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Hummingbird: Embracing Life to its Fullest

Updated on August 9, 2013
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Hummingbird: Embracing Life

Embracing life can be such a rewarding and fulfilling experience, that to let each day pass without finding something we can rejoice in, would be like removing a year from our life….one day at a time.

When we embrace each day to its fullest, we embrace the beautiful moments and memories that live within our minds, our hearts, and our souls. It is within our souls where we find the hummingbird who takes great delight in hovering over those beautiful moments in our lives and causing them to freeze in time.

How many times have you just wanted to fly backwards in time and savor the beautiful past once more? Some of us are just hummingbird people.

With the desire to fly to the past and savor those moments, hummingbird will also teach us to awaken our senses to the beauty of the present moments in our lives.

As they dance with joy the four quarters of embodied existence, hummingbird will bring to us several things that we can incorporate into our daily structure. Medicine is given to us to solve that riddle of duality along with the awakening to medicinal plants.

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We Must Laugh and Enjoy all that is Created

The hummingbird teaches us that we must laugh and enjoy all that is created and to appreciate being alive. Hummingbird delights in truth and beauty. We as humans live for beauty. We take great delight the blossoming of flowers along with their aromas. We love to hear a baby laugh or watch two kittens play awkwardly with one another. The stars at night give us a sense of peace; the sun each day gives us warmth and security. The fine mist we feel on our face when standing near a waterfall, the different tastes we experience when we eat. The hummingbird does it all. It opens the heart and allows life to happen. When we assume hummingbird, our life becomes a wonderland.

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Brilliant Colorful Iris' attract the hummingbird
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Flowers are Essential to the Hummingbird

Flowers are a vital part of hummingbird’s teachings to us. We are taught how to use flowers to heal and win hearts in love.
Have you ever observed a hummingbird while it moves about in an aerial dance among the flowers?
It is truly amazing to watch how two hummingbirds create an aerial dance of the heart as one will chase the other in hopes of winning their partner’s love.
In Mexico, there is a “folk belief” that hummingbirds bring love and romance to our circle. It is also believed that in ancient times, people would wear stuffed hummingbirds around their necks and wrists as lucky charms in hopes of bringing success where matters of the heart are concerned.

It was also common practice to have a couple sit in the garden and observe the flights and antics of the hummingbirds. We should all sit in our gardens and watch the hummingbird. You may be pleasantly surprised on what may occur.

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The Independance of the Hummingbird

Becoming independent is one of life’s challenging lessons we encounter as we grow. From birth to adulthood, we take steps of independence that teach us to crawl, stand, walk, and then run. Hummingbirds are fiercely independent. They know how to fight their way through life where no one really gets hurt. Their courage is strong yet simple. When we hear the vibration of the hummingbird’s wings, an eternal message is presented to us by the hummingbird that restores our health and balance. This is applied freely to our fierce independence.

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Inviting Hummingbird to Your Garden Each Year

The hummingbird is awe inspiring as it is constantly teaching us how to protect our environment and more importantly, to preserve old traditions that are in danger of being lost forever. Hummingbirds return to the garden year after year because of its tradition of where it first started out. As it gains independence, it ventures out to another garden to find love and romance. After its symbolic aerial dance of passion, hummingbird then returns with its true love and presents its new partner with a new home and garden.

To encourage hummingbird to visit our gardens and return each year with valuable lessons, be sure to keep your jar of red nectar filled and place their favorite flowers throughout the garden. In addition, create your favorite place to sit where you can observe and learn from the lessons that hummingbird will bring to you.

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Does Hummingbird have a Place in Your Totem?

On many occasions, an animal, bird, or even an insect will mysteriously appear in our life and become a part of our consciousness. We are very aware of our special visitor as this animal becomes associated with us in many ways and we begin to sense who we are and how our values are represented by this animal.
Many people have totem animals that they have embraced and have intertwined their own lives with these powerful species. Some may include the bear, wolf, raven, coyote, butterfly, snake, eagle, and owl.

The hummingbird is also a very powerful totem animal and many people have and continue to develop a mysterious bond with this tiny, delicate creature.

When hummingbird becomes our totem, its teachings will find a place in our hearts forever as we continue on this journey of love, laughter, and joy.

