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Saturday, March 8, 2014

Academy Awards: Ancestral Messages and Hummingbird Metaphors


I don’t know about you, but I’ve always been a big fan of the Academy Awards. So you can imagine my joy when I stumble across celebrities associated with this event who share their significant personal oracle experiences as a matter of course.

The first time I noticed this happen was in 2006 when one of my favorite actors took the stage to accept the Oscar for Best Actor for his powerful portrayal of Ugandan dictator Idi Amin in The Last King of Scotland. Forest Whitaker stood at the podium, appearing calm and grounded. He closed his eyes and bowed his head and then remained perfectly silent for quite some time, as if letting this extraordinary moment settle into the very heart of his being. Finally he spoke. “I can feel the breath on my neck and the tingling in my body. For me it is like my ancestors speaking to me.”


A few days ago I was reading an interview with Ellen Degeneres, host of the 2014 Oscars, in People Magazine, where she said “the most helpful folks in my life have been animals.” Her relationship with animals began as a child when she saved the life of a mockingbird that had fallen out of its nest in a tree. The other children began teasing it and poking it with sticks. Ellen rescued the little mockingbird, then took it home and nurtured it. When it was full grown she returned it to the same tree and released it. 

After Ellen’s sitcom was cancelled in 1998 she noticed a hummingbird in a fountain that looked like it was dead. When she reached in to remove it, she saw that it was still alive. She held it up to the sun and it began to flap its wings and then flew straight up and then back out into the world. Ellen interpreted it as a metaphor for her life. “That just when you think you should give up there is a hand that comes and gets you and goes, Nope, you’re going to be okay.”


Whether it’s our ancestors making their presence felt to support us, a hummingbird signaling that we are going to be okay or every other message imaginable, these signs appear all around us everyday.

It is easy to slip into an illusion of separateness until something occurs to remind us that being isolated and alone is an illusion.

All we have to do is tune in and notice those hidden hands of universal support that are always there for us.


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In her bestselling book, Everyday Oracles: Decoding the Divine Messages That Are All Around Us, author Ann Bolinger-McQuade uses memorable stories and photos to introduce the formula for how personal oracles work, then teaches you how to recognize and decode yours. If you have personal oracle experiences to share, please submit them to Ann through her website www.personaloracles.com - She will respond personally. And while you’re there, check out the cloud photos in the interactive “What Do You See Section.” Have fun and exercise your psychic muscles. Who knows, you may discover a personal oracle hiding in plain sight, just waiting to deliver a special message to you.

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