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Where Eagles Dare

Updated on April 24, 2018
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Sean is a teacher who is writing about his spiritual adventures to help other people find balance and self-respect.

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I preserve the skies of my thoughts clear, so the Sun of Justice warms my Soul.

— Sean Dragon

Native Wisdom

Grandfather,

Look at our brokenness.

We know that in all creation

Only the human family

Has strayed from the Sacred Way.

We know that we are the ones

Who are divided

And we are the ones

Who must come back together

To walk the Sacred Way.

Grandfather,

Sacred One,

Teach us love, compassion, and honor

That we may heal the earth

And heal each other.

(Ojibway Prayer)

This prayer was written many years ago by a Chief of the Ojibway, a North American Native tribe. How much wisdom and truth in only a few lines! Wisdom and truth which we, modern and "civilised" people, have forgotten.

Native Americas were experiencing their contact with the Father Creator through love and respect for Nature and its creatures. They did not believe in God; they lived God every day through their connection with Mother Earth. They were considering other creatures, not as enemies or as sources of profit and exploitation, but as sibling creatures which they could be helpers or leaders for them to the path of life, both this and the next.

Therefore the creatures of the world were for them spiritual companions, guides and assistants, and every Native American chose - or was chosen by - an animal that was most sacred to him or her. This animal protected and guided him or her, mainly through dreams. It was a spiritual symbol that was helping him or her to walk on the Sacred Path.

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The same thing applied to every clan and tribe. For example, the word "Totem" describes any physical object, animal, or plant that they believed to have sacred attributes, and so they valued it as the protector of the clan or tribe, and even as the originator of the tribe. Every tribe had its totem, and it was forbidden to anyone to tease it or to hurt it, and sometimes even to mention its name.

Every creature of nature is sacred! Every creature of nature is a spiritual symbol, for its qualities which man has to imitate and develop in order to walk the Sacred Path to return to the Great Heart of the Father Creator! What a noble perception of Life!

A Trans-Tribal Symbol

A creature that was sacred to all tribes was the Eagle, because of its unique characteristics. As Eagle is flying high, higher than any other being, its prayers reach the ears of the Great Spirit, and its song reminds us to concentrate on our higher spiritual thoughts.

But the most significant is that when all the other creatures are hiding to protect themselves while a storm is raging, it does not compromise with it, but flies high above the storm clouds where the Sun keeps shining and feels the warmth. And it stays there until the clouds leave.

Oh, Eagle; come with wings outspread in sunny skies.

Oh, Eagle, come and bring us peace, thy gentle peace.

Oh, Eagle, come and give new life to us who pray.

Remember the circle of the sky; the stars,

and the brown eagle,

the great life of the Sun, the young within the nest.

Remember the sacredness of things.

Pawnee Prayer

What a beautiful spiritual symbolism! When the storms of our lives strike, then we must not let our spirit hide frightened, but we have to remember that over the problems, still exists the Sun of Love and Justice. The clouds and the storm are temporary, but the Source of our lives is always there. If we send our spirit high, over the problem, the problem will sooner or later be lost, and the sunshine of joy will fill our body and soul again with energy. But we have to fly high, there where eagle only dares. We have not to compromise with the problems and difficulties, but we have to see above and beyond them, to face the Sun of Justice. If we turn to Him, He will not let us be lost in the injustice or into problems. This is the beautiful spiritual symbol of the Eagle that all the Native Americans worshipped.

Going One Step Further

Going one step further than this spiritual healing of the problems of life, we could think about mental prevention of life difficulties, the way we could avoid creating the storm instead of dealing with it. As, unfortunately, one "talent" that modern man has developed is to create these storms in his life, abandoning the Sacred Path.

This describes another beautiful prayer, of the Cherokee tribe:

"Oh, Great Spirit, whose voice I hear in the wind,
Whose breath gives life to all the world.

Hear me; I need your strength and wisdom.
Let me walk in beauty, and make my eyes ever behold the red and purple sunset.

