Lately, I’ve been communicating with so many animals. Whenever I go into meditation or a Breathwork s
ession or whenever I dance, they show up. They also show up whenever I’m walking in the woods with my dogs and whenever I’m in a state of ultimate surrender (where my rational/thinking mind isn’t taking over). This happens in the shower a lot as this is a time where not only are we relaxed (rational mind is turned down) but also we have the water as a powerful element. The water flushes our systems, our auras and allows us to experience other dimensions and visions from the higher realms.
Animal spirits come in the form of either our own spirit guides sending these animals our way as a means to deliver a specific message, or they come in as the animal spirit themselves. Regardless of how they’re brought into your experience/vision, what matters is our receptivity to them. Our receptivity to allow them into our space, to feel them, to sense their energy and to hear what they have to say. Because when we do, we can gather so much valuable information about where we are in our paths to becoming, what we need, what we know to be true and how we can move forward.
Every person is unique, therefore every animal that comes in will be different for each person and it will be extremely personal. Every spirit animal has an overall “theme” or “message” but nonetheless, each animal may symbolize something unique to you. For example, close your eyes now and tune into your breath. As you focus on your breath, allow for an animal to come through. Don't try to force anything. If nothing comes up that is totally ok and normal. If an animal pops up in your mind don’t judge it or question it. Just take it in, breathe into the moment and allow yourself to see what you might have associated this animal with in the past. When we do this, we’re tuning into our own experiences of the animal so that we
There are multiple different rituals that are designed to help us identify with our animal spirit guides. These include dream work, meditation ceremonies, fasting, being buried, exposure to nature and elements, etc.
For today’s article, I wanted to share a meditation you can do now to reveal your spirit animal. This animal might be with you for your life, it might only be a temporary animal to help you with something you might be going through right now. You don’t need to figure this out quite yet. All you have to do for this is simply surrender to the meditation and allow yourself to transcend into another realm, one where peace, centeredness and unconditional love resides.
How To Find Your Spirit Animal Exercise
(From the book, Animal Speak by Ted Andrews)
Before you start: I highly recommend that you create a space for this where you won’t be disturbed. Also, make sure you’re in a relaxed state, perhaps take a bath beforehand, or do anything you love to help you relax. You can perform this exercise either by laying down or by sitting upright.
Note: Don’t worry about whether or not you’re making this up. If it did appear in your head/imagination then it has a significance to you and you can be sure this is a spirit animal coming forth to help you.
“As you relax, find yourself growing lighter, and lighter. The surroundings seem to fade, and you are wrapped in the warm dark cloak of your own energy and mind. It is safe, warm and comfortable.
In your mind's eye, you begin to see soft light and slowly the view opens. You find yourself at the edge of a crystalline pool of water. The sky above is blue, and there’s a soft haze on the distance horizon. Above you, the sun and the moon can be seen together in the sky. You are not sure if it is dusk or dawn, but you know it is one of those powerful times, a time where there is a thinning of the veil between the physical and the spiritual.
To your right, at the end of the pool, is a waterfall. The spray from it is cool and misty, and where it touches the pool, water ripples outward, distorting all reflections. It gives the area a surreal appearance.
You look about you at the green grasses and the distant trees and all is silent. It is as if nature is in a state of quiet anticipation. You look back to the waterfall and you notice a dark area behind it. You move toward it, and as you stand close to the waterfall, you see a cave half concealed behind it. You step carefully behind the waters and into the muted darkness of the inner cave.
You are surprised for it is illuminated with soft torches. The light given off from them gives the open chamber a warmth. Somehow it looks familiar and it makes you feel as if you were expected.
To the back of that chamber is a tunnel that is also lit with torches. You glance over your shoulder to the area beyond the waterfall and then walk further into the cave. Ti is as warm and comfortable as it first appeared, and as you step further in toward that black tunnel you feel a slight giddiness and a soft childlike laugh slips out. For the first time in a long time you feel like a child about to open and explore wondrous treasures of the world.
You step from the chamber onto the path of the tunnel and begin to follow it slowly it is well lit, and you are not at all uncomfortable. You reach out and touch the walls with your hands and you are surprised at their warmth. It is as if you could feel the life blood of the earth itself flowing through its walls.
As you move further along, the tunnel widens and grows taller. The torches are fewer and more distant, but you notice that it seems to be getting lighter still. Then you pass a couple of torches that are not even lit. you stop and touch them, just to confirm they have not recently gone out and then as you look ahead, you see the reason. The tunnel has widened so greatly, that the sun is able to penetrate almost fifty yards back.
You can see beyond the end of the tunnel. There is a distant river and lush green grass. The sunlight sparkles off of it as it would the morning dew on a summer's day. Across the field is the edge of a rich, deep green forest. You pause only a moment and then you run the last fifty yards and burst from the tunnel into the warm sunlight of this beautiful meadow.
The sun is warm upon your face and the grass beneath your feet. Your nose is teased with the fragrance of honey and spring wildflowers. The air is sweet, and you tilt your head back and stretch your arms wide. You spin and swirl and laugh at the beauty and lightness of this meadow.
Next to the river is a large, ancient oak tree. Surrounding it is the greenest and most lush grass you have ever seen. You run to it and sit down beneath it. You stretch out and roll in its softness and you inhale its sweetness. Then you sit up. Next to the tree is a stone, shapes as if carved into a chair.
You sit down upon it, and as you do, you find that it fits your form perfectly. It makes you giggle with wonder. You breathe deeply and from this chair you look about you. It is quiet and peaceful and you know that this meadow is a place where wildlife must surely come, and for a moment you envy the animals and the birds for having such a place of beauty.
You sit upon that stone chair and you enjoy the beauty of nature. It is as if with each breath you become more and more a part of it, and it becomes more and more a part of you.
Then suddenly, your breath catches, you see a movement out of the corner of your eye, the edge of the forest. You hold your breath. Maybe you will get to see some wildlife. Then from among the trees comes movement.
It may soar above you or it may step out into the meadow. You sit still. Watching as an animal appears in your vision. Don't force it. Allow it to show itself to you. And as it does, its eyes seek you out and hold your gaze.
Never have you seen anything so wonderful, so unique. Such animals have always seemed so wild and out of touch. There is no fear as it moves closer, only recognition and wonder. Surely this must be a dream! Then, as if in response to your thoughts, it makes a sound, a movement, a gesture, and you fix your eyes upon it. In that moment you begin to understand you catch glimpses of memories of how it may have helped you in the past. You know why you have always been fascinated with it. And then it begins to move toward that tunnel. It pauses and turns to look back at you, as if telling you it is time to go on. You stand and begin to follow it. As you approach the mouth of the tunnel, it waits. It is so close; with a few steps you could touch it.
Carefully, gently you extend your hand to it, but before your hand gets close enough to actually touch it, it jumps and is heading back to the edge of the forest. It pauses, looking back at you once more and then disappears into the green.
You understand. It will take time to develop a relationship. There is much you have to learn from each other. Until then you must be patient. You smile a sweet sadness, and then move back into the tunnel following it back to the waterfall.
As you step from the cave and behind the waterfall you look into the crystal pool. You see your reflection rippling, and then behind your reflection you see the form of your animal totem. You caTch your breath and you laugh, thanking it for opening to you. As you do, its image disappears, and the scene around you begins to fade. You are again in the warm darkness of your own mind. The image of your totem is strong within you, as you breathe deeply and allow yourself to come back to your surroundings.”