Picture an octopus moving through the water. It's motions are fluid like the vessel of water that surrounds him. He seems to glide with the water, become the water; he does not swim against it or away from it. Imagine his eight long arms floating about, reaching, exploring, contracting, adapting.
The octopus is able to camouflage himself; he (she?!) is a shape shifter. Do you shape shift with different people? Are you bigger, more talkative, and expressive with some people and, with others, shrink back, become smaller, quieter?
This really isn't a theme about the octopus as a totem. I was actually thinking about cord cutting. Cord cutting is the idea of letting go of the energetic ties we have with people, memories or situations that sap our energy. They bring us down in some way, make us feel drained and tired. The premise is that you form a cord of energy with everyone you meet. But that cord does not die off when certain relationships do. In fact, we remain connected to everyone's energy unless we specifically do a cord cutting. You can even separate from only the negative aspects of a relationship rather than the entire person. Although the word cutting sounds painful, this process is not and the other person will have no idea you have done this unless you tell them. They may feel distanced from you but unsure as to why.
John Holland writes, "When you focus and direct your thoughts and energy on a particular person, place, object, situation, or even an uncompleted project, you’ll establish an energetic cord with whatever you’re focusing on. "
I always envision this bundle of cords coming in to my belly button, each one extending to someone or something else.
Now picture the octopus's arms. More specifically, the suction cups on the arms. When I think of energy cords attached to me it is almost with a passiveness. What if we think about these cords stemming from us, reaching out and suctioning on to other people, memories and/or things? I then seem to feel more responsibility and ownership of these energies. All I need to do is release the suction and slip away...
"The octopus is a regenerative creature, meaning that it can detach an appendage if need be. This defensive tactic allows them to escape predators and other potentially harmful situations."
The octopuses choose to detach. Can't we then, too?
"Be miserable. Or motivate yourself. Whatever has to be done, it's always your choice." Wayne Dyer
Release the toxic and infectious-
Spreaders of misery,
Souls destroying souls-
And poisonous liars.
Awaken from the hallucinations-
And take back your heart.
Reclaim your self-esteem-
And leave the toxic be.”
― Giorge Leedy, Uninhibited From Lust To Love