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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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      alocsin 4 years ago from Orange County, CA

      I love hummingbirds and am fortunate that they visit my garden frequently. I'll try to encourage them to come more often with the red nectar. Voting this Up and Useful.

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      Elizabeth Rayen 4 years ago from California

      I do to alocsin! So nice to see you! Thank you for your visit :)

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      Urmila 4 years ago from Rancho Cucamonga,CA, USA

      Love Hummingbirds. I should plant more flowers in my backyard. Nice article. Voted up!

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      Deborah 4 years ago from Las Vegas

      I used to live in California and they'd get trapped in the house. I gently caught them and set them free. It was a great experience. Beautiful hub, thanks

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      Elizabeth Rayen 4 years ago from California

      You really should urmilashukla23! Also, add some florals that attract butterflies! I can just imagine how beautiful and enchanting your garden would be :) Thanks for the Vote up! :)

      eHealer.. that is amazing that you would have to capture and release these sweet little creatures from your home. They really must have wanted to be really close to you. What an awesome experience! :)

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      Nithya Venkat 4 years ago from Dubai

      A beautiful and an inspirational hub. We have a lot to learn from Humming Birds.

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      Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      We don't get hummingbird's in the UK, unfortunately!

      I enjoyed your hub so much thank you and voted up!

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      Elizabeth Rayen 4 years ago from California

      Thank you Vellur. I agree. They are beautiful delicate creatures. :)

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      Elizabeth Rayen 4 years ago from California

      Awwwe Movie Master.. I did not know that! If I could, I would send you your very own hummingbird. :) I'm glad you enjoyed the hub. Thank you so much for the vote up! :)

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      Deb Hirt 4 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      This was very nicely done. The pictures and videos are wonderful.

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      Elizabeth Rayen 4 years ago from California

      Thank you so much aviannovice. Have a wonderful day! :)

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      Christy Birmingham 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      My parents have hummingbirds come regularly to their home and I love to watch them flying around their garden. A lovely hub.

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      Elizabeth Rayen 4 years ago from California

      Your parents are very fortunate. Thank you so much Christy :)

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      Mary Craig 4 years ago from New York

      I never thought of looking at hummingbirds that way. What an inspiration your hub and hummingbirds are! I've always loved them (even wrote a hub about them) and admire their beauty and tenacity. It amazes me that the same hummingbirds come back to my feeders each year.

      Voted up, beautiful and interesting.l

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      Elizabeth Rayen 4 years ago from California

      Thank you so much Mary! I have always tried to look at animals with a lesson: how they treat each other, how they protect, hunt, feed, nurture and love. I think we as humans can learn so much from them. :) I went to look for your hub but could not find it. Would love to link it to this hub as well. :) Let me know.

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      Cynthia Sageleaf 4 years ago from Western NC

      Beautiful hub!! You also reminded me that I need to refill my hummingbird feeder. I love them! They are such remarkable birds and my hubby and I are always contemplating them. They make such sweet sounds, and they have a whole social system of hierarchy that is so intriguing. Thanks for sharing this! :)

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      Elizabeth Rayen 4 years ago from California

      I'm so happy you enjoyed it Cyndi! I also like the fact that you and your husband watch and observe them. Looking forward to this weekend! :)

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 4 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      I love HUMMING BIRDS.. they are so dainty and lovely little birds.. thank you for a beautiful hub..

      sharing

      Debbie

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      Elizabeth Rayen 4 years ago from California

      I do too Debbie! Thank you so much for your wonderful compliment :)

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      jill of alltrades 4 years ago from Philippines

      I have yet to see an actual live hummingbird. However, I love learning about it. Thank you for this beautiful hub!

      Rated up and beautiful!

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      Elizabeth Rayen 4 years ago from California

      Thank you so much Jill.... If I could, I would send 100's to you so you could experience them from head to toe! :)

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      Kelly Umphenour 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      Just what I needed:)

      I love hummingbirds! I was just making my own food for them rather than the red juice. I spotted one the other day!! They are beautiful birds and I love how it looks like they are still when those tiny wings are flapping about a mile a minute!

      Great hub Lisa - beautiful!!!

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      Elizabeth Rayen 4 years ago from California

      I'm so happy you found comfort in the hub Kelley! They are definitely going to be making their presence in your life at this time. Good call on the homemade nectar. I don't use the red stuff from the store anymore, but I do put the nectar in red containers (the red attracts them). Hope you are doing better my sweet! ((HUGS))

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      Christy Birmingham 4 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Back for another read today after the share from Kelly. I will share again as well. This hub is beautiful and I love the message. xx

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      Elizabeth Rayen 4 years ago from California

      Thank you so much Christy! I am so happy you like it. It really made me happy writing it as well. Good to see you again! (Thank you Kelley for sharing it!) Hubhugs to you both :)

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      Sam 4 years ago from Tennessee

      What a delightful hub and welcome to Hubpages. Such good stuff here and beautiful pix. Thanks for looking me up and the follow. I gladly reciprocate. Voted up, useful, beautiful and shared...

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      Elizabeth Rayen 4 years ago from California

      Thank you so much samsons1. I'm pleased you enjoyed it. :) Thank you for the shares :)

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      Mary Hyatt 4 years ago from Florida

      You just made my day with this Hub! I miss the Hummingbird. I lived in Georgia and we had many of these beautiful bird. I have not seen one since I moved to S. Fl. Someone told me they would come if I fed them. I bought a feeder and tried with sugar water, etc. but they never came. Just this morning, two mourning birds were on my porch. How beautiful. I love butterflies, too and have written Hubs about them.

      I am so glad I found you here today on HubPages. I voted this Hub UP, and will share.

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      Tammy 4 years ago from North Carolina

      Gorgeous photos and videos! I love hummingbirds. Can we have more than one animal in a totem? I know mine is the eagle. This is a really well written and beautiful hub. Sharing and pinning!

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      Cynthia Sageleaf 4 years ago from Western NC

      I loved this when I read it before! I'm glad Tammy shared it. I have to share it, too!

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      Sid Kemp 4 years ago from Boca Raton, Florida (near Miami and Palm Beach)

      Thanks for encouraging the joy of fully living each moment. You not only introduce hummgbirds, but healthy life balance, the wonder of deepening our connection with nature, and the power of animal totems. Votes Awesome and Beautiful.

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      jennzie 4 years ago from Lower Bucks County, PA

      I love hummingbirds- they are truly beautiful creatures. Great hub and gorgeous pictures. Voted up and beautiful.

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      Elizabeth Rayen 4 years ago from California

      Thank you so much Mary. If there are hummingbirds in your area, they will eventually come as long as you keep your container filled. Once they are aware of the presence of nectar, they will spread the word! If you are using the "Sugar water recipe, without the red dye" be sure to place it in a red container (The red is what attracts them). What are morning birds? I don't think I have ever heard of them. Thank you so much for your visit and shares. :)

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      Elizabeth Rayen 4 years ago from California

      Thank you so much Tammy! So wonderful to see you! Absolutely! You actually have 9 animals in your totem representing 9 directions. Also, animals that we feel particularly close to may not necessarily in your totem, but be an animal guide for you. (I feel very close to the owl and the wolf, but they are not a part of my totem) If you had your totem pulled, you would have had 9 animals pulled total. I would love to hear about your eagle :)

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      Elizabeth Rayen 4 years ago from California

      I am always so happy to see you my little Cyndi! looking forward topulling your totem for you! :)

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      Elizabeth Rayen 4 years ago from California

      Thank you so much SidKemp. It pleases me when my attempt to associate our lives with nature and God's creatures, that it is understood and applicable. Thank you for visiting and commenting. Have a blessed day!

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      Elizabeth Rayen 4 years ago from California

      Oh, I do too jennzie! They are amazing to watch. I love it when they fly so close, you can actually feel the fluttering of their wings. Thank you so much for your wonderful comment. :)

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      Mary Hyatt 4 years ago from Florida

      I keep hoping to attract Hummingbirds! The birds I mentioned are Mourning Doves (I think I said birds) They make a little cooing sound, and are ground feeders.

      Goodnight, Mary

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      Ruth Pieterse 4 years ago

      Lovely hub. Voted up.

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      Elizabeth Rayen 4 years ago from California

      Thank you so much Ruth! :)

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      RedElf 4 years ago from Canada

      Hummingbirds are also fearless (or foolish, perhaps). I once put my face to close while admiring a lovely little male who was enjoying the bouquet of wildflowers on our picnic table. He zoomed into my face, about four inches away at eye-level, and uttered a loud, long, and challenging chirp. My goodness, their bills look very menacing close up. I sat very still after that and Mr. Hummer returned to the flowers. Cheeky little fluff-ball!

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      Elizabeth Rayen 4 years ago from California

      Wow redelf! That's amazing! You're correct in that they are fearless as well as not anyone getting hurt. He definitely had something to say to you though. Thank you for sharing that experience with us! :)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Sheez, look at all the comments. I love these little creatures. Great hub and loved the video and pictures.

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      Elizabeth Rayen 4 years ago from California

      Thank you Bill! I love them too.. they always make me so happy! :) Thanks for your sweet comment. :)

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      I think life is about taking time to see everything around. Just looking up at clouds and the sky. We have beautiful skies in Arizona...ANd I love hummingbirds and all of nature. We often get caught up with the minor details of life and forget to enjoy what is around. Thanks for beautful photos, videos and a big Vote UP.

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      Elizabeth Rayen 4 years ago from California

      I couldn't agree with you more Carol! Thank you so much for your comment! :)

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      Audrey Hunt 4 years ago from Nashville Tn.

      I should be in bed right now, but just found this and HAD to read through it first. Who doesn't like hummingbirds (except for the cat.) I love this thought - "The hummingbird does it all. It opens the heart and allows life to happen. When we assume hummingbird, our life becomes a wonderland."

      Your paragraph on "independence" is really priceless. Never is it more meaningful then when we grow old or have a severe health problem.

      Thank you for teaching me so much about the precious and wise hummingbird. I certainly appreciate them more now. In addition, thank you for life's lesson as taught by the beautiful hummingbird and RL. Up and across (not funny) and sharing everywhere!

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      Elizabeth Rayen 4 years ago from California

      Thank you so much VC. I'm really glad you enjoyed this hub. Ironically, it is you who always remind me of the hummingbird. You have taught me so much throughout my life, so I thank you! Now go to bed and have a wonderful night's sleep. XOXOXOX

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      Cathleena Beams 4 years ago from Lascassas, Tennessee

      Seems there are a lot of us that love hummingbirds. I do also. This hub was so enjoyable to read.

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      Elizabeth Rayen 4 years ago from California

      Thank you Cathleena. I'm happy you enjoyed it. I appreciate your visit and comment :)

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      Joseph De Cross 4 years ago

      Hummingbirds, so powerful and most don't care how fast they can go. I know cats love them too, but with other succulent intentions. Their independence is remarkable, but would not tied one to my neck just to get a date. Thanks for writing such inspirational hub. Now I have to hum away!

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      Elizabeth Rayen 4 years ago from California

      LOL Lord.. Well somehow I don't think you would need anything tied around your neck to get a date.... (*hmmmmmm) Thank you for your sweet wacky and wonderful comment! Hub Hugs my friend! HmMmmMMMMmmmM

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      Tammy 4 years ago from North Carolina

      I love hummingbirds! This is a wonderful hub and your photos are stunning. On a cold and dreary day, this is a wonderful read. :)

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      Elizabeth Rayen 4 years ago from California

      Thank you Tammy. I love those little creatures as well. I loved taking their picture.. It was rather amazing.. I just stood there and let them buzz all around me while I kept snapping. My surprise was discovering the white hummingbird. :)

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      AudraLeigh 4 years ago

      My parents have a hummingbird feeder. When they arive to feed on the sugar water, we watch its every flutter of its wings. It is very cool to watch. I like this piece so very much! I want to pin it to save as an affirmation. I will take your beautiful positivity with me to work today...will helm me in so many ways. Thank you!!

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      Rema T V 4 years ago from Chennai, India

      Hi Lisa,

      Beautiful hub on such beautiful birds. Amazing pictures too. Useful lessons to be learned from these cute little birds. Thanks for the knowledge. Sharing it across. Cheers, Rema.

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      Elizabeth Rayen 4 years ago from California

      My dear AudraLeigh, what a wonderful comment. I am so happy that this hub inspired you. Thank you so very much and have a wonderful day! :)

      Hi Rema, Thank you so very much. I have always loved hummingbirds and butterflies. There are so many things we can learn from these fascinating creatures! Thank you so much for the shares. :)

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      Judy Specht 4 years ago from California

      Delightful reading for a rainy evening. I shall link this to mine on wood peckers.

