Good Morning! It is Monday and the start of another week. For our Monday Message post, I look to the animal kingdom once again for our words of wisdom to guide us through. So I fan the cards before me as I pull my book, “The Discovery of Power Through The Ways of Animals” by Jamie Sams and David Carson close…and the animal card that presents itself and its message today is:
Squirrel: Gathering, Erratic Energy; Use Time and Energy Properly; Waste Nothing On Negative Energy; Gather The Rewards Of Stewardship
Message (paraphrased): “Squirrel teaches you to plan ahead. The gathering power of Squirrel is a great gift. It teaches you how to gather and store your energy for times of need. Squirrel is the Boy Scout of the animal kingdom – always prepared.
The erratic behavior of Squirrel has bested many a forlorn hunter. But this erratic behavior can also get nerve-wracking. Squirrel’s message is to be prepared…but not to go nuts with it.
If Squirrel has scurried into your cards today, it may be that you are being told to honor your future by readying yourself for change. The message could be to lighten your load if you have gathered too many “things” that do not serve you. These “things” can include thoughts, worries, pressures, stresses, or gadgets that have been broken or are a distraction. If something no longer “grows corn” for you, then it is time to let it go.
Squirrel has another lesson which can aid you. It has to do with the safe place you put your gatherings. This safe place is an untroubled heart and mind, and that which is gathered to be put in this place is wisdom and caring. The energies gathered will set your mind and heart free, so that you will know that all will be taken care of in its own time. Apply this to your fears of the future and they will vanish.”
from The Desk of MarDrag:
Squirrel is a planner and a gatherer. It gathers and stores in preparedness for future needs. But, Squirrel is also erratic in its behavior, scurrying and obsessing on collecting its food and energy and can cause itself more stress over the future than it needs to.
So, the message from Squirrel today is a dual one…and we will have to assess where we are at currently to “gather” which message applies to us individually.
On the one hand, if we do not look somewhat to the future and gather energy, “supplies”, and good habits that we may need for our well-being, we may be caught unprepared. So, we should take care of ourselves and nurture and feed those things within us that promote growth, health, and balance and harmony. But, if all we do is think about the future and fear what may come, living in a state of anxiety all the time and obsessing about what to do or gather or think…then we can hold ourselves back from right action, and cause ourselves unnecessary stress and tension, which makes us unhealthy in many ways in the present.
The Native Americans have a saying about corn, one of their primary crops. If the corn was always growing healthy and strong, then the tribe would flourish. If the corn did not grow well, then hard times were ahead. We must take a close look at what our “gathering” patterns are and…if we are holding on to things that do not “grow corn” for us any longer, than we need to let them go, and gather new stores that are better for us. If our corn is growing well, then we need to allow it to grow on its own in its own time. We cannot rush the shoots to produce or obsess about their growth. We must tenderly nurture them, and then gather that energy and store it for future use.
The last, but most important message from Squirrel…is about where to store our gatherings. We can have the best and sweetest crop of corn, but if we store it in a dark and broken shed, then it will not stay sweet and ripe. It will wither and dry up. So too will our good energy and well-being if we do not make the time to clear our hearts and minds of troubles and live as best we can in our natural state of Peace and Love. I know it may sound nearly impossible…but consider that, we flourish when we are at Peace and live within the embrace of Love. We should make that our mantra, and repeat those words, over and over until they become such a part of us that we would never consider living without them. These are the things to gather and store in our hearts and minds in preparation for our future. We will need them.
Ask yourself today if what you have been gathering is best for your well-being. If it is not, discard it and choose something else that nurtures and fulfills you, and know that by doing this, you set your mind and heart free, and all will be well.