• Nomi Bachar

SURVIVAL: What does it take?

Change is essential to healing. The trials and tribulations to become “you” are an everyday process. Today, I would like to share with you a tale I found inspiring.

We all know of eagles. Their majestic features, their ferocity, and their hunting power show their strength of character. There is a Native tale that talks about how eagles live up to 70 years, but at the age of 40 are faced with a harsh decision. In it's 40th year, it's long and flexible talons can no longer grab prey which serves as food. It's long and sharp beak becomes bent, it's old-aged and heavy wings, due to their thick feathers, stick to it's chest & make it difficult to fly. Then the eagle is left with only two options: DIE or go through a painful process of CHANGE which lasts 150 days. The process requires that the eagle fly to a mountain top and sit on its nest. There the eagle knocks it's beak against a rock until it plucks it out. Then the eagle will wait for a new beak to grow back and then it will pluck out its talons.

When it's new talons grow back, the eagle starts plucking it's old-aged feathers. And after 5 months, the eagle takes it's famous flight of rebirth and lives for 30 more years.

To become a better person, the person you really wish to be, you must change. You must recognize the part of yourself that needs to dissolve, the part of yourself that is holding you down, keeping you a prisoner. Once you realize it, the process of letting go can start. You begin to shed parts of yourself and allow new parts to grow. Pain and struggle are part of our transformation, as are victory and liberation.