Written by Amber:
In this article I would like to try to explain about animal spirit guides. Animal guides are referred to as power animals in Shamanism, the Worlds’ oldest healing tradition Shamans honour the wisdom of each spirit animal. The belief being that everything is alive and carries with it power and wisdom. The power animal is very important to ALL shamans.
In Native American traditions each spirit animal is quite often given the name animal totem.
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…
Animal spirit guides come into your life for a purpose to guide you, they choose you – You DO NOT choose them. Any living creature can serve as a power animal even insects, birds and sea animals.
You can have one or many spirit animal guides during your life, during a certain period of your life, or at precise time.
The gifts and wisdom that a specific animal gives varies depending on their culture.
Your spirit animal guides frequently typify qualities and traits that you may see in yourself. It is often a good idea to study and learn the habits and characteristics of your power animal and see how they are echoed in your own behaviour and life.
Sometimes it is just one or two spirit animals that are drawn to a person for their whole life span, but more often there will be more. For example if you have a great change either by chance or choice a different animal totem may be drawn to you. There could also be a time when you feel very close to an animal, bird or even a fish or insect.
Your power animal totem could also be mythical animal. This typically indicates the need for a change in your life. A mythical power animal totem is not normally with your from birth, neither will it stay with you for very long. Your power animal totem is there to teach, protect or both.
A mythical power animal totem can be an indicator for a change in life and are normally very strong.
Having an animal power totem does not mean that you worship that animal. It means that animal is with you as a spiritual tool to guide and support on the path you are already walking. Having an animal power totem guides you on your journey of self-discovery by making you aware of your spiritual connectedness.
Your power totem animal also deals with your past, and can provide a glimpse into your present and possible future. Your power totem animal offers 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.
There are 4 types of animal spirit guides: messenger, journey, life and shadow.
The animal messenger guide appears to warn or guide you through a specific situation, this animal stays with you until the message is received or the situation has passed
The journey animal guide appears when you reach a crossroad and a decision needs to be made for progression. This animal will stay with you until your journey is complete this can take days, weeks, months even years.
The life animal spirit guides remain with you throughout your life, this animal is a reflection of you
The shadow spirit animal guide is the one that instils fear, it tests you, it teaches lessons in areas that need to be changed, and it represents your inner fears and will continue to appear until the changes needed are made!
An animal totem works with your subconscious, tapping into your share of universal energy. Try thinking of totem animals as different channels or frequencies that we can tune into as our needs change.
We simply adjust the frequency of our share of universal energy to tap into the desired channel. However, the key to understanding how to do this is being aware and perceptive of your surroundings.
I hope you have found this article Explain about animal spirit guides interesting
Written by Amber: