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Is It Karma?

Updated on April 28, 2013
Bald Eagle at Gray Snow Eagle House in Perkins, OK
Bald Eagle at Gray Snow Eagle House in Perkins, OK | Source

I held a Bald Eagle. He nearly bit the supervisor, but by the time I reached over to take him, he lay back against my chest, calmly lying against me. He never even attempted to flex his legs or feet. I thought that was odd that he didn't struggle with my inexperience, for he must have known it. When I let him go in a larger cage, Flight A/B, I followed the instruction that I was given, and he slowly flew off, low to the ground. I admired him(yes, he was a young male) for his gentle, yet strong and silent wingbeats. When he landed on a high perch, it appeared that he viewed me with aged kindness, watching as I walked out the door. When I later returned with a fresh bowl of water, he was on the ground, two feet from me. At that point, I felt that I was in the presence of a gentle soul, on the first leg of a long journey, but not alone. Another similar being, as strong and as wise, youthful yet knowledgeable, walked beside me as an equal. The stride was the same, the eyes just as clear, and the heart also as pure. "Be not afraid, for I am here with you to walk in harmony and in peace. I offer you my hand and my heart free of charge with no strings attached. Be kind to it and keep it safe for it will be with you as long as you are in need and require its strength and safety if you should fall." Yes, a truly remarkable and spiritual experience. I worked the flight cage for six days and saw this bird every day. Every day he would fly from the high perch of the cage where he was housed to meet me. He always landed two feet away from me and looked me in the eye each time. It is a standing rule that one NEVER look a raptor in the eye, as it is a threat. They have been known to attack in such an instance. On the sixth day, just before he was to be released, I was in a bordering room in the flight cage. The eagle saw me through the slats and dropped to the ground right beside the slats bordering the two rooms. When I turned from what I was doing, I saw him looking at me. Our eyes met and I said my silent goodbyes to him, and thanked him for his trust and wisdom. Was I a new person? Without a doubt. This was truly a deep and meaningful spiritual experience. At that point, I had no fear. I was released emotionally and it felt like a great weight had been removed from my shoulders. I had and have nothing to fear, not even looking another raptor in the eye, which has proven true, time and again. The Indians have totems, and I know for certain that the eagle is mine. When I returned home to ME, shortly after this experience, I found two sterling silver eagle charms. Right away, I put one of them on my gold chain that I always wear around my neck. It has stayed there ever since. May you all be at peace and at one with yourselves, and happy birding.

Golden Eagle at Gray Snow Eagle House in Perkins, OK
Golden Eagle at Gray Snow Eagle House in Perkins, OK | Source


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    • aviannovice profile imageAUTHOR

      Deb Hirt 

      5 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Moonlake, that is excellent. I had a lot of experiences with wild and wild-domestic animals. Does your son gravitate toward animals in general?

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      Deb Hirt 

      5 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Why, thank you, Linda. That certainly was my first noteworthy experience with eagles. Since then, I have seen many of them, and made spiritual contact. They are beautiful, very sweet birds.

    • aviannovice profile imageAUTHOR

      Deb Hirt 

      5 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Hey, Michael! Yes, I sure do love my birds. Thanks for all the great votes. I saw a few things on the lake yesterday that I will be reporting in my column. I also got a few fine photos, too.

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      5 years ago from America

      Great story. We have eagles all around us but other than in the zoo never got close to one. We came home one day and found our oldest son with a very great horned owl on his arm inside the house. Voted UP.

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      Linda Crist 

      5 years ago from Central Virginia

      To look into the eyes of an eagle is to see forever. What a gift this was to you. You will continue to learn from the experience. In Indian lore, the Eagle is thought to carry out prayers to the Creator as it flies closest to the heavens. Thank you for sharing your beautiful story.

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      5 years ago from United Kingdom


      I had to stop reading this to tell my wife about it. Your writing talent is amazing.

      You have captured the moment perfectly.

      I could feel the warmth for this wonderful creatures coming off the page.

      4/5 and voted up. Sharing

    • aviannovice profile imageAUTHOR

      Deb Hirt 

      6 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Hey, Rhonda! Thanks for the kudos. I am perusing your material, too, and see that we have many of the same interests.

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      Rhonda Humphreys 

      6 years ago from Michigan

      Wow Deb,what an amazing experience. I too enjoy being out in nature and taking photos almost daily. I have had the wonderful experience once taking photos of a bald eagle. I am envious of your experience. I have scrolled through your hub topic and can see that I will be spending alot of time reading them. Voted up and beautiful

    • aviannovice profile imageAUTHOR

      Deb Hirt 

      6 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      It sure was, Mycee. I have found many amazing creatures in my day.

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      Not Found 

      6 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      Amazing experience Deb! wow so awesome really.

    • aviannovice profile imageAUTHOR

      Deb Hirt 

      6 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Ruby, I am pleased that you are one with nature. That's why I love going out and photographing it on a daily basis. If I see a flower, a butterfly, and insect, not necessarily birds, I will capture that life, too. It's what keeps my soul at peace.

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      Maree Michael Martin 

      6 years ago from Northwest Washington on an Island

      I have never had an eagle that close to me. Wow, that is really special the work that you do with birds. Great hub too, thanks for sharing such wisdom with us. I love the picture with all of them in the tree. Birds do love me, Hawk, Raven and Owl, call to me.

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      Marlene McPherson 

      6 years ago from Worcester, Western Cape

      Awesome Deb! What an amazing experience!

      Thanks for sharing!

      As a Scorpio the Eagle features strongly in my life as well, as we see things clearly because we observe from far above!

    • aviannovice profile imageAUTHOR

      Deb Hirt 

      6 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      You are most welcome. Thanks so much for your vote of approval, and here's to writing!

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      Cynthia Calhoun 

      6 years ago from Western NC

      I would love to find out what my totem animal is one day. :) This is a sweet story. Thanks for sharing. Welcome to HubPages. Good luck with your writing here.


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