Animal Connection, Lesson 1
I do not propose that I am by any way a teacher. I consider myself more of a sharer. In this
case I am sharing information that I have gathered about our relationship with animals. We not
only have to live with them, we need to survive with them. There is only one way to do this.
We need to educate ourselves about those creatures we exist with. We need to learn how they
manage to survive in spite of human interference. We need to learn the messages they send us
and that too many of us ignore. Welcome to my world of animal communication.
|"Ask the animals, and they will teach you, or the
birds of the air, and they will tell you: or speak to the earth, and
it will teach you, or let the fish of the sea inform you."
Several years ago I had to change the route that I used to drive to and from work due to road construction. The route I selected took me up a hill past a wooded area and then past some large yards. A few days after I started the drive I began seeing a doe standing alongside the road. She was always just standing there, watching. Day after day, I saw her. I thought it was so strange that she was always in the same spot just watching. It finally dawned on me that maybe she had some role in my life. Could she be my totem guide? Once I started thinking about it, the surer I became and once I accepted it I quit seeing her. I have seen many stags in the same area but I have never seen her a-again.
So what does this have to do with you? It shows just how blind to the obvious we can be and just how much we still have to learn. I am learning all the time and want to share what I've learned with you so that you too can find your totem animal. .
Let's start at the very beginning. Just what are Totems (also known as Spirit Guides or Power Animals). They are valuable allies from the animal kingdom who help us face life's challenges. They are symbols of specific kinds of energy we are manifesting and aligning with in our life. They counsel us and give us advice. They teach us about the world around us both the natural and the spiritual. They enhance our lives and expand our capabilities spiritually. They protect us, guide us and provide us with encouragement and inspiration. Totems can show up in our meditations, our visions and dreams, our shamanic journeys, or even physically on earth. They can be mammals, birds, reptiles, insects or even mythical beings.
Questions: How would you define Totem (Spirit Guide or Power Animal)?
Do you have a Spirit Guide? If so, how did you find it and what does it mean
||"Millennia before Charles Darwin, people in shamanic
cultures were convinced that humans and animals were related. In
their myths, for example, the animal characters were commonly portrayed as
essentially human in physical form but individually distinguished by the
particular personality characteristics possessed by the various types of
animals as they exist in the wild today.....Then, according to various
creation myths, the animals became physically differentiated with the
forms in which they are found today."
~~~The Way of the Shaman by Michael Harmon~~~
|If you do not know your Spirit Guide, how do
you discover it? There are several clues that could tune you in to
which is/are yours. For instance, has there been an animal or bird
that has always fascinated you? On your trips to the zoo, which
animal do you head for first? What animal do you see most when
outside? Which animal interests you the most? Which animal
frightens you the most? Has an animal ever bitten you? And
what about your dreams, which one appears the most?
Questions: Can you think of why these questions would be pertinent to your quest for finding your Spirit Guide? Share your thoughts especially on the animal that frightens you. If you can identify an animal that is important to you, what does it feed upon and/or what feeds upon it?
"If you talk to the Animals
they will talk with you
and you will know each other.
If you do not talk to them
you will not know them,
And what you do not know
you will fear.
What one fears one destroys."
~~~Chief Dan George~~~
|There are certain basics about Animal Spirits
that you need to know and remember. There is a powerful spirit in
every animal which may be its own or it may belong to another being that
uses this image to communicate with humans. By studying an Animal
Spirit's talents, you will learn the type of healing, magic and power that
is within it and available for you to use to develop your own
talents. Each Animal Spirit has its own special talents. Wild
animals have stronger powers. If your Animal Spirit is a domestic
animal such as a dog, it probably is a link to the actual power based in a
wild animal such as a wolf or coyote (which is related to dogs).
Using the domesticated version may be only the beginning or learning
process leading to the ability to handle and work more efficiently with
the higher power forms. We do not choose our Animal Spirit.
They choose us. It is up to us to develop a relationship with our
Animal Spirit that shows respect and trust. For this we need to be
patient. Honor your Animal Spirit by hanging pictures of them, by
learning about them, by wearing their symbol, by donating time or money to
wildlife foundations, and by dancing as you believe they would
You are not limited to just one Animal Spirit. Some will remain with you forever, some just for a day. Each will play a role in your life. Others may have the same totem. They will have commonalities with you but at the same time there will be differences. Each will have some uniqueness.
Question: Give some examples of how you would honor your Animal Spirit.
Meditation: Get into your standard meditation position whether it sitting or lying down after being careful to insure that
you will not be disturbed. Close your eyes. After grounding yourself, vision yourself heading towards a
large passageway leading deep into Mother Earth. This passageway will lead you into the lower world.
It may be a rabbit hole in the ground, a knothole in a tree, a cave, or the bottom of the ocean. Once you
reach your entrance, jump in and go down the tunnel towards the bright light at the opening at the end.
Step through into the lower world. Usually a forest, it can however be a mountain or an ocean. Whichever
it is, walk around and explore. Pay close attention to whatever you see. You'll soon see various animals
crossing your path. Notice if any repeatedly cross it. Especially notice if one crosses it four times. This is
your Spirit Guide. Once this happens, talk to her and ask if she is willing to return with you. If she agrees,
physically put out your left hand, palm up. She will come to you and shrink in size, small enough that she
will be able to fit in your palm. Physically close your hand and place it over your heart. Open your hand
and place your right hand over it. Take three deep breaths and feel her energy merge with you, starting
with your heart chakra and working its way outward. Slowly make your way back to the tunnel, observing
the lower world all the while. Work your way back up the tunnel to where you began. Slowly return
to ordinary reality.
Describe how this experience worked for you. Did you find your Spirit Guide? You may not the first
time. Describe your feelings.
Please send your answers to me: firstname.lastname@example.org
CONGRATULATIONS, YOU HAVE FINISHED LESSON ONE!
Animal Connection, Lesson 2