I woke to a massive influx of ants in the kitchen this morning. I didn’t clean up last night and the ants took advantage. (I confess soulpreneur #1 priorities are not the kitchen)!
I made a natural spray of essential oils pepper, lemongrass, peppermint and citronella that bugs do not like (it is a great mosquito repellent too). I sprayed around the benches and they shifted from these places. I told my son, ‘I don’t want to kill them, I just need to clean up properly, so they won’t have a reason to come back’.
I remember coming inside last night with a few ants on me, thinking to myself, ‘they’ll live a good life with all the crumbs my children drop in our home’! These clever ants must have realised they had found a gold-mine and went straight back to their nest to tell their friends. See, ants are not wired to be selfish. They are wired to help their tribe.
Lo and behold, this morning, my kids were screaming in joy, following the line of ants, and my son said, “look mum, this ant is on his own”. I saw it as a teaching moment. “This ant is a scout, he has separated from the tribe and is looking for more food for them. When he finds it, he will let them know and they will all come to help him collect it, and take it back to the nest,” I say.
I don’t know how they decide who will be the brave explorers who go forth and leave the production line. But ant magic has something to teach us about resourcefulness. We can either follow the tribe, or we can go out on our own. It may look like we’ve abandoned the tribe or are trying to get out of the real work that needs to be done, the heavy lifting. But society needs the ants who are searching for new and better resources for their community. These ants are not as selfish as they may at first seem. They are not looking for the jackpot to live a good life on their own. They are doing everything they do, for their tribe. So that everyone in their tribe benefits.
Ants teach us the true meaning of community and working together, or individually, for the greater good. They teach us about working together, but also about being brave and going out on your own.
Ant magic might be a sign from the Universe that it is time to break away from the Tribe and do something different, perhaps start your own business. It might be a message to stay focused on your path, even if it may seem to others (who are doing the heavy lifting) that you are being selfish. Tune in to what this message means for you today. Maybe you are happy being a part of the tribe and doing your job. But maybe, just maybe, the explorer in you wants to chart new territory, and go on the hero’s journey for your people.
The following day, I went outside to get a peach from the tree, in gratitude of the gifts we receive from mother nature, and looked in the pool. Swimming in it, was a lone ant, trying to get onto a leaf to survive. These creatures are smart and have consciousness I tell you! I picked him up, and his leaf, and put him on the grass, saving him from drowning. That is what I want to teach my children. If you can do something to help another being, do it. We don’t have to always hurt the things we don’t want in our lives (or pools). We can choose to learn from them. And we can help another in their time of need.
After all, we are all on this planet together.
And the ants, just like you, are the divine being who makes the grass greener xx