The Great Awakening

Possum Medicine – Playing Dead as a Healing Strategy

What is it inside us that leads us to that old wound again and again? It’s almost like we’re so comfortable with the suffering, we don’t want to leave it – even though we know exactly what we’re doing. Complicated grief. PTSD. so much to process on this journey because those triggers keep coming around for us to deal with again and again.

And we know this is a time of endings. A time that ALL of us have reached the end of an old cycle and are beginning an entirely new one. And as with all major transitions, we are seeing stops and starts, fallbacks, pitfalls and diversionary tactics within ourselves and outside in the world. It takes a lot of guidance, wisdom and support to navigate through such a time.

It’s definitely not for the faint of heart, and we need to remember that we have all agreed to come here at this time for our own particular purposes, and I’m so grateful to be walking the path with all of you. Chi Miigwetch.

Deer Tribe Metis Medicine Society PossumPossum (or Opossum for the non-Southerners) is a good mother who offers us the medicine of silence.

As mothers know, times of chaos and turmoil are overwhelming for our kids and entire families and often the pressure to keep everything together rests on the back of the mothers, like all those little baby possums riding on mama’s back.

Many people are feeling this overwhelm, and empaths are especially tuned in to the turmoil all over the planet, in our communities and in our own families.

For sensitives who are really feeling this crazy eclipse and ascension energy, Possum recommends playing dead. 

Spending time in solitude, away from the world and not reacting to the many demands of our lives is imperative for our healing. 

Those who are going through spiritual awakenings must learn to be mindful of our practice, our thoughts and our daily activities while we learn to integrate the higher understandings and lessons we have learned into our new ways of being.

possum1jpegsizedOur friends at the Deer Tribe Metis Medicine Society teach, “Opossums are called the little heyoehkah, the sacred clown who teaches us to look at things upside down, inside out, and from multiple perspectives.  It teaches us how to trick ourselves into the light.  Because it is nocturnal, it is a shadow exposer.  If your intent is to see the light within your shadow, call of the medicine of the Opossum.”

Countless people all around the Earth are sitting in lives that have been destroyed by the “great reset” and all the calamity and tyranny we have experienced over the last year.

And each of us are wondering, “what is the way forward?” 

Possum says, “Play Dead!”

Take some time out and dig around inside to learn what’s most important for the next chapter.

We are in a time of great change of perception for all of humanity. Many untruths are starting to arise about people the public has trusted and given the honour of leadership. But the trust and honor has been abused by people who are working in their own self interest. 

Possum helps us dig through the garbage. She helps us have a clearer understanding of the gunk that’s holding us down individually and as a collective. And she teaches us about the power of appearances – the impressions we create.

Ted Andrews, the author of the fantastic book on totems “Animal Speak,” writes, “

Opossum teaches us how to use appearances. Sometimes it is necessary to “play dead.” Sometimes it is necessary to put up a particular front to succeed most easily and effectively. This is what the medicine of opossum can teach. It also can show you when others are putting up false fronts and deceptions. Opossum has an archetypal energy that helps us to use appearances to our greatest benefit and that helps us to recognize when others are creating false impressions. Opossum can help us learn to divert attention or to get attention any way we need.
 
Sometimes it is necessary to behave or act in a strategic manner. We may need to appear fearful or fearless in spite of how we truly feel. We may need to show submission or aggression. We may need to be apathetic or extremely caring. Opossum is the supreme actor, and those in the acting field or that need to learn something of it can do no better than to work with the opossum.
 

Possum reminds us we don’t have to have all the answers today.

Sometimes it’s best to sit still and allow the messages and strategies to come naturally.

Sometimes it’s best just to Let it Be until the light shines again.

It is my honour to be your messenger.

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