By Laura Rategan
Sometimes life can get challenging. We all have highs and lows, and our response to these situations can greatly impact our quality of life. As such, many people use energy work and spirit guides to help them navigate the tough times.
A powerful tool that I like to use is shamanic journeying and the use of spirit animals as guides. I first connected to my power animals 22 years ago, and this connection has provided assistance in my life ever since. When I have a problem or need guidance, I check in with my spirit animals to gain extra courage and strength, and access any valuable information they wish to share with me.
When exploring the world of the animal spirits, it’s important to remember that a spirit animal cannot be chosen—they choose you. Communication requires reverent respect and knowledge of the ways of the animal guides.
Spirit animals can appear during journeying, meditations, night dreams, or other altered states of consciousness. They may also come to you in their physical form. You may have multiple encounters with a specific type of animal in a short time span.
Types of Animal Guides:
Messenger guides come into your life quickly and leave once a message is received and understood.
Shadow guides invade you with fear. Their purpose is to teach a lesson you have not learned from repeated mistakes due to anger, avarice, greed, insecurity, or other negative thoughts.
Journey guides appear when you are at a fork in the road. Once a decision to follow a specific path is made, these guides will remain with you and serve you along the way.
Life guides (sometimes called spirit guides) remain a part of you throughout your life, reflecting your inner-spiritual self. You may have more than one life guide, and new ones may appear as you need them.
Examples of animals and their energetic qualities:
Wolves are great teachers and help you develop your intuition so you can find the answers within yourself.
Eagles symbolize freedom and broad perspectives. They represents great spirit, carrying our prayers to the sky. They teach us to fly.
Owls represents wisdom and bring the gift of insight.
After you understand what type of animal guide has come into your life, it’s necessary to educate yourself. Learn about her habitat, life cycles, physical characteristics, special skills and traits, and social and mating habits. Gaining insight into your animal guide’s specific characteristics will help you to better understand her messages.
I encourage you to get to know your animal guides in your own way. Through a journey or meditation ask your animal to present herself and then ask, “What do you have to teach me? Tell me about yourself.” Be still and see what she reveals to you. You can then take that information and figure out how it applies to you and your situation.
You may do many things to honor your animal guide: Wear jewelry or clothing illustrating your totem; decorate your space with pictures or other memorabilia; visit the habitat of your spirit guide; help protect her home by contributing time or resources.
Most of all, spend time in meditation with your friend and guide, offering gratitude for her assistance. You will come to rely on her wisdom and strength and use her guidance often. Enjoy this beautiful process and have fun as it reveals itself to you over time.
The following books are suggested to help you on your journey:
Animal Speak by Ted Andrews
Animal Wisdom by Susie Green
The Way of the Shaman by Michael Harner
About the Author: Laura Rategan, Shamanic Practitioner/Intuitive Counselor sees private clients and can be contacted at Lwolffie@hotmail.com.