Make my hands respect the things you have made

and my ears sharp to hear your voice


Make me wise so that I may understand the things you have taught my people.
Help me to remain calm and strong in the face of all that comes towards me.
Let me learn the lessons you have hidden in every leaf and rock.


Help me seek pure thoughts and act with the intention of helping others.
Help me find compassion without empathy overwhelming me.
I seek strength, not to be greater than my brother,

but to fight my greatest enemy - Myself.

Make me always ready to come to you with clean hands and straight eyes.
So when life fades, as the fading sunset,

my spirit may come to you without shame."

I think it is an all-powerful prayer that contains all the truth about the way we have to live in this world. It is a prayer that has helped me to find answers to many questions that have troubled me in the early years of my spiritual search. Every verse is an excellent guide to the path of life!

For example:

"Let me learn the lessons you have hidden in every leaf and rock."

In this world of miracles we live, there are already around us, placed by Almighty's Love and Wisdom, all the lessons we need to learn to live our lives blissfully. All we need is to open our eyes, our soul, our heart and our mind to see them.

"I seek strength, not to be greater than my brother,

but to fight my greatest enemy - Myself."

This verse is by itself capable of changing the life of someone who will understand and adopt it. We have to realize that the one to be defeated is our destructive self and no one else. To deny selfishness and to bring love into our lives. This will change everything!

We use to fill our every day with negative thoughts, words and deeds. We let egotism, envy, and hatred become our daily "companion". We devalue our true divine nature and end up entrapped in a materialistic way of life. All these have as a result of weighing ourselves with guilt as we fill at the same time the sky of our lives with dark, threatening storm clouds, thus depriving ourselves of the Sunlight.

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But there is a way to avoid those stormy clouds. Whenever the first clouds start to gather in our mental sky, we have to let the winds scatter them. The wind of the positive thoughts of Love. The wind of the knowledge of our unity with our Creator, and the unity with all the creatures of the world. The wind of the awareness that with our attitude we can determine our world. The wind of offering and serving. All these winds will scatter these clouds, and the Sun will continue to warm our Soul. Every positive thought, word and act we do will clear the sky of our life disappearing every shadow. And then the Eagle of our Spirit will fly freely and will transfer our prayers to the Great Spirit. And that will bless the lives of all creatures!

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My free Spirit flies high, where eagles dare!

— Sean Dragon

© 2018 Ioannis Arvanitis

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      Ioannis Arvanitis 3 weeks ago from Greece, Almyros

      Thank you, my friend, Frank. Your kind words are significant to me as they are coming from a very talented writer.

      Keep on the marvellous "flashing!"

      Sean

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      Frank Atanacio 3 weeks ago from Shelton

      what a wonderful hub, makes me proud to soar with the eagle and walk with the lions.. very thorough and complete my friend

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      Ioannis Arvanitis 3 weeks ago from Greece, Almyros

      Oh! My dear friend, Li-Jen, I can see that you remember my words! Ha. Ha. A wise young girl who is learning fast! I am glad. Yes, this is what I meant and I am delighted to see that you made the connection!

      Thank you so much for reading and commenting while you have a busy programme with your job. I am much obliged.

      Fly high in the clear sky of Positive Thought!

      Sean

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      Li-Jen Hew 3 weeks ago from Malaysia

      Hello Sean. Thank you for sharing Where Eagles Dare...So that's what you mean by imagine seeing everything from the mountains... That's right, we are our own enemies....it's good to be positive! :)

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      Ioannis Arvanitis 3 weeks ago from Greece, Almyros

      "Our spirit is like eagle too which can fly higher and higher if we nourish it with right elements of love and patience."

      You are so right, my dear Sister! Thank you so much for your beautiful comment. I am always seeking your feedback!

      My Love to you and your beautiful family.

      Sean

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      Nikki Khan 3 weeks ago from London

      Wonderfully written Sean brother, you’ve done an excellent work here as always.Different views and stories about eagles are very fascinating and I loved reading them.

      Our spirit is like eagle too which can fly higher and higher if we nourish it with right elements of love and patience.

