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Aardvark (Listen while you read)
The world is square; yes it is.
I know this for a fact! I know because I read it somewhere.
Yes I did.
That makes it true!
Doesn’t it make it true because it was written somewhere?
Well…….maybe I’ll investigate that to see if it is true.
Maybe it’s not true.
Maybe just because it is written somewhere doesn’t mean that it is true.
Hmmmmmmmmmmmmm ……. Have to investigate!
(Well, well, well; it would seem that the Aardvark believes most things he reads; this is true my friends.
It would seem that the Aardvark likes to think that all people are truthful.
Well, wouldn’t that be a lovely thing were this to be true? However, as most of us know there are those who enjoy telling exaggerated stories in order to impress.
This they do, dear hearts.
There are others who insist that what they say is true, when they know (deep inside) their message may be tainted by lies and misconceptions.
Yes, my friends; it is better not to judge the character of the story-teller however, it is best to judge the story. Indeed, all have their frailties; we, none of us is perfect. And yet, were we to take each story as factual evidence of a state of reality, we may be more than disappointed by the resultant consequences.
Therefore, my dear friends, judge not the story teller however, most certainly take the story into your secret hiding place of the heart, and whilst there allow your heart to decipher the truth.
It shall not let you down, dear one.)
Alpaca (Listen while you read)
Gee; not such a long way to go!
Bet you thought there’d be more to us than that; huh?
No, we’re pretty ordinary folk who just want peace and quiet. Yeah. Just peace and quiet.
(I’m also a little lethargic; yeah. I don’t really want to do much; nope. I’d rather just sit here and let the world go by; yep, that’s right. I’d rather just sit here and allow you to do as you want to do. Yep; that’s right. I don’t want to do anything ‘cause I’m kinda happy doin’ what I’m doin’…. Yeah; that’s right.
Not all of us are ‘go-getters’ you know. Nope; not all of us. Some of us just want to cosy our way through life. Yep; that’s true. Yep, not all of us have to be out there shootin’ the breeze and winning our way through life. Nope; that’s right. Some of us have to stay still and make way for you to do as you want to do. Yep; that’s right. Be no good if all of us wanted to be winners…. Yep…. I don’t need to be a winner, as such. Different kinds of winners you know. Your kind of winner needs to be ‘out there’ winning every conversation, every argument, every moment of every day you’re out there competin’. Yep: that’s right. I don’t need that; you see. Nope; I don’t need that.
Guess I’ll just mosey on over there and see what the grass is like there; may find me some more good stuff to eat…! That’s what entertains me; you see. The simple things are the things I like. Yep; that’s right.)
Anteater (Listen while you read)
Well, well, well; so you think that life is easy? Well, well, well; no, it is not for the feint hearted. Needs courage to get through; yeah courage and a lot of good luck!
A time to be healthy, dear heart! Healthy means; ‘in good temper’ both physically and mentally.
We see you a little ‘unhealthy’ at this present moment.
We ask that you ‘allow’ health to prevail. See your current situation as bringing either health or un-health to you.
Courage, dear one; courage and a good deal of ‘luck’ are what will bring rewards.
(Never mind what anyone says; you can do it. And, do it you will. However; we can see the toll that it is taking, indeed we can. Persistence is indeed a grand quality to have, we certainly agree with this quality in abundance. However; there comes a point when persistence can become a stubborn trait; and indeed, this is what your life is becoming dear friend: A persistent stubbornness!
Now that we have told you the ‘down-side’; let us tell you the ‘up-side’.
Hold on to your adventure dear friend, as a raft in a sea of turmoil. This raft is definitely your saving grace. However; and there is an ‘however’ dear friend. Do not hold on so tightly that the circulation is prevented from flowing the life giving force around your body. No dear friend, this will suffocate you in time. What we would like to suggest dear friend is that you let go of the reins a little; at least to the point where the stresses of the too tightly held reins can be released to the degree that allows for ‘better circulation’; if you get the drift.
