*This is a follow up post to ‘ Shadow Totems’ HERE
It is clear to say that a few years ago I used to be an insectiphobe. Creepy crawlies creeped me out. Bee and wasps terrified me, cockroaches still do and alien looking creatures gave me chills. Thankfully most of that has changed as I began to realise the things we fear have a lot to teach us.
Many fears are learned fears passed on down through the generations. In my family all the women showed me from an early age that bees and wasps are to be feared. So gripping was this message I saw my mum and aunt flee the scene of a trapped bee in absolutely mind-numbing terror. Running through the house as if an axe murderer had just entered, so extreme was this legacy of fear.
I obviously continued this fear until a few years back after a particularly strong crying session in my kitchen by the mere sight of a bee my house-mate had caught in a glass to set free.
It was then that I knew this phobic reaction was totally bonkers and I needed to change. So one day while at a zoo I gazed into a bee hive (behind a glass window) while my friend Mike did distant EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique) on me. And from that moment on gradually things changed.
What I discovered was that those creatures we fear have the same qualities that we fear within ourselves. Qualities we have within us that we are resistant to embracing, and once we begin to investigate and educate ourselves about those creatures the fear begins to release (and EFT helps).
Wasps As A Gift
Why do they sting?
I was not attacking this wasp, so I educated myself on the wasp totem (wisdom).
What Do Wasps Teach Us If They Are Our Shadow Totems
(normal totems once embraced)
“The wasp is a totem of shape shifting and interdependence. Most wasp species are solitary. Unlike bees, which are hive oriented, the wasp is independent and prefers to work on his own rather than in a group. Solitary wasps have little patience and will swarm all over a task they are performing with a gusto. Wasp people are independent thinkers and have difficulty relating to authority figures. They prefer to do things in their own way. Individuals that hold solitary wasp medicine often receive recognition as the front-runners of new trends or ideas later in life. Because wasps can be either independent or social, those with this totem often display two different yet distinct personalities, aggressive or communal. Personality shifts can create chaos for those in relationships with wasp medicine people. Just when you think you know the person, they change and become someone else. The wasp teaches those with this medicine how to use diversity to their advantage. By observing the wasp we can learn how to shape our outer image and become more connected to our inner knowing.” from www.goddessrealm.com
Education Releases Fear
Dependent on your fear or phobia of a creature in nature, educate yourself. If it is an insect my favourite book on the subject is ‘The Voice Of The Infinite In The Small’ by Joanne Elizabeth Lauck. For any other creatures there is a wealth of animal wisdom books by Ted Andrews and various other authors on animal wisdom. Nature does give us signs and if we read them we can really begin to understand ourselves a lot better.
I am yet to embrace my cockroach phobia but I would like to. I would need to go to a warmer country as I never see any in my area. But once I do embrace this, I will be embracing strength, resilience, community, my shadow and much more.
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Photos:1st Wikimedia2nd Flickr taken by Ed Needs A Bicycle