Spirit Animal Messages for the Week of December 30, 2013
For this week—the last one of 2013 and the first one of 2014—Koala brings the theme of nurturing and single-focus commitment. This nurturing can relate to mothering, as Koala is a symbol of Mother Earth. But Koala’s nurturing more often applies to nurturing your creative ideas—what you birth from the depths of your creativity.
Koala keeps her joey (baby) in her pouch for 6-7 months and then later on her back for another 5-6 months. The lesson for you is to keep your creative ideas close to your heart when they are still in their infancy. Pushing them out too soon can make them die. Timing is of the utmost importance.
Nurture your creative ideas until they are ready to emerge. And then, when they have emerged, help them along until they are ready to thrive independently of you. Then let them go.
When Koala becomes pregnant again, she completely severs her ties to the previous offspring, even aggressively chasing it away if she has to. That may be harsher than you’re willing to be. But if Koala has shown up in your life, I recommend you examine both what you need to nurture more fully *and* what you need to release more fully. Yes, that creative idea, that book, that project, that business will always be your baby. But you won’t have the energy or resources to create again if you stay tethered to this one forever. If you’ve done your done, it will live on without you. If it still needs, really and truly needs you, then it’s not time to cut the cord—AND it’s not time to conceive again. Koala is telling you to focus on one project at a time.
TO RESOLVE: Leopard
Lingering to resolve is the integration of speed with strength and wise competition. Unlike Cheetah, who blows all its strength when it uses its speed, Leopard can use its speed and still has enough strength to pull its kill safely into the trees.
Wise competition echoes Koala’s message of keeping what’s precious to you close at hand. Spiritual gurus may say there is no such thing as competition. But in the physical Earth plane, it is possible to have your ideas stolen, to have your work used without being given credit, to have someone plagiarize you. Leopard is reminding you of this fact and suggesting that you keep what’s precious to you close at hand—until the time is really right to set it free.
TO RELEASE: Moose
Moose echoes (I love it when these messages echo this much!) Leopard’s message of integration. The message here is to let go of the clumsiness that comes from being out of balance—from having too much gentleness and not enough aggression or too much aggression and not enough gentleness. You are more than one or the other. Don’t limit your view of yourself to either-or thinking.
In keeping what’s precious to you (your creative birthings) close at hand, focus on knowing your true worth. Your true worth is not dependent on money or what you produce or how you sacrifice yourself. Your true worth is there—solid and grounded—as fertile soil from which you can create that which reflects your worth (not which defines your worth).
To act on this week is having complete faith in yourself and defending yourself (and your work) when necessary. Yes, you can choose to turn the other cheek (giving away the rest of your work when one piece is copied or stolen). That’s a valid choice. But, if you choose to listen, Skunk suggests that an equally valid choice is to defend what yours.