An idea of monumental proportions cannot be dealt with satisfactorily if you are misguiding your chemical make-up into ‘freeze’. No dear friend, this will cause a cessation of the circulation resulting in a state of no go….
A timely warning dear one, to take a look at the body, mind and spirit. They are all within your care; are they not?
Antelope (Listen while you read)
A hop, step and a jump away from having it dear heart.
Yes, indeed; it is ‘almost’ yours.
That’s right. Patience!
Do we need to say more?
Patience is indeed a virtue.
(I want it now, thank you very much. No; I do not want to wait. I want what I want and I want it now.
How many times have we said this to ourselves throughout our lives? I was one of those impatient souls. I found waiting for anything such a hardship. I wanted instant gratification, thank you very much. It took many years to overcome this. I certainly tried very hard to ignore all common sense. Indeed, if anyone was to try to give me advise I would listen politely and then ignore their words. Oh yes; impatience was indeed one of my constant companions.
I have been advised, during my conversations with The Collective Consciousness, that those things that trouble us can become our greatest assets; given time and a good deal of work. I believe that today I am one of the most patient people I know.
I am aware of others; they spring to mind as I write.
One, who comes to mind, had a problem with being consistent. She would have wonderful intentions for a day or two; then the old thoughts would return and back she would slide. Today, I am very pleased to say, she is overcoming this preponderance within her mindset and she is experiencing the stability that consistency can bring.
Another has had many concerns regarding endurance. She too has accepted this as her main downfall and is making a conscious effort to maintain a sense of endurance throughout those areas of her life where she once would have failed to endure.
We all have our various concerns whether it be impatience, inconsistency, a lack of staying power, stubbornness; the list is endless. However; with a little self knowledge we can turn those deficits into assets.
Ape (General) (Listen while you read)
Chicken feed; hen’s teeth and chicken feed. What’s this you’re giving me?
Don’t you know it’s wrong, wrong, wrong? Don’t give me chicken feed.
Sometimes we allow others to say and do those things that can bring harm. Sometimes, there is a need to tell others that this just won’t do. A time to ‘speak up’.
(Yes indeedee, there comes a time when being quiet just does not make the world go round. Yes indeedee; sometimes, I say sometimes we need to take that bull by its horns and swing it in whatever direction is necessary to get our words out into the open.
And this is what the Ape personality tells us to do. -
Quietly if necessary, or as loudly as needs be we need to ensure that our words do not get stuck in our throats. For, if they do they will cause us such pain and heartache as indeed they must. Our words are the outer manifestation of what lies within. Can others know our thoughts? Can others guess our thoughts? Well sometimes indeed this can happen. However; for the most part our thoughts can only be known by expressing them. And what is wrong with expressing our thoughts? Why nothing is wrong with expressing our thoughts, providing we ensure that we are expressing our thoughts with the intention of letting others know how ‘we’ feel.
Many have a difficulty in doing this, do they not? Indeed. Some have a great difficulty expressing their innermost thoughts because they fear. And what do they fear? Many things do they fear. They fear rejection; they fear loneliness; they fear hostility; they fear mockery, embarrassment; they fear many things that may not be quite as obvious as we may think.
And so, may we say to those of you who have words stuck in your throats; do allow the words the freedom to exist. Is this not what you would like? Wouldn’t this make you feel more comfortable knowing that others understand you better? Indeed, we think that speaking up is a wonderful, if not essential thing to do. Don’t you?)
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Armadillo (Listen while you read)
A need to protect oneself from the torments of life. Harden up!!
We all need, at times, to look at our ‘self-protection’.
Do we need to adjust our outlook to accommodate the times? Certainly we do. We must not allow outside appearances to fool us into believing that all is well.
(There are moments in life when we can be fooled; these moments can bring us down, if we allow them to. We need to investigate these moments with thoughtful concentration. Are we missing something? Are we allowing ourselves to view the world with ‘rose coloured glasses’; are we taking a simple situation, which is really black, and making it appear white?