      Bless you and your family brother!

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      Ioannis Arvanitis 3 weeks ago from Greece, Almyros

      Oh! My dear brother, Liam, there is no greater joy for me than to make my teacher proud, because that means that I will have become a free man. Maybe someday. I have a lot of work to do, but I thank you for your love and encouragement.

      Fly high, bro!

      Greetings to my Ireland!

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      Liam D OConnor 3 weeks ago from Cork

      My brother, as I know that your spirit had lived as a Native American, long ago and you always feel you are one, I waited for an article like this.

      And it is as I expected, full of respect and wisdom! I am happy because I know the joy of your heart when people reading this. You must be proud, because I am sure Paco is now proud for you!

      May The Great Eagle cary your spirit high to help us with your work.

      Liam Dragonheart

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      Ioannis Arvanitis 3 weeks ago from Greece, Almyros

      Love can help us learn, my dear Sister, you know that better than me because I believe that your soul flies high. Thank you for the beautiful comment. It is always an honor to read my work and leave your comments.

      I wish The Great Eagle bless you.

      Sean

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      Dora Weithers 3 weeks ago from The Caribbean

      Powerful quotes. Great message! The soul is like the eagle soaring high above the storms of life. Wish we could learn to stay above like the eagle.

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      Ioannis Arvanitis 3 weeks ago from Greece, Almyros

      My friend, Yusup thank you for your comment. I am sorry to know that those eagles are almost extinct. I pray for Heulang. We need them like any other creature.

      Greetings to Indonesia from Greece.

      Sean

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      Yusup Ramdani 3 weeks ago from Sukabumi, Indonesia

      I really love eagles, in my village there are javanese eagles and they are almost extinct. "Heulang" that's how we called them.

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      Ioannis Arvanitis 3 weeks ago from Greece, Almyros

      Thank you, Louise, we share the same love for eagles, and as I can see for movies.

      Thank you for your kind words, I admire your work with movies.

      Th Great Eagle Bless you.

      Sean

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      Louise Powles 3 weeks ago from Norfolk, England

      This is a really good lesson in life loannis. I love Eagles, they are such majestic creatures.

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      Ioannis Arvanitis 3 weeks ago from Greece, Almyros

      My beloved Brother, when I first heard Mother Moon speaking, I loved her. Then I didn't know you. Now that I know your kind and serving heart, I think that she is reminding me a lot of you! She is a serving Spirit like you are my brother.

      You know how significant are your words for me. So thank you so much.

      My beloved spiritual teacher is an elder Native American of the Lenape tribe. I will write someday about the magical way he found me.

      I consider my self a member of the Lenape tribe. From my very early years, I felt, somehow, that I was a Native American soul who was living in the body of a young boy in Greece! Now I know that I was always and always I'll be a Lenape. Because as you said, we are much more than a body. We have an eternal soul who had lived and will live many lives until we all return to One through Love.

      My teacher called the Love of God - and Jesus as well - The Great Eagle who is always watching over us. This is a tribute to him.

      I send you my Love and positive thoughts for your important work there in Mama Africa!

      Much Love and respect.

      Sean or Cloud with pants (my Lenape name was given to me by my teacher)

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      manatita44 3 weeks ago from london

      The soaring eagle is one of my favourite birds and the videos message are quite soothing and sublime.

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      manatita44 3 weeks ago from london

      Thank you so much, my brother, for remining us about our true Source or Selves ... of trying to live as higher beings of the Light we are ... of showing reference points to ilustrate that we really are not so different after all.

      I give classes with workshops, meditations and speech x3 a week. I remind seekers that we are souls, not bodies and that the soul - just like the body-

      needs to be fed.

      The female in your first video is a wonderful speaker. Have you had native American connections? Peace.

      Manatita, with Love.

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      Ioannis Arvanitis 3 weeks ago from Greece, Almyros

      My dear friend John,

      I have read your poem and is AMAZING!

      So your kind words are so significant to me!

