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Grasshopper Medicine

“It’s time to trust my instincts, close my eyes and leap”
-Stephen Schwartz
 
I have always had a deep love and respect for nature and its inhabitants both small and large. I adore watching the natural world around me, and all of its creatures going about their daily lives and doing their jobs, just like you and I.
 
There are times when certain animals will appear in my life as if having something to tell me. In Shamanism or the Native American culture, when an animal comes to you, it is said that the animal brings you “animal medicine”. Animal medicine is medicine that heals your consciousness. Animal medicine can bring you personal power, strength, and understanding. Each animal brings with it its own unique essence and lesson to share with you. What it means to you as an individual is entirely up to you to decipher for yourself. How did the animal make you feel when he/she came to you? What was going on in your life at the time? What answers were you looking for? You can also look up the meaning of the particular medicine, and take from it what works for you.
 
Working with animal medicine is a great way to learn to honor all living things as teachers. It is a great way to practice being present and to become one with all of life and nature.
 
Grasshopper medicine has had a huge impact on me, and has come to me during times in my life when I have felt that my inner faith has been tested by my outward circumstances. My first encounter with grasshopper was right before I gave birth to my second daughter, there were grasshoppers scattered all over my back yard, singing their beautiful songs. Grasshopper had such a profound impact on me at the time that I drew a picture my pregnant self with grasshopper. I knew that grasshopper meant “a leap of faith“, but little did I know what a great leap I’d soon be taking.
 
I became extremely ill with pneumonia, so ill that when I went to the emergency room my blood pressure was off the charts, and my pulse was 120 beats per minute, just resting! my tired heart was having a tough time keeping up with the work it had to do to keep my pregnant, asthmatic, and very sick body going. My temperature was 102.8, even after taking multiple fever reducers. I was terrified for my poor little baby trapped inside of my burning hot womb. I nervously stared at the monitor and watched my baby’s heartbeat rising from the heat and stress my body was putting on her. I told the Doctor about my concerns for my baby, and the Doctor said he was not worried about my baby, but about me, my body was not fighting for itself, but only for my baby. The Doctor informed me that if my body was going to have a chance, they needed to do surgery immediately to take my baby out. They needed to put me under and intubate me, with my asthma and the pneumonia, I was scared for my life. The overwhelming fear I felt at that moment is really indescribable, I knew that there was no getting out of this one, and I had no other choice but to trust my instincts and take that “leap of faith“. I thought of the grasshopper and how it only leaps forward and never backwards, and I took that leap, and here I am today, I am alive.
 
The second time the grasshopper entered my life was the night before my Grandmother’s Memorial service. I was standing in my kitchen thinking about my Grandmother as these intense feelings of isolation, dread, and doom fell over my body. I began to panic, I needed to escape, but there was nowhere to go, I felt so alone trapped in these terrifying feelings. As I lifted my head to the screen on the sliding glass door, there was a little grasshopper looking at me. I decided once again to take that leap and allowed faith to move within me. Grasshopper brought me such peace at a moment when I needed it most.
 
So those are just a couple of wonderful ways animal medicine has touched my life. Sometimes all we need is just a little hope, and that’s just what animal medicine brings. These animals can pull you outside of yourself by helping you to focus on positive ways to make it through whatever challenges you are facing at the time.
 
What animal calls to you?

6 Comments to Grasshopper Medicine:

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aliya on Monday, August 01, 2011 10:53 PM
i just came across your post because a grasshopper landed right on my computer screen the moment i had started looking for jobs instead of taking a "leap of faith" and trusting my art work to support me. thank you for sharing your experiences :)
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Anne on Monday, September 12, 2011 11:36 AM
A grasshopper was on the back step last week as I tied my shoes there before doing some outdoor chores. When I finished my chores, it was still there. I took many photos of it. I am glad to read that Grasshopper was giving me confirmation to go ahead w/ my dream. Thank you.
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Tracie on Wednesday, November 28, 2012 10:35 AM
I did a google search for "Grasshopper on pool screen" and found this post after many posts speaking of exterminating them! I am going through a very rough time right now in life, and spend a lot of time here on the lanai as I work mainly from home. For the last 2 weeks or so, a very large grasshopper has been visiting in the same area on my screen. Every day, without fail. My 4 year old even named her "Daisy". As I look at Daisy right now, there are beautiful white fluffy clouds moving slowly in the blue sky, and I feel very at peace. You asked what animals call to others - this grasshopper joins the Dragonfly as a creature who has meant a lot to me. After a 10 year failed marriage, I was incredibly down and struggling to take that leap of faith that you mention. I met someone new and later became pregnant - something I never thought I wanted or expected, as I was very happy being a career-focused woman. During my pregnancy, my yard became full of Dragonflies... and upon doing some research, I found that the Dragonfly is said to represent "rebirth". My true "rebirth" was looking into my baby girl's eyes as she lay on my chest after birth - Her nursery is filled with Dragonfly art, bedding and mobiles. Thank you for sharing your story. I now understand why Daisy has been visiting me each and every day. I hope she continues to visit. She is dancing side to side as I type - I've never seen her do that.
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mcitp on Tuesday, March 26, 2013 10:59 PM
I hope she continues to visit. She is dancing side to side as I type - I've never seen her do that.
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