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Is It Not Better, Grasshopper…

“I have three treasures which I hold and keep. The
first is mercy, for from mercy comes courage. The second is frugality, from
which comes generosity to others. The third is humility, for from it comes
leadership.” — Master Po



“Strange treasures. How shall I hold them
and keep them? Memory?” — Caine



“No, Grasshopper, not in memory,
but in your deeds.” — Master Po

Kung Fu ~ Circa 1973

Is it not better, Grasshopper…?

The Kung Fu series
that aired between the years of 1972-1975 introduced me to
the art of “mindfulness”, and though I was very young at the time, the
imagery and concepts were both intriguing and bizarre. I remember asking myself
why someone with a perfectly normal name like Caine, would be called
Grasshopper…and of all insects to nickname someone, why choose that
unpredictable and somewhat unnerving little creature? Why not butterfly or
ladybug? Ok, yes, that was my “little girl” reasoning. Despite my somewhat shallow thinking back then, I did learn, some years later, the genesis for Caine’s nickname.

One of his first
instructors was the blind master named Po. Po considered Caine his favorite
pupil and behaved more like an elderly grandfather. Caine was given the name
“Grasshopper” by Master Po. The reference was from an exchange whereby
the still ignorant young Caine asked the old blind master how he could function
without seeing. Po asked Caine to close his eyes and describe what he could
hear. Caine explained that he could hear the water flowing in a nearby fountain
and birds in a nearby cage. Po then asked if Caine could hear his own heartbeat
or the grasshopper at his feet (Caine hadn’t noticed the insect until that
moment). Incredulous, Caine asked Po, “Old man, how is it that you hear
these things?” Po’s reply was, “Young man, how is it that you do
not?” From that point on, Po affectionately called Caine
“Grasshopper”.

So here we are decades later and the journey of Caine and
the wisdom he learned from the masters of his day is more relevant than ever.
In Caine’s personal and spiritual development, we noticed, with each new life
experience, he grew by uncanny leaps—always moving forward. In the world of
nature, this is what grasshopper signifies.

In China, grasshoppers and crickets were symbols of good cheer,
good luck, abundance, and virtue. To the ancient Greeks, the grasshopper was a
symbol of nobility, and more importantly, a symbol of immortality. In Greek
mythology, Zeus grants immortality to Tithonus, who was later transformed into
a grasshopper, and of course, lived forever.

While the ancient symbolism of grasshopper is fascinating,
its physical characteristics speak to us with great clarity. Grasshopper has
tremendous jumping ability, and they can leap horizontally up to twenty times
their own body length. They remind us to take a chance; take a grand leap
forward.

Like most insect totems, grasshopper keeps itself close
to the earth. As such, this is a “grounding totem”, one that can teach us
stability, patience, security, and solidarity. They have a tympanic organ on
their front legs that is activated as they breathe. By moving the legs in
different directions, they are able to locate a sound’s source. This connection
between sensing sounds and the legs
is highly significant. Trust your inner
voice and follow your instincts.
Grasshopper has a natural instinct for finding the sunny side of mounds and other places. They have a knack for being in the warmth and light and knowing when to make their leap.

We may see grasshopper show up when we are not listening or
if we are afraid to make the leap off our mound. Life only becomes difficult
when we refuse to move. When we get stuck, it’s best to remember grasshopper’s
message: “I always leap up or forward; never backward.”

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Thank you, Grasshopper…

 

2 Responses to Is It Not Better, Grasshopper…

  1. Byron September 3, 2013 at 9:43 pm #

    I feel like I can "snatch the pebble" from your hand now. Enlightening, nice flashback Noelle!

    • Noelle Meade September 3, 2013 at 9:57 pm #

      Thank you, Byron! I’m glad you enjoyed it, Grasshopper! ;)

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