The moment I squeezed the trigger of my super charged bug spray towards the industrious ants that lined my kitchen bench, I knew that I had made a fatal error. My actions reverberated throughout my heart at a deep level of Truth with the knowledge that I was the creator of acute and irrevocable trauma towards these tiny sentient beings. Now, you might roll your eyes with disbelief at the thoughts of crying over annoying ants but wait a minute!! What if there is a lesson here for me? It didn’t take long for a message of profundity to hit me.
These pesky ants had defied my requests to leave my kitchen quietly, thus ensuring a battle ground. As I lost more of the battle field to the tiny enemy, I began to detach from war games and really look at these creatures of God. I found myself observing, being still and listening to Inner wisdom. The daily doings of these minuscule beings involved moving as one with purpose and goal in mind, which incidentally was the cat bowl. They moved in unison with function flowing. Scouts rushed forward to investigate any encountered challenge. A supportive and unified group then, I pondered as I watched intrigued.
With the inevitable spray outcome and my lessons well and truly in motion, my mortification grew. The line of organised movement halted. Each little ant stood stock still. Ant Scouts sought escape unsuccessfully and returned to the waiting group. In unison, this collective moved backwards as Scouts searched for safety, locating a dent in the windowsill. Now small groups gathered into large groups, protectors directing members into the dent. They cowered together, cuddling. And I felt terrible. This little community worked, protected and sustained each other in crises. Finally, sadly, the huddle of minute black bodies in a circle, tight knit and gathered where they died together.
This had been a connected community with support at its basis. Individuality apparent, their roles supported the common goal of group purpose through life and in transition. This connection is something I struggle with due to a transient life as a military child. I am learning that Community is important. I have seen that an individual part of a collective creates wonder and miracles. We are all interdependent within the Universe and moving forward together, adding our uniqueness to the mix. Connection brings acceptance, peace and compassion. We can embrace each unique being into our loving collective as naturally as a group of ants! We humans do not need to compete or judge.
A reminder of unity from tiny Beings. As the final touch to my heartbreaking reminder, had I used Peppermint oil to deter, the ants would have gone elsewhere! I’m so sorry little buddies but thanks for reminding me to connect.