If you were to ask people to name an animal that embodies Courage, they may list a lion or a bear, but probably not a bluebird. Because our choice may seem strange, we wanted to give you some background on why we chose a songbird, rather than an animal associated with the more traditional idea of Courage.
We chose the bluebird as a symbol for Courage for two reasons.
First, we felt that the bluebird best embodied the Cerra definition of Courage—having the strength to speak your truth to benefit yourself and others, even in the face of adversity. A bluebird can often be found with its chest puffed out, proudly singing its own song, much in the same way that we hope that you will use your voice to stand up for what you believe in.
In addition, Cerra goes beyond the traditional definition of Courage that celebrates physical strength or bravery. We believe Courage also includes strength of character, so we chose an animal that is delicate, yet has a large impact with its voice.
Second, we were drawn to the bluebird’s color. Cerra is inspired by Eastern Philosophy and guided by Western Psychology, so we recognized the blue color of the Lapis lazuli stone in the wings of the bluebird. In Eastern Philosophy, the Lapis Lazuli energizes the throat chakra, augmenting strength, vitality, mental clarity and communication. For many people around the world, the Lapis Lazuli is considered a stone that symbolizes universal truth and friendship.
Together, we felt the bluebird was the perfect way to symbolize Courage, a delicate creature that changes the world with its voice, and calls to mind the feelings of strength, truth and friendship.
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