The Owls of Panacea
We were delighted to have these two owls with us here at Panacea in Costa Rica. They had been hanging out in the big Quebracho tree right by where all guests walk up to their cabinas. One of our guys spotted them while watering a garden below – good eyes, for they blended so well with the tree, that we often had to point them out to each other. The owls actually moved out on a closer branch the day we got this photo.
We have determined that these two are either Pacific screech owls or Tropical screech owls. They have the characteristic tufts of feathers on their heads, and from the pictures we could find on the internet, they are one of those two. Anyone with more owl knowledge who can tell us which one these are, please let us know!
So of course, we had to look up what owls symbolize, and what message they may have for all of us. From the book, Animal-Speak by Ted Andrews, we learned that owls can have a lot of meanings! Due to their great sight and hearing, it is said that those working with owl energy, may at times be able to see and hear what is being hidden by others. Hmmm, ok, what else? Well, owls’ eyes do not move, so they have to move their very mobile head to look around. So Mr. Andrews writes that if you have a lack of flexibility in your neck, “you are hindering your perceptions to a great degree”. He recommends neck massage (we do have excellent massage therapists), and to that we also recommend coming to yoga class here at Panacea de la Montaña to get that flexibility going. Check! Reading further, we found out that screech owls in particular use cooperative hunting – so another lesson from our owls appears to be learning how to keep your individuality while cooperating with others. That, we think, is probably the biggest lesson we all need to learn.
We’re taking that one to our yoga mat and into our lives!