All things in the Universe have spirit and life. The rocks, the earth, the sky, the waters, the plants and the animals are different expressions of consciousness, in realms and different realities. And all the things of the Universe know of their Harmony with everything else, and they know how to Give each other. Except man. Of all the creatures of the Universe, only we do not begin our lives with the knowledge of this great Harmony. Our spirit can become complete by learning to seek and to perceive, to learn about our own Harmony with all our brothers in the Universe.
Quoting Jamie Sams and David Carson:
" When you exhort the power of an animal, you are asking to be wrapped in complete harmony with the strength of the essence of that creature. Acquiring understanding of these brothers and sisters is a healing process, and must be approached with humility and intuition. Certain aspects of the lessons given by these creatures have been chosen to reflect the lessons that each spirit needs to learn in the Good Red Path. These are the lessons of being human, of being vulnerable and of seeking wholeness with all that exists. They are part of the way to Power. The Power lies in the wisdom and understanding of one's role in the Great Mystery, and in honoring the fact that every living thing is a Master. " (Medicine Cards)
Each of us has a particular animal as its personal medicine. The Totems or Personal Animals of Power are the protective spirits that help us both in our daily life and in our spiritual quest for Harmony. These Power Animals are commonly a reflection of your deepest self, and they also represent the qualities you need in this world, but are often hidden or obscured.
How to know what your Power Animal is?
Power Animals are not necessarily exotic animals: they can be any animal of the families of mammals, reptiles, insects or birds. Or it could be a mythical animal, like the Unicorn or the Pegaso. On the other hand, your Personal Power Animal can change several times in your life, depending on your specific needs.
In this section are the characteristics of various Power Animals. If you already know yours, look here for its description. If you don't know him, ask to meet him! Just ask your Councillors, Guides, Overself, yourself. The answer could come in a variety of ways:
- In dreams:When dreaming of an animal that has a special meaning within the dream itself.
- For indirect messages:When you hear or see the name of an animal several times during your daily life, in the news, the television, in friends ' comments, etc.
- For direct messages:Physically seeing an animal more than twice.
- In meditation:The Power Animals are revealed and identify themselves as such.
- By instinct or intuition:We are especially attracted to them throughout our lives.
- Through a shaman:By asking someone especially intuitive to find out and tell us what our Power Animal is.
If you are already aware of your Power Animal, you can ask for additional power in any situation. You can also use this section as an oracle, again relying on your intuition when choosing an Animal to read its features. Or you can read them all and learn something from each other ...
CHARACTERISTICS OF CERTAIN POWER ANIMALS
Eagle feathers are used around the world as ceremonial tools, and are regarded as the most sacred healing tools. They are a symbol of power, healing and wisdom. Eagle represents a state of grace that is achieved through the work, understanding and fulfillment of the initiation tests that result from regaining our personal power.
Eagle Medicine is the Power of the Great Spirit. It is the spirit of tenacity. It is the gift of clear vision, with which you truly look at the things you look at. It's the patience to wait for the opportune moment. It is living in balance with the earth and the heavens.
Eagle reminds you of your connection with the Great Spirit. It warns you that the universe is presenting you with the opportunity to fly above the mundane levels of your life, or above the shadow of past realities. Eagle teaches you to look high to touch Grandfather Sun with your heart, to love the shadow as much as light. Eagle asks you to give you the permission of freedom, to attain the joy that your heart desires.
The buffalo is considered by many tribes as a symbol of abundance: their flesh fed people, the skins provided clothing and shelter, the bones and tendons provided survival tools, the hooves provided glue. According to the Dakota tradition, the Ternero Woman of White Buffalo gave them the Sacred Pipa, promising them abundance as they honor through prayer to the Great Spirit and all their relationships, that is, to the other creations of nature.
Buffalo Medicine means an honor, reverence, or special appreciation for all the things the Earth offers her children. It is also to know that abundance is present when all relationships are honored as sacred, and when gratitude is expressed to every living part of Creation.
Buffalo points to the time to reconnect with the meaning of life and the value of peace, to praise the gifts you already possess, and to recognize and honor the sacred of all paths, even if they are different from yours.
