I have had a fear of birds for more than 50 years. It stemmed from me being forced to watch the movie- The Birds by Alfred Hitchcock when I was 5 yrs. old- my sister was baby- sitting. That night my brother and sister had nightmares, but I couldn’t sleep at all. I didn’t want to have a nightmare. From that time until healing occurred I never dreamed and would have anxiety if a bird was in hearing or sight. This fear affected all areas of my life. One time I was getting ready to leave the house, when a flock of bird came flying by- I turned around and went inside the house where I stayed all day for fear of coming across that flock of black birds. If a bird was on the pavement, I would cross the street to avoid it.
My friends all knew this. There were three incidents at work that involved birds: one time a pigeon got into the cloak closet at the back of my classroom. I saw it fly by and told a student to go back and close the door. I then took my class to the hallway until they removed the bird.
Another time, I was teaching preschool students who were deaf. My classroom was in the middle of two other classrooms and we shared half walls. A teacher brought a wounded bird to the teacher on my right. I hear it flapping and freaked out. I told the teacher she had to remove the bird or I was leaving my class with her. They didn’t believe me and brought the bird to the classroom behind my back. I freaked out and pulled my neck muscle- my common response to hearing or seeing a bird fly by.
The latest incident involved a bird that came into the school cafeteria area. I was walking down the hall towards the cafeteria to go to another classroom when I spotted something fly by. I asked a student and they confirmed there was a bird in the cafeteria. I turned around and went back to my classroom and closed the door. I called the other teacher and said I would not be coming down.
Then one time I was meeting with Sue and mentioned my fear and dislike of birds. She asked me questions and got to the root of the problem. She prayed with me and immediately, the fear left and I was free.
I didn’t tell any of my friends what happened but they noticed the change. One day I was walking with two friends and there was a bird on the pavement by me. I just keep walking and my friend asked what changed- she was totally surprised that I didn’t crunch my neck and cross the street. I told her I was healed and now birds don’t bother me. I even say good morning to them and have a bird nest in the beam of the balcony above my patio.
It is wonderful to be free and I can’t thank Sue enough for helping me gain the freedom from fear.