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CHICKEN: Inquisitive,Observant, Reflective, Knowledgeable, Independent and Family Oriented
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Chicken: Independent and Family Oriented
Many years ago while driving home from church one beautiful Sunday afternoon, I decided to take a different road which took a little longer to reach home. I welcomed the longer drive as it allowed me to contemplate the message "Family and it's Worth" that was given in our meeting that morning.
Just as I turned down a side road, I was forced to slow down and come to a complete stop in the middle of the road.
Out in front of me was the most beautiful rooster I had ever seen. His colors were vibrant and gave off an opalescent sheen as the sun perfectly hit his back . His majesty was slowly strutting his way across the road from right to left, with his chest protruded out as far as it could. I was thankful that this was a side road which cars rarely traveled.
I watched this handsome specimen cross the road and reach a 2 foot high lava rock wall which surrounded a nursery school. With ease, he jumped up on the wall, turned to the road, spread his wings and gave out the most commanding crow I ever heard. I was in awe of this magnificent bird, however my attention was abruptly diverted back to the right side of the road.
There she was, his Queen. A plump brown hen with a touch of gold that kissed her feathers. I could see why this rooster was in love with her. She was absolutely stunning. As she began to follow his path to the other side of the road, emerged from under her protection were eight chicks, scampering in and out and around her legs as they all made their way to the other side.
Mama quickly hurried her children across as if they had done this many times before knowing that they needed to be careful of passing cars.
Once across, mama jumped up on the rock wall and down on the other side to join her husband. One by one, each baby jumped up and over the wall to complete the family unit. As the last one was making his way up on the wall, I noticed a white blur darting across the road towards the wall. Not seeing his last sibling jump up and over, this little straggler quickly became disoriented, lost and most frightened as he could not find his family anywhere!
Chirping his distress as loud as he could and running back and forth against the wall, the little one soon began to get tired and give up. With his back towards the wall, I could almost sense he was contemplating going back across the street to look for his family there.
Just then, mama jumped on the wall and chirped a few words to her son. He turned, gave a running jump onto the wall and the both of them jumped together down on the other side to join the others.
All I could do was sit there and cry an think about what a perfect lesson this was of family unity.
Why did the chicken cross the road? Because his family was over there!
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Family and the Social Ladder
Just like all animals, chickens love their families and they value their own lives. Because of the social nature of chickens, they are always looking out for their families as well as other chickens that belong in their group. Chickens have complex social structures, as well as adept communitcation skills, and very distinct personalities. Sound familiar?
It has been proven and documented by leading animal behavior scientists from around the world that chickens are very inquisitive, observant, and reflective animals whose cognitive abilities, are in some cases, more advanced than those of cats, dogs and even some primates.
When in their natural surroundings, chickens form complex social hierarchies, also known as "pecking orders." Every chicken knows his or her place on the social ladder. What's even more remarkable is that they will remember the faces and the ranks of over 100 other birds.
Because of this amazing ability among them, scientists agree that the complex social structures as well as the good memories are without a doubt, undeniable signs of advanced intelligence which is compared to that of mammals.
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Communication From Within
Even more impressive are the communication skills of the chicken. They have over 30 types of vocalizations that distinguish between danger and threats that may be approaching them by land as well as those that are approaching them by air (over water.)
What is so amazing is that mother hens begin to teach these calls to their babies before they even hatch. While sitting on the eggs, she will cluck softly to them and they will chirp back to her as well as to each other from inside their shells.
Teachings and examples of the Chicken
Chicken/Rooster/Hen's Wisdom Includes:
Power of voice
Pecking out the answers that escape others
Awakening powers at sunrise
Protection of family and community
Hearing your inner voice
Reflecting on everything around you
Independant of your beliefs
Knowledge of surroundings and the purpose of life.
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To understand our fellow creatures, the animals, we as humans must be astute enough to observe their lessons on how to live by watching their habit patterns and receiving their messages of healing and growth.
When you call upon the power of an animal, you are asking to be drawn into it's world of complete harmony with the strength of that particular animal's essence.
Each person has nine power or totem animals that represent the medicine that they will carry in their Earth Walk. These animals emulate each person's abilities, talents and challenges.
If you have the desire to know or have your totem pulled. It can be done by yourself with the understanding you have or it can be done by one who is connected with the animals and will beable to explain each animal connection that is pulled.
Animals are easy to observe and understand. Our lives are based upon the principles and design each creature has to offer. Read Butterfly: A Joyful Dance, to gain a better understanding.
About the Author
Lisa has directed and acted in musical theatre for nearly 30 years. Her musical upbringing allowed her to pursue her career in teaching and directing and continues to direct shows today. As the owner of 2 online Home Décor sites, Lisa’s passion for Rustic Living all begins with her love for the home, outdoors, and her many hobbies. Lisa loves to laugh, and she share’s that love through her comedic hubs centered on her MOM. Lisa’s passions include writing, directing, acting, photography, singing, cooking, crafts, gardening, and home improvement, including decorating. Lisa also writes under her penned name, Elizabeth Rayen.
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