There are owls of all sizes, from a miniature one that inhabits in the cactus of the desert, to the great cornado owl, which is the only bird that can win in flight to the golden eagle. A great adult cornado owl is a creature that inspires admiration. Its claws are covered in feathers, looking very much like the paws of a montes cat breeding. He is carnivorous, which means he can be a fierce warrior if he is challenged, or if something close to him is threatened. It is often referred to as Night Eagle.
Owl lives at night. He has a great awareness at all times of all that is around him.
He possesses predatory vision, which means he clearly sees everything. He has a great intuition: he is the totem of the psychics and clairvoyants. He possesses the courage to follow his instincts.
Buho's medicine includes the power to see behind the masks, the silent and speedy movement, the sharp vision, messenger of secrets and premonitions, the change of forms, the link between the dark and invisible world and the world of light, the feeling comfortable with the shadow, the power of the moon, the freedom.
The horse appears in almost all mythological writings, legends and realities. There is the Pegaso of mighty wings, the eight-legged horse of the Nordic god Odin, the choceles of the Hindu sun god, the brushes of Apollo, and many more. Many legends mention that the horse is clairvoyant and capable of perceiving humans with magical powers. No other animal has given the man the physical freedom of movement the horse has given him.
If you're drawn to Horse, you feel a power in your spirit that is sometimes hard to control. Horse is a symbol of loyalty and devotion, of unquestionable love and faith towards his master. You really like traveling, and you have more than a hint of gypsy in your soul.
Horse is also your warrior spirit-the brave warrior who gives you safety in your travels, both physical and metaphysical.
Horse medicine includes power, vigor, resistance, fidelity, freedom to run free, control of the environment, awareness of the power achieved with true cooperation, communication between species, the power to expand potential abilities, friendship and cooperation, travel, astral travel, guardian of travelers, warning of possible dangers, guidance to overcome obstacles.
Hummingbird, the smallest of the birds, brings us special messages. It's the only creature able to stop dry while traveling at great speeds. It can float, or move forward, back, up, and down. He lives from nectar and seeks the sweetness of life. His long tongue allows him to overlook the outer layer, often hard and bitter, and find the hidden treasures underneath. Hummingbird is loved by flowers and plants, because by libar the nectar of the flower, the plant reproduces and creates more of its species.
In many traditions, Colibri's feathers are treasured by his almost magical qualities. Colibri is said to bring love as no other medicine can, and his presence brings joy to the observer.
If you have Colibri medicine, you can easily adapt to any situation and take the best advantage of your new circumstances. You don't waste time looking back and wishing "what it was," as you're interested in taking advantage of "what it is." You could never become addicted to some artificial stimulant, for you find joy in your own heart. It gives you so much pleasure to spread joy, love and beauty to all those around you, and you have the gift of bringing that inner joy into new and different spaces. You have the talent to find the good in people, and it doesn't stop you a rough or abrupt exterior, as you know that, if you could reach beyond that harsh outer layer, you would find goodness and beauty inside. You may have the ability to work with flowers, perhaps by cultivating them to share with others, or to use floral essences for healing. Aromatherapy could be your vocation.
You have a lot of energy and a spirit that must be free. Restricting that wonderful, loving and free energy would cause you to suffer great depressions and feelings of futility. Colibri must fly free in search of beauty, spreading joy and love to everything she touches.
The medicine of Rabbit includes moving through fear, living with cunning, receiving secret teachings and intuitive messages, thinking quickly, strengthening intuition, and paradox. Rabbit also represents humility, because it is quiet and soft and is not presumed.
Rabbit reminds us not to be afraid. The thoughts of fear are reproduced (like rabbits) and bring us what we fear. The Conejo people are so afraid of tragedies, diseases and disasters that they call them the same fears for lessons.
If you see Rabbit or you're drawn to him, you might be saying that you wait for the forces of the universe to start moving again, to stop worrying and get rid of your fears. Rabbit always indicates a need to revalue the process in which you are, get rid of any negative feelings and any barriers, and be more humble.
