Today in my studio I was visited by a Grasshopper.
The grasshopper never came into my studio, it walked back and forth on the outside of my widow. This went on for at least fifteen minutes, long enough for me to get a few videos and many pictures.
Long enough for me to sit and watch how the grasshopper felt its way across each pane of glass, over the mullions many times.
I put my finger to the glass but the grasshopper didn’t seem interested.
I tried to listen to see if I could decipher what the grasshopper wanted, but I didn’t hear a thing.
I read in Ted Andrew’s book Animal Speak that grasshoppers have sensors in their legs and by moving them they can locate the source of a sound.
Maybe the grasshopper was drawn to the sound of my sewing machine.
Eventually the grasshopper left my window, but it came back again an hour or so later. It did the same thing, walking back and forth across my window.
Ted Andrews writes that grasshopper is about “uncanny leaps forward” What works for others will not necessarily work for you, which also means that what works for you won’t work for them. Grasshopper shows up when are afraid to make a move that would be good for us. But if we trust our inner voice, we will know what to do and when.
I’m going to have to think about this more and take it seriously. Because that grasshopper showing up at my studio like it did today is like one of those dreams whose meaning is so obvious it’s like being hit over the head.
It’s like grasshopper was yelling, “Hey! trust yourself and get moving!”