"If you find fear in your heart, go into the mountains! Stand tall upon the peak and watch the storm come over the horizon. See the lightning, hear the thunder and know all this power is small compared to the power of the Great Spirit to guide you well upon your path."
-- Algonquin Traditional Knowledge --
Thunderbird comes during times of great change in life. Materialism and technology are changing our world very rapidly today by making people believe we need more exterior things. Things take our focus away from the interior wealth we already possess to help make us happy and well.
As a teacher I practice and share what is called "Thunderbird Medicine". This medicine helps people change by empowering them to be stronger. Thunderbird medicine helps a person to find - and use - their own inner great spirit and power. This power is electrical in nature; like lightning.
Algonquin teachings say lightning occurs when Thunderbird is hunting for serpents. If Thunderbird eats a serpent that tastes bad, it vomits it up. As the serpent falls to the earth sometimes we see this as lightning. Thunderbird zaps the serpent so it can change and become better.
Thunderbird = Positive Medicine of Giving.
Serpent = Negative Medicine of Taking.
Thunderbird teaches us about the purpose of our thunder and lightning. When it flaps its massive wings it creates the thunder. When it blinks its eyes it creates the lightning. Sometimes lightning is considered as being the feathers of the Thunderbird. Symbolically speaking, these feathers represent the enlightening and empowering teachings of Thunderbird Knowledge and the ancient methodologies of Thunderbird Medicine.
The Thunderbird enlightens us to see and empowers us to be. Thunderbird teachings work to help us discover how to use our own thunder and lightning - our inner power - to help us realize we don't have to be afraid of change even though the world changes around us all the time. The Thunderbird enables us to embrace our inner gifts; the good medicine and great spirit we all possess within our own being.