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Instruments #8: Flute

“Transverse flutes made out of animal bones were used in Europe in the Paleolithic era. These instruments can certainly be regarded as the ancestor of the flute. However, it was not until the sixteenth century during the Renaissance period that the prototype of the flute that plays such a prominent role in the modern orchestra first emerged and came into widespread use.

The term “flute” was originally applied both to pipe instruments held sideways and pipe instruments held vertically. Thus, the vertically held recorder was also called a “flute.” Indeed, up until around the middle of the eighteenth century (the era of Baroque music), the word “flute” was commonly used to describe the recorder. To distinguish the transverse flute from the recorder, it was referred to in Italian as the flauto traverso, in German as the Querflöte, and in French as the flûte traversière-all of which mean “sideways held flute.””

~Source: https://www.yamaha.com/en/musical_instrument_guide/flute/structure/

Guest Post: Majestic Creature

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A deer wandered through the yard

at sunset tonight.

It was proud and beautiful,

standing tall as it plucked leaves

from a tree by the driveway.

I enjoyed the time

to admire the animal

in the fading light

before it disappeared into the woods.

A few minutes later

I heard a pair of gunshots

and my mind turned to the deer

I’d just seen.

Had those shots been intended for him?

I’m not against guns or hunting,

but it still saddens me

to think this magnificent creature

I watched from the window

was cut down moments later.

There’s a delicate balance

between nature and humanity

that forces us to rely on nature

to sustain our lives.

But that doesn’t stop me

from regretting the inherent destruction

caused by that relationship.

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How To Protect Your Mental Health In 2021

Welcome fellow souls to « The Human Family Crash Course Series, » a new project collaborated together by empress2inspire.blog and diosraw.com. Together we will be working on a different topic for each crash course; our second topic is focused on «How To Thrive In 2021.» Each topic will have eight posts with posts on Mondays and Thursdays. We hope you enjoy our series and we look forward to knowing how our posts have inspired you!

At this moment in time, things seem uncertain. Our mental health is the foundation, the garden, from which our flowers grow.. Many of us are living in lockdowns which have been shown in many studies to affect our mental health in a negative way.

Here are some tips on protecting your mental health in 2021:

Support Network. People with strong family or social connections are generally healthier than those who lack a support network. Make plans with supportive family members and friends to talk over the phone, or seek out activities you can do together such as having a deep conversation and collaborating on a project.

Taking care of yourself physically. Looking after your body can improve your mental health since both are intertwined. Be sure to: Eat nutritious meals, avoid smoking and vaping, drink plenty of water and exercise (which helps decrease depression and anxiety and improve moods).

Spend some time with an animal friend. Time with animals lowers the stress hormone cortisol and boosts oxytocin – which stimulates feelings of happiness. If you don’t have a pet, hang out with a friend who does or volunteer at a shelter if you can.

Practice forgiveness. Even if it’s just forgiving that person who cut you off during your commute. People who forgive have better mental health and report being more satisfied with their lives.

Get enough sleep. Researchers believe that lack of sleep contributes to a high rate of depression in college students and increases anxiety, food cravings and reduces your productivity.

Humour. Laughter is one of the best medicines. Getting through these times involves finding the humour in situations rather than seeing something as a curse. Change your perspective and see the blessing. Put some funny videos on, talk to a friend and laugh, increasing your immune system strength and lowering pain levels.

Discover Spirituality. Look into different spiritual concepts. Do you know what spirituality is? Awakening the spirit within you will help your mental health by learning you are an eternal spirit that never dies.

Manage your news and social media intake. Try to find a source of news that you can trust during these difficult times to keep you informed. But take a break from it all and check the news every once in a while. Try to also limit your intake of news and social media, which can help you manage your feelings if you find yourself worried or if you are finding news updates upsetting.

Are you feeling claustrophobic or trapped? Open the windows to let in fresh air or you could spend time sitting on your doorstep, or in the garden if you have one. Try looking at the sky out of the window or from your doorstep. This can help to give you a sense of space and regularly change the rooms you spend time in.

Take in as much sun and fresh air as you can. Being outside, particularly surrounded by nature and greenery, can benefit your mental wellbeing. If you are able to leave your home under current government restrictions, try to seek out walks or areas to exercise that are nearby but also allow you to be surrounded by nature. If you are unable to be outside, try opening your window and spending time in rooms which get a lot of natural light. You could also try garden planters on your window sills or placing house plants around your home.

