My favorite past time at the OMEGA Institute is kayaking on the lake. It is so peaceful and meditative. Often I would look up and around and the heron materialized.
Bird Animal totems have been used symbolically within cultures throughout history. These totems serve as messengers and are with us throughout our physical and spiritual live to help us gain insights and self-awareness.
With Heron as your guide, he will bring you to ground to explore life here in the physical instead of just daydreaming or losing oneself in one’s imagination or dreams.
Because they are unconventional people, Heron people often must learn to make their living being ‘jacks of all trades’-picking up income from a variety of jobs, projects, part-time assignments-rather than a routine job with one employer. Most people, as Ted Andrews says in his book Animal Speak, would never choose to live this way: “It is not a structured way, and does not have a stability or security to it. It is though, just a matter of perspective. There is security in heron medicine, for it gives the ability to do a variety of tasks. If one way doesn’t work, then another will.”
Solitary in nature, Heron people follow their own path. They learn self-reliance. This is a valuable character trait in these times of conformity and homogenization of values. Heron people can stand alone, listen to their own inner wisdom, and go their own way when everyone else is conforming to society’s commands. They are individuals first.
 Ted Andrews, Animal Speak (Llewellyn Publications: 1998), page 156.