Animal Guide Series - Porcupine
edited: Saturday, December 23, 2006
By Jennifer Holly MacDonald
Not "rated" by the Author.
Posted: Saturday, December 16, 2006
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Porcupine Guides You With Child like Faith In All Things Joyful.
Child like fun and innocence is all Porcupine wants to communicate to everyone.
There is fun to be had wherever you go, no matter what you are doing.
All work and no play doesn't even enter Porcupine's mind. He's telling you to ease off on the work and let it all go. Things will always work out, you don't have to try so hard. If you can't stop long enough to play a game or have a good laugh then what's the point anyway?
Porcupine is gentle, quiet, passive and slow and he thoroughly enjoys his place in life helping others slow down and play. He has a message to let go of all guilt and shame since these two aspects create a place of wrong or counter productive thinking. If you've made mistakes in your life then make peace with yourself and those around you as best you can and move on.
How do you make peace with yourself? Ask Porcupine in meditation and he'll always be ready to answer you.
If you have trouble with meditation, one of the best ways to get in contact with Porcupine is by doing something child like. Color in a coloring book but keep it simple, it's not about perfection, it's about fun.
Cut out pictures of Porcupine and look at them when you want to feel your own sense of innocence.
Everyone contains that seed of innocence in the present moment and that is where Porcupine will meet you. In this moment, the one you're in right now.
Everything you've done is in the past. All that you are right now is in this moment and nothing else means anything in this moment except that you are fully you and present. This is where your innocence is, this is where you can be real and authentic.
No matter what you've done, good, bad or indifferent, you can only make choices from this moment, you can only be 100% in this moment. Don't waste it on worrying about past mistakes or how to make up for it in the future.
Be at peace with yourself now and you can learn to have fun again.
Porcupine says that if you do meet up with him, he won't ever hurt you. It's a myth that porcupines shoot their quills. The only way to get stuck with porcupine quills is to attack porcupine, then you deserve it!
Porcupine also teaches about obvious boundaries.
It's in his benefit to protect himself especially since he is so meek and vulnerable, but rather than go against his passive nature, he let's God handle the details by accepting the use of his quills.
Porcupine never attacks with his built in, God given, defence system but any aggressor will get the message that Porcupine won't tolerate any bullying if he tries to take advantage.
Porcupine is showing you that it's okay to make your personal boundaries clear to everyone, it is your right to do so, in fact, it's in your nature.
There is no point getting aggressive as all you will accomplish is the loss of your defenses for awhile which creates further vulnerability.
There's also no sense trying to pretend that you don't have boundaries, don't hide them or you will end up hurting those closest to you.
Accept yourself and your surroundings fully and move slowly as Porcupine does.