Usually we think of Spirit Guides as being in human form, but can an animal also be a Spirit Guide? And what’s the difference between a totem animal and an animal that comes as a Spirit Guide? While your last pet may still come around you in spirit form, there are technically some distinctions between Fido on the Other Side and the dog totem animal.
Just like our family members who have crossed over, our pets can come to visit us once they have crossed as well. Sometimes they come to comfort us, to be around our energy, or to see what’s going on. They may have a particular message for you, but usually they function more as they did while they were alive – wandering around the house, coming up on your bed, seeing what’s going on.
There are some family pets who have the ability to be spirit guides for us on the other side. It depends on what they choose to do on the other side. They do have choices just as humans do.
You can have several animal guides through out your life. Sometimes an animal guide will come into your life for a short period of time, and then be replaced by another depending on the journey or direction you are headed toward. Your guide will instruct and protect you as you learn how to navigate through your spiritual and physical life. When you find an animal that speaks strongly to you or feel you must draw more deeply into your life, you might fill your environment with images of the animal to let the animal know its welcome in your space. Animal guides can help you get back to your Earthly roots, and reconnect with nature by reminding you that we are all interconnected.
A totem is an animal, plant, or natural item which some native or tribal people associate as their symbol for their family, or clan. The totem is sometimes spiritually revered in the sense of having founded something of significance or is seen as an ancestor or guardian of the people.
Native American and Celtic shamanistic mythology and beliefs are closely integrated with animals and their characteristics and wisdom. The animals are referred to as “totem animals” or “power animals” which some people use synonymously. It’s thought the difference is that a totem animal is more for the clan or family, while a power animal is more individual and functions as a protector and helps to empower us in our everyday lives. While the totem animal stays the same, we may have different power animals depending on what we need in our lives and they may change.
Some believe that everyone has a personal totem animal, or even up to nine (associated with elements or directions). Either way, here is how to recognize if you have a Spirit Guide Animal around you and how to start working with them.
Notice what animals you are naturally drawn to. We are sometimes naturally drawn to our Spirit Guide Animals.
You may see this animal many times at unexpected times either in spirit form, or alive in this world.
Do a guided meditation and ask for your Spirit Guide Animal to step forward so you can meet them. Take the first thing you get – even if you don’t think it’s majestic!
Every life form has it’s own strength and wisdom.
Start to learn about this animal – it’s habits and strengths. Can you see areas in your own life that you might need these strengths?
Call in the particular Spirit Guide Animal you would like to learn from. It’s as easy as saying “Spirit Hawk (or Ant, or Tree, or Wolf, etc) help me with this situation. Help me to soar above this as you soar above the land”. Or anything that is authentic to you in terms of wording.
In general, animals remind us that we are part of the earth; that each creature has a place; that each creature has a skill of it is own; that we have instincts given to us from Mother earth, wisdom born to us that we must awaken.
The Animal Totem that comes to you offers you power and wisdom if you will learn to communicate with it, with respect, trust, and understanding. Developing a relationship with your animal totem takes time, practice, and patience. Having an animal totem means that you have lessons to learn and a powerful spiritual friend.
If you need guidance on understanding your animal guide or want to find out which animal is your spirit guide contact me Cherokee Billie and during a private session we will Discover what animal guide is working with you.
Take some time and watch my video on Animals as Spirit Guides. I’m sure this will be of great benefit to you and be sure and share it with your friends. You can also Read More about Animal Totems and their meanings.
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