GIFTS: Radical change in perspective. Finding your way through the dark. Roosting and hibernating. Clairaudience or clairvoyance. Creativity and propagating creativity. Timing.
CHALLENGES: Confusion. Muddled thinking. Flying into obstacles. Being stuck. Intimidating or scaring others.
How little would fear affect you if you could turn it—or yourself—on its head? Spirit Animal Bat teaches a radical change in perspective. When you feel your primary fear starting to express itself, reframe it. Physically change your position or, better yet, step into a new space. Mentally remind yourself that “I am not my fear. I am not my fear. I am not my fear.”
For another change of perspective, look at the situation that triggered your fear from outside of the fear and from outside of yourself. Literally step into the shoes of an objective observer and report back to yourself what you notice.
With Spirit Animal Bat, it is also useful to remember how bats have historically struck fear in the hearts of people. The lesson for you is to take back your power over fear. Own your power, not to trigger fear in others, but to remember that you are separate from fear.
Bat has been a frequently misunderstood creature throughout history and mythology. Much of the misperception has come from physical bat’s elusive nocturnal behavior and the gruesome associations of blood-sucking. Of course, out of the numerous species of bat, only vampire bats actually feed on blood. Most bats eat insects or fruit and, rather than being life-sucking, are life-giving for their role in pollination.
Some physical bats have poor eyesight (the phrase “blind as a bat” is also a misperception) and use echolocation to navigate in the dark. Other physical bats have heightened visual acuity. The lesson for you is to be open to receive information from any internal conduit. You may experience moments of clairvoyance (clear seeing), clairaudience (clear hearing), or clairsentience (clear knowing). Bat reminds you not to reject knowingness simply because it came to you from within.
Use Bat’s gift of clairaudience to see the world with more than just your eyes. Using more of your senses will give you more accurate information and help you better tame your fear. Using all of its sense, Bat navigates well through the dark. When you are moving through the shadows, trust your intuition and listen to your inner voice of wisdom.
Two quotes come to my mind as I write about Bat. I will share them with you in case you need them.
There are more things in heaven and earth, are dreamt of in your philosophy.
from Hamlet, Hamlet to Horatio
A Dream Within a Dream
Take this kiss upon the brow! And, in parting from you now, Thus much let me avow— You are not wrong, who deem That my days have been a dream; Yet if hope has flown away In a night, or in a day, In a vision, or in none, Is it therefore the less gone? All that we see or seem Is but a dream within a dream.
I stand amid the roar Of a surf-tormented shore, And I hold within my hand Grains of the golden sand- How few! yet how they creep Through my fingers to the deep, While I weep- while I weep! O God! can I not grasp Them with a tighter clasp? O God! can I not save One from the pitiless wave? Is all that we see or seem But a dream within a dream?
—Edgar Allen Poe