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Raccoon Medicine

When you see a picture like this what comes to your mind?  He's so cute and innocent looking and yet so many people fear the raccoon.  They are night varmints, scavengers and they can destroy property.  That is not the raccoon that I am talking about today.

The raccoon, when it comes into your life is referred to as the one who carries the medicine of the protector of the underdog and the one who provides for the young, infirm and the elderly.  Because of it's mask like features, it is often referred to as 'the masked bandit'.   When a raccoon comes into your space, you are being asked to contact your inner warrior, to become a protector and generous provider for those in need.

If you are a raccoon person, you have the uncanny ability to assist others without allowing them to become victims or dependents.  The raccoon will always tend to the needs of others before taking anything for themselves.  When they have young, they look for food and always feed their young first, when they are scavenging food for a group, there is always one that stands lookout - usually a male dominant, and the others always bring the best of the food to that elder raccoon first.  

When you look at these creatures, notice their lack of greed - it is not a trait that they have in them.  They are protectors.  They are in essence givers.   They are so opposite of the human code, and yet we should all look at the raccoon way of living and bring ourselves to be more like them.  They provide, they give the best to others and the protect the underdog.  They expect nothing in return.    Generosity is a natural trait of the raccoon. 

While other creatures will fight one another for the best part of a kill or steal from others to grab their kill, the raccoon teaches the universal law of giving back to the source of your strength, guidance and protection.  Remember that generosity will be returned - it always comes back in one way or the other. 

Today you are being asked to look around you and see who needs your strength at this time.  When there is gossip going on about someone, speak up and defend them.  Share your time, energy or possessions with the less fortunate.  If you have things that are just sitting in your home that you haven't even touched or looked at for the past year, drop them off in a donation box.  Provide for the less fortunate.  You may say "but I have nothing of value".  Yes, you do.  Your time is valuable, your giving heart is valuable and those things, like an old blanket or clothes or dishes, can change the life of another who has nothing.

By giving as the raccoon does, you are honoring yourself and others equally.  This is one area we should all strive to succeed in.

Namaste and blessings to all.

Sheri Baldwin, RT

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