No matter how much I experience the wonder, the miracle, the divinity of life, here on Mother Earth, each new experience is a gift that leaves me silent (or bursting!) with awe. It never ceases to amaze me how much support we have in countless forms, so we can live life to its fullest potential, according to our own unique paths. We simply have to be open to it.
You just never know what incredible journey will unfold or what magick will manifest, when you receive higher guidance in some way, and choose to pursue it wholeheartedly. It can take courage, perseverance and a lot of trust and patience! However, trusting in that divine support will reveal possibilities you didn’t even know existed for you!
The sacred photograph below, of the beautiful hawk and I in Nature’s splendour, is the result of such a surprise divine inspiration. It led me on quite an unexpected journey that lasted over four months! Along the way it revealed incredible, priceless gifts, as I kept trusting the supportive guidance despite the obstacles that showed up.
Our heart desires are always heard, and when you have an alliance with Spirit and Nature so that you consciously co-create together, things are very interesting for the logical mind and so rewarding for the heart and spirit!
It was the beginning of May 2015 and I desired to incorporate volunteer work in my life, for an organization that felt aligned with my spirit. Supporting environmental charities in various significant ways had been part of my lifestyle for over two decades. I’d been living in Alaska for almost one year and yearned to contribute in person somehow. I was also being guided by Nature (including Mother Earth) and Spirit, to transform our co-created Sacred Earth Connection® program Sacred Alliances for Empowered Living, into an internet-usable version, to make it more accessible to people globally—no need to travel and more in-depth. I was so grateful for my tech-savvy husband Michael who greatly assisted me to accomplish that.
One day as I drove on the highway to visit a soul sister, a majestic bald eagle suddenly soared above me, and I simultaneously received a vision for a photoshoot with an eagle. I also received its symbolism, enforcing why this was something I had to do for the program. In that moment I felt “Wow!” in my heart and then “Yeah, right!” in my mind. It seemed so extraordinary that I surrendered the entire idea back to Spirit. Bald Eagle had become one of my prominent animal spirit guides at the end of 2011 and was now on a new mission for me… though I had no idea yet!
Every time I ignored this inspiration, a bald eagle would show up in some way, always accompanied with a reminder about it. After over a week of this, I received a clear sign requesting that I pursue it. I then remembered Adonis, a bald eagle at the Alaskan Wildlife Conservation Center, which Michael and I had visited the previous year. I felt it was time for another visit.
Immediately after arriving at the AWCC, we decided to use the restrooms before walking up to Adonis‘ enclosure. The regular restrooms were closed, with signs to use the ones behind the welcome center. Well, we were unknowingly guided right up to Adonis! We discovered he’d been moved to a new location! I felt a definite sense of being in “a divine flow”.
I spent some silent time with Adonis, asking Spirit for a sign to confirm I was moving in the right direction. As soon as I asked, I was absolutely amazed to see a tiny hummingbird (the size of Adonis’ beak!) suddenly appear “out of the blue” into this bald eagle’s cage! She shimmered in the sunlight as she hovered beside him for a moment in front of me, then flew away. Until that moment, I’d been unaware that some hummingbirds spend the summer in Alaska—it was the first one I’d seen in this state.
For Hummingbird to appear at that specific moment was such a significant sign and gift. I knew I had to find out who I could contact about a possible collaboration involving a photoshoot with Adonis in exchange for a donation from each enrollment in my program. While I felt that he was too big for me to perch on my arm, I chose to follow the higher guidance instead of the logic.
Trying to connect with the very kind employee I was referred to, ended up requiring a lot of patience, due to the nature of her work. After several emails and phone calls over the span of three weeks, I decided in our last conversation that it wasn’t in Adonis’ best interest to have a photoshoot with me. Even though she was optimistic and wanted to schedule a meeting with others of AWCC, I chose to not risk stressing him out (his permanent injury made him uneasy around all people). In my heart it felt like the right thing to do, despite also feeling like a “dead end” to my logical mind.
However, as we finished the conversation, she suddenly asked me as a last attempt to assist me, if I’d ever heard of “Bird TLC” in Anchorage—which I hadn’t. She highly recommended I contact their director whom she knew personally. So just as one door closed, another one simultaneously opened.
When I looked up Bird TLC’s website, I immediately received an amazing surprise that lit up my heart and spirit—they were looking for volunteers! They were also located only a five minutes’ drive away from where I lived!
