Hummingbird visited me recently while I was away unplugged from the world. Well really, it was several hummingbirds. I notice a few years ago that these beautiful beings of the elemental kingdom started to hover around me. At first it was startling, for they are so fast, but once I got used to their interest in me, mine increased in them.
If I am sitting outside quietly enjoying the moment, I am often visited by Hummingbirds. They have joined me as I played my singing bowls on the patio. They will even land on you if you are really balanced, in a state of love, and connected with the natural world around you. I have heard people say they can be aggressive if you have a feeder and it is empty, but I think they are just trying to let you know.
According to the Medicine Cards by Jamie Sams and David Carson say that, for many people, the hummingbird is the creature that opens the heart. When we assume hummingbird consciousness, our life becomes a wonderland of sensuous delights. We live for beauty, delighting in flowers, aromas, fine mist, and delicate tastes. When it becomes our totem, the hummingbird teaches us to laugh and enjoy the creation. It teaches us to appreciate the magic of being alive, and the truth of beauty. Hummingbirds awaken us to the beauty of the present moment. As they dance the four quarters of embodied existence, they bring us medicine to solve the riddle of duality. They also awaken us to the medicinal properties of plants.
In Animal Speak, by Ted Andrews, he says hummingbirds teach us how to draw the life essence from flowers. “They can teach us how to use flowers to heal and win hearts in love.”
Hummingbirds teach us fierce independence. They teach us to fight in a way where no one really gets hurt. They teach us simple courage. Andrews says the twittering, vibrating sounds of the hummingbirds bring us an internal massage that restores health and balance.
Hummingbirds also inspire us to protect the environment and to preserve old traditions that are in danger of being lost. When Native American ways were being destroyed by the expanding Euro-American culture, the Ghost Dance religion was established to try to bring back the animals and the old ways through dancing. The leader of the dance was a hummingbird.