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Animal Spirits work with us in many
capacities and on a variety of levels. As Totems they reflect
aspects of our personalities teaching us to know ourselves better
and understand our
interrelationships. Power Animals are much the same; they are
the dominant Totem and merge in
a sacred spiritual manner with our inner spirit. Guides are
not always animals but they can be;
these creatures guide us through spiritual realms and to our
teachers showing the way to
enlightenment. Some Animal Spirits act as messengers coming
once or twice in a lifetime while
others are frequent visitors. All these capacities reflect their
abilities to impart a wide variety of
messages on many different levels. All Animal Spirits are our
teachers in one way or another.
They can act as protectors giving us warnings, or defending
us in other ways. While they teach
us about ourselves and our lives, their highest teachings are
that of Spirit and spiritual
There are a myriad of levels that can be used to make contact
with our Totems, Power Animals,
Guides, and Teachers. They can appear in the wild of the mundane
world grabbing our attention
in some distinctive way. There are visions that some are capable
of receiving where the creatureteachers
will appear and speak or act out a pantomime to relay messages.
They come during
journeys, quests, and most readily in the Dream Lodge. It is
in our dreams that we are more
willing to accept the unusual and thus communicative levels
are heightened naturally. These
Animal Spirits are capable of shapeshifting to suit our needs
and teaching us how to do the same.
Animal spirits communicate in different ways. They will use
body language to demonstrate their
message. The direction they come from and are headed to will
tell you the area the message
applies to and the method you are to focus on in dealing with
it. These creature-teachers are
capable of telepathic communication or thought transference.
They can impart images or
thoughts into our minds and convey a great deal of information.
They can speak as humans do in
all languages though this is generally demonstrated on spiritual
levels of the Dream Lodge,
journeys, or vision quests.
Each Animal Spirit comes to us not as the animal itself but
as a representation of the spiritual
essence of that animal. If you look at any species you will
see they have character traits that are
unique and stand out from one another. The food they eat tells
you what to search for, what your
spirit needs to feed on to sustain itself. The ways they hunt
show you the methods you can
develop to find your own answers. Their enemies will demonstrate
the types of individuals you
need to watch out for, the traits that are your own weaknesses,
personal flaws that need to be
controlled, and many other things. As you can see, there is
a great deal to learn from these
creature-teachers just in the mundane world.
Taking this a step higher into the realm of spiritual lessons
and other dimensions they can carry
these same traits with them and you will learn to apply them
there. On this level there is a
quickening of the pace, things happen at the speed of thought,
and you learn to function at that
level. Above that there is the teaching each Animal Spirit can
impart that will take you into the
pure essence of Spirit Itself. They can take you into the Great
Mystery, the Silence of the Void,
and show you wonders that you never imagined. It takes effort
to work on this kind of
development and it all begins with awareness. You need to be
aware of them in your life, visions,
and dreams. It all begins with a conscious choice and making
it a point to notice them when they
reach out to you.
The number of spirits that will work with any individual varies.
Some are aware of only one
while others have several. In the case of working with numerous
creature-teachers there will be
those that tend to dominate at different times and often one
that is the overall dominant teacher.
All of them are capable of establishing a deep and lasting friendship.
Emotional bonds to them
grow and we can become very attached. Since some will come and
go from our lives so we need
to be prepared for an eventual departure and you can always
ask them how long they will be with
you. They will tell you if it is temporary or not.
When you take notice of these teachers and begin to openly communicate
with them there is
nothing you cannot ask. They will answer your questions honestly
(sometimes cryptically) or
they will take you to another teacher who can better serve to
impart the lesson. It takes a level of
trust and confidence to establish these relationships. You have
to trust in them and they have to
have the confidence in you that the effort will be put forth
to continue to grow. It is important to
understand that their first concern is service to Spirit. They
have been sent by Spirit to help you
raise your levels of consciousness and achieve spiritual progression.
Your willingness to accept
those teachings determines just how far or how high you can
take the experiences.
The next time you dream of an animal, or see one in the wild,
or even if you have a deep and
abiding attraction to one or more, look into what it can share
with you. Study its habits, its
nature, its method of survival and apply those traits in your
own life. We at Spirit Lodge
encourage you to explore all aspects of spirituality to develop
your own path. This is just one of
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