The Eagle – Symbol of seeing the big picture and the details at the same time

The eagle has the ability to soar high above a valley, visually taking in miles upon miles of terrain, yet also able to zero in on a mouse on the ground, swoop down, and capture it in his claws.

The eagle is the symbol of the highest level of perception, where we’re able to see the big picture and the details at the same time. At the level of eagle, we experience that we’re part of the all-seeing and all-knowing divine force. Eagle is the domain of Spirit, of creation that has yet to manifest. When we access this state, we enter the “all at once,” the timelessness in which everything exists as possibility and has the potential to spring forth into so-called reality. In eagle, we can see into the far future and the distant past, knowing things we can’t know when we’re in an ordinary state of consciousness…….
……..At the level of eagle, we can see what will happen in our future as a result of the life choices we’ve made. We see the death we’re headed toward and the life we’ll live as we travel along that trajectory. We don’t panic or begin to plan how to change that trajectory—we simply observe, accept, and feel our oneness with the cycle of birth and death, of invention and destruction and reinvention.
– Courageous Dreaming: How Shamans Dream the World into Being by Alberto Villoldo

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