Sometimes in life we can want to believe one thing when really there is another thing happening altogether. In other words, my friends, we can deceive ourselves because of a ‘want’ that we may have.
It is certainly the case, when we wish for something to be so, that we can ‘make it so’ within our minds. Do we not, at times, do this? Indeed, some of us do this.
And what is the general outcome under these conditions? The general outcome, my dear friends, is that we lose sight of the reality of the situation which can, and does, bring us harm.
The Armadillo therefore, is warning us not to allow ourselves to firstly; be deceived by outward appearances and secondly; not to self-deceive. A timely warning, my friends.)
Bat (General) (Listen while you read)
Often times we find ourselves in the wrong position and need to investigate our ‘rightful’ position.
Do we ‘belong’ where we are? Do we need to take stock of what we are doing? Do we believe that with a little inner investigation we may find that things are not quite as they should be? A time to ponder our position………
(Timely remembering lasts a lifetime. Inappropriate happenings also last a lifetime. What is it that we wish for in our lives? Do we wish to do as we ought? Or do we want to be ever questioning the choices that we have made? This is what happens when we are not aware of the consequences of our thoughts and subsequent behaviour; we can become enmeshed in conditions that fail to bring calm, peace and contentment to us. To avoid these unpleasantries we need to remember that we ought to place ourselves in conditions that will bring about good feelings for ourselves and for others.
A timely remembrance indeed. Position, position, position is not just for the real estate market. No, my friends it is for those of us who wish to engage in life in a most useful, down to earth, solid fashion.)
Bilby (Listen while you read)
What’s up doc! Times a wastin’; time to get movin’; yeah you; it’s you I’m talkin’ to.
(Is it time to start a new project? Is it time to re-think a situation?
There a many questions for you at this point in time.
Do you need to start a new practise like Tai-Chi or Qigung (Chee-gung)? Do you need to face the fact that you’re wasting your precious time doing not so interesting things?
Yes my friend; there comes a time in everyone’s life when a need for self-evaluation is an important issue. This time is now, my friend, for you. Does this ‘ring any bells’ for you this day? Does this have any meaning for your life?
You will know if it does; there will be a ‘gnawing’ feeling in your belly; that’s right, isn’t it? When things have meaning for us we know it; even though we may try to ignore it; there it sits in our bellies gnawing away at our conscience….
And so, my dear friend let us hope that we can understand why our bellies are uncomfortable. Let us hope that we can listen to that gnawing feeling in its persistence. Oh yes; let us hear what our bodies are telling us. Let us understand that our bodies are talking every minute of every day.)
Birds (General) (Bird reflections can be found here)
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(Do we think that man is limited? Yes, indeed we do. Do we wish that we could help him? No, we do not. And why do we not wish to help him? We do not wish to help him for, if we did, he would most certainly try to constrain us, limit us, pursue us, defame us, murder us, the list goes on and on, does it not? Once man conquers, he ruins. Tough to say; however, this is true. Man torments, abuses, insults, etc., etc., all good. This he does and has done always. Why then oh why would we want to be controlled by him? No, we shall stay away from man and his sources of destruction.
Many offer asylum and sanctuary; this is so. There are many who offer friendship and love. However, the scales are most certainly tipped in favour of men who do not care to protect, cherish and keep us safe and well.
And so it is that when we find ourselves attracted to the Birds of the world we may care to ask of ourselves a number of questions. Are we content to sit by and allow the atrocities of life to prevail within our own lives? Do we feel protected from the torments of life? Are we a part of the population who trust, cherish and adore those of a weaker appearance? Are we measured by the love that we engender within those spheres? Yes, those flying creatures create a dichotomy for those of us who adore them. Let us look deep within to find where we stand.)
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Bison (Listen while you read)
We are nearing our end. Time to go. Much work still to be done.
