The image above may be of a Violet Sabrewing or a Costa Rican Hummingbird rather than a Peruvian Royal Hummer, but when I saw it staring back at me, I remembered that in Peruvian Shamanism the hummingbird (Siwar Q’enti) represented the North direction and embarking on the epic migratory journey while connecting into the Higher Realm for ancestral wisdom along the way—summoning both the confidence and the tiny bird’s stamina to face future unknowns with courage and grace.
Due to the unique figure-eight rotational manner of their wing flapping, hummers can hover in place for long periods of time, which is certainly what it feels like we are doing now. They can also change direction in an eye-blink; flying instantly up, down, backward, forward, or ‘outta here’ without second thought.
And as enticing as ‘outta here’ sounds to many, it isn’t the true choice to make.
I then had the thought that according to the Quechua legend, if my ancestors, including my entire ancestral lineage throughout human history, could advise me now in our current global-pandemic situation, what might they possibly say?
It could be, “Lineage-bearer, look to hummingbird for your future success: Just keep moving those wings and you can take any direction that you need to take when the proper time arises.”