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What We Learn From the Spiral Dance of Bald Eagles.


Nature has a magnificent way of teaching us about life.

We can look to her waters to teach us the art of flowing. We can look to her seasons to teach us about the cycles of life. We can look to her mountains to gain a broader perspective, and to her trees to teach us the art of bending so we don’t break. It would seem that no matter what we are going through, we can always look to her wizened ways to teach us the things we most need to learn.

And I have found that love is no exception to this rule.

Recently I heard the story of the bald eagle courtship ritual. Perhaps you’ve heard of it. When the male reaches sexual maturity, he leaves the nest and flies away in search of his one true love, his one perfect mate. When he finds her, they begin chasing each other around in the sky.

At some point, they lock talons and begin a spiral dance through the air plummeting down to the earth only to separate just moments before hitting the ground. This ritual is the beginning of their new life together as these birds mate for life.

As I heard the story about this ritual, I could feel chills all throughout my body at the idea that this bird goes in search of that perfect one for him to do this sacred dance of love and trust. We all know how beautiful and powerful the bald eagle is, and we all know how beautiful and powerful love can feel.

We can all relate to that feeling of placing our complete trust in someone else as we hold tightly to them, praying that they too are all in. We can all relate to that feeling of falling so hard for someone and perhaps secretly wondering if they will be the death us as we find ourselves lose control and experience the free fall from unknown heights.

There was a part of me that felt a little nostalgic that I did not come across this lesson from bald eagles much sooner in life, but now that I know this story, I will take its medicine and let it act as magic on my behalf. I will pray to Great Spirit and ask for Eagle wisdom to guide me on my heart’s journey in order to lead me to the one who will fall with me as we plummet together through the sky.

I will ask that this spiral dance, this Spirit dance, be met with the one who can withstand losing control and won’t break our fall out of fear, but rather in a complete act of trust and release. I will ask that my Eagle warrior trusts the fall and holds on through the fear, that he won’t let me go in spite of the fact that our dance could resemble something more akin to a fight at times as opposed to a romantic courtship.

Yes, Mother Nature teaches us much about life, and I will absorb her wisdom of Spirit Bird’s sacred spiral dance of love and trust as I surrender to the greater teaching unfolding within me.


Natalie Sophia considers herself a blend of many things, but mostly she identifies as a writer, intuitive guide, mama and yogini. She has a Masters Degree in Complementary and Alternative Medicine, and is working towards a second Masters Degree in Clinical Psychology. Her passion lies in helping others heal from various forms of trauma. Her current methods of practice include a person-centered approach with a focus on attachment theory and a blend of creative expression, movement alchemy, and energy work. She serves as a catalyst to facilitate a person’s natural and Source-given right to heal. To contact her directly, please visit her own little part of the internet on Facebook.


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