Geese, Birds and Funerals

I went to my Uncle’s Funeral last Thursday, January 5, 2012.  When he was being interred at Saint John’s Cemetery in Norwalk, Connecticut; as the priest was speaking, a flock of geese begin honking and a moment later everyone looked up and the geese flew directly over the congregation.  Now anyone who has been following this blog for sometime must understand that I’m constantly looking for meaning in any sacred event.  There are no accidents.  Everything happens for a reason.  My thoughts went immediately to:
Okay.  What’s the significance of geese at a funeral?  
My first thought was centered on geese alone since that was the bird that flew over.  As I researched the topic and came up empty, I decided to delve a little deeper into the subject to discover if there was some other meaning into geese in general.  The next trip I made was looking into the shamanic meaning of geese.  That’s where I found the quote:
Their honking call speaks of the fulfilled promises that great quests bring.  
That quote appeared at  Lin’s Domain.  What do YOU think the significance is?  What greater quest is there then your transition?  And what’’s the promise?  The promise is that we do NOT die, that death is simply a moving toward another life, that we simply fall asleep in one place and awaken in another.  That is the fulfilled promise.  That is the promise that was on show during the internment ceremony last Thursday.  The fact of the geese honking as they flew over the internment last Thursday was a subtle way of informing those at the ceremony that all was well and Jim was on his way to his next journey.  After I was unsuccessful at finding anything directly related to geese at funerals,  I came across Myth Encyclopedia.  If you scroll down the page until you find:
Life, Death, and the Soul
This quote:
(Many myths have linked birds to the arrival of life or death. With their power of flight, these winged creatures were seen as carriers or symbols of the human soul, or as the soul itself, flying heavenward after a person died. A bird may represent both the soul of the dead and a deity at the same time.)
definitely offers consolation.  The next time you’re at an internment ceremony and you see a significant number of birds flying overhead, take time to acknowledge the birds, thank them for carrying the spirit of the deceased safely to its next transition.  Those of us on this spiritual journey, those of us who are always looking for answers to life’s odd events such as what happened at my Uncle’s funeral are fortunate to understand that life is miraculous, life is full of chance events and as I’m fond of saying:
unless you’re steeped in the spiritual realm these things will pass you by and you’ll never understand their significance.
That’s why I’m here.
That’s why I’m writing this blog.  I want to help those who are wearing their spiritual blinders.
Take those blinders off and see the world as it REALLY is:
The world is spiritual.
NOT physical.
We are after all spiritual beings having a physical experience.
Be Happy!  Be Well!  Be Positive!
Blessings to you.

Chris
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13 responses to “Geese, Birds and Funerals

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  2. Sorry for your physical loss, Chris. But, amazing that you can feel at peace and comforted by seeing a sign from your Uncle that he is on the next part of his journey. My thoughts are with you, much love, Lisa O

  3. Oh Chris….that was so beautiful. At Tony’s funeral in Puerto Rico we had a similar experience. His hometown is at the foot of the rain forest. When we were leaving the church, a flock of parrots passed by and headed up the mountain to the rainforest.
    They were quite noisy and everyone stopped for a moment too look up! I am not a regular blog reader, but I will continue to red yours. Thanks Libby

  4. Beautiful text.
    Your words really got to me.
    I’m really sorry for your loss Chris.

    • Hi Pablo:
      I’m enjoying your photography immensely. You’ve got quite the eye.

      Thanks for stopping by. I appreciate your comment.

      Chris

  5. I’m grieved for the loss of your uncle, but glad you know he is just starting the rest of his marvelous journey . . .
    What a beautiful message and imagery here, Chris.
    God bless!

    • Hi Martha:
      One of the really important aspects of my faith is knowing we don’t die. No one dies. My faith has proven to me over and over that as Shakespeare says:
      There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, Than are dreamt of in your philosophy.

      and:
      All the world’s a stage, And all the men and women merely players:
      They have their exits and their entrances;

      Shakespeare seemed to understand what many in the spiritual paradigm today knows:
      That there is INDEED a cycle to life.

      Interesting that everything circles back. Life is indeed a circle.

      Chris

  6. I am so sorry about your uncle…I love how you see the miraculous in what so many would normally consider the mundane because they see through a filter foggy with illusions.

    I just published a post on my blog today regarding death..I’d love your thoughts on it. 🙂

    ~blessings

    • Hi Jessica:
      You said:
      I love how you see the miraculous in what so many would normally consider the mundane…

      I count my faith for seeing the miraculous in all around me. If it wasn’t for that I think I’d be living a pretty empty life. My faith is not something I share lightly. I write about it here and there are probably only three or four people out in the world that I feel free to discuss it with.

      Writing this blog is my way way of sharing what I believe. As always I appreciate your visits and comments here.

      Stay well, Jessica.

      Chris

  7. Nice read, I just passed this onto a friend who was doing a little research on that. And he just bought me lunch because I found it for him smile Therefore let me rephrase that: Thanks for lunch! “Too much sanity may be madness. And maddest of all, to see life as it is and not as it should be” by Miguel de Cervantes.

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