Others shall come.
(Weary, yes we are weary. The reflection of the Bison is one of weariness. Those of us who are attracted to this beautiful beastie will find ourselves a little ‘worse for wear’. We almost feel the dust beneath our feet, so to speak.
There is a need for the Bison lovers to take stock of their physical happenings. They can, sometimes, expect a little too much of themselves.
The saying; “we are not getting any younger” springs to mind as does; “oh, my aching feet”.
In general, it will be the lower extremities that Bison lovers will tend to ‘feel’ as each day passes on to the next.
Getting old is also a concern for most Bison lovers. Age is a concern; one hidden deeply within the Bison lover’s psyche. Look deeply; you Bison lover you; and see if this rings true for you…
I thought so. Age shall not weary them; I hear you say. Age shall not weary the Bison; that is true however; it does weary you.
An attitude; that is all; this is just an attitude (and not a very good one). Good thing about attitudes is that they can be changed. And it’s amazing what a change of attitude can do for one’s psyche.)
Brown Bear (Listen while you read)
Potent medicine man. Big Chief healing.
Respect and dedication to all.
Magnanimous and inviting.
(Well, well, well my friend; so you think you have healing powers. Yes? Indeed my friend, we all think that we have healing powers. Do we not? We believe that we know all things to make better all disturbances. This is so, my friends. We all believe that if we took a little of our sight and applied it to the world, it would change. Indeed this is true, my friends. However, to what would it change? Would our brand of healing allow for ‘all’ to benefit? Would it? Or would our brand of healing only apply to a few?
This we ask of you dear friend. Would your brand of healing apply to all, or would it apply to but a few?
There comes a time, in most men’s lives, when he thinks he has a cure for just about all things that ail. This is true, my friend.
You believe that if you applied your healing the world would be a better place, indeed.
Nothing wrong with that however, dear friend. Once again the question is posed.
Would your brand of healing assist all?
This is certainly a question that needs to be addressed when we are attracted to the magnificent Brown Bear.)
CAMEL (Dromedary) (Listen while you read)
No nonsense son of a gun.
No deviations: A straight course for me. I have a goal and I will quietly achieve; for I have strength of conviction as my guide.
Focus and power, forthrightness and diligence are what are required.
Waiting about for someone else to take a stand is not what is needed at this point in time.
(For those of us who are attracted to the Camel (Dromedary) a straight forward resolve is good for us. When confronted with a confusing set of values we tend to make straight for the life jacket of sanity in the form of ‘correctness’. Without a sense of purpose, diligence and calm those of us who appreciate the energies of this beastie will most certainly react with consternation equal to Mount Vesuvius with the resulting eruption taking place within us. This does not bode well for our bodies, minds and behaviour. We can tend to ‘take it out’ on the nearest ‘anything’. Don’t get in the way of a Camel (Dromedary) type personality, for if you do you will find us ‘not so very cute’; if you know what I mean. No, my friends stay well clear of a Camel (Dromedary) type if you know what’s good for you; he will take ‘no quarter’ if his need for order is not taken seriously.
On a brighter note; the Camel (Dromedary) energy can also be a soothing/refreshing medicine when all about are losing their heads. The calm approach to life of this energy allows for much grace to be forthcoming under troublesome times.)
Capybara (Listen while you read)
Hello there! My name is ‘Capybara’; and I have a tale to tell. No, it’s not a long tale for I am succinct, you see. I thrive in order. I enjoy pleasure. I am likeable, loveable; it’s true. And this is what we say to you… Order is the only way.
If we are not ordered in our comings and goings, then we shall have chaos; yes chaos. And this certainly won’t do.
(And so, to begin our story:
Once upon a time there was a little Capybara. He was a very lonely Capybara; do you want to know why? Yes? Good, I’ll tell you why he was a lonely little Capybara. He was a lonely little Capybara because he didn’t have any friends.
And, why didn’t he have any friends?
