Written by Amber
Ancient Native Americans thought that all animals possessed healing as well as inspirational powers and had lessons to teach us.
This article will help explain what the difference is between animal guides totems & spirit helpers?
Spirit guide or spirit helper is a term that you will all probably have come across it is by and large a well-used term an even more commonly used than animal guide. The term spirit guide or spirit helper is often used as an umbrella term to include animal guide’s totems & spirit helpers as well as other spirits such as “ghosts” and “angels.” Therefore any non-physical entity that assists as a protector and guide can be called a spirit guide or if you want a spirit helper.
Other terms you may come across are: spirit totem, power animal, spirit animal and so on…
For certain we know the word totem originated from the term ‘doodem,’ a word of the Ojibwe tribe of Native American Indians, that means clan. The word Animal originated from the Latin Animalis the root being “Anima” the soul or breath of life.
The term totem animal is connected with shamanic teachings. These animals are typically viewed for example as “Wolf” or “Cat Sprit” with physical wolves and bears seen as materializations of the singular wolf or cat spirit…
So what are the advantages to me of getting to know my animal guide totem? There are huge advantages of becoming aware of your animal guide totem it can give you that sometimes much needed clarity, insight and understanding into your own life.
Animal guides totems exhibit an energy that will associate to the forces and energy which is having an influence on your circumstances. It is not uncommon for more than one animal to be with us at any time.
Your animal totem will have a large effect on your life, it will help in self-discovery, to capture your imagination and also give you an outlet for self-expression and awareness.
Your totem animal also deals with your past, and can provide a glimpse into your present and possible future. Animal totems offer spiritual guidance. To best understand the lessons conveyed by the power animal in our lives involves us learning their instinctual behaviours and natural habitats.
An animal totem is a psychological and spiritual symbol which conveys the qualities we need or lack in our daily lives. They are a mirror of us reflecting our own innate qualities to help ourselves better understand our connection to all things.
How to find your Animal Guide Totem
First of all it is very important for you to remember it is not you that chooses your spirit guide animal it is the animal that chooses you!
Here is some of the most common ways to find your animal guide totem:
Spend more time in nature, take off your headphones, put your phone away and really appreciate Mother Nature and her cornucopia of wondrous gifts. Take special notice of the animals bird’s even insects that you may come across are you drawn to one animal in particular, does it catch your attention?
Begin to take more notice of the animals in your life, look for un-usual behaviours, this could be a spirit animal trying to gain your attention.
Do you encounter an animal on a regular basis this can be physical or symbolic, for example did your attention get grabbed by an animal poster, advert, book or similar – you then went on to see this animal say tattooed on someone, later you switch on the TV and there it is again on the screen…and so on.
Have you recently read a book or thumbed through a magazine and one particular animal stands out for you, it catches your attention and so on..
Start to make a note of any animals that appear in your dreams is there a regular animal you dream about?
The next most common ways to find your animal guide totem is through visualization or meditation
Using visualization or meditation is a great way to connect meditation with your spirit animal.
Using visualization or meditation allows you to enter a different state of mind or altered state where you are more receptive to the energy and intuitive wisdom of the animal spirits.
Once you have determined which spirit guide totem you have learn as much as you can about this animal, observe it even read about it. Make your-self a list of the animals attributes then consider how this animals traits relate to you, don’t try too hard to come up with similarities these should come to you without pressure.
Now consider how the animals may relate to you right now – for example: Let’s say your spirit animal was the butterfly – The butterfly represents change and transformation. So please now consider the Butterfly and how it will go through changes – From egg, to larvae (caterpillar), to pupa (the chrysalis or cocoon) and from the cocoon to the butterfly emerging in splendour and glory. This butterfly leaves behind the safety of their cocoon to discover a new world, she entrusts without fear her newly developed wings and takes to flight.
The message therefore being: The cocoon of your thoughts is safe and familiar – the cocoon therefore represents your thoughts and fears which may be limiting your advancement. In other words don’t be afraid of moving forward and looking outside of your cocoon this may help free you of the restrictions and fears of your thoughts.
The butterfly is symbolic of the changes happening in your life, each equally as important. It is no good rushing to a certain stage, nor is it good to become stuck. Change is necessary sometimes and can be good – even though it may not seem so at the time. Change is what life is made of and is essential for progression, endings, growth, and achievement.
The butterfly implies therefore that changes will be significant. More than just changes in your environment, the transformations that this butterfly points to are also internal: Your own opinions, aspects of your personality, or personal habits. Personal transformation is symbolic of the butterfly representation.
The butterfly is typically colourful thus bringing the message to lighten up add more colour to your life and express yourself more fully.
Do you see what I mean by the trait of the animal or in this case insect and how they can relate back to you.
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