Monday, August 29, 2011

Red Panda August 29 2011

I came across an interesting book called Animal Spirit Guides by Steven Farmer. It listed animals and their meanings. This peaked my interest so instead of buying his book I did some internet research and came up with this
It really shed some light on the visitation I had with a Red Panda. I feel very honored to have had him come in my thoughts. I am reposting the whole article in case the site is no longer active later.


Being happiest when the people and community around you is content, introverted but still involved in community ventures, the value of gentleness, tree wisdom, tree related divination like ogam, the power of touch, rejuvenation when alone, providing wisdom to a community while remaining apart from it.

General Description:

The red panda is an omnivorous mammal (though it mostly eats bamboo), between 55-60mm long, noted for their characteristic red and buff fur, long tail, and characteristic 'panda' markings on their face. Despite their name, they are not related to pandas, and belong in their own family - Ailuridae. The red panda is found in the Himalayas at high elevations, in deciduous and coniferous landscapes, where they are excellent climbers. They prefer temperate climates.

Red pandas are mostly solitary, and nocturnal/crepuscular. Their primary natural predator is the snow leopard, The red panda is also known as the Nepalese red panda, and the lesser panda. It is endangered in the wild, threatened primarily through fur poaching and habitat destruction. The red panda communicates through whistles and squeaks, and is considered a mild, and even-tempered disposition.

Lessons and Challenges:

The red panda allows us to see that - even if we choose not to be involved - we are probably happiest when the people and community around us is content. The red panda leads a stressed and fractured existence, and other species around it (notably humans) destroy its habitat to create more land and territory for themselves; because they are not content with what they already have. And very frequently, people who wish to be left alone are likewise often intruded upon by other people and communities who are also not content.

Red panda teaches us that - even if we are happiest on our own, or wish for space to ourselves - sometimes we must take a little time to see to the needs of others, if only to make sure that we can get adequate rest. So before you turn your phone off, leave your office for the day, go on holiday or try and secure some time to yourself; make sure to extend a little of your care to others. By helping the community, friends, family, or even strangers; you better care for yourself.

It is possible to be a naturally introverted person, and still be interested in community ventures. Red panda encourages you to stay involved in local charities, community groups, and local networks of friends so that you know what's going on and make a contribution, even if you do prefer to spend most of your time on your own.

The red panda has a mild disposition, and is known in the wild, and in some zoos, as being a gentle and even-tempered creature. Red panda teaches us the value of gentleness. Sometimes gentleness can be a survival skill too. When we negotiate the world around us with thoughtfulness and care, instead of outright fear or aggression, we often make more intelligent and wise choices.

Red panda teaches the wisdom of the trees and the forests, particularly those found in deciduous and coniferous forests. When you spend your entire life amongst trees, and adapt your entire body to live within and around them, you absorb a lot of their knowledges and experiences.

Through red panda it is possible to know the forests and the individual tree spirits that live within. This can be handy for people who have problems contacting tree spirits directly. Red panda can also indicate that it is time to learn specific tree-related divinations, like the Ogam.

The red panda teaches us about the power of touch, particularly touch as a healing tool. The red panda regularly self-massages and grooms its torso and back with its paws. This is a somewhat ritualised procedure, which cleans, but also stimulates blood circulation and nurtures the body. Red panda reminds us of the value of tactile touch, whether it is getting massages from others, or learning self massage.

The red panda gains most of its nourishment while alone. It is a shy, solitary animal, capable of feeding itself and finding shelter alone. Red panda teaches us how to rejuvenate when we are alone. It can come into the lives of extroverts who can't stand loneliness, to teach them where to find the wisdom in space and solitude. And red panda can come into the lives of introverts to remind them that there is much wisdom to be found in the quiet places, and that it's okay to rest and seek regular time outs.

The red panda can be likened to the 'old man on the hill,' a beacon of wisdom that can inform and heal the community, while still remaining separate from a community. Red panda teaches us that it is possible to serve a community and live away from it or rarely encounter it. It is through skills of gentleness, understanding, active listening and friendliness that we overcome barriers and provide healing advice to many; even if most of the 'many' are strangers. When red panda has come into your life, it can be to suggest that even if you are not involved in a certain community or group of people, it doesn't automatically mean you are not qualified to give them helpful advice.

The Shadow Aspects:

Those who dislike or fear red panda, may find that they have problems with the concept of gentleness. They may suppress their own urges to be friendly or gentle with others and so exhibit unnecessary hostility even to those who need help. Those who dislike or fear red panda may disrespect those who have a sweet disposition, or who are nice to most people. They may see this as a sign of weakness, instead of strength.

Red panda in its shadow aspect can also represent a total severing from society, where solitude has caused you to become a non-contributing, and non-functioning member of society. In this case, red panda challenges you to find a balance between staying involved with society and still getting a necessary amount of space and time to yourself.


