Galagos, also known as bushbabies, or nagapies (meaning "little night monkeys" in Afrikaans), are small, nocturnal primates native to continental Africa, and make up the family Galagidae (also sometimes called Galagonidae). Bushbabies are small, ranging in average mass by species from 70 to 314 g (2.5 to 11.1 oz), yet they have remarkable jumping abilities, including the ability to jump up to 2 metres (6.6 ft) vertically. Their large eyes, give them good night vision, huge ears for their size enables acute hearing, and long tails that help them balance. They have nails on most of their digits, except for the second toe of the hindfoot, which bears a 'toilet' claw for grooming.
Growing up in Africa the bushbaby was always fascinating to me. I even kept three little Wade porcelain bushbabies that my mom had got in the Red Rose tea boxes. Today they sit on one of my mesas (altars), as I have subsequently found out that the bushbaby is my healing totem animal.
AS A SHAMANIC TOTEM ANIMAL, the bushbaby teaches me that I can make huge leaps in my healing, out of proportion to what I think is possible. I can illuminate hidden parts of myself by listening and seeing myself and my perspective clearly. To keep moving forward on my journey, I can choose to keep a toolbox of strategies handy, which will continue to clean up my old patterns and any new emotional baggage. This teaching is specifically for me as my journey is unique, as is my relationship with the bushbaby as my healing totem animal.
I choose the name GALAGO, as I believe that huge leaps of healing, out of proportion to what we think is possible, is a truth for us all.
This particular ripple started over 20 years ago when two of my shamanic teachers choose to do their own healing work. This lead them to a place where they have co-created a book of shamanic ceremonies, called 'Shamanic Ceremonies for a Changing World'. During my annual ceremonial week in 2010, one of the ceremonies I choose to do came from this book. I created a spiral labyrnth on a beautiful escarpment overlooking the ocean and mountains. As I completed the ceremony two eagles flew right over me and my new labyrnth, (Eagle on my path represents the great spirit). The ceremony itself gave me new insights into myself and my journey, the ripples thereafter were totally unexpected. I live on an island, and so ripples are easier to see, my first awareness was a friend telling me that a friend of hers was about to embark on a vision quest, and asked for a sign. Lo and behold she came upon my labyrnth which design is one that has been important in her spiritual journey, and had meaning for her in that moment. Then I saw it posted on a blog, where someone had found it and been touched by it, stories on the island about little children enjoying it, others doing ceremony in it, and facebook contacts that I did not know who had done ceremony with it and wanted to thank me for creating it. All of this from two women who had the courage to do their own healing work, and continue to do it to this day. Yes, folks the journey is never over. For myself it was a validation of the ripple effect doing our own healing work has
In my shamanic tradition we believe that whenever we do our work, we are also effecting the 7 generations before us and the 7 generations after us. I used to be a bit sceptical about this teaching, not anymore. We may never know how our healing affects others, but I for one know that it does.