For years I questioned What is my spirit animal? Recently I found that another term for this is Power Animal. I have had this post in draft for a long time because I really didn’t know if I was ready to talk about it or not. But, here goes. I am not here to teach you how to find your Power Animal, but rather to tell you how awesome it is once you do. I have recently experienced the pleasure of meeting my Power Animal, and he is beautiful.
Throughout many cultures across the globe animal totems have been incorporated into their spiritual beliefs since the beginning of time. When you connect with these animals, they are supposed to bring you power and support in the areas you need them most, and also to bring you wisdom and knowledge about yourself. I will do my best to find the best resources to deepen our research on spirit animals. If any readers out there know of any good links or resources, please leave them here! I am excited to learn more and would love a good read today.
UPDATE (November 18, 2013) : After writing this post, I came into contact with fellow blogger Andy who lead me to a post he wrote on Power Animals. His post is amazing, and pretty much sums up what I am trying to explain here in a concise, educated and easy to understand manner.
The Importance of Power Animals in Contemporary Western Shamanism
by Andy Groggel, M.A. and Erica Christenson
The past four decades have seen a blossoming of non-native individuals offering to guide groups through shamanic experiences using the practices of core shamanism (ala Michael Harner). Core shamanism emerged from an assertion made by Anthropologists and academics that any one could access the altered states of consciousness (ASC) necessary for ones soul to travel to the spirit world, commonly referred to as the shamanic journey or soul journey. Read More…………………….
Thanks for the great post Andy! I learned some amazing things and tried a few of your techniques and got great results!
Here are some great links for researching Spirit or Power Animals:
AnimalSpirits.com <– Preferred
There are many ways to find your power animal. You can use resources on the internet, but I prefer to use books to find my answers. My best route was to use Shamanic Journeying to meet my spirit animal. However, if you are more comfortable with guided meditation, or perhaps you notice an animal that gravitates to you often. I read a few books with opposing opinions on how to determine your power animal. One says they are around you in the ordinary reality others say they find you in the non ordinary. When you reach an impasse` in spirituality, you could refer to what I said yesterday about doing what excites your soul. If it firmly excites you to feel like your power animal is one that literally knocks on your window in this reality, then by all means, feel empowered by that animal. Draw power and energy from everything that empowers you! Everything that makes you feel good, let it!
Here is a guided mediation to meet your power animal.
I am still reading and learn about how to connect and to get a deeper relationship with my power animal. If any readers out there have advice or questions, please share! Also, if you have had any experiences or journey’s, I’d like to hear about those as well!