This little Capybara didn’t have any friends because he couldn’t be trusted.
Couldn’t be trusted? Why?
He couldn’t be trusted because he was always out of order.
Out of order! What do you mean by out of order?
Out of order, means that he was not capable of order. Yes?
Well, yes I suppose that is so. But why didn’t he have any friends because he was out of order?
Friends, like all of us, thrive in order; do we not?
Well, I thrive in order…. Yes, I like to know that there is order about me.
And why is this?
Well, it gives me a sense of knowing. Yes, it gives me a sense of knowing the ‘lie of the land’, so to speak. When there is order there is a stability about things. So yes, I like ‘order’ about me.
And if there is not order about you; how does this make you feel?
If there is not order about me I can feel a little disturbed. Yes, my mind can feel a little ‘out of sorts’; unsettled, you might say.
And would you want someone, who is not capable of order, to be your friend?
Well, I wouldn’t exclude them from my friend list however; I probably wouldn’t want to spend as much time with them as I would with someone whose thinking is ordered.
Are you getting the drift?
Yes, I think I am. Thank you for this understanding. I am feeling a little sad for those who don’t understand the value of ordered thinking. They may be missing out on so many ‘little’ things in life; and they won’t even appreciate why.)
Cheetah (Listen while you read)
A thinker, oh yes; sharp as a tack.
(Well today’s reflection is one that is close to my heart. I adore the Cheetah and hope that it’s reflection is a nice one; for I understand that the reflection holds something for me. And this is the case for all of the reflections. If we have an affinity toward a particular animal it is because ‘that which it projects’ is a reflection of ourselves. So, here goes with the reflection for the Cheetah.
I’m not so tough; no, not so tough. I can move with the speed of light however; I’m not so tough.
Life has shown me a few things; that is for sure. I am neither bothered by the appearances of others or by their flair, or their name, or their hair. No, there is not much about others that leave a trace upon me. I am my own animal, so to speak. I don’t care for the thoughts of others; although I enjoy the differences I am pretty much set in my own ways. This is so because I have learned to appreciate myself through the many trials and tribulations of my life. You will not see me coveting the things that others covet. I am happy to have ‘enough’. I do not require more. Simply; I am myself and have no need to be otherwise. Oh yes my friends, life has shown me a number of things, most of which I use in my daily comings and goings. Not least of all ‘acceptance of myself’………..)
Chicken (Listen while you read)
Enter a world of wonder and light. Enter a world where it is so bright. Surprise, Surprise; you wonder at this. Oh yes, in reality; life is bliss.
(Come with me on a journey of wonder. That’s what it is. Come with me on a journey of love. That’s what it is. Come with me on a journey of light. That’s what it is. Come with me on a journey of surrender. That’s what it is. And what is it that we are talking about? Life, my friend, life.
We are all subject to life; are we not? Yes? “Yes”, I hear you say. Good; we all understand that we are all subject to life. And, what is life? Life, my friend, is what we shall have when we surrender. Yes, that is right. Life is what we shall have when we surrender to all those things, inside, that make us not surrender. Do you get the drift? No? Well, to get it, you have to surrender.
To explain: To surrender to life means to allow life to have its way. And what is life? Life, my friend, is what you shall have when you surrender. Now you are beginning to get the drift; are you not? Yes, indeed, I believe that you are beginning to get the drift.
Life, wants you to see it. Sounds funny; however, true. Life, wants to be available to you however, until you see it, it cannot be. Once again, dear friend, we are losing you, are we not? Indeed.
Life, wants you to see it. Now, what does this mean?
Life has it in its power to do many things; does it not? Ahhhhh, we hear you say. Now you are beginning to see what we mean.
Until you appreciate that life is always there knocking on your door, you won’t be able to see it; will you not? And, until you allow yourself to see it; you will be confined to the limited aspects of life…. Dull, dull, dull, my friend.
We want you to see life. We want you to take that bull by its horns and allow life to show to you all of those things for which you yearn. Indeed, this we do.
