These animals that guide us
By Lydia Thunder Buffalo.
Here is a small text to share my experience on the matter.
Each animal has its own medicine and according to our level of practice and evolution, they will come to us on different planes. In general, it is good to analyze our dreams in the simplest manner possible, that is to say with a reading in the first degree. The spirits always communicate in such a way that we can understand them! Sometimes their messages can be more esoteric. In this case, it’s not a problem to not “understand” the message as it will act on an unconscious level so that our cells integrate the teaching and our intuition will then use it when needed.
Another example of a recurring animal, the eagle:
It offers us the vision of the Great Whole. It allows detachment to have a broader world view. It invites us to enter into the invisible world without fear, it will guide us and allow us to expand our field of perception beyond the limited reality of our five senses. It is also a bird of prey, it can get us to seize opportunities that present spontaneously without us having payed attention to them in the first place. If we meet somebody new for example, we can invoke and ask the eagle to send us a dream or intuition to tell us if this meeting will guide us on a constructive path. It also plays a role in prevention. It can alert us to any danger if need be.
Regarding the felines, let’s take the example of the Black Panther. It acts in secret, in the depths, this animal is very connected to the goddess Kali in India, the goddess of destruction whose action then allows reconstruction. It calls for a deconstruction of the psyche, to let go of fears and old patterns, also to invite us into the invisible world where many treasures can be discovered !
We can also joyfully perform a dance of these animals, preferably in nature, to the rhythm of the drum, alone or in groups and let their spirits enter us. We become the animal, feel its wildness, its senses that are way more developed than ours, it is a powerful and invigorating ritual!
The power animal is at the level of the first two chakras. It is our strength, what animates us on our mission.
The totem animal is at the level of the plexus, heart and a little on the throat. It represents our first talent, our medicine quality.
The spirit guide is located on the upper chakras. It connects us to our ancestors and all their medicines.
As for me, the power animal is the snake. My strength lies in the ability to transmute the poisons. It is also the main spirit of the native tradition in which I was initiated, which allowed me to gain a solid foundation throughout my journey to the recovery of the Terma SIBA.
My totem is the anteater, talented detective who goes in search of the source of the problems.
My spirit guide is the black bison (Thunder Buffalo in its Tantric dimension) that has this ability to take on burdens and responsibilities, hear the voice of wisdom but also channel the Nation of the Stars and its language in an alchemical purpose of service for the planetary regeneration.
These spirits can shift along our journey and our evolution. The time comes where they settled permanently. I recommend doing a visualization exercise or a shamanic journey, accompanied by drum or singing and “see” what animal appears on these areas of the chakras then allow them to let their vibration fill us. We can then invoke them to help us perform certain tasks.
The rituals allow us to channel these spirits, recognize them “officially” in some way and integrate their medicines. This is also the principle of the traditional teaching diets in the Amazon.
The Warrior-Healer then has a large totem tree where many animals come to live and work with her/him, but the three main ones are the most active and their medicines are the most appropriate for the life mission that our Higher Self has chosen for us.