Altered States of Consciousness
A very difficult and powerful totem to have,
Groundhog is the symbol of opening fully to the dreamtime.
Of exploring altered states of consciousness more deeply and fully.
Dreams will have great significance.
Lessons associated with death, dying and revelations about its processes will begin to surface. Groundhog can teach its people metabolic control.
How to go into the great unconscious without harm.
People with a Groundhog totem need to have definite
boundaries in their life and let those around them know those boundaries.
Groundhog’s power is strongest in Winter and two years is an important time period.
Two years of intensive studying might be required to achieve
true trances or alter states of consciousness.
This is often the totem of Shamans and Mystics.
When it is time to bask in the sun, do not think of work; when you are working allow your whole self to be in accord with what you are doing.
Rest fully when you can and allow yourself to relax into well-being.
I AM GROUNDHOG, master of the above and below.
Did you know that all things exist in energetic potential, like a blueprint, before they begin to take on form and physically manifest?
Build your energy field before taking action. Build your bodies with green food – best where you live. Overall it’s best to be where you are!
In Egypt, in the subterranean chamber of the Great Pyramid of Giza, 200 feet below the surface of the Earth. You would think it oppressive, yet the heaviness was that of down or fur. Held in a crystalline, limestone womb, along with the ancient records fossils held, when the same desert was a watery berth. The realm of groundhog is ensconced in the same womb-like darkness, sound muffled in the “fur” of the Mother, who holds all throughout time.
Groundhog loves to sunbathe while guarding the mound outside the burrow entrance. A groundhog’s curiosity is about equal to their need for caution.
One with groundhog totem is an excavator, bringing to light the truths of the ancients or else bringing new information to light after a period of intense growing – two to three years – the time it takes for a groundhog to reach maturity.
Groundhog digs a deep burrow. Strong front claws help loosen soil, which is then shoved aside by the soles of their feet. They have four toes in the front and five in the back, both with strong nails for digging. 4+5=9.
Nine is the end of a cycle, and the third completion. Nine brings the realization of potential to its highest consciousness. It is not uncommon for burrows to extend as much as fifty feet, having three or four exits and a plunge hole for quick entry.
People with this totem are resilient and resourceful.
Like groundhog, if one avenue to success does not prove viable, they will try another and another, until they achieve the goal or success they’ve worked for. The Buddha called this quality vimamsana (resourcefulness). It is one of the four factors of iddhipada (the way to have a successful and peaceful life). The other three are aspiration, concentrated effort, and visualizing one’s goal.
Groundhog medicine urges us to clear away destructive thought patterns and habits, so that we may be able to delve into the deepest mysteries of life and the Universe. Groundhog energy is about as deep as you can go without actually dying.
When this fella is around look for your meditations to get deeper.
dealing with profound change,
the need for rest and renewal,
issues around death,
Mellen-Thomas Benedict’s mesmerizing account of his Near Death Experience (NDE).
In 1982, he died for an hour and a half. Benedict had the consciousness to ask questions of the Light. He asked to be shown beyond illusion, the truth of his life and the Universe. He tells us that we are actually in control of our life-after-death experience. He learned “we heal, save, and redeem ourselves… because we are designed to self-correct. Creation is God exploring God’s Self through every way imaginable” – in ever-expanding galaxies and consciousness, and through each of us. He saw that “everything is a creator…and all things are alive”. His opinion of humans changed when he saw how beautiful our essence is. He experienced the Void as holding all potential; Light as energy, intelligence, and vibration. His message presages a shift in consciousness that will “change politics, money, energy.” He encourages us not to be depressed, as everything we are going through is part of a much larger picture.
Groundhog, woodchuck, gopher, or whistlepig are all the same animal, varying only slightly in color and size.
They are members of the squirrel family, and the marmot tribe (Marmota monax).
The word woodchuck is a corruption of the Algonquian “wejack.” “Gaufre” in French means honeycomb, referring to the network of tunnels four to seven feet underground. Summer dens are usually in the middle of a pasture or meadow. Winter burrows can be found in woody or brushy areas, the sleeping chamber below the frost level.
The name whistlepig is because most varieties let out a sharp chirp or shrill whistle to warn of danger. Groundhogs also bark, squeal and chatter. You will not find someone with this totem who is afraid to speak up for his or her beliefs, loud and clear if necessary.
Teeth are a prominent characteristic – sometimes the bane of the gardener’s existence.
A favorite food is tomatoes. Instead of eating an entire tomato, our epicure would rather take one bite out of each luscious tomato and leave the rest.
Gardeners: think wire fence, sunk deep around the garden, and/or planting some extra for groundhog outside of your garden fence. This is an ancient practice that served First Americans well, especially if you provide for them with an open heart. Aside from partaking of your garden, groundhog is a harmless and entertaining neighbor.
In preparation for hibernation, groundhogs eat lots of succulent vegetation, with two long pairs of chisel-shaped incisors in each jaw.
People of this totem’s energy could not possibly go as deeply as they do into the heart of things, without being incisive in their investigation.
Be careful not to get worn down from your spiritual quests, as like all rodents, groundhogs have teeth that are always grinding.
These folks also break down the big picture in order to put together pieces of the puzzle they are working on, or in order to teach others highly developed subject matter, usually about things eternal.
Groundhog feeds on tough materials that are difficult to break down. Bacteria in the stomach breaks down cellulose. Highly developed intestines aid digestion.
Hibernation is deep, comatose sleep. Bodily functions slow down enormously, accumulated fat nourishing groundhog throughout the long winter, and early spring. The heartbeat drops from its normal rate of eighty beats per minute to four or five; temperature drops to just above freezing; consumption of oxygen dramatically drops.
Scientists are studying their ability to do these things. Buddhist monks, as well are also able to control aspects of their metabolism in deep meditation and trance states.
When groundhog shows up, we receive lessons about soul-travel, being in the dreamtime, and controlling metabolism.
Punxsutawny Phil is brought out on his namesake day, February 2nd to look for his shadow and determine whether or not six more weeks of winter will prevail. Out of 108 times, Phil has seen his shadow 94 times. The origins of this story are connected to Candlemas Day, where people used candles for sacred purposes, or St. Brigid’s (Celtic goddess of wisdom, poetry, smithing and healing (Imbolc). Occurring at the exact midpoint between the winter solstice and vernal equinox, it was always connected to signs of spring. Many trusted that if a hibernator emerged, perhaps spring had arrived.
One fact is certain.
Groundhogs in the wild are usually snug in their sleeping chambers until March or April, when males emerge to battle one another, the victor seeking his female in order to mate.
Tiny, blind, hairless cubs (kits, pups, chucklings) are born four weeks later.
Rapid growth is part of this totem’s energy, and indeed the cubs sortie out of the burrows within a month.
Groundhogs are not as social as prairie dogs. Their ranges tend not to overlap with others of the same sex.
Groundhog has three large scent glands under the tail, which are used to aggressively protect and mark territories.
In a human with this totem, such territoriality is often unappreciated.
Parents with this medicine are unlikely to coddle their children. Instead they will encourage them to be independent and to go on their own early, seeking their own depth of experience.
Sometimes, daughters are allowed to linger a bit longer than sons, yet eventually, they must strike out on their own.
Groundhogs make a good meal for foxes, weasels and minks.
Because we’ve decimated forestland, and also the ranks of larger predators, such as coyote, lynx, raptors, bears, wolves and cougars, groundhogs are more abundant now than they were before settlers traversed America.