Totem Animal: Great Blue Heron

The Great Blue Heron is common throughout North America. They can thrive in diverse climates ranging from the frozen shorelines of Alaska to subtropic swamps and even deserts. They also have a diverse diet. Though mainly feasting on fish, they have been known to seek out frogs, turtles, salamanders and even gophers.

I have been seeing them on a daily basis flying overhead. They are so massive yet graceful; they are hard to ignore. After about a week or so of seeing them everywhere I knew it was time to do another drawing and some research.

They represent self-reflection. The Great Heron will seek out those who have lost sight of who they are or those who cannot seem find their place in the world. You must learn to look within yourself to find out the answers. If you wallow in self pity, low self-worth or are lacking pride in yourself, you will never reach your true potential. Like a heron hunting for fish, we must dive deep within ourselves. Listen to your emotions and allow yourself to flow like water down the path you already know is right. Heron asks us to recognize our inner strengths and weaknesses. See yourself with unrelenting eyes and figure out where you can improve and grow. Do not be over-critical of yourself, though. Being too judgmental could dampen your spirit even further. There lies a balance within us all and only you can figure out where your center is. Do not get lost trying to obtain perfection. There is no such thing. Do not try to blame others or the circumstances of life. Face your inner demons and take responsibility for your actions. We cannot grow if we can not face what is truly holding us back.

This hit home for me. I am extremely over-critical of myself and have lost sight of where I’m going. So much heartache has followed us this year; it was difficult to let things rest and move on. I’ve been struggling to find my own way again but I’m trying to find my inner voice. The real me. Not the sugar coated one that hides her emotions for everyone else’s sake. It’s draining, physically and mentally. I need to be real with myself and real with the people around me. I need to stop worrying about trying to be perfect. I’m perfectly Meg and that’s all I can be.

What about you? Have you seen a Great Blue Heron recently? Share your story in the comments below. Thanks for reading this weeks blog. I hope you enjoyed it!

Until next time,

“If you focus on the hurt, you will continue to suffer. If you focus on the lesson, you will continue to grow.”


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4 responses to “Totem Animal: Great Blue Heron”

  1. Ellie Avatar

    I see Blue Heron in flight for the past two weeks. This morning as i rounded a corner driving home from a long night at work, a blue heron seemed to be waiting for me on the ground, showed me beautiful blue feathered wings as he flapped them upwards right in front of me then seemed to fly in front of me for a while leading me to my house. It was absolutely beautiful and breath taking. These creatures are prominent lately in my life.

    1. Free Spirit Meg Avatar
      Free Spirit Meg

      Thanks for sharing, that’s awesome!!! Their wing span is amazing! Big and beautiful! Looks like it might be time for some self reflection. Spread your wings!! I hope you discover something new about yourself! Thanks again for commenting!✌🤓 Take care!

  2. Laurie Avatar

    I also see these great birds. They will stand silently and unmoving, watching and listening or browse quietly and gracefully along the banks. Their message for me is to be still, watch, listen. In this way, we can receive great insights and answers. We may not be perfect, but nature is! It will cure anything that ails you. It is so important to protect and respect this wonderful earth.

    1. Free Spirit Meg Avatar
      Free Spirit Meg

      Very cool!!! Also a “great” lesson….see what I did there 🤓 But all jokes aside I definitely agree! 💙💚

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