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How One Woman Defies the Odds to Assist Injured and Orphaned Birds of Prey

Flight to Freedom

Book Review by Angela Earle

 

How One Woman Defies the Odds to Assist Injured and Orphaned Birds of Prey

By Diana Lynn Siderides, 172 pages ©2000

 

Marsh Hawk Chicks
Marsh Hawk Chicks

This isn’t only a book about birds of prey, or a book about one woman’s journey in establishing a habitat and recovery center for them, it’s about the deeper soul’s journey of wounded beings, of willingness, healing, and of listening.  Birds of prey don’t have a lot of nuances to their emotions regarding people:  they either love or hate you and the only way you know the difference is by being able to speak their language, or through broken bones and nearly-pecked out eyes (both of which the author has survived during her training).  Diana Siderides, who began Flight to Freedom in 1985 in Boise (and now living in Bozeman, MT), was listening, not only with her eyes and ears, but with her heart and soul.

What makes this book so special is that Diana is very upfront and matter-of-fact about her usage of alternative and complimentary treatments on the birds that come her way.  She is a Reiki Master, trained in a prestigious lineage, and uses the energy modality daily in her work with injured, abandoned, and non-releasable birds.  She not only works on them, though, she works with them.  She communicates with them, gives them what they need, what they ask for, and

Adolescent M
Adolescent M

helps them “transition” when it is their time to move on.  She doesn’t perceive herself as “special” in any regard, and in fact, she thinks we all have these latent abilities and simply need to open ourselves up and learn the language of the world around us.  She respects the birds’ instinctual habits, and seems to ask nothing in return except the opportunity to be of service.

In addition, Flight to Freedom is her own story, how she came to be here, what she has gone through on her path, and her own process

of self-discovery.  Through her work with the birds, she is able to go deeper within herself.  Through her work with what appear to be abandoned, misfit, outcast creatures she is able to heal experiences in her own past and through finding the beauty, love and glory in the birds, she is finally able to see those qualities within herself.

There’s no happy ending with all of the loose ends pulled together perfectly.  This story asks us, What if every step were made in spirit, and our eyes and ears were always open?  For Diana, this is a necessary way of life, and as she is a student of the birds, she becomes a teacher for us.

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I mentioned earlier how hard it is to watch an owl or a hawk die when it is in my care.  On the other hand, I feel that I must not allow myself to get in the way of this happening if this is what is meant to be.  All raptors that come into my care do so with the knowledge that I will be unconditional in my efforts to respond to their needs….Five days after I stopped force-feeding the second baby barn owl, he transitioned.  In human terms, this little fellow put up one brave attempt to beat the odds but he finally succumbed to his fate.  My heart was broken for he was a very courageous little boy.  Yet he did it his way, under his own terms.  I realized that he was now totally free of his physical burdens and pain and had become spirit.  This brought happiness to my heart. (pp. 93-4)

To order Diana’s book, or find out more information on her workshops on Reiki and Animal Communications visit: www.pathwaystounderstanding.com

Ever Wonder What An Animal Is Thinking?

By Diana Lynn~

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAHave you ever wondered what your pet is thinking or if they are happy? Wondered what it would be like to chat with a gorilla? As an Animal Communicator, I have done these things. During the twenty years I spent as a raptor rehabilitator with my own Flight to Freedom sanctuary, I have soared with eagles, darting amongst the clouds, able to see through the eyes of the birds of prey (raptors) that I have released. I have walked through the barns at the race tracks and had the horses call for me to come talk to them or help ease their pain. I have traveled to Uganda, Africa, and talked with the mountain gorillas, the lions, monkeys and other animals that live there.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAll animals are telepathic; it is second nature for them. Being able to communicate with animals is so rewarding and profound. When I help them to understand “Why” their animals are doing what they do, their animals are sometimes surprised that their humans cannot understand them at all. Many times I find that misbehaving pets have an underlying physical problem or pain, and I provide some Traditional Reiki for them as well.

On one of our walks south of home in a Wildlife Refuge, OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERANakota and I had a normal wonderful walk observing the wildlife. On driving back, I asked the Universe where did all those big rocks come from (out to the west of me in an area that I know very well, there seemed to be about ten or so big rocks lying on the ground) and when I finished asking, the rocks were so moved by my thoughts, they just stared at me – THEY were Wild Turkeys and they wanted some Traditional Reiki, that is why they were there as they knew I would notice them! The next several days they were in two bunches of approximately twelve turkeys each and they received and enjoyed getting the Traditional Reiki and then they disappeared as they had moved on to another location to keep themselves safe from the exchange.

How Do I Communicate With Animals?

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Animal Communications – always a pleasure to do ~