"When the first thunderbirds came to Earth there were no trees. All they found was stone. So, they used what they had. In their talons they picked up rocks and carried them to the high places where they built great stone nests. From there they saw the whole World around them."
Old "bird shamanism" originated in the circumpolar taiga forest regions of paleolithic Eurasia known today as Siberia. When the last Ice Age melted away around 14,000 years ago, prehistoric peoples - our ancestors - are felt to have migrated over the land-bridge of Beringia. But not all ancient peoples came this way; some arrived here by crossing the Ice Age Atlantic Ocean.
Of course with them came their ancient ways of life; traditional beliefs and the practices of their spiritual leaders - the shamans. This is how the old ways of bird shamanism came to be here on Turtle Island (North America). And this is how bird shamanism is one native root of traditional spiritual knowledge. Since the beliefs and practices of ancient bird shamanism are a native way of life to many cultures of the World we must remember: "We're all Native to the Earth." All of us here on Earth are entitled to know, embrace and use bird shamanism to help us learn, grow, heal and get better in today's world.
Here in Ontario's Algonquin Territory a thunderbird is essentially a shaman; simply a guide or helper who helps people to learn, grow and heal in a more spiritual way to fix or improve their own earthly reality. Traditionally, thunderbirds do vision quests at remote high places on the land to get answers from the world of the manitous: The Spirits.
Thunderbirds build and utilize nests - places of vision - in the wilderness. Here they practice shaman medicine ways with the assistance of the spirits to guide our human reality. But Christianity nearly eliminated our thunderbirds/shamans. Today's thunderbirds are here as helpers; to guide and encourage people by sharing the healing and wellness ways of our ancestors to better our current world.
My spirit name is Grey Thunderbird. I'm a shaman and a guide. I strive to help people see how traditional shaman teachings can aid us all with personal healing, growth and empowerment. Doing a vision quest gives us clarity, inspiration and hope for a better world. As your helper I take you to Bird Mountain in the wilderness. Here you'll learn traditional bird shamanism ways to help you with personal healing, change and life transformation.
With me you'll learn how to use the traditional bird shamanism practices and ways I first had to learn how to embrace and use myself on my own healing journey (read Tim's Trail). You'll learn how to find and actually use the good medicine of the natural thunder within you - the power of your own spirit - to bring healing, balance, happiness, personal peace and overall well-being directly into your world.
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