Finch

There is something very cheerful and exciting about a flock of finches flying across the skies, moving from tree to tree, or foraging in long grass; chattering and making such an abundantly happy sound!

These birds are predominant in the northern parts of Australia. The journeys of the Finch brothers form great epics in the Dreaming lore of many of the Dreamings from the Northern Territory. These tiny, almost toy-like, birds have made a great impact upon the Dreaming topography of the country, forming mountain ridges and great plains. Such great things left by such tiny creatures!

It is the Finch who is first asked to spy on Echidna during a great drought, when he seemed to be thriving and everyone suffering. Finch failed as he was too obvious, it was Frog who in another Dreaming learnt the lesson of keeping all the water, was able to be crafty and discover where Echidna kept his supply hidden. Finches are pretty obvious when they are feeding, they flutter from area to area, grazing, never staying too long in one spot and are easily scared off. If you startle Finch, could you more apply the qualities of tenacious to an area of your life? Or perhaps, somehow, you are being a bit too obvious about something for your own good?

Eckhart Tolle, in “A New Earth” describes the first three spiritual symbols/expressions of beauty and creativity  for the world as being crystals, flowers and birds (feathers). Finches, with their sense of community and almost gravity-defying ‘lightness’ of flight, seem so fragile and precious yet so full of energy and movement…. Each tiny bird an integral part of the greater finch flock.

Like Finch, be reminded you too can shape mountains! To change the topography of your life, create your own virtual landscape that – like the world outside of us – originates in the world within everything… the Dreaming.

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[1] Reed, A.W.  “Aboriginal Myths, Legends & Fables”