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      Elizabeth Rayen 4 years ago from California

      Very nice tirelesstraveler! I will take a look at your woodpecker hub. I've always had a fascination with them as well!♥ (Thank you for the link)

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      Shining Irish Eyes 4 years ago from Upstate, New York

      First of all - I want to send a thank you your way. Upon paying me a visit on one of my hubs, I came by to review your profile page and found so many wonderful subjects. This one caught my eye and I think the spiritual aspect WAS choosing this hub out of all first.

      The title caught my eye as these little beings always held a bit of mystical sources for me. Mom and I have several hummingbird feeders throughout our property yet they seem to gather at the one we happen to be near. Almost as if they are saying "hey - we aren't just visiting for the nectar, we wanted to check in and say "hello". I often wonder if those little beings are also hiding the soul of some very close loved ones paying us a visit.

      The last paragraph of this awesome hub sealed my conviction for choosing this hub was for a reason, not just by chance. My oldest brother passed away very tragically. Of course we were all deeply affected. The day he passed I walked out onto our deck where my older sister and Mom were looking at something. As I approached, my sister said "Look at that butterfly. He just showed up and hasn't moved." This was not just any butterfly, as we found out it was a Lunar Butterfly. He appeared the day my brother died. For three days that butterfly stayed there, through all the somber ceremonies, guests coming and going. There he stayed. When all the activity settled down and everyone had left, Mom, my sister and I went out to visit with our butterfly. We started discussing how uncanny it was that this little guy stayed through the hardest moments. My Mom made the remark "I wonder if it's Tim's way of looking after us through the difficult ceremonies?" She made mention that he was probably keeping an eye out to make sure we were OK. She then looked at the butterfly and said "It's OK now Tim. We love you but know you have somewhere you have to be."

      The butterfly started to move, turned and flew away.

      We decided to do some research and found that it is quite rare for them to be seen during the day, most are spotted at night. They also pick a spot where they are safe from predators. They usually only stay 7 days during which time they work on spreading their wings.

      I apologize for taking up so much space but thought it was amazing when I read that last paragraph.

      We are also Irish and American Indian and totems have always held a special meaning for us. It seems only natural that my brother would use that Lunar Butterfly.

      Thank you for the opportunity to get this out and for the wonderful hub.

      I am happily following you and voting up and sharing.

      Many bright white lights for you.

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      Elizabeth Rayen 4 years ago from California

      My dear new found friend Becky,

      I too believe we will become good friends. It seems we do have quite a bit in common. First and foremost, I also lost a brother (younger) 6 years ago to cancer and had a real hard time with it until one day I realized that he was and still is with me. I talked to him the day we was driving to his chemo treatment and had the opportunity to tell him that I loved him. That night, he left this earth. He also visits me through the butterfly and hummingbird. I am also Irish and Native American and have a true heart for my spirit guides and ancestors.

      The experience you, your sister and mother had with your brother is amazing. I fully believe your brother was there especially for your mother. What a comfort it is to know that we can always have our loved ones near and in our hearts. I grieve for your loss but rejoice in your love and connection you have with your brother Tim. I think you will find that he will come to visit more often than you know. ♥ Namaste Becky

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      Shining Irish Eyes 4 years ago from Upstate, New York

      I send my sincerest of heartfelt sympathies to that part of your heart left bruised and battered by the deep loss. The pain of losing someone to cancer brings many layers of emotions.

      And the similarities just keep on coming...American Indian, Irish, sibling loss.....I think these two paths were meant to cross.

      Sonas ort. (Gaelic - Happiness on you).

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      Elizabeth Rayen 4 years ago from California

      Thank you so much Becky. I truly believe this as well. Oh... and BTW.. there is one more thing we have that is similar.... I lived outside of Ithaca (Dryden) to be more exact for two years :)

      Sonas ort! ♥

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      Bill De Giulio 3 years ago from Massachusetts

      Lisa, what a wonderful hub. The Hummingbird is truly an amazing creature. I love watching them come to our garden. Beautiful photos, very well done. Voted up, shared, and pinned.

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      Elizabeth Rayen 3 years ago from California

      Thank you so much Bill. I'm happy you enjoyed it. I appreciate the sharing and pinning as well. Have a wonderful evening! ♥

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