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Animals are here to teach humans. They have many powerful lessons to give. They remind us that we are only a small part of creation; that each part of creation has a place; that each creature has its own skill and wisdom. Take this to another level by finding and working with an animal spirit guide of your own...
Animal spirit guides (sometimes called animal totems) are powerful guardians of the land and spirit realm. They communicate with the pre-conscious ancient human mind. Forming a relationship with an animal guide could make you a better person: If you successfully contact and work with your animal spirit guide, you could end up healthier physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. You will, hopefully, see the world and all things in it with more clarity and understanding.
Many cultures hold animals sacred. Various types of animals, especially snakes and birds, have been held in great esteem by early peoples around the world and many cultures created rituals and built temples to worship them. The ancient Egyptians, Greeks, Hindus, Buddhists, Aztecs and other cultures venerated and worshiped various animals, birds and reptiles.
Meditate to find your own animal spirit guide
The most important part to this meditation is to keep an open mind. Don't go into this with preconceived ideas, hopes of what your animal totem will be, or perceptions.
Arrange a time to meditate. Make sure that your setting is comfortable and that you will not be disturbed.
Light candles, burn incense or diffuse oils. Play soothing music if it will help. It is important that the area is personalised to your needs and is clean from any dirt or psychic debris. You may want to smudge the room beforehand (light a Native American sage 'smudge' stick and walk around your room, letting the scent and smoke of the smudge stick fill the main area and also corners), and/or take a ritual cleansing bath. Wear comfortable clothes for the meditation and make sure that you are warm.
Sit in a comfortable position, one that you can sustain for about 30-45 minutes.
Close your eyes and take in a deep cleansing breath to the count of 3. Hold for a further count of 3 and exhale for a count of 4.
Repeat this until the breathing pattern becomes 'normal'. As you inhale, imagine a pure white light entering your body permeating all your cells. As you breathe out, release any stress and negativity through an image of black smoke leaving your body.
Concentrate on a warm energy washing over your feet, relaxing them... allow this feeling to move gently upwards to your calves, knees, thights, spine, chest, shoulders, arms, hands, fingers, neck, jaw, cheekbones, forehead and scalp. Once you have done this, scan your body again to see if any areas need further relaxation.
Now, try to clear your mind. If you find it difficult to do this then imagine an empty room or a blank book. If mundane thoughts or sounds from outside start entering your mind, acknowledge them and let them slip away. They can be dealt with at another time.
When you are feeling fully peaceful and relaxed, state your intention clearly and ask the Divine forces in your life to aid you on your journey.
You may choose to state your intention like this:
"It is my wish to find and speak with my animal spirit guide, and I ask the Divine forces to aid my in my journey."
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