When Native Americans speak
of Medicine, it is important to understand their definition.
Medicine, as the modern world understands it, is going to the
doctor and getting a prescription to cure the illness. Native
Americans speak of medicine as an all encompassing way of life.
It is a healing of body, mind and of spirit. This type of
Medicine can also include anything that brings one personal
power, strength and understanding. It is a way of life that
brings healing to Mother Earth and all of her creatures; it is
walking on Mother Earth in perfect harmony with the Universe.
The animals that walk on
Mother Earth, exhibit habits that will relay messages of healing
to those that understand their gift and observe nature around
them. It is with great reverence and humility that one
approaches animals to seek their wisdom. If you are calling on
the power of an animal, you are asking to be drawn into complete
harmony with its’ strength and essence. This creature is then
here to teach you. Learn from it and thank it for its’ wisdom.
In certain circles it has
become very ‘vogue’ to talk of power animals in an effort to
show those around them how learned they are, how ‘up’ they are
with the latest trends. Totem or power animals have always been
here. The true shamans who have walked the Medicine Way often
have the blessing of one animal that aligns themselves to the
shaman to aid in healings. This brings great power to the healer
and is approached with great reverence. Animals have always
walked this earth with us – those who have known and learned the
ways, treat the creatures of the Animal Kingdom as teachers. If
you are sensitive to energy around you, you might have such a
connection to a certain animal or to several animals. Perhaps,
you’ve never heard of this reference to totem animals; you
simply feel connected to certain animals.
If an animal keeps
reoccurring in your dreams, or you see it in places it wouldn’t
normally be, it could very well be your totem animal, or sent to
bring you a message. I have often been asked from people how to
determine which animal is their totem animal. Let me give you a
few examples of totem animals choosing the person.
Long before I began this path
or recognized the term totem animal, I dreamed consistently of
eagles and wild mustangs. I loved the freedom I felt during
these dreams of seeing a wild mustang running free and an eagle
flying alongside it. My house was filled with eagles, posters,
imprinted on pillow cases; small ceramics. Horses ran across my
sweaters, my sketch books and books were purchased showcasing
beautiful wild mustangs. It wasn’t enough if I saw horses being
ridden – I felt a kinship with wild mustangs. I felt the power
and majesty of the eagle. I have always felt a connection to
these animals long before I knew to call them totem animals.
When speaking to clients
about their totem animals, many are disappointed if they learn
that their totem might be a mouse, or a rabbit, instead of
something more majestic or ferocious such as the Tiger or Hawk.
Each totem has their own strengths. The Mouse, for example, give
us the lesson scrutiny; they love order and organization and
passion for delving deeper and learning more.
I had a client who wanted to
know about totems and which animal was her totem. I asked her
about her life and through conversations found that she had been
seeing raccoons everywhere. She was initially disappointed to
learn that her totem was such an insignificant creature. Then
she learned that the Raccoon held the medicine of being a
protector of those that cannot fight or fend for themselves. Her
profession? A caregiver for disabled adults. How very
appropriate that the Raccoon should be her totem.
If there is a kinship you
feel to a certain animal, do not discount it’s power. Learn all
you can from and about this animal. Are you dreaming of this
creature? Does it come to you in nature?
If you truly don’t feel you
have a kinship to any animals, then there is another way to find
your totem. Find a quiet spot to sit and close your eyes.
Breathe deeply, n and out, with each breath becoming more
relaxed. Concentrate on your third eye (that spot directly above
your nose); when you feel you are relaxed enough, ask in your
mind for your totem animal to come to you. Accept whatever
animal comes to you. We all have totem animals; some are just
more obvious than others.
My totem animals walk with me
always. I ask for their help during Reiki sessions and as that
they lend their medicine to help bring clarity to the healing.
We all have two major totem
animals; those that walk with us on our right hand and left hand
side, but there are seven other totem animals that are in our
lives to teach us lessons as walk our path.
Right Hand Side - This animal
protects your male side; it is your Father protector within that
carries your courage and warrior spirit.
Left Hand Side – This animal
protects your female side and teaches you to receive abundance
and to nurture yourself and others. It is a teacher of
relationships and mothering.
East – Guides you to your
greatest spiritual challenges and guards your path to
West – Leads you to your
personal truths and inner answers.
South – Protects your inner
circle and balances your innocence within your personality.
North – Gives wise counsel
and reminds you when to speak and when to listen
Above – Is the
guardian of your dreams; our access to other dimensions
Below - Teaches you how to
stay grounded and on your path.
Within – Guides you on how to
be faithful to your personal truths and protects your sacred
space deep inside; the one that is never shared except by
If you want more information
about totem animals and their medicine, or are interested in my
doing an animal reading, please
contact Ing. Or I can send you
one online see my shop