The Eagle and Change – PTSD Change

September 14, 2011


I received an email from a friend about the American Eagle and it reminded me how hard change can be and why it is so important. In your PTSD struggle you can continue to do exactly what you are doing or you can work to change your PTSD position even though it is painful.  It is all up to you, as it always is.

The eagle has the longest life-span among birds.  It can live up to 70 years.  But to reach this age, the eagle must make a hard decision.  When the eagle reaches the age of about 40, their long and now flexible talons can no longer grab prey which serves as food.  Their long and sharp beaks become too bent to hold anything.  Then their old-aged and heavy wings, due to their thick feathers, become stuck to their chest and make it difficult to fly.  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 its’ beak against a rock until it plucks it out. After plucking it out, the eagle will wait for a new beak to grow back and then it will pluck out its’ talons.  When the new talons grow back, the eagle will start plucking out its’ old-aged feathers. And after five months, the eagle takes its’ famous flight of rebirth and lives 30 more years.

Why is change needed?  Many times, in order to survive, we have to start the change process.  With PTSD this is especially true. It doesn’t go away by itself. We sometimes need to get rid of old memories, habits, and other past traditions or ways of being you’ve got to “Pluck them out”.  Only when freed from past burdens, can we soar again and take advantage of the present.

As many people have said before, each day you have a chance for a new beginning.  It’s a do-over day.  Start the PTSD healing process and you will be one step closer to feeling better.  Our psting here is free and the space belongs to you to say whatever is in your heart.  We will not edit or try and change your words in any way.  We are open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.  The site is free and the best disinfectant is sunlight.