The beautiful, graceful and elegant dolphin brings many messages to men. Despite being a mammal, her home is the sea and has dominated the art of controlling breathing. Since water is the symbol of all life-creation, passion and even sexuality-Delfin brings us teachings of the waters of life.
Being playful creatures, for a long time the dolphins have entertained the man with his merry antics. Studying the communication of the dolphins has turned out to be a monumental task for man. Like all animals, dolphins have developed sophisticated auditory signals to alert others of imminent danger. Some believe these animals are now alerting man to the danger of ignoring the balance of the natural world. Swimming with dolphins has become a very powerful experience for many people, and by interacting with these playful creatures, they can't help but feel their communication.
Dolphin reminds us that having time to play is a crucial element for walking in balance. It moves through the water with speed and great grace. Dolphin tells us to move with the tides of life, and not to look for stone walls to crash us against them, for spending energy fighting the tide does not take us anywhere.
Delfin's medicine includes change, wisdom, balance, harmony, the ability to communicate, freedom, trust, understanding of the power of rhythm in your life, the use of breathing to release intense emotions, the power of water.
In Egypt, cats were always treated with special privileges. In Scandinavia, the cat was the symbol of fertility, and in India it is the symbol of births. In ancient times the witches were believed to take the form of their cats at night. Cats are fiercely independent. You can never own one: he allows you to care for him and love him, but only under his own terms. They come and go as and when they are antoja.
Gato's medicine is independence, curiosity, many lives, cunning, healing, the ability to struggle when we feel cornered, to be able to see the invisible, and the protection. Cat also represents love, and can help us in meditation.
If Cat is your Power Animal, then there is magic and mystery in your life. You're independent and a free thinker. You're probably feeling energized at night. You choose to stay with some person or in some situation until you get bored, and then you get marches. You have great talent for organizing events and things.
LEON: Women's Force/Patience
The Lion is a symbol of the power of feminine energy: the female is the one who hunts and kills the prey, feeds the group, cares for the little ones. She is the nurturing force in every way. The male roars to scare the prey into the lioness waiting patiently for the opportune moment to attack. Although the male is the protector of the group, he does not seek confrontations or attack without need. He acts only when he is challenged and will fight to death to protect, but he actually prefers calm and peaceful life.
The Medicine of the Lion teaches us the magic of the group interaction, the energy of the group. It also teaches us the secrets of silence, of patience. Patience is paying attention to the details. The Lion recommends us to observe our strengths and weaknesses in a leisurely way, and to wait for the right moment to act and take full advantage of a situation.
Learn from the Lion the proper way to use power and strength. Stay still and calm, sure of your power. But if necessary, don't hesitate to fight for the things that interest you.
LOBO: Teaching/Guide to the Sacred
The American Indians have always considered the wolves as teachers or road-signers. Wolves are fiercely loyal to their partners and have a strong sense of family, while maintaining their individuality. In the stars, Lobo is represented by the Dog, Sirius, which many Aboriginal tribes consider to be the home of the Old Ones.
Probably the wolves are the most misunderstood wild animals. Tales of her cold blood abound, despite having friendly, sociable and intelligent traits. They are truly free spirits, although their flocks are highly organized. They seem to make great efforts to avoid the clashes, which are rarely necessary when a change in posture, a grunt or a glance successfully makes sense.
Traditionally, someone with Lobo's medicine has a strong sense of self and communicates very well through subtle changes in voice inflection and body movements. It often finds new solutions to problems, while providing the stability and support that one normally associates with a family structure.
Lobo's medicine includes the power to deal with his own cycle with dignity and courage, death and rebirth, the teaching of the Spirit, the guide in dreams and meditations, the instinct linked to intelligence, social and family values, the cunning about the enemy, the ability to go unnoticed, the constancy, the ability to protect himself and his family, the ability to take advantage of the changes.
Some scientific research has found that the butterfly is the only living being able to completely change its genetic structure during the transformation process: the DNA of the caterpillar that enters the cocoon is different from that of the butterfly that arises. It is therefore the symbol of total transformation.
