To be honest, the Hummingbird was the most difficult archetype for me to connect to when I first received the Rites. But as I have worked to integrate the energy and information given to me, I come to find that this is one of the more visually pleasing of the archetypes.
And that is simply because the Hummingbird surrounds itself in color. That is to say, it surrounds itself with a rainbow of flowers. For those that have read The Blue Flower, I am sure you realize what that has meant to me.
For those that have not read it, I ask that you do. It is a wonderful story and very personal to me. (Okay, I might be a little biased about that.)
Either way, flowers are a great representation of the beauty found in this world. And their colors can associate them with chakras in the energetic body.
That being said, the Hummingbird surrounding itself with multicolored flowers tells me it sees beauty wherever it looks. Not just physically, but mentally and energetically as well.
So it stands to reason that if we, as people, learn to surround ourselves with beautiful mentalities and energies, our physical surroundings will be pleasant as well.
To keep the flowers alive and stay immersed in the beauty of them, the Hummingbird goes from flower to flower. It takes the nectar from inside the flowers, and as it does its beak carries pollen and spreads it.
This, I feel, is an excellent example of two lessons that we could all use in our lives.
The first is to find a way to mix and balance work and play. The Hummingbird works to spread the pollen and get the nectar. As it does so it almost quite literally stops to smell the flowers. This, I imagine, is something that is just as pleasurable for the Hummingbird as it is for people. And this perfect blend of work and play leads to efficiency and enjoyment of the job at hand.
To put it another way, the Hummingbird enjoys what it does. Even if it does become tedious. And isn't that something we all crave within our careers?
The second lesson learned from this small bird's eating habits lies in how much it consumes. In one day it will drink twice its weight in nectar.
To the Hummingbird, this is not really all that much. But imagine if you scaled that to humanity.
In North America, the average weight is 178 pounds. Eating twice that weight would be the same as eating an entire black bear. In one day!
So it is safe to say that the Hummingbird indulges itself a bit. Yet still it remains small and effortlessly flies.
This is a reminder to us that it is okay to indulge ourselves (and not just with food). It brings us happiness and allows for a more positive outlook, especially when we find we are able to do so more often.
That does not necessarily mean we can continuously indulge ourselves. Like in the first lesson, it is a matter of balance.
This is all I have on the Hummingbird so far, but in hopes of helping you see other lessons it might provide, I feel a calling to describe to you the mental landscape I see when I connect with it.
In my head, I always see a desert area with many pockets of oasis'. I find myself inside one of these pockets, and it is a garden. There is a tiled path that weaves through all of the flowers, and a pond in the center.
Usually while I am in this portion of my mental landscape, I water the flowers and watch the Hummingbird. Most of the time it stays within this cluster of flowers, though sometimes it travels to other oasis pockets. And other times it rests in a birdhouse by the pond.
If you wish to imagine this scene when you meditate with the Hummingbird, I highly encourage you to do so. It might just become the most beautiful place you know.