Like all animal helpers, this animal will only appear when right and appropriate, and cannot be forced to visit you, commune with you, or share messages with you. Red panda is a gentle animal energy, though s/he can be forceful on occasion if you're not getting the point! However, for those who prefer reassuring or soothing animal energies, red panda is one that could benefit you or who might respond if you reach out to them.

Red panda prefer gentle, quiet and contemplative approaches. Meditation and visualisation is effective, or finding a quiet place in a forest (if you have any nearby!) and just contemplating their nature and what you know of it can also be an effective way of reaching out. Red panda can be a very patient teacher, and is not quick to anger or reprimand, preferring gentle paths over harsh ones.

Note to my self : Be gentle and listen to others. Receive gentle touches when necessary. Learn more about tree therapy 

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Blizzard the Betta Calms Everyone

This morning: Waiting for Willy to start the 'My turn out!' chirps.
All was quiet. I asked Willy why.
Willy sent me a thought. "He (Blizzard) said not to worry. She won't for get us."
He said the fish told him how I needed to go in the water to feel better just like he does.
I always let the Linnies out after my shower. One night I took Blizzard Betta in the bathroom with me in his mini tank. He LOVED the bubbles! I set some near his tank and he got all swimmy and happy
Blizzard said "Bernard told me about the big tank but he never told me about the BUBBLES! 

Friday, July 22, 2011

Communications With Mr Mountain July 21, 2011

Yesterday as we were driving home both Joe and I noticed how brown the mountains had become. I did a very bad thing. I called them "sh** brown" in my head.
The mountain heard me! At least it felt my thoughts. The mountain thought it was funny. I immediately apologised profusely, saying that he just looked like a big dirt ball not all nice and green anymore.
He said "ya...that's me!" Then he showed me a close up of all these holes and tunnels that little creatures lived in inside him.
"They like it here." he said " The rocks and my dirt provide a cool place for them when it gets too hot."
I apologised again for saying such a bad thing about. Mr Mountain showed me a picture of a little lizard. The lizard lifted his head and looked at me and said "you ugly!"
It was real funny first to see a talking lizard and then to have it say such an outrageous thing made me laugh. Mr Mountain laughed too
Then he said "and you what funnier is the people named the space between the mountains and not the mountains themselves" We were driving on Gypsum Canyon Rd
Later I was meditating on what Mr Mountain had taught me. I asked  ' What about when it rains? Do you like that?'
Mr Mountain answered "Trees grow and that is nice. But too much rain makes the little critters' homes melt and get muddy They don't like that"
I had a mountain that I loved in Hawaii called the Ko'olaus where the clouds hovered and sent down a drizzle every morning that moistened my skin.
Mr Mountain said "So you liked the mountain because it fulfilled a need?"
I had to think about that one.
Mr mountain spoke again. "You need friends instead of sitting here talking with an old mountain. Haven't had a coversation like this sice the old days with the other people"
I guessed this to mean the native American Indians who were here first.

On a note I will be making firends. I am going to a tea at my church tomorrow :)

Red Pada June 12, 2011

Last I had the sweetest vision of a Red raccoon. His face was bright orange with a mask of darker orange across his eyes. He put his face right up to mine and smiled. At first I the he was a fox but was too plump to be a fox. He plopped down still grinning and befan to wash rubbing his dainty claws together then smoothing down his fur in long even stokes similar to a cat.
I ask 'How are you?'
"HAPPY!" he replied
He combed his fur some. I offered him some water which he took politely. He looked at the straw odly so I removed. He drank tipping the bottle up. Then he tipped some on his fur and paws. He was very intent on keeping them clean. Some how I knew this red guy was a male.
I refrained from asking any questions until he was finished with his cleaning ritual. When he was groomed to his satisfaction, he leaned back on his full tail and smiled a wide, content grin.
This all happened in a vision before my eyes none of it tangible but all real
So I asked "why are you here?"
He said "a white bird" which I assumed to be Cloud my parakeet "told us about an unusual pink and white and fish and an unusual pink and white human. I wanted to see them for myself And now I am here and I am happy! I am unusual too!
'What is your name?' I asked
Then he did the most strange thing in reply. He dipped that big bush of a tail in the water and wrote carefully
Carlee is a girls name I thought out loud.
He said 'um..ok but this not in you language.
He finished by saying ' You are different I am different You are happy I am happy!
The next day I looked it up Carlee means "Free Man"
Red Pandas are native bears found in he Hemilayians. They eat bamboo and will also eat mince like cats.
It is so neat to be unique!
That is what the Red Panda taught me

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Saturday, March 26, 2011


GOD BLESSES JULIE : Yesterday I was going to send Julie a relaxing picture with a sound bite of rain falling. When I called to wish her a happy birthday she told me that she had the most wonderful morning standing on the patio of her work place watching the rain fall. God gave her the best present ever!