Butterfly represents the need for change and greater freedom, and at the same time represents courage: courage is required to make the necessary changes in our process of growth. His Medicine is related to the air and the mental powers. It teaches us to find clarity in the mental processes, organize projects or figure out the next step in our internal growth.
If Butterfly is your Power Animal or if you're somehow attracted to it, this indicates you're ready to go through some kind of transformation. Observe which of its stages it calls you more and that can indicate the step to follow: the egg is the beginning, the birth of some idea or project. The larva is the decision to manifest something in the physical world. The cocoon has to do with "leave inside", either in internal reflection or in the development of the project or idea. The break of the cocoon involves sharing with the world all the splendor of your creation. Once you understand what stage you are in, you will be able to discover what the next step is.
Bears hibernate in the winter, which could explain their association with "dreaming of the Great Spirit" or retrospection. The cave of the Bear symbolizes the return to the womb of Mother Earth. It also suggests a strong feminine aspect, of nutrition and protection. The oseznos, who are born in the spring, can stay for up to seven years with their mother before they reach maturity.
People with Oso medicine are self-sufficient, and prefer to stand on their own feet rather than rely on others. They are often considered dreamers. Many have developed the skill of visualizing new things, but as a result they can become trapped in their dreams and not make much progress in "waking reality."
Osso's medicine includes introspection, healing, loneliness, wisdom, change, communication with the Spirit, death and rebirth, transformation, astral travel, and is a creature of dreams, shamans and mystics.
The Dog was the servant/soldier who guarded the tribe's homes and protected them from surprise attacks. It helped in the hunt and provided heat in winter. It is a symbol of loyalty, unconditional love, protection and service. His Medicine incorporates the loving gentleness of the best friend and the guardian's protective energy.
If your Power Animal is the Dog, your devotion to your family and friends is infinite. You get great satisfaction from serving others, offering your hand to the friend in need. A kind word, a caress, an act of gentleness mean much more to you than material things. However, there is a danger of getting too close to the other extreme: allowing people to take advantage of you for your gentle nature.
The Dog reminds you that your loyalty should always be towards yourself, towards your goals, towards your own truth. Remember that as you respect and value yourself, you can truly serve those who honor what you can give them.
The deer harmonizes very well with their environment, but they are very sensitive to sounds or movements. Twins or triates are often born in the spring. Males and females live in separate groups until mating time. The white-tailed deer are moderately sociable and members of a family graze along with other family groups, giving the appearance of a large herd.
People with Venado medicine are often quick and alert. They are intuitive, and often have well developed and even extrasensory perceptions. Sometimes their thoughts run very fast, and they seem not to be listening.
Venado's medicine includes the gentleness of word, thought and contact, the ability to listen, the grace and appreciation for the beauty of balance, the understanding of what is needed to survive, the power of gratitude and giving, the ability of sacrifice for the higher good, the connection with the spirits of the forest, the alternative paths to a goal.
The gentleness of Venado is the space of the heart of the Great Spirit that encompasses His love for all of us. Venado teaches us to find the gentleness of spirit that heals all wounds, to stop insisting that others change and love them and accept them as they are. The only true balance of power is love and compassion.
TURTLE: Mother Earth/Protection, patience
Many Indians refer to North America as the "Turtle Island," because their legends say that when the land was covered with water, Turtle swam to the bottom of the seas and brought the land on its back so that people could have a safe, dry home. Tortoise feels at home anywhere, because he carries his house on his back. He has no attachment to any place, for he is free to seek new opportunities wherever they are. When you feel danger or feel uncomfortable and insecure, you get into your shell and protect yourself.
If you have Turtle medicine, you value the power of the earth, the waters of the earth and the magic of the heavens, for Turtle symbolizes both the quality of "making land" of the earth's energy and the magic of the mystical. Using Turtle energy can help you achieve a real balance in your life and your spirit, so that you don't stay "stuck in the mud."
Turtle medicine includes a connection with the center, the ability to navigate, the patience, the limits of its own, association with the feminine, the power to cure the feminine diseases, the respect towards the limits of the others, the development of new ideas, the psychic protection of oneself, the self-confidence, the tenacity, the defense without violence.