Hummingbirds are fascinating creatures that are often depicted in illustrations, paintings, sculpture, and other works of art. While encountering one or more hummingbirds is always exciting, you may find that your encounter isn’t just a matter of chance, but a way for you to connect with your higher self and the Divine.
What is a Hummingbird?
To understand an animal spirit’s meaning, it is often a good idea to learn more about them. Hummingbirds are stunning little creatures and are indeed the smallest type of bird in the world. In fact, the tiniest hummingbirds are less than two inches long and weigh less than two grams. These birds are unique and unusual because of their relationship with flowers. Not only do they drink nectar from flowers, but they also serve a role in pollination.
It turns out that hummingbirds have some remarkable qualities. Their “humming” is the result of their wings flapping at such a rapid frequency that they produce a sound that humans can hear. In fact, these birds are incredibly agile and can move far faster than you would expect from such a tiny creature.
A Symbol of Infinite Joy, Resilience, and Energy
Have you ever had a hummingbird sighting? Despite their size, they are able to do things that no other bird or animal can do. For instance, hummingbirds can fly backwards, forwards, and even hover in mid-air. Hummingbirds may be tiny, but their spiritual message is huge—you have the flexibility and stamina to do far more than you think. Perhaps the meaning of a hummingbird visit is to show you that there’s an area of your life that calls for you to be more flexible, to bend like a willow without breaking like a mighty oak. It’s fluidity versus rigidity. In other words, try not to get too stuck in your ways.
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As a small and colorful bird, it’s possible that the hummingbird’s appearance is a sign from Spirit letting you know you’re doing okay. You’re handling life issues well and you have shown a lot of strength, flexibility, and spirit. Spirit will also send small birds and animals that represent a shared memory between you and a loved one. In other words, a hummingbird sighting is unique, significant, and meaningful to everyone in an individual way.
You may notice how much energy and determination a hummingbird puts into finding nectar, but what you don’t often see is that they spend a good amount of time resting, too. So, if you’ve been burning the candle at both ends, Spirit’s message to you through a hummingbird sighting may be that you need more balance in your life and less stress through periods of rest, relaxation, and meditation.
When a hummingbird flies, his wings form the pattern of the infinity symbol. This speaks to his message of infinity and eternity. Hummingbirds can fly great distances. The message here is that everything worth pursuing in life can be a lifelong journey so don’t give up. Instead, rest when you need to and then start again.
The Medicine Animal for Your Spirit
No one can be sad when they have a hummingbird sighting. When your spirit aches or you’re feeling particularly negative and you can’t seem to shake it off, call upon the hummingbird spirit to lift your own spirit and find the simple joys within daily routines and challenges.
Hummingbirds also conserve energy by going into a “torpor,” or hibernation, while sleeping. This deep sleep allows them to stay alive even in difficult conditions. A hummingbird sighting may be a sign that you need to take some time off and enjoy a deep rest.
Your Power Animal
As a power animal, you may call upon the hummingbird when you need the strength to keep up with the many demands upon you. The hummingbird will help you accomplish great feats while also keeping your mood light and upbeat. You’ll worry less about the unnecessary stress that can zap your energy.
Also, whether mental or physical, as a power animal the hummingbird can help you with flexibility. If you’re pushing to get through a workout, the hummingbird is a perfect power animal to call upon. If you find yourself struggling with and working through a problem, the hummingbird can help you discover new and enlightened ways of handling issues that would normally cause you great stress.
Your Totem Animal
If the hummingbird is your totem animal, you may have the stamina and the ability to go long distances. What others view as impossible you see as doable. In addition to this go-getter spirit, you probably accomplish difficult tasks with little or no complaints. You handle your business and maybe even have fun doing it. It’s that simple.
As air totems, birds are the animals closest to heaven, and the hummingbird is no different. Spirit sends us hummingbird sightings to show us how sweet life can be when we go after the joy of it—the sweet nectar of life.
The Symbolism of a Hummingbird
An encounter with a hummingbird, or a depiction of a hummingbird, may simply be a coincidence, but may also indicate that Spirit wishes to communicate with you. When possible, take some time to sit after these encounters and reflect on what is being shown or taught to you. There are different ways of doing this, of course. Meditation, prayer, and even journaling can help unlock subconscious understandings and connect you to Spirit as well as your own soul.
Hummingbirds often symbolize speed, flexibility, and dexterity. They also have a strong relationship with the flowers from which they consume nectar and pollinate. Your encounter may be a reminder that it is important to act quickly and to be ready to respond with a different approach if your first efforts do not succeed.
The relationship between these birds and flowers can also serve as a reminder that we must understand ourselves to be a part of nature. If you have been finding yourself spending too much time indoors or in your car, unable or unwilling to interact with the natural world around you, now would be a good time to make some changes. A walk in the woods, time in the garden, or even learning about local flora and fauna may be good for you right now.
Hummingbirds in Your Dreams
Having a hummingbird sighting in your dreams is good luck. It may symbolize an upcoming project or situation that requires your diligence and expediency. Don’t just let things lay dormant or ignored. The quick movements and wings that move almost faster than the eye can see symbolize accomplishment and rapid movement in a forward direction. A dream involving a hummingbird may also bring your attention to a little idea you had that has great potential for becoming something big.
Native Connections and Beliefs
In many Native American tribes, the hummingbird is a healer who often helps people in times of need and distress. Many tribes have hummingbird clans. To Northwest coastal tribes, the hummingbird is a symbol of good luck.
The ancient Aztec God, Huitzilopochtli, was often pictured as a hummingbird in Aztec art. And the Mayans have a wonderful story about the Great Spirit who created Tzunuum, a hummingbird who was prided for her wonderful flying abilities. However, she was colorless and about to be married so many birds and bits of nature, including the beautiful red cardinal, gave her bits of their color which she accepted graciously. She was so humbled by the gestures of sweetness that the Great Spirit declared that Tzunuum could wear her wedding dress every day, and so hummingbirds got their great array of colors from their fellow spirit animals.
With all that you now know about the hummingbird, do you look forward to your next hummingbird sighting?
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