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Red tailed Hawk
Haliaeetus leucocephalus (Bald Eagle)
I learn this remedy from the proving and my clinical experience.
N/H (Imp = Bold)
- Eagles differ from many other birds of prey mainly by their larger size, more powerful build, and heavier head and beak.
- Even the smallest eagles, like the Booted Eagle (which is comparable in size to a Common Buzzard or Red-tailed Hawk), have relatively longer and more evenly broad wings, and more direct, faster flight.
- Like all birds of prey, eagles have very large hooked beaks for tearing flesh from their prey, strong muscular legs, and powerful talons.
- They also have extremely keen eyesight which enables them to spot potential prey from a very long distance. This keen eyesight is primarily contributed by their extremely large pupils which ensure minimal diffraction (scattering) of the incoming light.
- Many species lay two eggs, but the older, larger chick frequently kills its younger sibling once it has hatched. The parents take no action to stop the killing. The dominant chick tends to be the female, as they are bigger than the male.
- Golden Eagles usually mate for life. They build several eyries within their territory and use them alternately for several years. These nests consist of heavy tree branches, upholstered with grass when in use.
- The bald eagle is in the family of sea eagles and primarily they are scavenger, the bald eagle hunts only when there is no easier available source of food.
- The bald eagle is not strictly a migratory species. Some individuals stay in the same area year round, or migrate towards seasonal food sources.
- They have one tree for their nest, and a different tree for perching-and-staring, an activity at which they spend a lot of time. The perching tree will usually be one snag that stands out above the others and offers a good view.
- They use the same nests and add to them year after year, so the nests become huge.
- Eagles are believed to mate for life, although biologists have observed that they stay mated only as long as they are a successful reproductive pair.
- Mating, carried out in flight, involves several dramatic maneuvers. One of the pair turns upside down and grasps claws with the other bird; both fold wings and the mating occurs in free-fall as the pair drops toward the earth.
- During their nesting cycle they are extremely sensitive to disruption and will abandon their nests and their young if they are disturbed.
- The main feeling coming through the proving, was Rising above all the negative emotions like anger, jealousy, greed, hatred, etc. The proving also mentioned one has to have a sense of objectivity when he has risen above his negative emotions.
- From the proving symptoms we can easily obtain the nature of Haliaeetus leucocephalus is a dichotomy of two parallel extremes, upward motion, elevation and elation and grounding, spiral depression, and despair. Between these non-convergent states lies the horror of the split-destructive relationships, evil forces, the "killing machine," perpetual insanity," "the crack in the universe." Psychotic breakdown, fear of going mad, and insanity may be the manifestation of this "horrible abyss."
- Anger is fierce in Haliaeetus leucocephalus with provers wanting to hurt without regret, to kill and eat rabbits and to crush smaller animals. One prover wanted to tear flesh from the bones of animals, much as an eagle devours its prey. "All about being smashed, killed and devoured"
- Psychologically, this remedy is characterised by extreme emotions, ranging from euphoria to deep depression and despair.
- The upward motion was also expressed by a concern about social and financial position, a desire to ascend to a higher social class.
- Another expression of the eagle’s nature are sensations of being grounded or ungrounded. The feeling of being in solid contact with the ground is associated with stability and calmness, while the ungrounded sensation is associated with airiness, aimlessness, and lack of direction.
- · Haliaeetus leucocephalus is a complex remedy, containing many diverse aspects. Its range of action spans deep despair and timeless elation, cruel aggression and harsh justice, parallel schisms and focused unity. But beyond the complexity lies a singular concept, of which the following quote is characteristic: “Trying to get things organised at home, which is like trying to get my eyes focused. Other times I just stared out the window, unfocused. When I'm unfocused, it's like a place where you can get lost, as if you're going to lose it. Unfocused is like going into the abyss, from which I won't come back, go crazy.”
- · Warm and increase appetite
- Complains of eyes and vision
(A) Eyesight/Vision: (Eye is main survival tool for eagle)
- All eagles are renowned for their excellent eyesight, and the bald eagle is no exception. They have two foveae, or centers of focus, that allow the birds to see both forward and to the side at the same time. Bald eagles are capable of seeing fish in the water from several hundred feet above, while soaring, gliding, or in flapping flight. This is quite an extraordinary feat, since most fish are counter-shaded, meaning they are darker on top and thus harder to see from above. Fishermen can confirm how difficult it is to see a fish just beneath the surface of the water from only a short distance away.
- Due to the position of the eyes on both sides of the head, separated by the great beak, there may be double or parallel vision, with an ability to focus only at long distances. Both eyes face forward, giving the eagle binocular vision, which allows for the precise depth of field necessary when diving from the sky to snatch prey.
- Haliaeetus’ extreme clarity of vision is mental as well as physical, at times ‘seeing’ things clearly before they happen.
(B) Speed, Concentration and Accuracy are must:
- Like an Eagle keeps an eye on that prey and then catch the prey with lot of skill … comes with full force and concentration… never miss the target.
- The other feature which was seen very prominently in the proving was speed. The prover enjoyed driving very fast, above the normal speed limit.
- There may be extreme inability to focus the eyes and difficulty with accommodation at varying distances.
(C) Syphilitic miasm:
- There is no guilt or morality accompanying these impulses, and an uncaring and remorseless attitude. However the Haliaeetus may take pleasure in its violence.
- “Something has started and I don't know where the end is. It's an endless feeling.”
- “It’s like a deep, deep crack and it is getting deeper. The crack has an endless quality to it, like a crack in my soul or the universe.”
- “Life seems like hell, a negative spiritual experience, painful and frightening. All the beauty and order are gone. Horror of the extreme evil force of darkness emanates out of this crack, reminding me of extermination camps and killing machines.”
(D) Eagle sensation words:
- Chasing and catching the prey.
- My Social Position/My Worth
- Clarity and Focus
- Low down depression