The whole animal spirit guide thing started for me when I read a post from one of my spirit sisters, Linda. The post was called Spiritual Development: The Otter Returns! I commented that I wanted a spirit animal to come to me. I asked then and there for me to get to know my “otter”. It seems like such a lifetime ago, but I made that comment on June 9 of this year. Maybe a week later, I saw my first grasshopper. He looked pretty much like the grasshopper in the picture below and is the normal type of GH we see in this area.
No big deal, right? It’s summer and there are plenty of grasshoppers out in the summer. I have to admit that in my week after asking for a spirit animal, there was no shortage of animals to view. I didn’t even ask myself the question, “Is this my animal?” if something caught my eye. When I saw him something inside me recognized it. Over the last two months the grasshopper has integrated himself into a ton of my situations and thinking back I now remember several grasshopper moments a few weeks before I read Linda’s post. One of the creatures latched himself to the side mirror of my car while my car was sitting under my carport. He stayed on my car all day until we went home. Shortly after pulling up to my house, GH took his leave and I was left shaking my head.
I had them following me at the river not that long ago and I have had several approach me in the parking lot on many occasions at work. I would have to say that there has been at least one GH sighting about every 3 days or so and some days I will see several of them.
I would never have chosen this spirit animal based on previous knowledge of grasshoppers, which I admit was very minimal. The GH is not the go-to animal for one looking for a bad ass spirit animal. Tigers are cool and dolphins and maybe elephants; I would have imagined myself with some big, awesome animal. After hearing the grasshopper’s song, I recognized it as my own and so the spirit guide is realized. I saved research on the GH for tonight and I have to admit that it sounds like me. The things that the GH represents are traits I am accused of having all the time. This so-often overlooked insect revealed itself to me and I know I don’t have to read about the symbolism of a dolphin or a tiger to know that I have the right animal. The message the the GH brings with it is an awesome one; one that I knew all along, but an inspiring message all the same.
Those chosen by the GH are said to be visionaries; usually intuitive and creative people. I love this part of a blog post I read on ‘What’s Your Sign?’. You can see the full post here, but I wanted to share these beautiful words with you.
As an animal totem, the grasshopper appeals to artists, musicians and dancers. To wit, the lilting song this creature emits is an inspiration to our muse; its skittering and jumping is divine choreography. The artist within us all easily recognizes the grasshopper making its own dance steps, and grooving to its own special melody.
The grasshopper moves to its own rhythm and tune, indicating this creature is a advocate of intuition and listening to our inner voices. The grasshopper encourages us to listen to our own stirrings – those beautiful chirping lullaby’s that sing in our hearts are indications of our inner beauty and creativity. The grasshopper totem reminds us these inner musings must never be silenced – rather, they should be nurtured, and always remain as the background music to the performance of our lives.
The grasshopper is here to remind us to take that leap of faith. There has been one thing in particular that I think about everyday and want to leap for. I know that this will mean big change and will surely completely turn our lives upside down. The need to take that leap is so strong that I feel it in my bones but I continue to sit still, very un-grasshopper like. I think I know that such a big leap will propel me into a different life, with friends and co-workers left behind. I think this is why I sit still, afraid to jump. Things are getting worse at work and I find myself in the exact same situation I was in at the other pharmacy. I cannot keep telling myself it is them that are the problem. I am the problem; I am a grasshopper stuck in a pharmacy and I want to be free to dance and be happy and be myself, without the constant reminder that I don’t belong. Maybe I take it the wrong way – the way that they treat me – but all that matters is how I perceive it and the message I feel I am getting from them. They may not even realize why they are acting this way to me. Poor folks, I am sure they think I am crazy. I am right back around, full circle to where I was with my old Toxic Boss. New boss is so very annoying and she lies and does everything to push my buttons that she can. I suppose she is just a messenger like the Toxic Boss was. The message is the same from both – “You’re in the wrong place.” It’s to the point that no matter how good I am at my job or what an asset I am, it seems to go unnoticed while people who break the rules and should have never been given a license in the first place, get to skate by and have excuses made for them all the time. The hardest part is not being able to let go of those injustices I feel are robbing me of my happiness in my job. Tensions are high and during these times I tend to get obstinate and vocalize the things that are running through my head. I spew forth my opinion at a rapid pace during this part of the process and take everything personally. I have started to notice the cycle as it begins again and again, the universe waiting on me to finally understand so that we can break the pattern. The GH wants me to leap.
I have definitely been very much like a grasshopper in my younger days and I had a tendency to jump from thing to thing that attracted me. Sometimes I was jumping away from something, but much like the grasshopper I would not jump backward once I had my mind made up. I have taken many leaps of faith in the past, knowing when it was all said and done I would know that I had made the right decision.
The grasshopper as a totem symbolizes patience and security as it is grounded to the Earth, like most of the other insect totems. The GH can be called upon to help with grounding oneself and this is something I am truly in need of right now. I have been unplugged for quite some time and still have not achieved the calmness and the serenity that I need in order to begin accepting more than day to day psychic messages.
I am excited to see what else my spirit animal has in store for me and I was wondering if y’all had a spirit animal? Do you know who your spirit animal is? If not, I certainly suggest you check into this. I feel so much better knowing that I just have to trust in spirit to help me realize my hopes and dreams.