I remember hearing stories of some Native American tribes using porcupine needles for acupuncture. While most of us think about acupuncture, yoga and other meditations as arriving to us as gifts from the East, a closer look points us to these same treasures being available right here in the Americas. Perhaps the Fountain of Youth, in much the same way as the Holy Grail was the relentless pursuit for what is already available to all of us, if only we allow for it. While hiking in the woods yesterday, I exchanged pleasantries with a nice couple along the path. Moments thereafter, I heard a rustling in the leaves and noticed a young porcupine schlepping along as only our prickly rodent friends can. I called out to my hiking friends and we all enjoyed watching porcupine with a renewed sense of wonder and childhood curiosity and innocence. Had I been too distracted by taking in the radiant falling leaves or been too invested in fantastic imaginative realms, I would have missed the opportunity to indulge in the encounter with porcupine and share it with a larger participatory audience in the theater of life.
Did anyone out there see the recent presidential debate between the typically cool President Obama and mild-mannered challenger Mitt Romney? I only made it through about a third of the event, when I started fighting off demons. Was it just me, or did Obama’s energy radiate flat Chi? I tried to imagine how I would have felt, or my wife for that matter, if our anniversary was celebrated by a big money corporate event, like a professional sports playoff game. In our developmentally delayed culture in the USA, we thrive on winners and losers and spend relentlessly on winning a desired outcome. In professional football, bounties are offered as incentive to exploit an edge and it’s the same way in with respect to the top dawgs in politics. For example, in the ego-centered debate, our two-headed, one-party system is censored by a Corporate mob that will cut to a commercial if real issues are discussed in a truthful light. If votes really didn’t count, then big money would not try to block certain populations from voting. What are they afraid of? Here in America, we have been so indoctrinated by Corporate propaganda to believe that democracy, capitalism and a free market are the same thing. I still believe in a free for service economy that looks more like a philosophical free market based on bartering. However, a more immediate and pragmatic solution is to infuse spiritual values into capitalism, where cooperation and competition are balanced and a round-table approach where circles are valued, rather than the dying linear, top-down and hierarchical approach that mirrors what we see on the tele. By focusing on our inner spiritual development, seeing the silver lining and making only positive interpretations will take us to the Promised Land so within, as without. Rather than worrying about whether right-winger Mitt Romney wins the election or not, focus on porcupines medicine to release our judgments, perceive beyond the veil of separation and experience Unity with Creator and All That Is.
Many of us on the spiritual path become too serious and forget the innocence and humility of what the energy of porcupine has to offer us, by remembering playfulness and curiosity as a way of life. Many adults get too bogged down in trying to be too intellectual or trapped in the vicious cycle of greed and fear. However, Great Spirit has a Divine Plan and we all have the freedom to get into alignment with that. There is a much bigger picture going on than political victories. If we have faith in Divine Intervention and we become the change we want to see in the world, by letting go of outcome, then we know that the Kingdom of Heaven is everywhere, provided we stay awake with an open heart. Porcupine helps our energy flow in a healthy direction toward healing, rather than becoming stuck in victim consciousness with whatever shame and guilt we might feel. These negative energies of our lower chakras are meant to serve and inform us about ourselves. Once we understand and accept their messages, typically vis-a-vis bodily signals, then we are equipped to release their dysfunctional stories and co-create something new. Porcupine is merely one point that works to stimulate energetic alignment in climbing onward in our journey together–especially as we leave behind a dying world and move closer to fine in a whole New World.