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How To Take A Squirrel Seriously

Updated on April 25, 2018
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Sometimes life is hard. Those you love may struggle. Writing has helped me process my thoughts and helped me be more compassionate.

Are you trying to tell me something?
Are you trying to tell me something?

"If I could talk to the animals, learn their messages, maybe get an animal degree..."

I have found a new past time. I've learned about the possibility that animals might actually be trying to convey messages to us. I have always been intrigued by animal behaviors, especially those that seem to be behaving differently, appear in greater numbers than usual, or show up in unexpected places. Reading about the spiritual powers of animals was new to me but seemed to make sense and came at a time in my life where I was completely open to believing in this potential power. Just because it was new to me, didn't make it new! I found out that there are many, many books written about animal spirit guides. I mean why shouldn't everything that exists have something to say?

So, armed with several guides, I, now, enjoy the messages that surround me. The best part is that I can read the message and then figure out for myself how it fits my current situation. It's a great way to contemplate life. So I thought I would share what I am learning from one of the animals in my life right now.


Seriously? A Squirrel Has A Message For Me?

Recently, I've had lots of squirrels to observe; busily running up and down and all around. So, why not start with this one? I looked up the message of the squirrel in my Animal Spirit Guide by Steven Farmer.

From my readings and my own thoughts about my present circumstances, I think this is what Squirrel is trying to tell me.

I'm serious! Read on! It's fun. Maybe it's trying to tell me this...

Listen to me.
Listen to me.
Are you getting ready?
Are you getting ready?
It's time, you know!
It's time, you know!

"Get ready."

Right now, as I think about this possible message, I am in the middle of a change. And being prepared for this change has weighed heavily on my mind.

But there are so many things that "Get ready" could mean. Get ready for what? Something good? Something bad?

When I read this message, I definitely pay closer attention. Whatever it is that's coming, I have to be ready.


Empty some space!  Make room for a new life!
Empty some space! Make room for a new life!

"Lighten your load."

In preparation for this thing I'm supposed to be ready for, I think I'm now being told to make room for IT!

The best part of this is the contemplation. Studying my life to simply think about what things I could give up to "lighten my load" is interesting.

Every single time I get this message from Squirrel, I head right to my closet! Always and forever, clothes become my biggest burden. It's always a good idea to lighten this load!

And now, as I prepare to move again, I find that there are many other things that I allowed to take up space in my life that now seem to simply be obstacles for my new space. Funny how once something is the exact right thing and then it's not. I need to remember to clear those things from my life. Just because I paid money for something doesn't mean I should store it or move it around with me if it no longer has a purpose.

Why thank you squirrel. You're right! I can most definitely lighten my load! But then you say...

It's time to pay attention to your diet.
It's time to pay attention to your diet.

"Pay attention to your diet."

This message keeps haunting me. At one point, I was stress eating. Maybe I'm doing that again now! It's time, again, for me to focus on eating healthier food and actually staying active. I have learned that, as I have gotten older, I need to more effort in these areas.

Good message Squirrel. I'm on it.

What's that? You have one more message for me?

Have you been having any fun?
Have you been having any fun?
It's easy.  Watch me!
It's easy. Watch me!

"Don't forget to make time to play!"

I hear you Squirrel. I have been really focused lately on taking care of everyone else. I know that I have to balance that with some socializing and fun for me. It's time for me to venture out. I need to figure out how to make new friends, but I miss all the old familiar faces and places.

I hear you Squirrel. I am listening. This new life will only be a good as I make it. I need to get ready, lighten my load, pay attention to my diet, and find ways to have fun. Got it! Thanks Squirrel. You're the best!

So Did This Squirrel Talk To Me?

Of course not! But, on this day, there was a squirrel that spent an unusual amount of time outside my door. It was there so long that I had plenty of time to photograph it. So, it seemed that maybe it was a good time to look up the message of the squirrel and within that message there were interesting things for me to think about. Does it mean that one of my spirit guides was wanting to check in with me? Maybe. What I do know is that each of the messages seemed to be something that I needed to hear. So, why not think that this squirrel was there to give me this message. Why not, indeed.

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      Jane Peschel 

      5 years ago from Currently living in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin

      What a wonderful comment. Thank you Violet! Yes, I am enjoying the feeling of being surrounded by chatter! Today, the squirrels were so busy. It's about to get very, very cold. They will be finding places to burrow but then through the tree line, I watched the deer meander back and forth, calmly and at peace in this protected forest. I continue to read the messages over and over again as I feel they completely sum up my life right now. Then someone suggested that I get "Medicine Cards". I received them this weekend and was amazed at the story told by my "Totem Animals". What a rich and wonderful discovery for me! I'm glad I'm not alone talking to things :)

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      Violet Flame 

      5 years ago from Auckland, NZ

      Dear jpesch1,

      What a lovely partnership you are developing with your new animal friends and new environment! The world speaks to us always and in all ways, they are always communicating, but so often they fall on deaf ears. I am sure you are finding that the more you listen, the more they speak out. It is kind of sad that humanity's false sense of superiority have separated us from our innate sense of oneness with nature and each other. One is considered daft if caught talking to 'things'. I have a funny habit of talking to my surrounding, and have been caught a few times while apologising to my studio table for example, if I had soiled it or bumped it. My studio would turned around looking at me very wierdly: "Are you talking to your table?" "Are you talking to your chair?" I would turn around and say "Yah, don't you?" and give her my strange look, ha ha.... And you are so lucky to have squirrels to talk to. We don't really have them in New Zealand :-(

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      maria sial 

      5 years ago from united kingdom

      Its amazing and adorable ... thank you

    • jpesch1 profile imageAUTHOR

      Jane Peschel 

      5 years ago from Currently living in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin

      Thank you, Mary.

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      Mary Merriment 

      5 years ago from Boise area, Idaho

      I really like this. This is another lesson for me about opening up more of my awareness to my environment. I used to really pay attention to nature and the messages within it. I'm really not sure when I got too distracted and busy to just pay attention. Your message is to me loud and clear... slow down, look around and be more aware! Thank you.

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