I have come to the conclusion that i have an invisible bird that rests upon my shoulder, probably an owl, and i'd like to discuss here how i have
arrived at this conclusion, what the implications and potential effects are, look at the historical traditions regarding such, and take note of others
who may have similar beliefs and experiences.
How i came to this conclusion is that when i lay down and relax and close my eyes i immediately begin to perceive a vision of my surroundings within
the mind, when i open my eyes to check the reality of the vision i notice an ever present difference in perspective, that the inner vision is
perceived from somewhat above and to the side of the expected viewing perspective...thus from somewhere above the shoulder.
This is what many would consider a 'third eye' type experience, yet i would reject that explanation on the grounds of perspective, the vision is
formulated from outside my normative viewing range.
With this in mind the traditions of a guardian Angel, or Demon upon the shoulder, or a bird familiar seem far more appropriate, that one has shared
spiritual vision with such an invisible companion.
The invisible companion is in a sense an intermediary, between ones normal conciousness and the greater spiritual realm, it can take flight and glide
effortlessly through the realm of dream in the nocturnal hours, reveal the hidden paths within the darkness and unknowing...when you sleep it is at
its most active.
Probably the most important aspect though is that this intermediate extension of self is immortal, when you will die it will live on, but will always
be looking to return.
In this aspect the Egyptians had the cult of the Falcon, the bird of warriors and Princes, their immortal aspect of soul, when they died this lived
on, for the women the bird of choice as the spiritual companion was the Kite, as in the winged Isis.
Interpretations then as to which bird is involved differ, for Christianity the Dove is standard issue, this choice pre-dating the origins of
Christianity as an aspect of the cult of Ishtar, but the key point is that survivability of the immortal soul was generally understood as requiring
such an intermediary.
Those who have had near death experiences will often note the out of body viewing perspective which is that of their winged companion as they are
With regards to the specifics of the owl familiar, because of its all seeing nocturnal activities this is very much the bird of the seer and mystic,
Athena originally had a crow but in her infinite wisdom upgraded to an owl, were wisdom is the balance between understanding the unseen as well as the
The owl was generally feared however as an omen and harbinger of death in the ancient world, however that is simply owls doing a good job, in their
functions regarding the transition of souls, and when one dies another is born, so it is just the way of things.
Throughout history and across many cultures, people have regarded Owls with fascination and awe. Few other creatures have so many different and
contradictory beliefs about them. Owls have been both feared and venerated, despised and admired, considered wise and foolish, and associated with
witchcraft and medicine, the weather, birth and death. Speculation about Owls began in earliest folklore, too long ago to date, but passed down by
word of mouth over generations.
In early Indian folklore, Owls represent wisdom and helpfulness, and have powers of prophecy. This theme recurs in Aesop's fables and in Greek myths
and beliefs. By the Middle Ages in Europe, the Owl had become the associate of witches and the inhabitant of dark, lonely and profane places, a
foolish but feared spectre. An Owl's appearance at night, when people are helpless and blind, linked them with the unknown, its eerie call filled
people with foreboding and apprehension: a death was imminent or some evil was at hand.
I'm not sure how much choice people have when it comes to choosing, accepting, or even rejecting such winged companions, perhaps they choose you,
i'm not sure about this, and would welcome considerations...