As you know, I recently took another trip to Panama. This time I winged it on my own, it was a spur of the moment trip with no time to coordinate plans for anyone to travel with me. As always, there are reasons for everything, all coming at the perfect time. This trip was no exception. I received many confirmations and messages along the way.
Towards the end of my stay, which was one whole month this time :), I was standing on the terrace absorbing the beauty of my surroundings, when I spotted the biggest, most beautiful hummingbird I have ever seen. I watched in wonder as he flitted from flower to flower(birds of paradise flowers), enjoying the sweet nectar of each beautiful one. Unfortunately; or perhaps fortunately I didn’t have my camera with me, because surely if I had taken a photo, he would have flown away, and I would have missed out on something totally awesome. So, I stood there very still, he reached the blossom closest to me, paused for a drink, and then flew up and hovered, looking me directly in the eyes. It brought a big smile to my face, and after he decided he had “said” enough, he flew off on his merry way. I immediately went in my room and googled hummingbird symbolism. His message spoke volumes to me. It is my hope that the hummingbird’s message will also speak to you…
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.