Totem Animals

Do you know about these? It is ancient indigenous wisdom that each of us have certain animals which we are more akin to, and whose powers we can draw upon any time for strength and support when we ask for it. We most often learn which are our totem animals through visitations and dreams. Even when we have had strong experiences with them over the years, in our busy lives it is far too easy to forget about the great things that their spirits want to offer to us and how much they can help us.

Today I had a telephone session with a friend who had had a dream about an animal. As we discussed the dream, we realized more about the message the animal was bringing and the powers it was transmitting to her. As we talked about this, she suddenly had a vision of a totem animal of mine and told me what she saw. I had never mentioned this to her before, but she was spot on. The animal she mentioned has visited me in dreams and shamanic journeys for decades. The gift of the session with her was not only to stimulate her awareness of what her dream animal is offering to her now, but to give the gift right back to me. I feel surrounded by the spirit of my own totem spirit, and amazed that I could be so remiss in remembering how available it is to me, and it’s power to offer me very real strength and courage.

In healing work, the healer is always healed. This is an unassailable principle. I’m thrilled with this experience of  today.

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3 Responses to “Totem Animals”

  1. Darita-Rose Alden Says:

    Does she know where it sits on the Wheel? For example, one of mine is a white spider, and she sits in the North right now, although she has bee in the East. And there is one for the Center, too. Reeva and I love to talk about this. When we went to the Crazy Horse Monument summer 2002, where we truly bonded as friends/sisters/co-disciples, I found a green turtle that Marsheen told me to find in a soul-retrieval years before. I use this understanding in my chakra work … you can get “animal essences” just as you can flower essences, or gem elixirs. It helps to know which chakra the animal is connected with. Have her read Personal Totem Pole, which came to me after the chakra knowledge started opening … Great stuff as always!

  2. Erin L. Gotz Says:

    Beautiful writing Tayria. It was fun to discuss. It was amazingly described in your words and visionary purposes. It felt as though you were reading it off the page, so personable and warm. I saw on the recent Discovery show LIFE how ten million some fruit bats migrate to Africa once a year to feast on mangos. I was in awe while watching that there was a connection! The panther is also in the rainforest. I feel we may talk there every now and then or all the time.
    So the above comment I love as well. Is that similar to a medicine wheel in theory? We could explore that next time. Thank you for your insights… with love.
    Sincerely, Erin
    You are very gifted!

  3. Darita-Rose Alden Says:

    Yes, Erin, I did mean the Medicine Wheel, which I love. I find, as Lynn Andrews says, that people tend to have a home place on the wheel. For example, I am basically East, but have done a lot of work on my emotions (as did my ex-husband, who is a man of the South), and so I know the West some. I think we eventually want to be in the Center. I recently saw my son’s West animal–he is a man of the East, but he has Bear medicine in the West, the natural place for Bear. It’s really fun. Right now I would say I am working on the North. But I think it’s important not to over-simplify, as the human psyche is so rich and at times quite contradictory with itself. I think we want interesting complexity without being complicated (neurotic). Thanks for your reply! Blessings, DR

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