Squirrel energy is a great gift. It is about gathering and planning ahead, being prepared. It's about loving myself enough to gather the goods that will meet my needs in the times ahead. It's about honoring the future by readying myself for change in the present.
Squirrel energy is also about lightening my load of the many possessions that no longer serve me. It's about getting rid of clutter. Not only the clutter in my storage unit but also the clutter in my body and mind. There is a delicate balance to gathering. Collecting what is most valuable to me currently while preparing for my future and to keep the energy of what I'm gathering circulating so I'm not hoarding.
One valuable lesson from squirrel is about preparing for anything by observing the obvious. It's about accepting reality as it is, and responding to what life offers me. It's about protecting what I gather and keeping it in the safest place--an uncluttered mind and heart. It's about gathering what is most valuable--wisdom and caring, peace and love.
Credit is due to Jamie Sams & David Carson, who wrote, and Angela C. Werneke who illustrated, Medicine Cards--The Discovery Of Power Through The Ways Of Animals, for these squirrel ponderings, as I've basically paraphrased what they have written. Here's a direct quote, a poem from the book:
You have gathered
Nuts by the score,
If you'll need more.
Teach me to take
No more than I need.
Trusting Great Mystery
To harvest the seed.