By Kandace Keithley

Squirrel’s Medicine is the stuff of Joy of reconnecting us with the Spirit Child that lives inside us all. Like the spiritual masters and teachers of all traditions, Jesus taught that unless we become like little Children, we cannot enter the Kingdom of Heaven.

What that means is taking our healing journey seriously in an effort to return to that lost and little child, re-parent him or her, and set them free to live through our grown-up bodies.

Squirrel is Mother Nature’s acrobat and shows us how to leap from place to place either when necessary to keep us safe, or just in play with our friends and family. Squirrel teaches us the importance of play in everything we do, as we gather our  medicines and prepare ourselves for our next chapters.

This is the basis for the belief of “whistle while you work,” for when we do our work with a playful heart, we’re much more able to do Squirrel’s work of gathering and storing our energy and resources, and getting ourselves organized so we’re prepared for anything – whether an unexpected visitor or an emergency.

Squirrel reminds us that when we return to our childlike state of mind through working with our Angels, Guides, teachers and healers, we begin to have a deep relationship with all of creation. For it is the healing journey that returns us to the true essence of ourselves where we are One with all creatures and beings in creation.

As our Grandfather, Chief Dan George of the of the Tsleil-Waututh Nation teaches:

“One thing to remember is to talk to the animals. If you do, they will talk back to you. But if you don’t talk to the Animals, they won’t talk back to you. Then you won’t understand, and when you don’t understand you will fear, and when you fear you will destroy the animals, and if you destroy the animals, you will destroy yourself.” – Chief Dan George


And, Squirrel shows us how literally all of Creation is dancing together to PLEASE US!

When we see that all the little birds and squirrels, our friends and family members truly want is to please us, and that we only want to please them – we reconnect with our Spirit, the little Child who lives inside us.


And this is a very good thing at this time of great prophecy and transformation for our planet and everyone here. When we are in alignment and dancing with creation, we’re open to receiving all the the gifts and resources we need to do our work that we came here to do at this time. 

And that includes the little boring tasks that we don’t really like doing. When we approach our chores with the heart of a grateful child, we walk out our gratitude for all that we have been given to manage and maintain.

Our little acts of self love build on one another and help us develop our sense of worthiness and self respect. Self-love begins to grow when we begin walking the spiritual path of healing and reconciliation which is always based in Chi Miigwetch – deepest gratitude to the Creator for our lives and everything we have been given.

Nurture that Child who still lives inside you, who needs your healthy attention every day and he or she will dance with you and help you remember how to talk to the animals, birds, the Angels and the Ancestors. 

It is my honour to be your messenger.


Kandace Keithley is a writer and the publisher of Bird Clan Messenger, a descendant of Trail of Tears Cherokee people who teaches and shares Traditional wisdom and medicine. She lives in Toronto.

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