During my immersion in the Andean cosmovision for last 20 years, one of the ancient prophesies for these times—that the Eagle of the North and the Condor of the South will come together as we meet the “pachacuti,” or turning over of the world
—has led me deeper and deeper into shamanic ways.
This prophesy is metaphor for the troubled, chaotic times we are experiencing. The prophesy also offers a way out.Condor is a metaphor for the heart of the Southern hemisphere
—for the munay
and reciprocity expressed in daily life in the Quechua-speaking Andes. Condor represents the Southern heart, for example, that has written the “Rights of Nature” into the Ecuadorian constitution, and the Amazonian tribal people who dedicate their lives to protecting pristine rainforest from extraction and destruction.
Far-seeing Eagle is a metaphor for
vision, and for the analytical, linear mind of the Northern hemisphere
—the mind that invents, the mind that solves problems through science, the mind drowning in ego and power over others, the mind separated from the heart.
In the ancient prophesy, the coming together of mind and heart, Eagle and Condor, are seen as the bridge—without both mind and heart, we cannot survive. With both, we find sacred union.
Learning Through Shamanism: Bridging Worlds
A shaman listens and receives guidance in this world—from reading nature, energy, dream—and outside space/time as well— from spirit journeys, ancestral memory, myth, story, and song. All these threads are woven into perceptual, heart seeing that goes way beyond mind, and entwines our hearts in our actions.
It’s all very mysterious.
As a child I dreamed of “seeing like an eagle.” I didn’t tell anyone. I’m not sure I’d ever even seen an eagle, yet I knew about far-seeing and wanted that kind of vision.
I grew up and more practical, culture-based expectations took over: get an education, then a job. Feed myself. Find a partner.
Nearing my fortieth birthday, I was given the gift of a young Eagle during a shamanic journey. Sharing the story, I was afraid I was being too arrogant with such a gift, so I said, “Maybe it was a hawk.” Everyone jumped on me: what you are given is what you are given. Don’t reject it!
Over time, both Eagle and Condor became power animals for me. They guided me in shamanic journeys as I sought to solve problems, perform healing, and bring balance to myself and the world.
Building Energetic Bridges
Because of the prophesy, I paid special attention to developing my relationship with these two far-seeing birds. I knew they could help me see how to bridge these turbulent times.
I began being shapeshifting
into their forms: I found myself as a Condor baby in the nest, being raised by a Condor parent; I was lovers with a Condor. More gifts came in my journeys: an Eagle Mother helped me learn how to mother my daughter. A juvenile Condor (again, spiritual not physical) was given to me to care for during a visit to the sacred site of Tipon, in Peru.
All these experiences expanded my perception, my understanding, and my wisdom. They took me out of my small human mind
and opened my heart to broader views of the world. Flying high with Eagle and Condor helped ground my actions and taught me how to cultivate my heart, vision, and sacred power.
You, too, can find your way back into harmony with the universe and your own soul. You can build sacred, reciprocal relationships that nurture the planet—learn more at megbeeler.com
.Meg Beeler, Shamanic Guide
, expertly weaves her Energy Alchemy™ and Shamanic Meditation to help seekers find joyful connection, soul healing, and luminous presence. Meg is the founder of Earth Caretakers, and author of Living in the Heart of the Universe: Expanding Your Relationship with Earth and the Cosmo