HOW DOES SHAMANISM USE POWER ANIMALS?
When we see the world from a vision of unity, many things change. You stop seeing yourself as a separate entity from the mountain you see every day, the lake you visited on vacation, the stream you took a dip in, the big rocks you step on every day to cross the path or the bird that sings to the fall dawn. All those elements that you see separate from you, as well as the seasons, day and night, and all the possible manifestations on this planet (corporeal or incorporeal), are part of nature, and therefore part of you. That is the main worldview of shamanism… And power animals are also part of your psyche, your unconscious and even your possible guide to go through the processes of life.
Power animals have been around since mythical times and beyond. The truth is that not only shamanism has had power animals in mind, but also mythology in general and our deepest memories as humanity. Power animals have been a silent, loving or even alarming company in our daily lives, and shamanism has used or recognized them as Totems, Nahualts, guardian spirits and as symbolism to teach principles of life that provide resilience, recognition and also healing for the one who receives them with openness.
How do these power animals manifest themselves?
Power animals for shamanism can manifest as a kind of alter ego or incarnation of spirit guides . They are those beings where we can deposit the strength we want to have, where it is easy to recognize our deepest and most intuitive gifts, and at the same time, those spiritual manifestations where we can receive subtle messages and teachings about life. Power animals can also manifest as guardian spirits from the belief of shamanism, because you can receive all their ancestral knowledge through invocation and ritual moments where you dare to connect with their presence.
Power animals symbols of shamanism
In this way, we can conclude that power animals are a reflection of our soul in the vast nature. They are also teachers who appear at the right time through dreams, visions, intuition or even in the physical world in an unexpected – but crucial – circumstance to provide us with their message and wisdom. For shamanism, we insist, we live in a world where human beings and nature are one. For shamanism, the manifestation of power animals in your life is a symbol not only of great joy, but also of self-knowledge and spiritual empowerment. So open your vision to their messages, to their healing and take them by the hand when you need extra strength to go through the difficulties that may arise along the way: They will be your guide.
( THE SUBTLE WORLD IN SHAMANISM: KEYS TO A SACRED KNOWLEDGE )