Brahmamuhurti; this morning on the Rio de las Animas Perdidas (River of Lost Souls) where i have been conducting many of my Father’s Bardo Meditations…and where Raccoon visited me during a fly-fishing Bardo Meditation which inspired yesterday’s Test Challenge…

congratulations to WF Online Shishya PY of Kinlani, AZ!!!!

she nailed the Raccoon within a few minutes of my posting and receives $15 worth of any WF Service or Product!

Raccoon Medicine as from a Sedona Teacher:

Raccoon [sacredness of life, curiosity, dexterity, adaptability]

In the book Seven Arrows, Storm describes Raccoon as a holy or sacred creature who washes his hands before eating.  Raccoon is quite capable of unzipping your pack or untying knots on the food containers in your camping gear or opening latches or doorknobs.  The dexterous little hands of Raccoon can get into whatever you do not want them to get into.  Raccoon is a great little thief.  The black mask-like face of Raccoon seems to be no coincidence. Raccoon eats mostly fruits and vegetable matter.

Raccoon is distantly related to Bear.  They do not hibernate but do have heavy sleep times when they live off their own body fat.  If Raccoon is in your life, contemplate the roles you play and go to your source to find answers to a life empasse.  Sleep on it a while and let the other than conscious mind bring truth to the surface.

The mask of Raccoon connotes a magical and transformational quality. Masks have been used in every culture throughout history.  In Shamanistic rituals the mask transforms the individual into some other entity embued with special powers.  Hidden behind the mask, the wearer can easily believe that he or she can do things they would not ordinarily do.  It is the ability to cross the threshold of new experience.  When the Hopi Indians do their ceremonial dances, they believe they will literally embody the force of nature represented by the Kachina God they will represent by the particular costume they wear.  The dance moves to regularly measured beats of the drums as the power comes down to earth.

One summer when I was in my early twenties, I set off hitchhiking and backpacking through New Mexico and Colorado.  Somewhere along my journey I met a man who became my teacher for a time.  This older friend was, in the vernacular of The Teachings of Don Juan by Carlos Castaneda, a Man of Knowledge.  My journey was clearly a pilgrimage to find myself and it took an unexpected turn and I found myself in Mexico.

One day, my friend and teacher told me that “God wears many faces.”  That statement had a profound affect on me since our discussion concerned judgements we have of other people.  I maintained that I was a “cool” kind of person with no prejudices.  I saw that through my upbringing in the southern states, that I had developed a negative judgement about “rednecks.”  I realized that not only was I bigoted in my view, but that it was even worse.  In many ways, I was a “redneck.”  Accepting that mask set me free for experiences with people that I would have otherwise avoided through my life.  The use of Raccoon Medicine involves lessons in being adaptable and accepting what is.

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