Hummingbird travels with Condor to God
A myth from the Andes, Peru
Retold by Heidi Muijen
Taken from: Ross Heaven (2009). The Hummingbird’s Journey to God. Perspectives on San Pedro, the Cactus of Vision & Andean Soul Healing Methods. Winchster (UK)/ Washington (USA): O-books, pp. 14-21.
In ancient times only Condor could visit God. Its enormous strength and wings were needed to make the journey beyond the sun, moon and stars to paradise.
Every time Condor came by, the gates to paradise were hospitably opened to this majestic bird. And God received the prayers, songs, and beggings of his people with pleasure. In doing so, Condor did not dare to look God directly in the eye, but humbly averted his gaze.
As soon as he returned to earth, he again flew daily in small and large circles through the skies to collect the fervent wishes of his people and to keep them under his plumage for his next appearance before God.
Hummingbird changed that ritual dance. In ardent desire to meet God, this feathered soul flew from flower to flower and sniffed the divine nectar ― fluttering along this track to the paradise gardens with the waters and tree of life!
One day, just as the sun was at its highest point in the Zenith, Hummingbird flew not to the next flower, but straight up to Condor right in its huge plumage!
In a circling flight, Condor plucked from the sky the roaring cries about the burning forests and damaging woodcut in the Amazon. How to stop those cries of despair under his right wing? Condor paid no attention to that tickle on his left wing, where Hummingbird happily nestled himself.
When they reached the gardens of paradise, Hummingbird let out a shout of joy and flew from under Condor’s wing. At last this sweet bird saw her desire fulfilled: she flew atop God’s throne!
“Welcome, little one, how long you have kept me waiting!
You and your strong carrier are both welcome here.
Because your courage stoked your desire into the fire of love to undertake this journey, it is you to whom I entrust my greatest secret.”
And so it happened.
Since then Condor with his devotion and wing power and the cheerfully dancing Hummingbird carry God’s wisdom in their souls until the end of time