I sent an email to the director of Bird TLC, with the same details I’d shared with the AWCC’s rehabilitation coordinator. I also expressed that I’d be applying to do volunteer work. Interestingly, one of the requisites to become a volunteer was proof of a current tetanus vaccination, which I happened to have obtained in Anchorage the previous year during my application for permanent residency in Alaska (it had been mandatory)! I called Guy the director, who kindly confirmed he’d received my email and then proceeded to fill out their volunteer application.
The day I brought my application to Bird TLC was pure magick! I discovered that the specific weekdays and afternoon times I had chosen were what they were in need of the most! After briefly reviewing my application, I was given a tour of the facility. During that time, one of the older volunteers (who was also an educational presenter and caretaker of owls), arrived with a great horned owl. To my absolute surprise, the volunteer retired veterinarian invited me to assist them with the beautiful owl’s annual examination, by gently holding his head! So just like that, I was initiated and welcomed as a volunteer for an organization that I highly resonated with—heart desire manifested!
Great Horned Owl was also one of my animal spirit guides (since 2011 when I’d left my status quo life behind me to leap into the great unknown). To have one show up at that specific moment when I dropped off my volunteer application, was highly significant for me. I felt elated and so honoured by his presence. I knew I was exactly where I was meant to be and this was part of my purposeful sacred work—divinely orchestrated by Spirit!
That summer I volunteered three hours on three afternoons every week until my program launched online on the autumn equinox (afterwards I reduced the days). I assisted with everything from examination, cleaning, organizing and caring of injured, sick and orphaned wild birds, from large ones like the graceful trumpeter swan to tiny ones like the pretty Anna’s hummingbird. Many were migratory species from other states and southern countries. It was an honour for me to be of service this way and each beauty we released back into Nature was a celebration that felt so divine.
I also met their oldest education ambassador Hal, the majestic bald eagle who sustained a permanent injury during the Exxon Valdez oil spill in 1989 and has called Bird TLC home ever since. He was even larger than Adonis, and I honestly could not imagine doing a photoshoot with an eagle half my size! I suddenly felt that the photoshoot inspiration might have just been a means for Spirit to manifest my heart desire to do volunteer work, and I felt immensely blessed by that.
My volunteer work was such a mutual gift for both Bird TLC and me. It felt incredible to work with so many heart-centered and like-minded people, dedicated with great love to the well-being of innocent ones. They felt like family as we all shared the same passion for Nature and sense of humour. I was so surprised, just over two months after I began my volunteer work there, to receive a card signed by everyone, lovingly expressing in their own way, how much they appreciated my presence there.
That day happened to be a very special New Moon. It marked the beginning of a global healing circle I’d initiated for a dear soul sister who was diagnosed with terminal cancer. While I’d contemplated not going in that day since I was holding sacred space for this, I’d felt strongly guided by Spirit to go and trust that it was divinely perfect. I quickly understood why—my heart was so deeply touched already for my soul sister, by the response for the healing circle, and now this loving card signed by so many, moved me to tears, which burst my heart open into infinity it seemed. This expansion enabled me to hold even greater sacred space and felt so powerful when I did my second ceremony that day for my soul sister afterwards. It really was perfect.
Hilariously, throughout the first two months, I didn’t hear a word from the director about my proposed collaboration. I saw Guy every week and we even worked together sometimes. However, at that point I had decided that what I’d gained from trusting in my heart and Spirit’s guidance was priceless to me, beyond what I had desired, so I didn’t mention the photoshoot again and felt blissful inner peace. Well, I soon realized that Spirit wasn’t done with the photoshoot inspiration!
Bald Eagle now handed over the guidance to Red-Tailed Hawk, who had become another prominent animal spirit guide for me at the same time as Great Horned Owl in 2011. By day and night, both beautiful birds of prey had a continuous physical presence at the lovely old house I lived in for two years. I now began to notice this beautiful hawk consistently show up in uncanny ways. Then one day I unexpectedly came face-to-face with two individuals at Bird TLC (the first I’d seen in Alaska)! They were education ambassadors from another facility in the state and came to us due to a forest fire in that area. One had the common rust-coloured tail feathers I’d seen so often in central Canada as well as in California, while the other one had much darker plumage, known as the “Harlan’s” variety of that species. Both were so beautiful and looked very regal.
