Learn to find your spirit animal
Ever since I was a little boy, I could sense something was there – an energy that I couldn’t explain. It's a presence that warned me of danger and always guided me on the right path.
For decades, I thought I was nuts for feeling this way – until now. I've never told anyone about him because I feared being ridiculed.
Several months ago, I was driving down a two-lane highway late at night. I started to get sleepy and my eyelids began to close. Suddenly, I was abruptly awakened by the lights of an 18-wheeler, speeding directly towards me.
Before I could react, I sensed the steering wheel [somehow] being guided on its own. Like a slow-motion movie, I detached from myself and saw my car safely redirected back into my lane.
As the semi flew past me, it felt like my car was floating in mid-air, carried by a winged angel. As my heart raced uncontrollably, I pulled over to catch my breath.
I knew – deep inside – my spirit animal saved me. The hair on my neck raised and a shiver ran down my spine. The truth is, I should have been dead.
Looking back, this was not the first time I had been in touch with my spirit animal. Throughout my lifetime, he has been with me daily. The problem was I just didn't fully recognize his presence.
While everyone has an animal spirit, I have come to believe that some people are sent specific guides for a reason. While I can’t be sure, I believe they are karmic energy forms transmitted from afar, transcending time and space.
As a proud third-generation shaman from California and a member of the Choctaw Indian Tribe, I’d like to share with you seven ways you can find your spirit guide and establish communication.
The approaches mentioned below were passed on to me from medicine men. They worked for me and will hopefully work for you, too.
1. Dial in and believe
To communicate with your spirit animal, you first must believe you have one. Think back to moments in your life when you were saved, helped or mysteriously redirected by an unknown force. Your guide will come to you in different ways. Take time to listen to your body, mind and spirit. During moments of complete stillness, he will speak to you.
Be it images in your mind (clairvoyance), a scent or feeling, or maybe an inner voice (clairaudience). Write down these things: smell, feel or hear, because these are intuitive messages from your special spirit guide.
2. Clear your chakras
To become more receptive to your spirit animal, you will need to clear your chakras. This means engaging in meditation and affirming who you are on multiple levels.
When you meditate with natural stones and place the rock directly atop your brow, you will instantly feel increased spiritual oneness with nature.
As a result, you will also become elevated to a higher state of consciousness. Strengthening your intuition is a direct doorway to your spirit guide.
3. Go outside in nature
Speaking for myself, I've always felt closest to my animal spirit when I'm in nature. Spending time outdoors is therapeutic and healing, allowing you to become one with the vibration of the planet.
If you can get to the woods, even better. There, you can close your eyes and listen to the sound of a creek, the wind and chirping birds.
Place your hand on your heart and ask your spirit animal to visit you. Sit under a tree. Allow yourself to become aware of any sensations that might indicate his presence. It is his nature to be with you and make his presence known.
4. Ask your animal guide to appear
During moments of quiet, like meditation, in dreams or simply walking on a nature trail, ask your spirit animal to reveal himself.
Try saying this to yourself out loud the next time you are alone.
“Loving spirit guide, show yourself to me. I want to know your energy and connect with you in this world. I thank you for watching over me.”
Over the next few days, allow yourself to become aware of his message. He may visit you in strange dreams.
5. Journal your memories
As you continue to grow your relationship with your spirit animal, keep a written journal handy. Write down any sensations, messages or intuitive material that pops into your awareness.
Example: Maybe you saw a butterfly but didn’t think anything of it. A week later, you learned that butterflies are symbolic of transformation and endurance.
Maybe you were going through something personal linked to the symbolism – sent to you as a message from your guide.
Write it all down and be open to its meaning.
6. Consider automatic writing
Years ago, I began the process of automatic writing, mindfully channeling my spirit animal as part of the experience. It was a technique I learned about through my culture's teachings, along with a book called: Many Lives, Many Masters (see Amazon for price)
Doing this is simple. You close your eyes, meditate and allow yourself to dive deep into the subconscious. When you awake, grab a pen and start writing whatever comes out.
When you are doing this, pay attention to what you have recorded. Does what you see look like your own handwriting? In my case, it’s almost always unrecognizable. Regardless, there's going to be a hidden message.
What will yours be?
7. See through your third eye
In the spiritual sense, your third eye is what allows you to see what is unseen. One need not meditate to “see” with this metaphorical gift.
Engaging in body awareness, reading, prayer, Reiki or other solitary activities can help grow this otherworldly ability into your being.
In my case, my spirit animal is a wolf. Moreover, I believe my dog sometimes channels his energy, making himself known in corporeal form. You can think I am crazy for saying this – but I only speak the truth.
Your unique spirit animal will often reveal himself to you in different ways. In order to “hear” him, you need to be open to the experience.
If you are interested in discovering your spirit animal and making contact, it’s super important you keep an open mind. This means accepting there are some things we aren’t meant to understand.
When your animal guide makes contact, you’ll know – deep inside. Just go with it and consider it a karmic blessing.
Thanks for stopping by.