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Taking Flight

Tattooing is spiritual. Sometimes representing a transformation in our lives or an acknowledgment of our connectedness. I have only one tattoo but it is vital to me. I recently placed it on my left rib cage near my heart to guide me on my journey forward.

The idea behind my particular design has been tugging at me for a decade. When I first visited Ashland, Oregon in 2010 I knew that this would be the place where I would have it done; and upon meeting the artist I knew instantly that it would be he that did the work. Despite all of this the timing still wasn’t right. I had much to discover about myself before I would be ready.

My tattoo is a Hummingbird which is known to be a messenger of joy. It moves its wings in the infinity pattern allowing it to change direction readily, and representing the connection of past/future to the current moment. It is also known to be a creature with healing powers. My particular Hummingbird has the colors of the sunrise throughout its body representing a new beginning, with tail feathers that are the colors of the ocean. One point of significance is that I allowed the artist (who is also a shaman) to design the tail feathers as he felt they were intended for me. They are Tibetan and trail down my side and onto my hip. I am still discovering the significance in this. This act of trust did not come easily but it was important to my healing to embrace the unknown. I did so boldly. The placement of the Hummingbird is the most significant element. In a healing session years ago, both the healer and I witnessed a piercing of my Great Embracement acupuncture point (Dabao) at the moment of my father’s death…sealing it. I was only 10. This Great Embracement point is said to allow light and joy into one’s heart. I placed the Hummingbird here specifically to restore the Dabao and to allow safe passage for light and joy into my heart again.

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