Embracing the Wonder of Animal Totems: A Guided Journey

Embracing the Wonder of Animal Totems: A Guided Journey with Ahriana Platten

I’ve worked with animal totems for more than thirty years. Wolf is my primary – a companion who is always walking at my side. The giant heart of giraffe helps me love more deeply, and the joy and transformative energy of the butterfly helps me think “light and carefree.”

Is it Time for a New Animal Totem?

In the realm of spirituality, the natural world holds a profound significance. Within this tapestry of life, animals have long been revered as powerful symbols of strength, and guidance. The concept of animal totems, also known as spirit animals or power animals, brings us closer to the interconnectedness between humanity and the animal kingdom.

Discovering Your Animal Totem:

When we embark on a journey of self-discovery, our paths may intersect with the animal kingdom in profound ways. Animal totems are spiritual guides that reveal themselves to us through dreams, visions, or encounters in the physical world. They are believed to embody certain qualities and energies that resonate with our unique essence. As we open ourselves to their presence, we can receive invaluable insights and guidance.

The Beauty of Animal Totems:

Each animal totem carries its own inherent beauty and symbolism. From the regal lion exuding courage and leadership to the gentle wisdom of the owl, the animal kingdom offers a diverse tapestry of qualities for us to explore and embrace. Through the unique characteristics and behaviors of our totem animals, we learn valuable lessons about ourselves, our strengths, and our areas of growth. These teachings guide us on a profound spiritual journey towards self-realization and self-empowerment.

Connection and Communication:

Working with an animal totem allows us to forge a deeper connection with the natural world and its profound energies. By attuning ourselves to the essence of our totem, we can communicate on a spiritual level, seeking guidance, clarity, and healing. Whether it is through meditation (like the one I’ve included here), rituals, or shamanic practices, we can establish a sacred bond that transcends the boundaries of the physical realm. This connection reminds us that we are part of a greater web of life, nurturing a sense of belonging and purpose.

The Wonder of Synchronicities:

One of the most awe-inspiring aspects of working with animal totems is the occurrence of synchronicities. As we become more attuned to our totem's presence, we begin to notice their representations and symbols manifesting in our daily lives. It could be a chance encounter with the totem animal in the wild, a sudden appearance in artwork or media, or even a dream that carries their message. These synchronicities serve as powerful reminders of our connection to the spiritual realm and validate the guidance and wisdom bestowed upon us by our animal totem.

Growth and Transformation:

The beauty and wonder of working with an animal totem lie in the transformative journey it offers. As we embrace the teachings and qualities of our totem, we embark on a path of personal growth and evolution. Our totem acts as a guiding light, helping us navigate life's challenges and uncover hidden aspects of ourselves. Through their wisdom, we learn to embody their strengths, transcend our limitations, and align with our true purpose.

My gift to you this week is an animal totem meditation: Click here to listen now. You can sit and listen, or you can dance, walk or move to this one. Let me know what animal comes to visit!

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