Archive | November 2014

When Wasp whispers

Earlier this week, my son and I hiked The Cascades, a 4 mile round-trip along a stream  with cascading waters thWasp5at leads up to a waterfall.  It’s a beautiful hike in Giles County, VA.
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Right as we started off along the trail, I was greeted by a Yellowjacket, which simply flew in front of me a couple feet off the ground, hovered for a moment, then passed on.  I didn’t think much of it.
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We hiked up the trail, past places where the water babbled quietly; we climbed steep stone steps with moss and fern coated walls where the smell was like that of a ancient castle and the roar of water falling down a narrow passage was nearly deafening.  More ups and Cascadesdowns in the trail as we followed along the river’s edge and across wooden bridges from one side to the other.  The trail ended at a large waterfall.  While not especially high, the flow of the water over the cliff, crashing onto rocks partway down, then feeding into the pool at the bottom was  calming and almost mesmerizing.  We enjoyed a leisurely lunch as we listened to the roar of the waterfall, then began our return trip, back down the same path.  A little over half way back down the trail, I tripped over my own feet and went sprawling, knocking my thigh into a large, protruding rock and landing heavily on my hands, jarring my shoulders.  After catching my breath, waiting for the pain in my leg to subside and mentally taking stock of the fact that no serious harm had been done, I sent love and healing to my body, and we continued on down the trail.
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When we arrived back at the car, I changed from boots to my white tennies, and when I happened to glance down, I saw a large blackish brown Polistes (paper) wasp on my shoe.  Not threatening or angry; simply sitting there and calmly feeling my shoe with her antennae.  As I watched, she crawled off my shoe onto the ground.  When I looked a moment later, she had vanished.
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It wasn’t until later when I realized that Yellowjacket had appeared to show me the ‘sting’ that might happen, but I wasn’t in listening mode, so simply acknowledged her presence without much thought.  Miss Paper Wasp was there to gently reinforce the lesson.
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                                        Slow down.  Listen.  Pay attention.
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As I comprehended the lesson, everything in me went very still and silent – for the first time in awhile, I realized.  That inner silence that allows you to connect to your authentic self, to listen to Source, and truly be who you are.
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Every insect, bug or animal that we encounter has some kind of message for us.  There are myriad books and websites regarding what these animals and encounters may mean, and every single one is different, with most offering multiple possible meanings.
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But each person is different, as is their relationship to the natural world.  A cricket is generally acknowledged as a harbinger of good luck or happiness.  If you are deathly afraid of jumpy bugs, can it have that connotation for you, or might it be different?
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If you read a definition and it resonates, use it.  If it doesn’t, toss it out.  Listen with your heart to the message that the creature has for you, then check to see if what you got matches what someone else has written, or if the two perhaps build on each other.
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So in my case, I clearly get the need to slow down, listen, and pay attention.  Reading through various websites and books supplied the ‘why’.  I think the fall was necessary so that the message of Wasp would become clear.
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A few quotes from various sources that resonate:
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“Wasp represents the four elements of nature…”
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“Wasps are perfect totems for those of us who need a bit of organized focus…”
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“… it is time for you to pay attention to your ability to “change” things, and perhaps to investigate alchemy to see where you may want to experiment..”
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 I truly need to listen, slow down and pay attention in order to move my life in the direction  I genuinely want it to go.
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Thank you Wasp for your message.
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