Find things you love doing. Do you write? Do you love to cook? Do you enjoy painting? Do you love to learn new things? Focus on these and boost your mood.

Work on the self. This is a time to go within and discover yourself. Who are you? What values do you live by? Who is that voice in your head? Get to know yourself and ask yourself questions, I’m sure you’ll be intrigued by what you find.

Talking about your feelings. Talking can help you stay in good mental health and deal with times when you feel troubled.Talking about your feelings isn’t a sign of weakness. It’s part of taking charge of your well being and doing what you can to stay healthy. Talking can be a way to cope with a problem you’ve been carrying around in your head for a while. Just being listened to can help you feel supported and less alone. And it works both ways. If you open up, it might encourage others to do the same.

Clean your outer environment. Having an ordered and clean surrounding will make you feel more in control, calmer and relaxed. When your outer world is ordered, you will be inspired to keep your inner world ordered.

Establish a routine and schedule. Bringing structure to your day can give you a better sense of control and can make a difference to your mental health. Work out how you will spend your time each day, write it down and check-in with your schedule regularly.

Nutritious foods. Choose foods that will nourish your mind and body. A plant based diet that is rich in diversity has been proven to boost good mental health and take years off your life. Cherries, avocados, grapes, nuts, legumes and greens will brighten your mind.

Find new healing methods. Look into alternative healing to find other ways of clearing the past from your mind and body. Sometimes conventional medicine doesn’t have all the answers for your health. Have you looked into aromatherapy? Acupuncture? Reflexology?

The future of communication will be cyberspace. With the way things are going, the world is turning to the internet for support and connection. Start a blog, find online support groups or groups with similar interests to you. You may find new friends and different forks in the road may open up for you!

We’ll catch you next time, before you go, here is some food for thought:

“Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new.” -Albert Einstein. Try something outside of your comfort zone.

“There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside of you.” -Maya Angelou. If you have personal experience with mental illness or recovery find a way of sharing it with others. Check out what other people are saying on different cyberspace sites such as WordPress.

We hope this post helped aid you in protecting your mental health this year with some ideas to add to your tool kit. Let us know below how you choose to protect your mental health!

Poetry #58: Vaccine Animal Abuse Disgust


People seem oblivious

To the reality

Of the suffering of our fellow friends

They don’t need to meet their ends

For a vaccine for a virus which 99.95% people survive

They are alive

Conscious and breathing

It makes me seething

To know that Pzifer and Moderna tested

Their poison on monkeys and rats

Setting them up in a trap

Would you like that?

Caged up, distressed

Injected with experimental chemicals

Some die, some painfully and torturously slowly

Then are disposed of

No good anymore

Tossed in the garbage like a piece of furniture

Leave them alone!

Where is your empathy?

Pieces of shark are inside that vaccine

We aren’t told about this

Oblivious and ignorance

Rampaging through the planet

Open your eyes

To the lies

Why are we still testing on animals?

It’s low level consciousness

We don’t need to do this

We can chose to test on ourselves if we have to

Abusing animals

In this day and age

Fuck you, leave them alone

I wish I could let them all go home

They can’t speak for themselves

We are their earthly guardians




Set these beings free

And stop this atrocity

Test on humans

Who are soverign beings

To decide

Their own choices

But these beings, monkeys and rats

Cannot speak for themselves

We need to speak up ourselves

And say no thank you, set these feeling and consicous beings free

They need us and they need to be free.

-Amber @DiosRaw 04/01/21 14:38PM

Poetry #22: Canine Love

Hobbling around

Trying not to make a sound

This hound

Of ours

Laying down with sleepy eyes

Notices me

We gaze at eachother

We are one another

Though the dim light

Her beauty nearly brings me to tears

I feel emotionally weak

Kneeling down next to her

I hear her heart beating

I feel the warmth of her aura

I feel the comfort of her fur

I wrap my arms around her in despair

With a few tears running off her coat

I tickle her belly

And tell her I love her

I tell her I wish I was her

She lifts her paws up for me to touch

I could cry at the warmth of her body

Next my dead and numb and damaged human space vehicle

I put my face next to hers

I put my hand near her heart

And kiss her face,

Kiss her soft silky ears,

Kiss her by her leathery nose

I send her reiki healing

Through source into her

I use my last energy to give to her

As I stood up to wave farewell for today

She fills me with love

I feel a difference in my energy

She had lifted me up

As I walk away I say goodnight and sleep well

I will see you in the morning beautiful girl

My stomache wrenches and tears prick my eyes

Falling down my black clothes

Such a beautiful creature

And such a beautiful energy lift

She gave me the little shift

I needed to walk up the stairs

The stairway to nothingness

But I am grateful for this.

