Many cultures believe that each human has a spiritual bond to another being (animal or plant). Two examples are the Native American tribes, the Australian Aboriginal people. Some believe that an animal spirit follows every human through life. Some of these cultures also believe that different animal spirits show up when we need their help or message.
These guides can show up in imagery you notice a lot, or in dreams. They have many names, totem animal, power animal, spirit animal, animal spirit guide (there may be more). The meaning varies from culture to culture. While some argue that this only exists in one culture, it’s been present in many cultures through history.
I choose to see them as animal guides that represent parts of who you are, a guide that can help you through life if you choose to listen.
Knowing your spirit animal guide is a good idea
Just knowing what your animal is, and visualizing it in some way (in your mind or having an image of it) can remind you to show more of those sides about yourself when interacting with people or doing business.
Learning about the characteristics and habits of the worldly animal it represents can help you find out about hidden challenges you have and teach you things about yourself that you might not be aware of. For example show you a talent you didn’t know you had.
If you choose to connect with your spirit animal through meditation, spiritual journeying, or trance it can be a companion on your journey through life.
- Providing advice when you need it.
- Giving you a nudge or a poke to make the right decisions.
- Smacking you with a 2x4 upside the head (or giving you the classic kick in the butt) if necessary or when you don’t listen.
- Your spirit animal can also warn you of dangers and protect you energetically.
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