Many people don’t know that in addition to a spirit guide, a spirit that is or once was a human soul, they also have an animal guide or totem animal. In fact, just like spirit guides it is more than likely that you have not just one totem animal but several watching over you.
You can start to find your totem animal but thinking back on a particular animal that seems to appear in your life over and over. Perhaps you have a collection of frogs or elephants. A favorite stuffed animal as a child may also indicate which totem animal is yours. Dreams can also reveal your totem animal.
Totem animals may appear in your life at times of great stress or when you need protecting from situations that are beyond your human strength, even though you may not have noticed them before. Sometimes they appear because you are not paying attention to changes that are about to occur or that you may need to make. Pay attention, especially if you come across an animal in a place that it is not usually found. A good example of this would be to find an opossum in downtown Manhattan.
Totem animals can be the creatures you come across every day, rarely or may even be mythical beasts from legend such as a unicorn or a gryphon. They can even be dragons. Mythical totems are not usually a birth totem and may not stay with a person for a long time. The mythical totem is very strong. If you feel very drawn and close to this being, it is more than likely that it is your totem for that time in your life. Always the totem is there to teach us or protect us, or both.
Just as possible is to have a totem animal that is an insect. Ants teach a sense of community, social structures, industriousness a sense of provision. Beetles aid in transformation, metamorphosis, resurrection and rebirth – rebirth of the soul to a new spiritual ideal and renewed devotion. Butterflies can show transformations and transmutations taking place. And these are just a few examples.
Meeting Your Animal Guide
Sit down in a quiet place alone. Make certain there will be no distractions or interruptions. Draw a circle around you and bless the circle with sage, cedar, sweet grass, tobacco or some other sacred medicine. Begin your journey into the spirit world with prayer and continue with deep meditation.
Get comfortable. Take a deep breath. Inhale, exhale deeply several time. Release your ego, desires and expectations of what may follow. Chase away all shadows of fear and negativity. Begin to dream of some idyllic place like a forest trail, bubbling mountain stream, or flower covered glen. Move about in this world seeing, smelling and feeling everything. After awhile, you will hear something and you will see a creature slowly coming to you.
The creature is friendly and invites your touch. You embrace. This is your animal spirit guide. Spend time talking with your animal guide now.
Be open to any and all types of messages. Do not get trapped by wishing for a certain messages. Clear your mind completely. Open your heart to its love and lessons. When your time is finished, thank all the beings in this special place and your animal guide who has chosen to teach you. Slowly return by the way you came into full consciousness. Open your eyes.
After you understand what type of animal guide has come into your life, educate yourself fully as to the nature of the animal. Learn about its habitat, life cycles, what it eats, physical characteristics, special skills and traits, social and mating habits. Go to places where your animal guide can be found in real life. Study it in nature. Gaining insight into the nature of your animal guide will help you to better understand its messages. Meditate on this knowledge and discover its power and medicine. – http://www.manataka.org/page291.html#MEETING YOUR ANIMAL GUIDE