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What is your Spirit Animal?

Updated: Oct 3, 2019

This week’s Topic is a fun one! Over the past few days I’ve had a fun conversation with some friends about Spirit Animals. A few friends in this group have a knowing what animal is their spirit animal, either from seeing the animal repeatedly or seeing the animal in a meditation or just knowing. I have heard of Spirit Animals, but never really knew what they are about. Being the curious one that I am, I had to do some research on what exactly they mean. From what I can find they are called by different names: Spirit Animal, Spirit Animal Guide, Spirit Animal Helper, Spirit Ally, Power Animal, Totem Animal. Each animal has a different symbology, and each carries a different message to us. Google told me: A spirit animal is characterized as a teacher or messenger that comes in the form of an animal and has a personal relationship to an individual. One Online Dictionary says: “In pagan religions and systems, a spirit animal or totem is meant to be a representation of the traits and skills that you are supposed to learn or have.” I also learned that Native Americans call them Totem Animals. Some Native American Tribe’s tradition provides that each person is connected with nine different animals that will accompany him or her through life, acting as guides. I love this idea!

There are lots of websites you can go to and take a quiz to discover your Spirit Animal, but I think it is best to use meditation to make this discovery. Let it come from within.

Try this fun exercise: Close your eyes and take at least ten deep breaths to calm your mind and get into your body. Make sure your feet are touching the ground to connect you to the earth. Once your mind is quiet – Ask the question: Who is My Spirit Animal? Wait and see what comes to you. Once your Spirit Animal is revealed, then go to the internet and find a site that gives a description. It really is fun!

I tried this exercise and the animal who came to me was a dolphin. I did not expect this, but it does make sense as I love swimming and being in water (especially the ocean). So, when I looked the dolphin up (on I found that the dolphin symbolism is a reminder to get out with my peers and family and play. “Most of us as adults take our responsibilities very seriously and end up focusing only on our work and family. The dolphin's message is letting you know that you have to take time out and play. After all, laughter, joy, movement, and engaging your mind on fun is the best way to relieve stress and regroup.” So true!!!!!


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