-Amber @diosraw 23/12/20 00:03AM

Shamanism #1: Shape-Shifting

The Art of Shapeshifting

“I feel the wind flowing around my wing feathers as I float in the air suspended by the invisible breeze. I look down and see the forest below me, then briefly toward the horizon. I flap my wings a few times, moving into the flow of air and soar even higher! My human body is somewhere, but I pay it no mind right now. My consciousness is here, now, in this other physical being. I am Hawk!”

We hear folk tales and fairy tales that describe how men and women transform into animals or vice-versa. The Frog Prince comes to mind, as does the Irish tale of the Selkie (as in the movie, The Secret of Roan Inish) where a seal comes to the land and shape-shifts into a woman. A young man falls in love with her, hides the sealskin so she won’t be able to return to the sea, and they marry. Yet she pines to return to the sea and eventually finds the hidden skin, puts it around her like a cloak and immediately shape-shifts back to being a seal. Other tales abound of humans who become wolves or other animals, such as werewolves or weretigers—a recent comical version being the Nick Parks movie, Wallace and Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit.

Children playing will spontaneously growl like a bear, spread their arms as if in flight, or crawl along on the ground lizard-like. As adults we often smile and take delight in observing children in these games, and if we tap into our own inner child we may even join them. We’ll tend to write off this kind of play as childhood imagination. In doing so, however, we denigrate the incredible power of imagination and how it can open up realms that are beyond the usual senses. Consider imagination as extending beyond our immediate physical self and consciousness into the energy field of the world around us and different dimensions and possibilities become available, ones in which we can extend our “self” into.

There are many stories of shamans who have mastered this ability to shift their form and consciousness into animal-beings because they have not limited their imaginative capacity to the degree that those of us in modern civilization have been conditioned. Indigenous peoples not only lived in the natural world but were of it and intimately connected to the earth-beings both physically and spiritually.

Shamans had a particular gift of being able to transit across the usual boundaries of the self by sending their soul (or consciousness) via the shamanic journey into non-ordinary reality. There they would contact various spirit guides, including spirit animals, that assisted them with sustaining their tribe or community by helping them with healing, finding food sources, weather magic, and various other kinds of guidance.

Shamans had a specialized relationship with an animal spirit guide that was their power animal (they often had more than one) that served to guide and protect them in both ordinary and especially non-ordinary reality. They were known to shift their consciousness into the body and being of that animal, sometimes actually becoming the animal while still retaining their primary human consciousness. They would also commonly allow their power animal to cohabit their human form so their power animal could experience what it was like to be human for a while. This mutual arrangement was a way of honoring their power animal and deepening that relationship. The art of shapeshifting was a fact, not merely a theory or fantasy.

With the increasing interest and practice of shamanism in the past few years, more people are learning how to journey and are discovering their power animals. Yet you don’t have to be an expert at shamanic practices to get a sense of what shapeshifing is all about. You just have to be willing to open your mind, heart, and allow your imagination to lead the way.

One simple exercise to try is to call on any animal spirit guide with whom you have an affinity (doesn’t have to be a power animal), sit or lie down, close your eyes, take a couple of deep breaths, and invite this animal spirit to come into your body and consciousness. Notice how you feel. Can you feel the fur, feathers, or skin of the animal? Can you see with their eyes? Hear with their eyes? Any emotions come up? Just simply observe all of this for just a few minutes, then thank the spirit animal and release them.

The power of imagination is limitless and is what will help us remember our forgotten intimacy with all of life here on earth. Shapeshifting to any degree is one way to help us rediscover that memory at a very profound level.”

Source: https://drstevenfarmer.com/the-art-of-shapeshifting-2/

All About Animal Spirit Guides & Totem Animals

“Some people talk to animals. Not many listen though. That’s the problem.” ~ A.A. Milne

“Just about every day someone asks, “What is a Spirit Animal?” While it’s easy to simply reply, “The animal spirit you are inside” that’s not necessarily accurate.

This article gives history, definitions, and ideas from around the globe. No one way of thinking is right or wrong. If you truly want to work with your animal allies, you’ll gather all the wisdom and use the bits that most speak to you as you need them.

