Wild Wisdom: The Feisty Freedom of Gull

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By CHRISTINA RAI WHEELWRIGHT

Photo by Kristi Dorian

Manitoba is the land of many waters. We have streams, rivers, lakes and even – at our northern border – a mighty bay. Where there is water, you will almost always find the gull.

Not usually viewed as a beautiful bird, there is, nevertheless, a subtle charm in this feisty creature. The wings that take the gull on his scouting expeditions are wide. He uses them to sail like a kite on the fingers of the wind. When he does find food, nothing will keep him from it. There is much we can learn from this scrappy little fellow. Listen as he sings his song and hear his words of wisdom:

I am a survivor. If I have to, I can go a long way on very little. I may look inconsequential, even odd, but I have stamina, perseverance and – don’t kid yourself – I am a cunning little bird. 

Just watch me dive on the beach for those scraps of food you leave behind!

I refuse to acknowledge anything negative. Problems? Not in my mind. If I face what others call a challenge, I will just find a way around it, under it, over it or through it. Watch me and learn. The way to eliminate negativity is to simply not give it any power.

I am a flyer of wondrous ability. I use the winds around me to glide high and low. Do you see how practical I am. Why use precious personal energy when I can use the energy of the limitless universe to support me?

I am full of courage. I am an initiator. You don’t have to ask me in. I am there before you can say a word!

And I am carefree, relaxed and easygoing. Some have called me greedy, but that isn’t true. I eat whenever I can because I don’t know when I will eat again. But watch me sometimes. When my sisters and I swoop down for scraps, we never fight over them. Whoever gets there first is the one who gets it. No hard feelings here! Friendship binds us to one another.

So, when you feel the need for freedom, remember me. When you need to seize opportunity, follow my lead. When you need to sharpen your long vision, watch how I do it. When you have to act swiftly, let me show you how, with grace, flow and total presence of being.

I am gull. I will teach you to survive and take hold of freedom with both hands!

Christina Rai Wheelwright has studied with shamans, both locally and internationally. She is also an evolutionary astrologer, writer and energy worker trained in reflexology and craniosacral therapy. 

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Christina Rai Wheelwright has studied with shamans, both locally and internationally. She is also an evolutionary astrologer, writer and energy worker trained in reflexology and craniosacral therapy. Visit Christina’s website at christinarai.com

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