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Peregrine Falcon | Photo Caption: Excerpted from North America: A World in One Continent by Huw Cordey


(December 2014)

The other day I was driving back from the ranch and was thinking about my upcoming outing with my mom and daughters to go see the Nutcracker on stage.

I was contemplating where we would we go to get the girls’ a “dress-up” outfit. Would we descend upon the local  thrift stores or head somewhere like Old Navy?

Either way I was already set in my mind that I would allow them to coordinate their own outfits through their own vision and personal expression.

It’s these types of mind trips that start me thinking about when I was young….their age.

I began to recall  shopping for a holiday outfit or dress for a dance.

I was always encouraged to pick something out, but ultimately would be cajoled into settling on  something that was more to my parent’s liking.

Certainly a small compromise was involved, however, the final choice was generally to appease the authorities ~ after all they were buying!

I suddenly became acutely aware of  how long I had continued that pattern throughout my adulthood….making choices that were for the approval of others.

These choices ranged from choosing a college to giving up on dreams of being a vet, or owning a horse.

Memories of hiding my outfits of choice under an outfit of their approval when heading off to school creeped up.

It seems as if I never got to really choose what I liked or what I was drawn to, and instead had to settle for somebody else’s vision.

I realize this is probably quite common across generations…but, I refuse to mindlessly repeat these scenarios with my own children.

Granted there will be guidance in areas of what is age appropriate, but guiding them in ways that encourages keeping their foundational self expression, creative ideas, and personal attractions intact.

After such an epiphany, I turned the attention to myself and I asked,  “What would it be like to choose what YOU like, for yourself?”

At that moment I began to explore the answer a peregrine falcon lifted off from a tree on the left side of the road and as I drove forward, it flew low in front of my wind shield, banked left and glided parallel to my vehicle for a few seconds. Certainly long enough to make a positive I.D. more than once!

I was instantly reminded of the drawing I did earlier in the year of a mystic ( yeah, me) with a peregrine falcon on her shoulder (yeah, her spirit ally) holding a sprig of wild flowers in its beak.

What did peregrine want me to know?

I returned home and stared longingly into the eyes of the mystic, my mirror, as she sits on my desk in printed form.


All high flyers; such as falcons, hawks, eagles are typically revered as messenger birds throughout various world cultures and indigenous peoples. Their appearance in our lives asks us to get up high and take in a broader view of our lives.  From a higher perspective, we scan the landscape of our dreams and realities. These earth spirits challenge us to tap into our higher vision and purpose.

I was humbled by peregrine’s timely appearance in relation to my momentous thoughts on my desires and choices!

Has a high flyer showed up in your life lately? Perhaps if so, you could take a moment to listen to your own spirit’s desires and see a broader path of purpose !

As this drawing suggests, You already have everything you need to be that bigger version of yourself that you are envisioning! All the resources you have gathered through your life up until now are available for your use ! Your guides are with you ! It’s time to commit to your choices, desires and the greatness that is your purpose, that is YOU!