Depending on the culture, you might hear or read the terms Spirit, Totem, or Power Animal. Each means mostly the same thing. However, here at WhatIsMySpiritAnimal.com I ‘categorize’ and further define the terms only for the purposes of making it easier to work with the energies and medicine of each.

My way is not the only way or even the ‘right’ or ‘wrong’ way. It’s just the way I’ve ‘invented’ through my 20-plus years of teaching Shamanism, Psychic Development, Tarot Reading, and working with Spirit, Totem, and Power Animal energy and medicine.

The short definitions are here and the expanded Spirit, Totem, Power Animal definitions are below so keep scrolling! You’ll be glad you did!

Spirit Animals are animal spirit guides who appear when we need love, strength, support, inspiration, and guidance.

The Totem Animal is who you ‘are’.

The Power Animal is a spiritual energy that you call on from within or invoke for assistance in a specific situation. You can ask this energy to stay ignited in you for your whole life or only in certain circumstances. We are all connected. We share so many DNA pairings with plants and animals that you really ‘are’ a Mammal, Insect, Bird, Fish, Reptile, Amphibian, Fish, and Crustacean! So, when invoke or call on from within means a literal re-awakening of a part of your ‘self’ that has been lying dormant or has been injured and needs healing.

So, what exactly is a Spirit Animal and how do we work with it effectively?

Even Einstein felt that God revealed itself in both man and animal. That’s a pretty good letter of reference.

Your Spirit Animal will present to you during the times when you consciously call on it and during times when your conscious mind is not aware of what you need but your soul is. By way of example, perhaps you keep seeing Butterflies in the oddest places. And you want to leave a toxic relationship or job but just don’t know how or are afraid to make the necessary changes. Butterfly teaches us that it’s OK to live in the dark (cocoon) before transforming into a ‘place’ of beauty. Butterfly says you’ll be OK when you make the transition and allow metamorphosis in your life. Just one animal can appear in a dream, on TV, in songs, in art, et al or it can be many. The animal spirits know what to do and when to do it.

Can a Spirit Animal Be a Human

Humans are technically animals so, yes. I believe humans can be a Spirit Animal

You know that guy or girl who helps you change a flat tire? Spirit Animals are somewhat like that. It (s/he) has come into your life to fix, encourage, teach or offer perspective on something. This is typically a short-lived relationship. Once the Animal Guide’s work is done they move on but they can and do come back whenever you need assistance. In the case of issues that last for months or even years, a person may come into a deeper relationship with the Spirit Animal knowing it is behind life’s stage cueing you with information and suggestions.

Because life has many phases, occasions, transformations, tasks and proverbial journeys, you can or might encounter more than one Spirit Animal in your lifetime. How many? That depends a lot on how open and aware you are. A Spirit Animal will try and capture your attention, but if you brush off all those signals as happenstance the Guide won’t hang around waiting for you to answer, as they say, the clue phone.

How does an Animal Spirit make itself known?

In any number of ways including:

-Encounters, particularly in odd places
-Images during meditation
-Pictures on advertisements, products etc.
-Sense cues (hearing, smell, taste, touch, psychic impression)

Starting with dreams this one is pretty forthright. If you dream of the animal, again and again, there’s something to it. Perhaps the creature actually conveys a message to you in the dream. Now that’s a truly fortunate experience as it leaves little doubt. It is important to remember that Spirit Animals may use non-verbal communication like body language, facial expressions, etc. in order to get their point across. Take notes when you wake up so you can think about the entirety of your experience compared to your waking reality.

Depending on the Spirit Animal there may be moments when their earthly visage appears in your life. Bird Guides, Dog Teachers, Gopher Allies – these critters can help your Spirit Animal say hello. A Bird of the same species might land near you with an expectant song, or fly by your window several times. A strange Dog might sit at your feet and gaze upward, or perhaps you see several dogs in one day in peculiar settings. The Gopher might keep digging up those Magnolias until you accept the “hello” it offers. Balancing that it is highly unlikely that you will run across a stray Tiger or Monkey any time soon.

Also a word of warning. If you have a Bear totem do not go merrily hiking out in the woods hoping to find the earth-bound brother of your Spirit Animal. This is a recipe for disaster. Wild animals are called WILD for a reason. Matters of spirituality require some common sense too! You know how all warnings on labels come from someone having done something ‘not smart’? Well there’s a reason I caution about traipsing out in the wild to encounter your Spirit Animal. LOL Just be careful!

