WHAT ARE POWER ANIMALS USED FOR IN SHAMANISM?
Shamanism, as a spiritual practice, can use rituals, elements and symbolic representations to connect with the most essential of being, nature and everything around you. Among the elements that shamanism has used to connect with the most spiritual and instinctive of being are animals. These are not only literal representations of living beings that we already know in books and in nature, but their vital qualities are extracted to represent and strengthen those qualities in you as the spiritual teachers that you are. In this spiritual path you have to constantly learn and communicate with the environment, and of course… Also with animals taken to their maximum expression as Totems. But… What exactly are they used for?
THE POWER ANIMALS IN SHAMANISM ACCOMPANY YOU IN YOUR LIFE PROCESS
When you dream of power animals, or when they take on a constant presence in your life, they may be accompanying you in your emotional or spiritual process at this time. If you are going through a radical change, if you survive a duel that has been challenging to heal, or if you have the feeling that there is no north, from shamanism it is believed that these spiritual beings can serve as a company or as a symbolism of transition to find a complementary response, outcome, or quality. Most likely, you need to learn from those power animals that have always accompanied you or that have just come into your life!
SINCE SHAMANISM, IT IS BELIEVED THAT POWER ANIMALS TEACH YOU TO DEVELOP SLEEPING QUALITIES IN YOU
Starting from the premises of shamanism, power animals can also have another mission in your life: to invite you to develop qualities that are dormant in you, but that you have in your favor. For different reasons, there are moments in life where you may have lost sight of your confidence, your desire for freedom or any other quality that allowed you to face challenges; or simply feel comfortable with you. That is why when the animals of power appear, the path of shamanism reminds you: Those qualities are in you or you have all the potential to develop them. That is why you may ask yourself… What are the qualities of this totem, or of the power animals that have accompanied me throughout my life?
THE ANIMALS OF POWER, FROM THE VISION OF SHAMANISM, CAN ALSO BE MESSENGER
Life, from its essence, can seem mysterious… And the same happens with the spiritual path. You may receive many messages in the form of codes, symbols, or not-so-literal representations, but you can receive them. And that is why one of the recommendations of shamanism is to be on the lookout ; attentive to everything that comes to us, including the happy or sudden appearance of the animals of power. Power animals can give you messages of something that is about to happen in your life, as well as they can show you a facet of yourself that you did not know. It is important that you cultivate a vigilant and curious attitude in their presence; especially if you are traveling the path of shamanism.