I am looking forward to opening sacred space for the Day of the Dead Celebration for the animals on November 1.
As I gather items to create the shrine for my dearly departed companion animals I am bumping into all sorts of repressed emotions: grief, anger, confusion mixed in with love and joy. As I thumb through pictures searching from my childhood animal companions. I am seeing my younger self again. The little girl who was loved and tended by these sweet beings. Due to circumstances I did not get to say goodbye properly to these sweet dogs. And then I was not supported through the stages of grief from losing my best friends. Leaning into these emotions and meeting my little girl I can now allow the emotions to flow and be the parent for myself that I needed then and allow their spirit to surround me again. WIth the new perspective of being the loving parent to my younger grieving self I can know delve into the impact this pups had on my life.
The Day of the Dead is not simply a day about mourning your loved ones and telling stories of them; it’s a day about remembering their lives and the impact they had upon you. As well as keeping in mind that just because they’re no longer with you doesn’t mean that they’re entirely gone, because you keep them alive in your hearts and memories.
The animals are such great teachers about energy. Today the wasp teaches about clearing off energy that can get stuck on you when entangled in someone else's web - dream, energy etc. And to thoroughly clean yourself off before flying off into the next moment.
Being spider web season here in the PNW today there is a lot of activity around the webs. Today I observed a paper wasp cleaning every part of its body. Balancing on the front four legs as its back legs cleaned off its abdomen then moved up to thoroughly cleaning its head off.
I was curious why there was so much cleaning? As I was thinking this a spider shimmed up into the center of its web and the paper wasp launched itself trying to grab the spider. It was an unsuccessful attempt since the spider had dropped quickly between the deck boards. The wasp investigated all around trying to find the spider to unavail. It then zoomed back up and flew aggressively back and forth through the web destroying the web. Then the cleaning started all over again.
Happy Summer. I hope you are all well as can be expected in this world that seems to be turned inside out and upside down. For a little break from the chaos, tension, and uncertainty I asked the animals what they can share with people right now that would be helpful. I ask the animals because they are masters at reading energy and they can feel the energy of the collective. They are also great teachers of presence. The animals feel the energy is constantly being stirred up right now - like a bumpy ride and they observe humans are wildly uncomfortable and not present. The animals invite you to learn from either your companion animals or wild animals about the compassionate accepting space they hold for you.
So that you can learn to hold that space for yourself and be able to sit in discomfort and still be present.
Here are some of their suggestions for you to become more present.
Leave the computer, the phone and any other electronic device and get outside.
“The idiot box or energy drain” is a term often used by the animals when talking about computers or phones. When you engage with the computer or phone to them it's as if nobody is home in your body. This makes animals very nervous and worried for you because you are not present. Their suggestion is:
Get outside, move around, feel your body.
Also, the animals notice with all this upheaval in the collective - things are getting emotionally shaken up within you. The animals encourage you to:
Turn toward the emotion. Accept and allow the emotion to be present and run its course.
Cry if you need to cry, rage if you need to rage, grieve if you need to grieve. Ask for forgiveness if you feel guilty. Emotions are just energy in motion. So allow the flow. Instead of ignoring upturned emotions by checking out and getting lost on Facebook or zoning out and watching the tv.
This is where the animals encourage you to be like them and hold a loving compassionate space for yourself. Think about how your animal is your witness no matter what you are going through or how they show up when for you when you are sad. They are there loving you, accepting you, witnessing you. Can you do this for yourself? Emotions are just energy in motion. So allow the flow.
For example, the collective grief has stirred up old stuck unresolved grief in me . A lot of the grief has been around past animals that I was not able to properly grieve when I was younger. By turning towards it and allowing the tears and sadness to flow for that particular experience and releasing the stuck energy I am able to be more present in the moment.
Smudging is one of the useful tools I have been using during conversations with animals and their humans clearing the old energy off animals and people. You can smudge and clear your energy many different ways. Your animal will appreciate you cleaning yourself off.
Also, this month there has been a lot of guilt and regret being stirred up. These big balls of stuck energy block connection to the present and to flow. The Hono'pono'hono prayer is a powerful exercise to ask for forgiveness for things that happened long ago, clear the air and be more present.
We are all in this together! Let's be in it together being as present as possible.
Each of us come into this lifetime with a whole circle of spiritual resources which include guides, guardian angels, spirit animals and so on. This circle of resources is your own personal posse that is always listening to you. They like to help you as often as possible , daily if you allow them by providing protection, guidance and healing.
Spirit Animals are guides from your circle of resources that come in animal form to teach or deliver a message. They are often referred to as power animals, animal guides and they are all one in the same. It is believed that animals are receivers of energy and become mirrors for you to learn about yourself. The spirit animal that appears for you is bringing your their sweet "medicine" in the form of guidance, wisdom, teachings, power or protection.
Since your circle of spiritual resources works with you daily the spirit animals that appear to you may be different everyday depending on what is up for you. The animals are teachers of balance and harmony in life. They are responding to the energy of your feelings, beliefs and thoughts where you may be out of balance and offering guidance, healing or wisdom. Often they appear when you are searching for clarity, need guidance, affirming a power action, or they bring into consciousness something your soul already knows. Basically, they are listening and the animal that shows is spot on for that day, moment, event, experience etc.
The way a spirit animals shows up varies. You may have a physical encounter with one like walking in the woods or in your neighborhood, or it swoops over you car. You may have one as a pet. You may see the image of them everywhere you look - in the clouds, in the store, on billboards. It may visit you in your dreams or come to you while meditating or daydreaming. Or you may exhibit certain qualities of the animal such as going mama bear at the playground.
When you realize its a spirit animal for you. Pause and thank it for showing up. Put your hand on your heart (its the quickest way to access your intuition) breathe and ask why it is showing up for you. What is it's message? Then listen with your heart, your mind, your ears, your inner knowing. Ask as many questions as you like. They are willing to have a conversation with you.
The spirit animal may also be offering you a reflection of some of your characteristics. Take time exploring and learn as much as you can about them their diet, behavior, habitat, lifestyle. Staying present and attentive to yourself during this inquiry listening for what resonates with you and how their "medicine" can bring balance and harmony into your life.
Here is an example of a spirit animal showing up for me. I have a very active mole in my yard. This is during a time for me where I am turning inward to uncover and release old traumas to step into the fullness of me. Daily I am open to the teachings as I am raking the mole hills into the grass and the garden beds. What I am learning is that bringing to the surface what has been buried for decades creates space and feeds the rest of life - like the upturned soil is doing from my grass and garden.
Remember your circle of resources is always listening.