If you are meditating and a picture begins to form of an animal that’s a pretty good indicator. It may not be like a photograph. Sometimes the images are smoky or a little incomplete. That’s not a bad omen, it just has to do with human psychology and how we handle unexpected spiritual matters.

Our world is filled with imagery. Say you turn on the TV and see a show that has a Wolf in it. Then you see a magazine ad featuring a Wolf. Next, you’re browsing “miss you” cards for a friend, and there again Wolf stares at you with those engaging eyes. Time to get your howl on and ponder the meaning of Wolf in your life.

What about 6 Sense cues? These are a little tougher. Take smell, for example. Except when you are dealing with a fragrant Animal Spirit like a Skunk who would know? Alternatively, maybe it is the smell of a plant like lavender that keeps lingering nearby. Lavender attracts Bees and Butterflies so you have a starting point. Some folks are a little off-put with the idea of an Insect Animal Spirit, but these little critters have a lot of sound Medicine.

How to Understand Your Spirit Animal’s Message

The message from Animal Spirits is highly personal. We begin with what we think of immediately when that creature comes to mind. If you associate Lion with its roar, then maybe the message here has to do with communication and using your voice. Or, if Crow has come into your awareness and you deem it a negative sign, then move to the next question. What plans or activities are going in which you need heightened awareness and protection?

If the Animal Spirit is unfamiliar to you, then seek out a guide that shares the symbolism, meaning, folklore, religious connotations etc. of that creature. Nearly every Spirit Animal has an underlying theme along with other secondary energies. Take Shark Spirit. The keynotes of Shark are strength and survival. Do either of those strike a chord based on your current circumstances? If not, dig a little deeper. Shark has ties to the Water Element (our emotional nature), adaptability, intuition and personal power.

No matter what, these two steps are those that most people take when first encountering a new Spirit Animal. If after this you find you’re still having a disconnect try mimicking the animal in dance, meditating, reading about it, etc.

Once you figure out your Animal Spirit’s message what you do with it is truly in your court now. What’s happening may work itself out quickly or slowly. You may choose to act immediately, ponder or wait a while. Situations may shift and change showing another lesson from your current Spirit Animal altogether.

Some things to remember about your Spirit Animals

A Spirit Animal may return to you on more than one occasion increasing your rapport.

If a Spirit Animal’s presence seems to disappear before matters are tied up, ask yourself if you have done something that implies disrespect or a lack of appreciation? There are ways of mending errors, but first you have to figure out exactly what that was. Alternatively, a Spirit Animal may leave in order for another Guide, better suited to this moment, to enter the picture. i.e. the initial Spirit Animal has done all it can. You need a different type of help.

You may get seasonal Spirit Animals that guide you through that cycles energies. An example would be a baby Bunny in Spring, a Badger in Summer, a Whitetail Deer in Fall and a Penguin in Winter.

There is not always a dire reason for a Spirit Animals’ visit. Sometimes they may swing by on a special occasion like your birthday just to say hi and bring more positive energy into that moment.

Spirit Animals can, and often do, work cooperatively. A good illustration of this is when a Priest or Priestess invokes a sacred circle calling on four Animal Protectors in each of the four corners. The Priest or Priestess develops contact with these Beings beforehand, and they freely agree to the situation. Now, we have to be smart here. Don’t put Cat Spirit near Fish Spirit or Bird Spirit. Even in their magical forms, the underlying nature of our Animal Guides remains. We must honor that accordingly.

There may be times when more than one Spirit Animal is “in the house” so now you have a sticky wicket. They each may have messages that you need now or maybe combining energies for a more complex lesson. Take a Frog and a Dove as a 1-2 punch for an illustration. The Frog speaks to you about your words, while the Dove symbolizes peace. So, watch the way you communicate. Move gently, maintaining accord as best you can in order to reach a resolution. In any case, there is no hard and fast rule that you can have only one Spirit Animal Guide at any given time.

Totem Animal Definition

Totemic beliefs appear around the world. However, there are two types of Totemism – one that’s individualistic and one that’s related to a group. Totemism is not considered a religion perse, even though elements of religion, like ritual, take place. And Totemism is not Ancestor Worship.

Group Totemism:

Group Totemism has several features. It collectively recognizes an animal, plant or phenomena as important to a family, hereditary line, tribe or clan. This association between the group and the Totem may go as deep as believing that Totem is an ancient ancestor to all people within that family or community, akin to a great, great, great, great (maybe 15 more greats?) Grandmother or Grandfather. An ancestor may have a key role in Creation myths too.

