting dots on a map. It is the presence of the wee one, the hummingbird.
She comes to me in my dreams through the night. I wake in the early mornings to her shadow and the sound of her wings as she circles my tent in the desert of Joshua Tree. I watch her fly, dancing and kissing the tops of purple, yellow and orange flower blossoms. I prepare sacred space for a class in a naturally formed stone temple and as I call out to my ancestors, my teachers, she comes so directly in from the sky and stops, still in the air, looking into my eyes and transmitting her medicine to my ethereal body. Meditating on the rocks down by the cooling waters of the river rapids in Colorado, I open my eyes as I feel her inches away from my heart. My heart flutters as her wings flutter. I take a glimpse from across the room where my teachers altar stands decorated with pictures and wooden carvings in her shape, her essence. She is everywhere that I am.
I begin to ask myself: What is the message this beautiful being carries? How do I feel in her presence? What are the gifts she brings? As I ponder these questions a great joy fills my heart and a teardrop forms in my eye. I know like so many of her winged sisters and brothers, she speaks to my heart. I close my eyes and listen, "I am a messenger of Love".
One of the highest vibrational energies in nature is carried by the hummingbird. In the Quecha lanaguage of the Andes, the hummingbird is called Kinti and is the archetype representing the direction of the North. This direction holds the qualities of Siwa Kinti, the rainbow hummingbird, who lives between the worlds and serves as a bridge to those who have come before us (our ancestors) and those who will come after us (our children and children's children).
It is said Siwa Kinti was the sacred being of Machu Picchu in Peru and today bridges the two worlds of North and South America. According to the Andean System, royal hummingbird has access to the center of the Hanaq Pacha, or upper world, where Spirit is found. Hummingbird represents the paradox between action and stillness, possessing an unusual hovering pattern, able to move its wings in a figure eight pattern, the symbol for infinity.
"The spiritual spark of the hummingbird produces, every time it flies over, a flower of energy that emanates at that moment, so prepare yourself for a strange outburst of joy that shall make you hear the celestial music which invites you to the mystical concert like an energetic embrace of the most elevated beauty that can manifest in the internal being. Beauty is the goal of Siwar Q'ente, largest hummingbird, and its mission is to support the happiness in its flight whichever direction it might take. However it can also stay still in the same place and appear motionless and for this it is impossible that it, like happiness, could live in captivity." *
I open the space for you now, to bring awareness to the living energies around you and the messages they carry for you. May we all open our hearts and our eyes to these vibrations and teachings that surround us everyday.
* Excerpt from The Power of the Andes by Manuel Portugal
* Photograph by Graham Owen