      As I can see from your work, we share many more than a name (Ioannis is Jhon in Greek). Dylan, Robin Williams, and so many others.

      I am happy that I found you.

      Great respect.

      Sean

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      Ioannis Arvanitis 3 weeks ago from Greece, Almyros

      Ha. Ha! My friend Eric, I am sorry for the head-hack!

      Is the magic power of The Great Eagle!

      Much Love brother.

      Thank you again.

      Sean

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      John Hansen 3 weeks ago from Queensland Australia

      Sean, this was so uplifting and powerful. The eagle is a wonderful symbol of strength and positivity. You may like to read my poem "On the Wings of Eagles." Great job, and a very interesting read as well.

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      Eric Dierker 3 weeks ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Just to let you know. This has stuck in my head for a day now. Very good.

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      Alexander James Guckenberger 3 weeks ago from Maryland, United States of America

      Thank you so much Ioannis! I love linguistics, so I really appreciate the compliment!

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      Ioannis Arvanitis 3 weeks ago from Greece, Almyros

      My dear, Marlene, I am so glad if I helped you to remember those treasures. Thank you so much for reading this piece of my heart and for your kind comment.

      I wish you the free spirit of the Great Eagle!

      Sean

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      Ioannis Arvanitis 3 weeks ago from Greece, Almyros

      Dear friend, Eric, thank you so much. I am honored as I admire your work.

      Love bless you!

      Sean

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      Marlene Bertrand 3 weeks ago from USA

      There are excellent life lessons in this article. Also, for me, some forgotten treasures of information, such as I had forgotten about the meaning of totem poles and how valuable they are.

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      Eric Dierker 3 weeks ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thank you. This piece was filled with good stuff.

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      Ioannis Arvanitis 3 weeks ago from Greece, Almyros

      My friend, Alexander, thank you for coming by and for your comment. I agree with you. This prayer is so wise and powerful. I am glad you pointed it out.

      Gratitude.

      Sean

      PS: Alexander is a great and beautiful Greek name!

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      Ioannis Arvanitis 3 weeks ago from Greece, Almyros

      My dear Brother Tim,

      I am so glad to know that your grandmother was of the Lumbi. I am proud of you. Someday I hope I'll have the time to explain to you my relation with the Lenape tribe. Is a long and strange story! I am glad that we share one more thing.

      I wholeheartedly agree with all those you wrote, and I am sure that it was not a coincidence your "meeting" with eagles. And the amazing thing is that my Native American teacher always called Jesus, The Great Eagle who protect us any time! Later as I was studying the Bible, I found the same thing you said!

      I believe that Native Americans Had by nature the Love that Our Savior taught.

      My protecting animal is the turtle and revealed to me many years ago.

      Thank you, my Brother, for being here by my side, in my heart anytime.

      Much Love to you and Lori.

      Cloud with pants (my name given to me by my Lenape spiritual teacher)

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      Alexander James Guckenberger 3 weeks ago from Maryland, United States of America

      The prayer at the beginning was wonderful.

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      Tim Truzy 3 weeks ago from U.S.A.

      Dear brother Sean,

      My grandmother was of the Lumbi tribe and your article reminded me of all the prayers and wisdom she shared with me as a young boy. She eventually understood Jesus to be the Son of God and have authority over our lives, but she taught me great respect for the creatures and plants He put on this Earth.

      "If we send our spirit high, over the problem, the problem will sooner or later be lost, and the sunshine of joy will fill our body and soul again with energy. But we have to fly high, ...

      Beautiful words, Sean.

      I don't believe in coincidences, only Our Savior, but we traveled the mountains here last week after visiting with my brother-in-law, and amazingly, there in the sky, a pair of eagles graciously, lazily, circled us for about a minute. It was amazing.

      Native Americans like to say we all have spirit guides, animals which appear to show us the way. I believe that was a message from Him. I remember reading in the Bible that the eagle is a symbol of His ever present might and glory; He is our protector.

      Thank you, brother.

      Sincerely,

      Tim

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