Overall, the group will describe the Totem as having magical powers, particularly those of protection and assistance. It may also have shapeshifting abilities, often turning into a human visage. This mystical energy is the reason for showing the Totem respect.

Totemism goes further in that there are symbols and taboos often associated with the Totem (such as “no harm”). The Group Totem has myths and observances tied to it. The consistency of these beliefs creates communal bonds that support the whole group in a vision, behaviors and activities. We can find examples of group totemism in areas as far separated as Australia (Aborigines), the Northwest Coast in the US (Tribes and fishermen), Africa and Oceana.

Individual Totemism

Individual Totemism is where we see the modern reawakening of intimate spiritual Animal connections expressed more clearly. A person believes that an animal or natural object gives them power. This Totem becomes part of the ego through a bond that likely begins before birth as if it there is a soul contract between the Totem and the human to work in tandem. For instance, all my life I’ve been obsessed with Bears. Long before I knew anything about Shamanism, Spirit, Totem, and Power Animals, or even metaphysics I LOVED BEARS! Then, one day, I discovered that my name “Bernadette” is the feminine of the male French name “Bernard” – which means ‘brave, strong bear’! It was an incredible moment in my life! At that second I knew I was one with Bear! I kind of even look like Bear and have many similar personality traits and characteristics. I’m funny and always want to play. But when you threaten my home or the ones I love I am a protector. Oh, and I crave sweets! LOL

The Aztec described this as a hidden simultaneous existence between the person and their Birth Totem. This magical creature was important to Chiefs, Medicine men and Shamans as it delineated not only their status but also skills and virtue. The phrase “clothing makes the man” comes to mind. We are the clothing – a partner with the Totem within. Make mine tweed, please!

Among the Aboriginal people of Australia, the mother transmits a Totem to the child, considered a spirit companion within. It is prohibited to eat of that creature because it would be akin to eating your own flesh and blood. Provided the Totem has not been insulted in any way, it will guard a person during sleep and ritual. For the Shaman the Totem can also move into other realms capturing important tribal information. There is also a lovely tradition here of “singing” in the Totem. Performed by an elder Medicine Man, the song helps the energy sink into a youth. Afterwards, there are lessons on how to treat this new companion.

In New Guinea children can choose between the totems of their mother or father upon initiation into adulthood. Malaysian lore says that a person dreams of an Ancestor who introduces the Totem and even reveals its name. A belief in India says that a person my have physical similarities to their Totem and in Liberia, the Totem is a “thing of birth” (an alter ego) that acts as a guide and protector.

One key commonality in Totemism is that one does not “choose” a Totem. It chooses you and reveals itself in due time. Sorry readers, we cannot all be glorious Horse, Eagle, Dolphin or Lizard. In truth that would be very boring. As a person becomes more aware of this cooperative relationship, a greater understanding of the Totem, its qualities and characteristics develop. The personal connection to that inner Animal Wisdom is truly sacred.

Power Animal Definition

The definition of Power Animal is sketchy from a global standpoint. Some Shamanic societies see the Power Animal as a guide who protects individuals. From our perspective, this applies to a Spirit Animal too. Going one step further we have beliefs that say the Power Animal has a symbiotic connection to the human that defines the quality, character and power in one’s life akin to a Totem.

The Power Animal may infuse your spirit with its energy through dreams, during meditation or in physical form. The gifts a Power Animal manifests comes directly from their natural symbolism and meaning. More importantly, you can become, shapeshift, or metapmorphosize into the animal of your choosing.

So, let’s say you need patience. You might invoke ‘Stick Insect energy’ go to give you the strength to sit perfectly still until just the right moment. And, when the time is right, the Stick Insect can help you make the giant leap you’ve been planning to take! Or maybe you are afraid to have children but do want them. The teachings of Cow can be a great helpmate. You can literally tap into, call forth, or invoke all the Cow’s maternal instincts to help you work through your fears and become a great mommma. These are just two examples and the possibilities are endless!

Shamans and wise people tell us that honoring our Power Animal is very important. That particular piece of advice resonates across the Animal Spirit realm. Gratitude is the name of the game, especially if one has asked a favor of the Power Animal, and it is certainly one with which modern seekers agree. The thoughtful act of thanks also builds a greater understanding of the Power Animal beyond what we might simply assume.

