recent times I have been asked, by several people
animals as our teachers and guides
what most people think of first, is the totem spirits of the Native American
they do, honor and revere animals to a high degree.
concept itself, however, is much much older, stone age in fact
watch "Clan of the Cave Bear " ?
have heard term a Witch's familiar ? Well that's a prime example
an animal as a spirit guide
anything can be a 'teacher" but we don't think of the
orders as having anything to teach us .. We are often arrogant
are not lower than we, they are other nations, in many cases, despite our
on them and their habitats, nations that outnumber US
the billions, they are as old as time
Great Whale .. inspires us.. the wolf moves us .. but what of a bug ?
.. they are teachers too .. :)
are some of the things that our brothers in different skins can teach us
us about fear and now to overcome it. Mr. Bunny lives in with fear
moment of its life, yet it is the most prolific critter going ,
are everywhere, blast of speed on 4 feet, gentle,
don't ever corner one you will learn quickly that
Bunny is perfectly able to defend itself :)
has its place in the scheme of things, we need a "certain" amount of it
keeps us out of trouble. We "fear" fire for good reason, it can burn us,
does this mean we don't use it ? No we respect it and treat it with the
care it deserves .
is the lesson of the Rabbit .. Fear ?.. Maybe, but don't let it run
your life, go on and live
care and respect and you can live well
you need to overcome Fears .. ? Call on the Spirit of the Rabbit
Ever popular and my personal Fave :) The Cat teaches us about the
the physic, as they are natural magicians. Have a spirit in the house ?
the Cat, their eyes will follow it all around the room.
and conservation are also the lessons they teach
cat will nap whenever the opportunity
yet when they are in motion, they are intently alive,
move a study in deliberate action. This is the lesson of the cat ,
yourself and your energies, until there is something worth doing ,
put your whole being into it !
to stop your energies from scattering ?
on the Cat and get focused
Recorders of the paths of time, the singers of Mothers song
the Deeps .. glides the hottest blood of all .. the Whale. It's devotion
its fellows is without equal, if one is ill, the whole pod stops to care
one beaches itself, others will join it, rather than let It die alone.
voices can literally be heard from one side of the Ocean to the other,
are ONE family, all of them
is the lesson that the Whale teaches. We are family, all of us, what happens
to your neighbor,
to you. Know power in numbers and help each other
not even one, suffer alone without comfort.
Isolated and out of touch with the world.. ?
on the Whale and reunite
and Restoration is the way of the snake. A herpetologist told me once
more you feed a snake, the more snake you have to feed, as they are masters
at making the best use
whatever they eat, it goes to build body, and they renew the skin
so it will fit ,
shedding the old, getting rid of pests, parasites, and healing out most
injuries in the process.
Is is a pretty
good trick of peeling off your hide, with no hands to do it :), soft, new, ready for anything
is the other word that goes with snake, to an even higher degree
the Cat. A snake can go for months without eating, and feel no loss of energy
this lack, and will not eat unless really hungry. Pure Minimalist is the
the best of what you have, put what you have into the best use and don't
waste what you have by excess,
actions and shed off all your cares, irritations and troubles, this is
the lessons of the snake
to get a new grip on life and shed off old outdated habits and lifestyle
on the Snake to help you get some New, into your life
"Respect the elders.
with the pack.
when you can.
when you must.
Leave your mark."
one shot, you have ALL the lessons Brother Wolf can teach us .
Pack is all, Play and have fun with life, be responsible for tomorrow,
time to get what you need, but no more than what
and only when you need, Love and give Love, let others
know how you feel ,
Leave your Mark on the world, so your having been here
been for something more than a place holder !
to bring some perspective to your life on what's Important ?
on the Wolf
Spider, Skillful hunter, Web builder with a tensile power we can only TRY
match. Sensitive, clued into their world. Quick to act, but deliberate,
every move a dance of the ballerina,
and all things are their prey. They are the most numerous insects on Earth, in every form,
every niche imaginable there's a spider to fit the purpose in nature. For
any other insect, there is a
for whom they are the favorite food. Balancers of the World
take advantage of anything that comes their way, storing it against need
and thrift are the ways of the Spider, not for the arachnid is the path
wastefulness. Plan for what you need and make use of what comes your
even if it's not your favorite, these are the lessons of the Spider
you need in life, slipping through your fingers ? Call on the Spider
and Every living thing, can be your teacher, some are your Life guides
are with you each step of the way for this incarnation, others are messagers
to teach you lessons you need to learn. Some are warnings,
you need to pay heed to, some are just to bring you Joy
remind you that life is sweet and for living large.
are explorations for almost any animal living and some that aren't
the means to find which is "yours", or what some animal
into your life means to you
hope the listings below give you a good place to learn more
your Guides show you the way :)