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Dr. DoG

Dr. DoG is the Advice Columnist on matters of Life, the Universe, and Everything.  You may reach Dr. DoG at doctordog@soldeosa.com.


Dear Dr. DoG,

I just moved to CR from the US and was wondering if it is normal to have so much nature indoors? Over the course of one week, I have had one animal in my house once a day. There were 4 brown mice, a brown, baby bat, a brown baby bird and a very large brown moth. What do you think it could mean?

Invaded by Nature in Nosara

Dear Invaded,

Short answer: yes, it is normal.

Longer drawn-out explanation:  Let’s look at it this way:  Where you live was and will be again, a tropical rainforest.  It may be deforested, landscaped, paved over, or what have you, but the land on which your home sits, is smack dab in the middle of a very busy natural culture of critters.

Do you have walls?  Do you open your doors and windows to the lovely out-of-doors, ocean breezes, sights and sounds around you?  Do you leave your lights on and the windows and doors open well into the evening, because the evening temperatures are so pleasing?  Do you have bananas or ripening fruit on your patio, in your kitchen, or in your yard?  Do you have lots of comfy fabric on open shelves or in closets?  You could be inviting and encouraging cohabitation these wild creatures, due to your living conditions and habits.

 Perhaps you are inviting or drawing these particular neighbors in as some of spiritual lesson or omen?  What does it mean to be seeing all these brown creatures?  And so many babies; what does it all mean, you are asking . . .

57989-50454According to a Psychology Today web article by R. Douglas Fields, Ph.D., the Chief of the Nervous System Development and Plasticity Section at the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development:  “Color preferences are deeply rooted emotional responses that seem to lack any rational basis, yet the powerful influence of color rules our choices in everything from the food we eat and the clothes we wear to the cars we buy.”


 And apparently this also applies to the critters we share our space with.

 The color brown of all these guests may indicate earthy, conservative, protective, constructive, hard-working, solid qualities.

Let’s take a look at how Jamie Sams, of the Medicine Cards, interprets the appearance of these particular beings into your inner circle and domestic sanctum.

Mouse is Scrutiny. In your case, times 4

Bat is Rebirth.  Sams says that “hanging upside down is a symbol for learning to transpose your former self into a newborn being.”  It could symbolize the need to let go of a previous way of life and signals rebirth.  Perhaps it reflects your recent move, of letting go of a previous life and letting that past die, to look forward to a new life, a rebirth, in the Jungle.

Baby Bird represents fragility, vulnerability, but determination and the celebration of young life.  Take it easy on yourself, and get used to things being different in this “new world.”  Find out what is “normal” here.  You may find that the wildlife is merely coming to welcome you every day into a space that they have been calling home for generations upon generations.

 Moth = Butterfly= Transformation.  So, there you have it!

It means that you must scrutinize repeatedly all that you believe and know about your self and the world.  This will cause within you a “rebirth” that will be as delicate and vulnerable as a baby bird.  All this will immediately result in transformation in your world.

Or it could mean that it is time to throw out those old clothes that you had sitting back there in the back bedroom or the laundry room, stop leaving fruit out for the bugs who feed the bats and birds, and you will see a transformation into the beautiful butterfly that you truly are!

Bow wow.

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