Hissing at Badgers
January 30, 2010
The Lesson From Piss Ant Flat story has come to mind again due to a Post by Robin Easton The Power of Our Beliefs recalling some of her childhood issues. Her writing draws you right in and there you are in the moment with her and you just feel compelled to unleash your own story yet again.
So another story from the Piss Ant Flat pack trip has popped up in my mind. It is a story that was perhaps indicative of one of my careers to come.
It wasn’t a part of the trip I remembered, my focus being on the traumatic bit, but was brought back to mind 37 years later when I was visiting with one of the other girls and her mother who was the Girl Scout leader who had been with us. We were just sitting around in the kitchen catching up on the years and Mrs. Wood said, “The part of that trip I remember is when you hissed at the badger!”
Hummm… The memory slowly, slowly swam to the surface. The three of us were rounding a switchback in the trail and inadvertently cornered a badger. It was hissing ferociously at us and we were petrified. It was pretty clear that if anyone moved we might be in big trouble. I knew exactly what to do. I leaned over to within 2 feet of his nose and hissed more ferociously than he was hissing. He found his own way out of the situation immediately! I hadn’t figured out what to do, I’d just known.
I don’t actually recommend hissing at cornered badgers but it worked for me. It worked because I “became” badger. I totally understood from that deep knowing that comes from being totally in the moment and totally in tune with badger.
Now I have a E-Book, An Introduction to Animal & Nature Communication, that explains how to become whatever, whenever, but at the time that stuff was not part of my learning, just my knowing. We all have that knowing built in. The trick of course is to trust and act on that knowing. That’s a very cool thing to learn if your trust is not yet up to hissing at badgers.