If you're open to it, culture can bring you an endless supply of spiritual goodies.
Last night the Chicago Blackhawks won a thrilling, triple-overtime playoff game. I'm not a huge hockey fan, but I've learned to tap into the group euphoria created at sporting events. As my city rejoiced, I inhaled the elation. And on a deeper level, I was reminded of the shamanic "medicine" of hawks.
Symbolically, hawks are known to be the messenger, the protector and the visionaries of the Air.
The hawk has higher perspective, and sees beyond distraction. It has keen and piercing sight, and sees detail at great distance. And it has the power of focus and observation, to seize opportunity.
Literally, hawks are birds of prey who strike with speed and precision. Metaphysically, hawks endow receptive people with the ability to see (visionary), and the confidence to say (messenger).
Thank you, NHL and Stanley Cup Playoffs, for adding so much commercial energy to a spiritual reality. This two-sided coin excites me.