And so, dear friends; now you understand the reflection of the mighty chicken; a little foul full of heart and love and mischief and wonder; are they not?)
Cow (Listen while you read)
How’s about a life, dear one?
Have you got one? Are you doing the best with it?
These are questions which you need to answer for yourself.
Don’t think that others know best.
No, dear heart; they do not.
YOU know, dear one; what is best for you.
Think. Think. Think. What, in your heart of hearts, do you really want?
That’s right. What do YOU really want?
Only you have that answer.
(You do not need to tell me, dear friend. No, it would be best to keep it to yourself. That’s right. Until you have it very clear within your own mind it would be best to keep it to yourself. Yes, that’s right.
Some of us make the mistake of telling others our innermost dreams only to have them trampled upon. Yes, this is what happens to some who share their innermost dreams. We do not want to see this happen to you dear friend. No, we do not want to see your innermost dreams treated in this manner. So, we say to you, dear friend; don’t let anyone trample upon your dreams. No, never ever allow anyone to trample upon your dreams. Keep them to yourself; that’s right. Keep them safe within your own mind until they have been formulated and going about their business becoming more and more a reality. Yes, dear friend, this is how to accomplish your innermost dream.
Now; do you understand why it is that we must keep our own counsel in regard to our dream? Yes? No? We’ll tell you. We need to keep our own counsel, so to speak, so as not to interfere in creating those things that we will need to create in order for our dream to become a reality. That’s right. Were we to let others know, before our dream has taken root, there would be a difficulty in the realisation of our dream due to the disturbance that the thoughts and opinions of others may place upon us. Indeed, we see this happening over and over again. Some, who do not keep their own councel, are ‘led astray’ by those offering irrelevant information. This can send you on a slow decline into negative thinking. This, dear friend, can be the beginning of the end for your dream.
Think carefully before setting sail, dear friend. Think upon the manner in which you would like for your dream to end and then you will find how to begin. Indeed, it may sound like the wrong way to go about creating your dream however; we can assure you that if you think upon the end, the beginning will become much clearer to you…. May you have as much fun with your dream as you can…)
Coyote (Listen while you read)
Around and around and around we go; where she stops, nobody knows.
Life’s a bit like that; around and around and around it goes; where it stops, nobody knows.
So why are you worrying?
It ‘will’ happen!
(Where she stops, nobody knows. Well, there may be some truth to this saying however; we know that you have a plan; don’t we? Yes, we know that you have a plan and you would like it to happen now! Yes, we do; don’t we? We know that you have a plan; a very good plan; and you would like to see it come to fruition today, if not sooner….!!!
Unfortunately we have some bad news for you, dear friend. It is not going to come true for some good time to come. However; you can be happy to know that it will come true, eventually. Yes, we understand that this is not what you have wanted to hear. Yes, we understand. We also understand that there are a myriad of things which will need to ‘come into place’ firstly, before your plan can have its way. Don’t you agree with that? Don’t you agree that you will need to make another plan before your ‘big’ plan can see its way into reality? Yes? Good, we know that you are understanding.
Now that we have a premise upon which to work you can see that it is going to take some time before your plan can ‘have its way’. However; we do not want to see you ‘give up’ on your plan. No, dear friend, that is not what we want to see. No, dear friend; hold onto your plan; put your smaller plan into action and allow that which is rightfully yours to find its way to you, at the appropriate time.
In the meantime there are some things ‘within’ that need your care. And what is meant by ‘within’? What is meant by ‘within’ dear friend are those things within your mind that need some adjustment. Yes, a little adjustment of attitude is required in order to meet the challenges that your plan will bring.
Think upon this a little and you will see that your plan requires a ‘shift’ in your thinking. When this and many other smaller things are set in motion, your plan will evolve into being……)
Carolyn Page – ABC of Spirit Talk
The updated Animal reflections (alpha order) can be found below