The Owl

Just on 4 years ago, I was in a highly stressful environment. No point in going in to what they were, but I had personal problems, family illness issues, financial issues etc all at once. My mind was spinning at 750mph and I was unable to even figure out what the most pressing issue at that time was, let alone pick it off, fix it and move on to the next thing. I was overwhelmed - and that is not like me AT ALL, so I was frightened that I was cracking up too. Not a wonderful time.

In keeping a dysfunctional household ticking over toward dusk in March 2005, I'd done a load of washing and was about to hang it out. I carried the basket out to the line, with an uncomfortable feeling I was being watched. And as I put the basket down, something lightly brushed the left side of my head.

I looked up. On the line was an owl (a Tawny Frogmouth - I am in Australia) which was calmly looking at me, no more than a metre away. He didn't seem the least bit intimidated, so I picked up a shirt (or something) and hung it up, my left hand only centimetres from the owls feet. As I moved along the line, hanging stuff up, the owl moved along too. Until I had finished.

Then, we stood there looking at each other for several minutes, in very close proximity. He was totally unafraid, despite being within easy grabbing distance of me (tho I had no desire to do so). There was no "telepathic" message or anything like that. Simply he was there - and so was I. For some time. Then, he looked about (with that amazing capability they have to turn their head beyond 180 degrees), ruffled his feathers up a bit, and took off.

I am a pretty pragmatic person, and although I sort of believe in some sort of higher power, I'm not terribly spiritual. But my life started to get back on track slowly from that time on. I still think about that owl from time to time.

bazzar bazzar
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13 Responses Feb 12, 2009

i like tis story . my life was quite like that . my mom was dying of cancer ,but something else happened and i asked for a sign she would be ok . flock of birds . i started looking and saw a beautiful sight . a flock of birds was circling above . what i asked to be came true that time . still have other woes , but we're handling them ! thanks for sharing !

Very Interesting.

Interesting story. I have a second home along the coast in Southern NJ. My sanctuary, even though it is only 75 miles from my primary home. Over the last couple of years I have noticed a cardinal will chirp near my house during mid-morning. When I hear it, I’ll throw some bread or crackers. Last year I noticed that he appears more now than in the past. Never really gave it much thought other than thinking he may just be used to me throwing bread off the deck. I’ll usually have my morning coffee on the deck. The Cardinal will often fly over and perch on a utility line and just gaze at me. I do admire the beautiful color of this bird. Never gave it any thought beyond that.

A charming story! Just for the record, Tawny Frogmouths are not actually owls but nightjars. I posted a story in the I Love Birds group with photos of some I was able to get close too at the Moonlit sanctuary.

I believe that birds have a special rapport with humans on the spiritual level. The aboriginals are very strong on this. They know that when certain birds appear close to humans it signifies different things. It is as if birds are messengers of divine intervention.

I think your perception about your avian visitor is correct and this remarkable bird does in fact signify an important turning point in your life.

What an amazing experience to have had. It would be a cherished memory if it happened to me :) Thank you for sharing your story.

Thanks, for shaing your story. What an exciting encounter.

This story is lame.

This story is lame.

Great story. A robin bird did me like that. He stood very close to me as I was raking leaves...I realized he was waiting for me to pull the leaves off the worms. He was only about 2 feet away. It got pretty unnerving for awhile. I stopped and looked at him for a long time. Then he stamped his foot on the ground like,"Lady. get back to raking!"

I was just thinking about this incident yesterday (prompted by a comment I made in a forum topic), and I now see this in a different light.<br />
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Whether the owl prompted a change in my thinking - or whether a change in my thinking prompted the appearance of the owl I am none too sure.<br />
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A native Australian friend of mine said at the time that the appearance of the owl was "good" but could not explain (to my level of comprehension then) why it was "good".<br />
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I am slowly figuring it out. <br />
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What I do know for sure is that from the time of this incident, my search for the 'truth' in my sm - and my life generally - took on a very different aspect. I began to seriously question whether my perception of the 'truth' was accurate. I started to find, sometimes, that it was not. My perceptions were at times, quite wrong.<br />
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That was difficult. But very rewarding longer term.<br />
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And, I still get it "wrong" sometimes. But that's ok. <br />
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It's the process that matters. If it's ba<x>sed on truth, then the result takes care of itself.<br />
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There were times when I wished the process would speed up a bit. Actually a lot !! But it won't. It will unfold as it should, at it's own pace. All you can do is prepare as best you can for when the next choice in your situation comes up.<br />
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Tread your own path.

Sorry....I see this is an old story, but thought I would share with you what I've been told about owls, because it seems to connect to the transformation you sensed coming. They are thought to be "wise" due to that head turning you noted, plus the ability to fly to high perches and patiently wait to see what needs to be seen.

Those are some of the reasons I believe in God....in the midst of uncertainty or trials, I have a strong sense that there is a plan, that things are in place or happening that I can't see, but he does. Your owl reminds me that God has a better vantage point and clarity vision, than I. As you say, the process will unfold as it should, but it sure helps to be reminded that "someone" is keeping an eye on it all.

Thanks (belatedly) for your story!

In some cultures, owls represent wisdom and knowledge. The famous storybook character Merlin was always depicted with an owl on his shoulder. According to folklore, an owl's nocturnal nature is associated with being a studios scholar. My personal interpretation of it is being able to see in the dark, as in finding answers amidst chaos.<br />
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An owl means enlightenment.

I live next to a sanctuary and therefore birds come to visit. A tawny frogmouth among them. They are not the most attractive of birds are they? With faces that only their mothers could love. Well camouflaged though. Other regulars are of course parrots. The special ones from my viewpoint are the kookaburras who sit quite still on branches or the railing around the sundeck until the noisy mynas chase them away. One was sitting on a kooka's head the other day. For the first time the other day, I was near enough to see what happens when they make their "laughing" call. As you probably know, their beaks are almost vertical and their throats and tails vibrate. Magic:>)

What a class story!!!<br />
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I like it.

I would LOVE to be visited by an owl! I sounds he he was mildly curious about you, too. About four years ago, I had a Perrigrine falcon on the telephone pole near the house once for a couple of hours. Hr screech, and watched me. He left a striped feather when he flew off, which I still have.