Eagle represents a state of grace that is reached through inner work, understanding and passing the initiation tests that result from reclaiming our personal power. Eagle Medicine is the Power of the Great Spirit. It is the spirit of tenacity. It is the gift of clear vision with which one can truly see the things one sees. It is the patience to wait for the appropriate moment. It is to live in balance with heaven and earth. Eagle reminds us of our connection with the Great Spirit. It tells us that the universe is giving us the opportunity to fly above our life's worldly levels, or above the shadow of past realities. Eagle teaches us to look above in order to touch Grandfather Sun with our heart, to love the Shadow as much as the Light. Eagle asks us to grant ourselves permission to be free in order to reach the joy that our heart desires.
Another Native American spiritual meaning of the eagle is;
The eagle is the brother who flies highest and closest to the Creator. His vision, wisdom and courage are gifts that we each possess.
There are very many Native American references to the spirituality of the eagle which Wambdi Wicasa summarises well;
The Eagle has long been the symbol of honor, bravery, love, friendship and mystical powers for the Indian Nations. The Eagle gives visible form to Wakinyan (He who speaks Mystery), the Being who moves between man and Wakantanka. Wakinyan shows up in endless variations of eagle-likeness in Indian design from the southern tip of South America to the North Pole area. Each Tribal group has its own stories and legends concerning the Eagle and Wakinyan (Thunderer, Thunderbird). It has to be more than mere coincidence that many of these stories are identical in tribes widely separated in both Americas.
Another Native American reference to the Eagle being the messenger of God is…
We communicate with the Creator by listening to the spiritual voice of the eagle. The eagle has many important teachings. Through eagle the knowledge of the Creator is channelled to the people.
The eagle also features in Native American Blessings….
THE GOLDEN EAGLE
May you have the strength
Of eagles' wings,
The faith and courage to
Fly to new heights,
And the wisdom
Of the universe
To carry you there