Story of The Spirit Bird
She remembers, long ago,
first time spirit bird came
Small diner, on lunch break,
thoughts slow, low and sluggish.
Looked up to see what no one
else could imagine. Golden
eagle perched atop back
of counter seat. Raucous
in its agitation, furiously
fighting chains that bound her.
Woman knew instantly that
she alone had caused imprisonment.
In mind saw herself get up, carefully
walk forward, bowing head in
overdue apology. Cautiously
reaching out to unlock rattling
chains, flashing talons slashing
air all around her.
Freed, eagle paused only long
enough to stab our traveler
with fiercely piercing eyes, then
launched herself through plate
glass window, circling up and out
Days later, traveler heard song
for first time. Fully realized
that she had intuitively set
her spirit free to fly, to soar
on ever-widening currents.
Elizabeth Crawford 4/26/11
Notes: True story. I have been using spontaneous imagery for just over thirty years because I believe it is a tremendous tool in what I call Soul Work. The eagle (symbol of spirit) came back many times over the years. Told me her name was Katherine Beatrice. Katherine means pure, while Beatrice means blessed voyager. The song is Solsbury Hill written and sung by Peter Gabriel. Although it was originally published in 1979, the video was made far more recently. The song, its words, helped me fully understand my own imagery experience. I can’t hear it without wanting to move. And the old man can still do his thing. This card seems to encourage the telling of the story.
Soul Cards: both galleries may be viewed by clicking on the image. The Soul Cards were created by Deborah Koff-Chapin and her site may be found here: http://www.touchdrawing.com/