As my eyes met their piercing gaze, I suddenly felt strongly guided to send an email to Guy, to follow-up on my first email about the photoshoot. I also now knew that it was to be with a red-tailed hawk, not a bald eagle—I felt this as a clear knowing in my heart. I initially needed to feel it was with a bald eagle so I could follow the trail that led me to Bird TLC. I also felt a bit silly emailing Guy after over two months had passed since the original email, but there was no doubt this was what I was being asked to do, so I did.
The following day before I went to Bird TLC, I explained to Spirit that if I was really being asked to pursue this photoshoot, I needed to receive something amazingly miraculous, that day, to encourage me. Photoshoots felt challenging to me, and I was now also being guided to include the one I’d been inspired about in 2012, to honour each of the six sacred elements I worked with (featured in the program). It was a lot of photography I was being guided to be part of and not exactly something that excited me!
Well, Spirit heard and delivered—promptly! Shortly after I began my work in the clinic, Guy found me and sincerely apologized for not replying to my first email, which he had no record of. Somehow, I felt that this was Spirit’s influence at work, for by now, he’d gotten to know me as a person, not just an email, and he was more than happy to assist me in any way he could.
I explained that before I scheduled a photoshoot with a hawk, I now required to find a photographer who understood my vision of featuring the beauty and spirit of Nature. His eyes suddenly lit up and he joyfully announced with a big smile that he was a professional Nature photographer and was more than happy to offer his time and expertise—completely free of charge!
My jaw literally dropped open with astonishment! I had no idea that so many of the amazing photos in the reception area were taken by him. He was also flexible with his schedule, which meant we could “go with the flow” of the weather. I felt like I’d won a lottery! I was speechless at this unexpected divine orchestration and just bursting with appreciation for Spirit and Guy!
He informed me a few days later that the education ambassadors couldn’t be used for a photoshoot due to regulations. However, he knew a man on the Bird TLC Board of Directors who was the caretaker of a “Harlan’s” red-tailed hawk named “Belle”. Her name was a significant synchronicity for me that made me smile (I’d acquired the nickname “Lulu Belle” from my soul brother and soul sister when I stayed at their rental suite in Hawai’i for three months in 2013). However, I felt resistance to this possibility when Guy told me that Dutch and Belle were part of the falconry association. It was very important to me that everything I did always aligned with my values, to the best of my knowledge. So I did some research, and realized I’d had misconceptions about this ancient practice. I greatly appreciated learning about their strict ethics and important roles in conservation (including preventing the extinction of the peregrine falcon in the 1960’s when DDT was decimating the bird of prey populations across North America). I also learned what a great responsibility it was to be a falconer and that the partnership was fully based on trust—the raptor could choose to fly away and not return, any time when out hunting.
I unexpectedly met Dutch one evening when I went to a Bird TLC Board meeting. I barely made it on time with so much to do that day, but I’d felt so strongly guided to go—and then understood why. Meeting him felt divinely orchestrated as well, and to my delightful surprise and immense appreciation, he agreed to allow this photoshoot with Belle and didn’t want any payment for it—he appreciated that I volunteered at Bird TLC. However, I’d have to continue being patient since she needed to completely grow her recently molted tail feathers first. This was a vulnerable period for her and her well-being was priority. It greatly touched my heart to feel the love in his words when he spoke of her.
Then something completely unexpected occurred—Guy told me with sincerest apologies that his schedule was so demanding that he wouldn’t be able to do the photoshoot for me. I felt momentarily crushed by this news, but did fully understand, since I saw how busy he was when I did my volunteer work. However, I still felt so strongly that he was the one meant to do this photoshoot—it just felt so divinely orchestrated and perfect. So I remained optimistic and open to guidance.
During one of my Nature hikes shortly afterwards, I was unexpectedly guided to the perfect photoshoot locations for each of the six sacred elements. I was astonished that the farthest location was only five minutes of walking distance from the others and they were all so close to the parking lot, yet so perfect! I suddenly knew what I needed to do. When I saw Guy again at Bird TLC, I asked him if it would change the possibility for him, if I told him the photoshoot would take no more than a few hours. He suddenly lit up and said “Absolutely!”. He couldn’t believe it would take that little time, but I gave him my word. So we scheduled that photoshoot and agreed to do the one with Belle when she became “photoshoot ready”. We knew that particular one would be no more than half an hour if everything flowed.
