Spirit Animal Flamingo
Gifts: Maintaining individuality within the flock. Beauty and preening. Sexuality. Staying grounded while wading in emotions.
Challenges: Losing yourself in the flock. Preening at the expense of authenticity.
Flamingo is striking, gorgeous, preening, and sensual—a strong symbol of flirtatiousness and sexuality. Pink represents the heart, compassion, and connection. Flamingo’s pink coloring comes from diet. Without a proper diet, Flamingo pales to white. For you this means that you must nourish your heart, your compassion, and your connection—to your Self and to others in the flock. Without proper nourishment, your heart will pale. This is a strong message of self-care—not just “diet, exercise, and adequate sleep,” but care of your soul, what makes your heart sing and your spirit soar.
Flamingo offers the gift of being a unique individual within the flock. Flamingo’s commitment to flock-living does not mean “following the herd” (we’re talking Flamingo, not sheep!) or being boring. In fact, Flamingo teaches that you can be true to your Self while still being loyal to the flock. Being One with others does notmean losing your Self or watering yourself down. Within a strong, supportive flock, you can still be striking, flamboyant, a stand-out.
Flamingo’s long legs mean that it can wade into deeper waters while still touching the bottom. Remember that water is a symbol of emotions. So Flamingo models staying grounded even while wading into deeper emotions. You do not have to free-float through your emotions, potentially being tossed here and there. You can keep your footing and stay grounded while wading into your emotional truth. As long as you stay grounded, you won’t get swept away.
Physical flamingos also fly. This gives you big picture vision. When you start to feel stuck or confused about which way to go, let Flamingo take you up in the air to look at the situation from this higher, wider perspective. Seeing all the possibilities requires getting ungrounded for a while. That applies to emotional situations, too. If you do feel as if you’re going to get swept away, take a flight up to reassess the situation, then come back down to find your footing again.
A challenge of working with Flamingo’s flock mentality is the potential for losing yourself in the flock. That self-care and soul-care that are so essential to Flamingo can be easily forgotten when your focus is on the group and how you can contribute to the group. Remember that you won’t be able to contribute if you don’t take care of yourself. Think of the airline safety talk: Put your own oxygen mask on first before helping others with theirs. How can you help them if you’re passed out? Your contributions will go farther when you stay pink and striking and fabulous.