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ORANGUTAN // Animal Messenger
January 1 2022
January 1 2022
As one of our closest animal relatives, the orang-utan reminds us of our primal nature and our evolutionary journey as humans. We can’t help but see ourselves in the eyes of an orang-utan and feel a deep connection and familiarity with their gentle, fun-loving, yet wise and grounded nature.
The orang-utan is solitary by nature except for Mothers caring for their young, who are inseparable for the first two years of life. Like humans, they take many years to mature sexually and spend the first ten years of their life learning and playing. The orang-utan invites you to nurture and give a voice to your inner child, allowing yourself to express your creativity safely, without self-criticism.
Orang-utans live the majority of their life in the trees and build elaborate nests for resting and safety while they rejuvenate at night and during the day. They have a strong bond with the trees and are literally held by their strong branches, high enough to be safe from predators who patrol the ground and cannot climb. When we model the orang-utan’s behaviour we see the need for constructing a safe-haven or “nest” for ourselves. A sacred place to rest, to create and to dream.
One of the few animals to have learnt how to use tools to solve problems and make life easier, the orang-utan asks you to think creatively about your situation and find a new, innovative solution to achieve your goals and move forward with ease and grace.
If Orang-utan has entered your field recently, the key questions to ask yourself what it means specific to you are:
1. What was I doing / thinking / feeling at the time of the encounter?
2. How did seeing this messenger make me feel?
3. What was the animal doing and what was significant about it specifically?
4. Can you see how any of these things relate to the meaning above?
What is your own mythic tale you can weave to get your own beautiful message from this guide?
Journal and contemplate with these prompts to uncover your own personalised meaning and symbolism.
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