The Attitude of Gratitude
Even though your time with a Spirit Animal may be fleeting being thankful for its help is very important. Just as you shouldn’t let kind gestures between people go by without notice, your Spirit Animal offers you a great gift. Hold it in your heart as a cherished treasure.

Look for ways to give back.

Spirit, Totem, & Power Animal History

When we speak of Spirit Animals it’s necessary to look at our Animistic roots as human beings. Animism takes its name from a Latin term that literally means “life breath”. In this worldview, everything has a spirit or ‘soul’ – from rocks and trees to animals, insects and stars (although we might make an exception for mosquitoes LOL).

Studying this vantage point it becomes clear that our most ancient ancestors laid the foundation of what could be called the “supernatural” or a ‘spiritual world’ throughout indigenous cultures. More interesting still is that the notion of a living universe felt so natural that some languages don’t even have a word describing this concept (let alone “religion”). It was as ordinary and usual as eating and sleeping, which really sets Animism apart from many modern attitudes that say humans have dominion over nature. Hint: nature is going to win.

At its foundations, Animism tells us that all phenomena we experience has an agency or force behind it. There was no separation between the mundane and spiritual, the physical and natural. Eventually the myths and folktales of the world reflected this abstract belief, and kept those stories alive through oral tradition. Hence, here come the “bards”, record keepers and historians who played a vital role. They gave us a peek into a culture and setting that otherwise may have disappeared.

Bouncing off of Animism, the notion of Spirit Animal helpers seems completely intuitive. In more modern times we have the terms “Spirit Animal”, “Totem Animal” and “Power Animal”. These descriptions have mixed and mingled into one homogeneous, confusing tangle that we have to unravel.

No matter the phrase, Spirit Animals are the ‘souls’ of animals on the other side – the ‘other side’ being the realm of the Great Spirit, Force, the Universe, God, the Great Mystery, angelic realms, et al. The idea is these animal spirits are our allies. They appear when we need them most to offer love, support, warnings, protection, teachings, and inspiration.”

Source: https://whatismyspiritanimal.com/animal-spirit-guides/what-is-a-spirit-animal-and-whats-the-difference-between-a-spirit-animal-vs-totem-vs-power-animal/

Animals & Universal Consciousness

“More often than I like to admit, I’m forced to realize that some people are simply a lot smarter than I am – doggone it. At other times, I catch myself in one of those moments of spontaneous prideful arrogance, thinking how much smarter I am than somebody else.

It’s easy for me to see that there are lots of people smarter than I am, and maybe a few who aren’t. I think, therefore I think I know what intelligence is – but that intelligence has let me down many times in the past, as it has for even “the greatest minds of their times” – former members of The Flat Earth Society and all.

For much of my life I thought that, at least, I was smarter than an animal – an assumption taken for granted in our modern, technological culture. Now, I think that assumption was wrong. I think animals are smarter than all of us, and it all has to do with the arrogant, typically human way I think about what intelligence is.

My intelligence seems to be a function of how well my senses and capabilities work, especially in terms of feeling “successful” about my life; but what if I could hear, see, or smell, thousands of times better than I can? What kind of world would I perceive, and how much more would I know about it? What if I didn’t have to worry about wearing clothes (believe me, I do), or whether I had a roof over my head? What if the supermarket were closed, or I was dropped in the middle of the ocean or the woods – could I feed myself, or would I end up becoming somebody’s dinner? Suddenly, I don’t sound much like ‘the top of the food chain.’

“Stay calm. Share your bananas.”—Koko the Gorilla

Profound Consciousness in Animals
One of the most difficult barriers for people to break is the one that prevents us from perceiving the profound levels of consciousness alive in our animal relatives. This kind of prison of the human ego that demands we place ourselves above all other creatures is possibly the most soul-depleting (and destructive) obstacle to human spiritual evolution there is, forcing us to live life through the limited filter of human sensory experience, generally misinterpreted by our collective and personal ego, and the delusions of “intellect.” As a result, we tend to destroy our home and hurt those from whom we could learn the most.

Science Demonstrates Animals Are Self-Aware
Let’s consider a couple of different realities about animal intelligence that science is demonstrating with increasing regularity; the first reality being what we’re most familiar with – the intelligence described by language, cognition, and problem-solving abilities.

Recent studies indicate that dolphins, and other cetaceans, display so much of this type of intelligence, in so many ways, that they should be considered as “non-human persons.”