I had the photoshoot with the six sacred elements, which was pure magick and complete within three hours! The previous evening I had gone to each chosen location and did ceremony with Air, Fire, Water, Earth, Storm and Spirit, to ensure that the photographs would be guided to fully honour each of them. I knew Spirit was pleased during the photoshoot since more rainbows appeared in one hour than my husband Michael and I could count! Even Guy and an assistant photographer (another volunteer at Bird TLC) expressed that it was “very magickal”. It all flowed so beautifully, even the clouds danced and changed in the sky in ways that complimented the different elements—it was mesmerizing. The presence of those rainbows and their personal significance for me was so blissful and amazing—all sorts showed up in the sky above me, around the sun and in the clouds! I felt immensely blessed and grateful-beyond-words to all who were present to manifest those photographs.
When I inquired about Belle again, Dutch shared that this was unusually late for her to complete the growth phase of her feathers. The days were getting cooler and rainy with the approach of the autumn season which was less than ideal weather for that remaining photoshoot—and then Guy went on vacation for a week.
During a Nature hike one evening, I was feeling overwhelmed by my long “to do” list, along with the obstacle-filled coordination of the second photoshoot with everyone involved—on a day with ideal weather. I already felt more than blessed by all I’d received and experienced, and felt that perhaps the photoshoot with a hawk wasn’t necessary. After all, everyone was doing this completely voluntarily out of the generosity of their hearts. Guy also expressed that he didn’t expect me to make a monetary donation to Bird TLC with each enrollment, nor did he want me to include his photography website in the credits. He kindly explained he was simply doing this to support me for the work I was doing from my heart. I was so touched by this. It’s such a profound gift to connect with people who live from their hearts!
While these thoughts flowed through my mind, I went to a cliff I love, that overlooks a forested valley—a very peaceful sacred space for me to “be”. As I contemplated specifically about the second photoshoot, a small hawk suddenly appeared at my right and flew just a few feet in front of me, wings and tail feathers beautifully spread out! He reached a conifer tree at my left and perched on its top. He silently gazed straight into my eyes a while, then glided down directly towards me, never breaking eye contact. I didn’t move, but when he reached just a few feet away, sill heading straight for me, I thought “Yikes!” in my mind, at which he sharply turned left towards the valley. He continued to glide down and called out before vanishing from sight among the trees, as mysteriously as he had first appeared! It was the first hawk I’d seen in Nature since my arrival in Alaska in May 2014! I was silent with awe.
I discovered that this visitor was the smallest species of hawk, with an obvious message from Spirit. So I surrendered the timing and coordinating of everything to Spirit and trusted that it would all work out somehow when it was time. After all, I’d been divinely guided with every detail up until now, including when I’d asked for assistance with what to wear, that would express my true essence while honouring my values and beloved Nature.
I’d envisioned a long, layered, green skirt but it was difficult in general to find green clothing, so this was quite the desire to manifest, if I didn’t create it myself. Then Michael suggested I go to a store I’d never heard of in Anchorage. He would often receive insights from Spirit for me, without realizing he was a channeling this way. The owner of this store traveled to countries like India and Nepal to purchase directly from the artists to support their communities, which immediately resonated with me. Well, as I browsed the first room of countless treasures in this store, I suddenly noticed a mannequin placed high up on a shelf wearing layers of clothing that hid most of… what looked like… exactly the kind of skirt I’d desired! I couldn’t believe my eyes. As the wonderful employee took it down for me she happily announced it was from India and was 20% off! When I tried it on, I was amazed—it fit me perfectly, and it was the only one like it in the store! I also found carved wood bracelets that felt perfect. I couldn’t stop smiling and told the employee about the magick of it all, which she celebrated with me. She suggested I simply dye a scarf (also from India) the colour I desired for the top I described to her, which I did. For the jewellery, I purchased beads from another store in the city whose owner also travels to villages in different countries to purchase directly from the artists to support their communities, including Africa. In ceremony, I then created the necklace and earrings from pure divine inspiration, tuning in to the tribal Earth-honouring energy. My makeup was going to be what I’d been wearing since I discovered it in 2009—fully organic, non-toxic, plant-based, eco-friendly and produced from the highly conscious “100% Pure” company. To wear all this beautiful energy aligned with my values that supported so many, felt divine to my heart and spirit and absolutely perfect!
