Praying Mantis Preamble

As a preamble to the Praying Mantis Reflection I feel that it needs an introduction by way of this post.  (Listen while you read)

The reflections that I have been asked to create by my guidance, The Collective Consciousness, are based on the premise that all creatures (indeed all living things) reflect an aspect of man’s nature. We are all aware that there are some wonderful aspects to man’s nature that are caring, selfless, giving and beneficial to all others. However, we are just as aware that the opposite in indeed true. 

Bearing this in mind the Praying Mantis reflection reminds me of a boss I once had. He, I believe, was a borderline sociopath. Eventually his bullying ways, rudeness and overbearing nature got him fired unceremoniously when a new CEO saw him for what he was and, within a very short time, gave him his marching orders. This was an enormous relief for all of us who had the misfortune to work beside him, or should I say ‘beneath’ him. This was indeed this man’s personality. He overpowered all and sundry with his formidable mental presence, and, in his case, quite a formidable physical presence as well; which only added to his tyrannical presence. He embarrassed and humiliated anyone who dared to have a differing point of view, and his sneering look bespoke of a cynical pleasure as he watched all others cringe as he walked past. Eventually, nobody spoke for fear that they would encourage his belittling attentions. Such was this man’s nature. He didn’t have any friends; indeed he spoke of being ‘estranged’ from his family. Being the counsellor that I am I was able to prize this information from him during one of his more ‘vulnerable’ moments. At a closer look, he was, in fact, quite a lonely character whose only ability was to isolate himself further by his anti-social behaviour.

I write this because I feel a need to do so. The Praying Mantis reflection is not for the feint-hearted. It is an attempt to allow us to see, and feel, the presence of those who are out to do harm. No judgment; this is just their experience. 

However, we do, I believe, have a responsibility to ourselves not to allow these personality types to bully, demean, and in other ways threaten our natures. This is a choice. We can allow this to occur, and carry the debilitating energies within us (which are one cause of ill-health); or we can send those energies on their way by asking (whomsoever is our higher power/soul/consciousness/the universe, etc.,) that they (the harmful energies) be returned to the individual who has created them. 

This, in my experience, does take an enormous amount of resolve, intention, courage and fortitude if we are to be successful. However, I have done this, and I know that it has worked for me and for others.

I would suggest that you give it a go if you are experiencing the energies of a bullying type, or others whose energy leaves a negative vibe.

What have you to lose but a little effort and perhaps a great deal of someone else’s energies…..

And lastly to….

Ma. Novie Godmalin I say:

“Thank you for the post that inspired me to do the reflection, and then this post. I was recently visiting your blog when I came across the too cute pics of a Praying Mantis that had wandered into your home.”

Novie is a delightful young woman whose tales of travel adventures (plus other great topics, coupled with great pics) gives her readers enjoyable and fun insight into her life as a young single mother, and of her boyfriend who is her travelling companion. You may care to visit Novie’s blog yourself:  misexperienciaspersonales

Praying Mantis Reflection


  1. Reblogged this on Mis Experiencias Personales and commented:
    This is Carol’s reflection about Praying Mantis. She was exploring my blog and reading my posts when she bump up with my “An Unexpected Visitor” post which is about a praying mantis visited our house last year. This is a form of thanksgiving of Mis Experiencias Personales to her for the very nice doings and friendship she shared with me.

      1. Oh boy oh boy, yes I have worked with many a bully and still do, however, your guidance has seen me through. . .Phew! 🙂

        1. Thank you neighaway… we’ve seen a bully struggle from a horrendous grip to a faltering release of power… it has indeed been a ‘mighty’ adventure to say the very least. Yours has been a monumental struggle to ‘freedom’… Congratulations are due for the work that you have done and continue to do..! 😉

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