“Science has shown that individuality – consciousness, self-awareness – is no longer a unique human property.”

– Ethics Professor Tom White, Loyola Marymount University of Los Angeles, in BBC News

Cetaceans efficiently adapt rational processes to overcome problems and take part in team efforts – even between species. They clearly possess complex language skills, so much so, in fact, that even whale songs which originate in one area of the earth’s oceans can become popular, and migrate to other parts of the world, like hit songs. Cetaceans also demonstrate compassion and are unquestionably self-aware.

“These are ancient, sentient Earth residents, with tremendous intelligence and enormous life force. Not someone to kill, but someone to learn from.”

Dr. John C. Lilly, on his research with dolphins

Crows possess human-like intelligence that includes problem-solving on a level greater than most six-year-old human children. They also exhibit an elaborate and nuanced language, as well as self-awareness, superb personal recognition, character determination, personal attachments, and cooperative, community-oriented behavior. These are all characteristics also shared by elephants, whose infra-sonic speech (which they can hear up to six miles away) when speeded up, sounds remarkably articulate, like talking.

Even man’s best friend, the good ol’ family dog, has been shown through the science of MRI brain-scan analysis to demonstrate neurological activity very similar to that of humans. In addition, dogs, cats, and other animals demonstrate cognitive, and even what we may consider ‘extra-sensory’ skills that relate to another, more profound kind of intelligence – one that may add credence to the assertion that the wholeness of animal intelligence is, in some very critical ways, superior to our own.

Rupert Sheldrake, Ph.D., in his direct, video-documented experiments on dog telepathy and his book, Dogs That Know When Their Owners Are Coming Home, has demonstrated how dogs are aware of when their distant owners (partners) even start to think about returning home. His experiments, although roundly dismissed as unscientific, feature dog owners returning home after absences of different durations, and the video-documented simultaneous responses of the dogs, back at home, clearly indicate an awareness of their owners’ intentions and actions from afar.

Animals and Telepathy
It’s long been known that many animals demonstrate a reliably ‘telepathic’ awareness of oncoming earthquakes, tsunamis, and other catastrophic phenomena; and dogs, with their largely unexplained ESP, can read emotional states more reliably than a lie detector and are currently employed working to sense and warn of oncoming seizures in epileptics, as well as detecting cancer in hospital patients – well before standard medical tests can.

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All of this relates to what Dr. Sheldrake refers to as “morphic resonance,” the existence of invisible connecting fields of energetic coherence, of sorts, essentially described by the larger concept of a shared field of consciousness, where the material world is imbued with the energy of intelligence, the physical realization of spiritual life. It’s the spiritual life of the planet and all of its occupants, a reality known for millennia by the indigenous peoples of every continent, but mostly denied by “modern” man. Here we know it as Gaia.

Animals, unlike humans, simply live their being. Their consciousness is joined with that Source intention, so they attain purity of conscious, highly developed multi-sensory experience that humans never realize mostly due to the interference of our intellect.

Unburdened by superficial, egoic thought, animals’ senses allow them to participate in an infinitely richer world, directly joined to what we may refer to as the Divine field of being.

They are highly sentient, extraordinarily conscious, and deeply intelligent, in a very real way. In a world that is, in fact, much more real than common human sensory perception and thought ever allows.

Animals Enhance Our Spiritual Evolution
Alex, an African Gray parrot, became a practically conversational research associate of Dr. Irene Pepperburg of Brandeis, after more than thirty years of working together on a daily basis; and, by her testimony, he was her best friend. His final words said to her as she left the laboratory the night before his death were: “You be good. See you tomorrow. I love you.”

I like to think that I’m smart, that I know good from bad, and right from wrong. I’ve guess I’ve eaten that mythological forbidden fruit from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. That’s what got us humans kicked out of The Garden, wasn’t it? As it is, we’ve been struggling with what our real role is here ever since, and still insist on imposing our self-entitled destruction on all the Divine life that we remain ignorant about – on all the Divine life that I like to think I’m smarter than.

“I do not see a delegation for the four-footed. I see no seat for the eagles. We forget and we consider ourselves superior, but we are, after all, a mere part of the Creation…the elements and the animals, and the birds, they live in a state of grace. They are absolute. They can do no wrong. It is only we, the two-leggeds, that can do this. And when we do this to our brothers, then we do the worst in the eyes of the Creator.”

Oren Lyons, to the United Nations, 1974″

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