Earth Angel

cropped-purplelogo.pngI was exhausted from watching the Patriots win on Sunday night, and yesterday just seemed to drag slowly at work.  So, I was actually pretty excited to get home and get some rest.

Our driveway is forked, so part of it stops beneath a tree and the rest of it goes down and stops under a carport.  Depending on which spot is open when I get home, that’s where I park.  Yesterday, I noticed I could pull straight down under the carport, so that was cool.  I like to back down the driveway in the evenings so that in the morning all I have to do is pull on out of the driveway.  So, I prepared to do just that and only moved a couple feet in reverse when I felt this strong and powerful urge to STOP.  Since I was so incredibly tired, there was no way to really communicate with Spirit to ask what was up.  So, they instead decided to use my “gut feelings” to get through to me.

I turned and looked and there was a squirrel lying right in the middle of the driveway.  Now, it’s not unusual to see squirrels around our house; we’re surrounded by big, lovely trees.  But, it was unusual to see one just lying there.  Very unusual.  Reiki On immediately, and I began to direct it at him.

So, I backed up and decided that I would pull down the driveway.  I lightly tapped my horn to see if that would encourage him to move.  It didn’t.  I immediately got this feeling in the pit of my stomach, and I thought he had passed on.  So, I pulled around him and stopped under the carport.  I gathered my things and got out of the car and I walked up to the squirrel.  I wanted to cry.  I leaned down to see about him, believing that I probably needed to figure out how to bury his body, and suddenly his eyes blinked!  Oh!  Well, that just broke my heart more because that meant that he was slowly passing.

I didn’t touch him, but I picked up one of the things that always falls from our tree (it isn’t a leaf. It’s this pointy, round ball with a stem on it. Painful to step on, but they’re all over our yard. It was the closest thing I could pick up.) and I infused it with Reiki and tried to put it close to him.  I was also sending healing remotely, but I wanted to put something close to him, too.  Instead, he then stood up and ran near my Mom’s car.  “Ran” isn’t actually the right word.  It was more like “hobbled” because I noticed that at least one leg was broken.

By this point, Mom was looking out the front door wondering what was going on.  I was trying to explain to her that this squirrel was injured and I was trying so hard to help him.  I just wasn’t sure what else to do, so I called in Archangel Raphael and Saint Francis and asked that they give him healing too and help to keep him safe and relieve his fear and pain.  I called in my regular team, too, because I knew there was a reason that this squirrel was there–there are no such things as coincidences.  Perhaps he was an earth angel, so he should be surrounded by angels in his time of need.  I deeply wanted to hold him and cradle him in my arms, and I would have if I thought it would have helped him, wild animal or not.  But, I didn’t get that sense.  He was pretty scared 🙁

Honestly, since he moved around a little bit, I felt a tiny bit better about going inside.  But, I still continued to send healing to him.   This morning at around 6, Mom called me.  She works the midnight shift and is usually busy at that time of the morning, so I was surprised.  But, she called me to say that our little squirrel friend and balled himself up in a ball and transitioned.  She nearly tripped over his body on the way to her car last night.  I tried not to cry while I was on the phone, and I failed.  But, I did take comfort that he passed away surrounded by Angels and loving beings.  I saw him lying there as I pulled out of the driveway.

I stopped, put my car in park, and immediately Googled, “spiritual meaning of a dead squirrel.”  I got all sorts of hits, but I couldn’t really connect with any of them.  Maybe most folks would just say, “Oh, it’s dead, I’ll get rid of it and whatever.”  But, me, I see meaning in everything–even when I drive by a dead animal on the road, I try and understand the meaning of it being there and why I saw it.  I try to learn from everything, and I wanted to learn from this little squirrel.  It wasn’t just by chance that I happened to come across him. What did he have to tell or show me?

A squirrel symbolizes having fun, balance, and a host of other things.  But since this wasn’t my first time encountering a squirrel in this form, I wondered further about the meaning.  So, instead of scouring the Internet further…I just asked my Master Guide Roman to explain it to me.  He had a bit to say, and it was mostly about change.

The last time I encountered a squirrel at the end of his life, I was traveling at 65-70 mph in the fast lane of the highway and surrounded by traffic.  A squirrel jumped onto the road in front of me and I couldn’t avoid it.  You see, I don’t hit animals.  I’m usually the first one to stop, no matter what.  But, this time I couldn’t stop.  I wasn’t even sure how the hell that squirrel even managed to get so far out onto the road where he could jump in front of me, but he did.  I was devastated.  All I could do was cry.  But, I soon learned that squirrel’s passing would signify a lot of change for me. And now, here I was, looking into the eyes of a squirrel as he was passing from this life.

God, what a blessing.  I was given a chance to help that precious little animal, and although I wish I could’ve done more, at least he was accepting of the healing and angelic and loving energies that surrounded him.  See, he was an earth angel!

Significant change.  When an animal passes, depending on what kind of animal it is, there is always a signal of change. The same holds true for humans, yes, but that signal of change feels a bit different to me.  Transition isn’t death.  It is simply just changing from one form to another.  Perhaps my little friend was trying to signal to me that a change was coming, or an evolution, or a revolution.  See, he could have passed away anywhere else. But, there was a choice to lay right there in the middle of our driveway.    The answer is individual to everyone, and to me–with Roman’s explanation of change–it became evident to me what the message was.

This little guy, even in pain and close to the end of his life, still moved. He kept walking, though he was broken.  That was significant for me, as lately, honestly, I’ve felt, well, not broken, but injured. Like I have to keep licking my wounds and keep my mouth shut.  But, this guy:  he was right there, out in the open, for Mom and I to see, injuries and all.  I got that message loud and clear.  No more keeping my mouth shut; whatever wounds I perceive as having–they cannot stop me. Stop licking them so much and they will heal and go away.

You wouldn’t think that was possible with the power animals that I have:  a panther, a lion and a squirrel. But, yeah, it’s true. Licking wounds and keeping my mouth shut. I saw it as not only relevant to my life, but also to my work, especially to my writing.  My little friend has inspired newness in me, and that is just what I needed in order to perpetuate my own change.

So, even though I believe this little guy was attacked by another animal and that’s what caused his injury (we have several other kinds of animals around us, too), I was blessed by the fact that I not only could try and help him the best way I knew how, but also that I could learn from him in his final moments on earth.

Like I said, the meaning could mean something different to everyone–maybe you read something from this story that I haven’t realized??–but the point is that we try and learn from everything.  Earth Angels come in all forms, shapes and sizes.  And their purpose is to help others.  Don’t ignore the smallest things–like squirrels–because you never know what you can learn from them.

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