Meet Your Animal Spirit Guide!
You don’t just have one angel, or one spirit guide who is looking out for you in your life. You have an entire team of guides, angels, loved ones and even animal spirit guides supporting you from the realms of spirit.
Animal spirit guides, or sometimes-called power animals or totems, are powerful members of your spiritual team. Your animal spirit guides work from beyond the physical to empower you and to help you stay in tune with the earth. Power animals also offer guidance, protection, help you to overcome fear, and they can lend you their specific wisdom and attributes to support you on your journey through life.
You may have one power animal, or you can have more than one animal spirit guide at a given time. You may even have some animal spirits, who join you for a brief while to help you through an emotional challenge, offer protection when needed, or lend you strength, at a certain point on your path. You may even have the spirit of a past pet join your team in spirit to continue loving and supporting you after their life, from the realms of spirit.
Your animal spirit guides will usually appear to you through meditation, dreams, and visions. Some people do have direct encounters with their power animals in nature, though not always.
One important thing to keep in mind when it comes to power animals is that in most cases, you are not the one to choose the power animal you will work with… Rather, your spirit animal chooses you.
You may love a certain animal, or wish to have a particular animal on your team… Yet through your meditation or dream work an entirely different animal guide shows up for you instead. Trust that the right animal guides with important lessons and wisdom to share, have chosen to work with you for good reason. Your animal spirit guide must be in harmony with you at your authentic soul level.
Don’t be disappointed if your spirit animal is not what you were hoping for. This may be your reaction if you were hoping for a wolf, and beetle steps forward instead. Power animals often reflect the qualities and lessons of your soul bringing healing and guidance to your deepest spiritual self. All power animals have much more to give than may appear at first glance. They often appear to help bring these soul qualities to the surface, or to purify and clarify the manifestation of your soul truth in the physical.
Also, your animal spirit guides will make themselves known to you when they choose to do so, and when the timing is right, though not necessarily the first time you ask. Most animal spirits do not reveal themselves the first time they are asked to. This is not to say they’re not supporting you… Just that communication with them is something that is often earned through your commitment to spiritual growth, and living harmoniously with the earth.
If you want to meet your spirit animal… But it doesn’t seem to be working, have patience. It is their choice when to appear, and they may have a very good reason for waiting until a certain time.
Learning to identify and connect with your power animal is a type of spirit quest that people have been taking for thousands of years. In ancient and indigenous cultures, knowledge, communication and drawing on the power of animal spirits was deeply integrated into daily life and spiritual practice.
With intention, focus, and patience you can tune into the powerful medicine of your animal spirit guides in your life now.
How to Meet Your Spirit Animal
You can discover your animal guides in multiple ways. The first way is to simply ask your spirit animal to make itself know to you… And then be patient, aware, and observant until it shows itself.
Dreams are a common way in which your power animals will appear. Before you go to sleep, ask for your power animal to connect with you in a dream. Keep in mind, you may need to sincerely ask multiple nights in a row before your animal spirit guide will enter into your dream space with guidance and medicine.
The same is true with inviting your animal spirit guide into your meditation… You may need to meditate on your spirit animal multiple times before they appear, though not always, as for some they may show up the very first time.
Meet Your Spirit Animal Meditation
Find a comfortable place to sit, relax, and begin to imagine white light all around you. Place the intention to meet your spirit animal… Or ask the question “who is my spirit animal?”.
Breathe consciously as you begin to let go of any expectations, thoughts, or attachment to certain comes.
Release any fear, doubt, or insecurity into the light.
When you’re in a heightened, relaxed, and meditative state, begin to visualize you’re in a beautiful place in nature.
Don’t give too much thought as to where… Just allow yourself to be transported into the beauty of the natural world. You may find yourself in a beautiful forest, next to a babbling brook, atop a mountain, in a peaceful meadow, or on the seashore.
Whatever scene you tune into is perfect, allow yourself to fully enter into and experience this magical place in nature. See, hear, sense, feel, and smell your surroundings… Experience the beauty, and life present here. Be aware, relax, and just be.
This may be the extent of your meditation for now… Alternatively, if your spirit animal feels you are ready to meet they will step forward to meet you.
The first animal that appears in your vision is your animal spirit guide. They may slowly approach so you can embrace, or stand back at a distance. You are able to communicate telepathically with your spirit animal. Clear your mind so you can receive the guidance, medicine, and wisdom they have for you.
You can ask questions if you like… But perhaps even more powerful on your first meeting is to just absorb their presence and insight. Rather than wishing for a certain message, just be receptive to what they have to share with you now.
Open your heart to feel and experience the love and presence of your spirit animal who has chosen to step forward to guide, support and teach you.
When your time for now is finished, thank your spirit animal, and feel the beautiful vision in nature slowly slipping away as you return to full consciousness.
Once you know your spirit animal, study their life, habitat, and characteristics to get an idea of the areas they may be here to help you with in your life. Find a picture of your power animal, and meditate on it… Keeping in mind that learning who your spirit animal is, is only the beginning.
While you can read about the general symbolism of certain power animals, the true meaning in your life will be discovered as, you deepen your connection with your animal guide.
Once you know who your spirit animal is, your next journey of connecting with your spirit animal begins. This connection with your power animal can help you to learn more about your authentic self and life purpose, as well as your innate skills, soul resources, and how you are able to overcome challenges and deepen your connection with nature, and bring more meaning to your life.