Birds have inspired human beings throughout history with their ability to rise above the Earth. Something about birds soaring through the air stirs our souls, motivating us to rise above our earthly concerns and learn more about a greater world beyond our Earth: the spiritual realm. Birds and angels share a special bond, as well, since both symbolize the beauty of spiritual growth and angels sometimes even choose to appear with wings, like birds.
People sometimes see birds appear before them to deliver some type of spiritual messages. They may encounter angels manifesting in the form of a bird, see images of a beloved bird who has died and now they believe is acting as a spirit guide to them, or catch sight of bird images that symbolize something The Universe wants to communicate to them (known as animal totems). Or, they may receive extraordinary inspiration from The Universe simply through their ordinary interactions with the birds in their lives.
If you’re open to receiving spiritual messages through birds, here’s how The Universe may use them to speak to you:
ANGELS APPEARING AS BIRDS
Angels are associated with birds more than any other type of animal because angels who appear to humans in their glory sometimes feature wings. Wings symbolize both the spiritual covering of The Universe’s care for people and the freedom and empowerment people gain from spiritual growth.
Sometimes, angels may even appear in the physical form of earthly birds, if doing so can help them best convey the messages The Universe has given them to deliver to people.
In his book, “A Small Book of Angels,” Eugene Stiles writes: “As with angels, some birds are symbols of uplift and peace (the dove, the eagle) while others function much as the Angel of Death (vulture, raven).
… Surely it is no coincidence that in fulfilling many of the tasks once given to simple birds, angels were perceived to be winged: there seems to be a compulsion to link angels with wings, which, by their very nature, have to do with flight, with freedom and aspiration. … So we see that the angel is a complex image, a composite of bird, goddess, god, and human.”
Birds and angels exist in spiritual harmony, writes Claire Nahmad in her book “Angel Messages: The Oracle of the Birds.” Birds may actually deliver angelic messages through the songs they sing, she writes: “The magical Milky Way, eternally associated with winged angels and home-going souls, is called in Finland ‘the Birds’ Way.’ It is the mysterious stairway to the spiritual worlds, trodden by shamans and mystics but available to all, if we are taught how to listen to birdsong and recognize the angelic messages that birds deliver to us.”
Your guardian angel can help you seek spiritual guidance through a particular bird whose appearance seems like an omen to you, Nahmad suggests: “Ask your guardian angel to link your soul with the soul of the bird, and then ask for the help that the augury [omen] specifies and that you would like to receive.”
DEPARTED BIRDS WHO ARE NOW SPIRIT GUIDES
Sometimes, in a dream or vision, you may see an image of a bird with whom you’ve shared a special bond but has since flown out of your life. When this happens, The Universe could be delivering a message to you through the bird as a spirit guide.
Arin Murphy-Hiscock writes in her book “Birds – A Spiritual Field Guide: Explore the Symbology and Significance of These Divine Winged Messengers” that relationships with birds can be rewarding in connecting you to the natural world as well as a way to gain insights into your spiritual soul.
People who were close to you before they died may send you a comforting message through a bird spirit guide, writes Andrea Wansbury in her book “Birds: Divine Messengers: Transform Your Life With Their Guidance and Wisdom:” “… birds will act as mediators between the departed soul and the people left on earth.
… People in spirit use many means to let us know they are fine, and sending the message via the bird kingdom is just one way.”
BIRDS AS SYMBOLIC ANIMAL TOTEMS
Another way that The Universe may deliver a spiritual message to you through birds is by showing you a bird that symbolizes something. A symbolic image of a bird (either a physical bird that you encounter or the spiritual image of one) is called a totem.
Murphy-Hiscock notes that birds you have have been drawn to repeatedly or who constantly appear in your life may be your personal totem, and the book, “Birds – A Spiritual Field Guide,” explores the symbolism of different birds.
In general, birds symbolize several key aspects of spirituality, writes Lesley Morrison in her book “The Healing Wisdom of Birds: An Everyday Guide to Their Spiritual Songs & Symbolism.” They symbolize freedom, expansiveness, and keen vision.
Specific kinds of birds also convey different, distinct symbolic messages. Wansbury writes that doves symbolize peace, eagles symbolize power, and swans symbolize transformation.
BIRDS AS SPIRITUAL INSPIRATION IN YOUR EVERYDAY LIFE
Finally, The Universe may send you spiritual messages simply through your daily interaction with birds. If you’re actively seeking to learn from your encounters with birds, you may learn something from every bird that crosses your path. Wansbury writes, “Each bird acts as a messenger for The Universe by bringing to us its own individual message at a time when we most need to hear guidance. These messages are words of wisdom and advice, and they can help us to identify talents we are not using, or the negative beliefs and thought patterns that are holding us back. Once these messages are understood and applied to our lives, they can be a valuable source of direction as we progress on our spiritual journeys.”