Then Dutch unexpectedly phoned me one evening to suggest that we meet at the beautiful lake park behind the Bird TLC facility for the photoshoot. I so appreciated his willingness to not only help manifest this photoshoot, but to be so accommodating that Guy could just bring his camera with him at work. We all agreed this was a great idea and chose a tentative day for it, weather depending. We were all ready—it was now up to Spirit. It had been raining almost every day lately, which the land needed. However, on the day of the photoshoot, we were blessed with just enough sunny time and warmth that afternoon to be perfect for what we needed! I felt radiant with love and appreciation, even more so when it began to rain again shortly after—we’d received a short period of grace!
During this photoshoot, I experienced something uniquely magickal that I will always treasure dearly within my heart.
We didn’t have to walk far to find a beautiful clearing in the forest where golden leaves carpeted the ground. I’d agreed to use Dutch’s glove which Belle was used to, instead of a more feminine, unfamiliar one from Bird TLC. Well as soon as Dutch removed his hand from the glove and I slipped mine in it, she suddenly flew towards me and perched firmly on my hand and wrist! I was awestruck. In that moment, I felt our spirits merge in a way I’d never felt before with one of the animal kingdom. I felt directly touched by the Divine. I overflowed with so much pure love for her—I felt so deeply honoured by her level of trust and full presence with me. She remained in connection with me until I removed my hand from the glove. It was profoundly beautiful… there are no words to describe the experience. It was all heart and divinity. It also felt very special to have two wonderful heart-centered men and friends, holding sacred space for us during this moment in time—Dutch silently observing us nearby to make sure we were both ok, and Guy taking tons of photographs with a big heart smile on his face. I’ll never forget that moment.
It was so amazing for me to now see everything that had unfolded and was so precisely orchestrated on this journey during the last four months, to come to this moment—when the landscape was now the rich colours of my Sacred Earth Connection® logo (co-created with Spirit and one of my brothers in 2011). Only one week sooner and the leaves would not have displayed all the brilliant golds they now did, or carpeted the ground—divine timing. I felt such great appreciation to all who had made this moment and experience possible.
As we walked towards Bird TLC afterwards, I explained to Guy that what made this entire experience and the photographs so sacred, was that they manifested purely through heart collaborations. As I said that, we passed Dutch’s (wife’s) vehicle and noticed the license plates stated “HEART”! We both laughed at the perfect synchronicity. When I shared the experience with Michael afterwards, I looked up at the sky and saw a rainbow shining over the sun with a tiny illuminated heart cloud between the rainbow and sun! That evening, despite the wind and rain, I went to the location where we had the first photoshoot near McHugh Creek, and did a love and appreciation ceremony for Spirit, Nature and all who had contributed to this incredible divinely-guided journey I’d experienced, involving so many.
The divinity of life never ceases to amaze me! This one photograph represents so much (some of it beyond words). It’s very dear to my heart and soul. It’s the embodiment of living in sacred alliance with Spirit and Nature (including heart-centered human beings). It showcases the power of love, awareness, respect, trust, faith, appreciation, surrender, kindness, divine timing and honouring the sacred—making anything possible.
The following spring on May 20th, 2016 (exactly two years since I’d arrived in Alaska), I was greeted by Dutch at Bird TLC. He’d been waiting for me to arrive for my afternoon volunteer shift to share in person, that he’d released the beautiful Belle back in Nature! I was stunned speechless. After nine years of commitment as her caretaker and sharing a bond of trust as hunting partners, he’d noticed that she began showing interest in other hawks and he received a sign that she desired a life in Nature. So he lovingly honoured her desire by releasing her in a vast park area where there’s an abundance of this species of hawk’s natural prey. It so deeply touched my heart to receive this unexpected news straight from his own heart—he knew I’d fully appreciate the significance of what he’d done. I gave him a big hug for both me and Belle.
My sacred experience with her became that much more special to me, knowing she now soars as a free spirit in Nature, living as a fully wild hawk. I still feel her powerful spirit within my heart.
By nature, we all have the ability to perceive Spirit in everyday life and experience infinite forms of divine love and guidance. The full potential of the magickal divinity of life, manifests when we embrace our whole true nature as human beings—the sacred union between mystical limitless Spirit and physical miraculous Nature—and trust it fully. When we trust in the divine support that is always available to us, and are open to receiving it, we invite extraordinary possibilities to flow into and transform our lives.
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I wish you an empowering Equinox and new season!
With great love and wonder-filled spirit,
Special thanks: Guy Runco (photographer), Belle (hawk), Dutch Overly (caretaker of Belle), Michael Leon Rockwell (Lucille’s dear husband), Nature & Spirit, Bird TLC family and all others who played a part on this magickal journey!