I was asked by the organizers of the Beulah festival to write a brief explanation about Power animals, how to find them and what they can help us with. Keeping it brief might be a challenge lol
Power Animal – is a generic term that refers to all creatures, the furred, the winged, the finned and the Crawlers. Size is no indicator as to the power that they bring.
Some Native American cultures believe that we would not survive childhood without a power animal Allie. They protect us, keep us full of power, enthusiasm and prevent illnesses from entering our energy field.
Do you have a favorite animal since childhood? Or a phobia about one? If so, they are more than likely one of, or your main power animal Allie.
Finding out who your power animal is can be done through the shamanic journey. Power animals are generally found in the lower world and will present themselves four times before re-connecting fully.
We may have several power animals each representing different parts of our self/psyche, with each bringing different elements of power and medicine gifts. We will have a main Allie that is a constant guardian/teacher/healer in our lives and connecting with them is imperative.
Power animals vary from totem animals in that they are a part of our very being, they hold part of our power and will generally remain with us for our lifetime. (If soul loss is present then a power animal will leave with the part)
For a Shaman, no work is conducted without their power animals presence, they add power to their ceremonies and journeys, making them a vital component to the success of their work.
Totem animals show up in the 3D world to bring us a message regarding a current situation or thought process. I see them a little bit like my daily affirmations, a quick reminder of the truth within. They can also be part of your power animal team, so pay extra careful attention to their daily message.
For anyone serious about working with their power/totem animals and pursuing the red road further then I highly recommend Ted Andrews – Animal Speak.
It is my most used book :)
Of course you can also find lots of information on line too.
Maria Wind Talker <3