Using Dreams and Meditations
with our animal symbol or animal totem (the terms are synonymous) is a
process that will aid in our self-discovery, and also teaches us about
life and the world around us.
spirits often reveal themselves to us through our subconscious during
sleep and meditation. During these sessions, animals indicate valuable
information about our past, present and future, as well as help us with
situations we are dealing with in our lives.
also show themselves in our dreams and meditations to simply identify
themselves as our spiritual guide, and thus our animal totem. This
requires us to pay attention, and learn more about what this animal
represents so that we can work with our animal totems.
tend to have a keener sense of purpose, and instinct. These are
valuable traits we can learn from them by asking for their guidance,
and observing their behaviors in our dreams and meditations.
is simply a state of conscious dreaming, so you can use the following
steps to help in identifying animal totems through both dreams and
Start an animal totem journal. Have this journal and a pen by your
bedside or around the area in which you meditate. This is because you
will want to record your experiences upon waking each morning or
returning from deep meditation.
Go to sleep or meditate around the same time of day/night each
day/night. Your subconscious is a creature of habit. As you settle into
a routine, it will be easier to relax, and animal symbol identification
will come more smoothly.
Make sure your environment is conducive to relaxation. It's tough to
meet our animal totems when we leave the TV on, or if we have piles of
laundry nagging us to be put away. Simply put a little order to your
sleep/meditation area – it doesn't have to be a big deal. The
subconscious loves order, and will be more cooperative if there aren't
any distractions or nagging nuisances hanging around in your space.
Begin your sleep/meditation session by setting your intention for
animal totem identification. You need to set forth a firm directive to
both your subconscious mind, your spirit, AND the animal spirit realm
that you wish to contact your animal totem. Silently to yourself,
repeat your intention to meet your animal spirit in your dreams. You
can use the following phrase, or set your own intention:
"This moment, I receive the gifts of animal sight.
This moment, my animal spirit takes flight Reveal to me what I must see.
This moment, my animal totem connects with me."
repeating this or a similar invocation, you will coax your ego and
chattering mind to relax, while your intuition and spirit begin to
"warm up" to the goal of contacting your animal totem. Eventually, you
will find yourself drifting into sleep (or alpha state of meditation).
Relax, and roll with it, your animal totem is ready to reveal itself to
Upon waking up or rousing from meditation, write down your experience
in your animal totem journal. This is critical. It's tough to rely on
our memories with such delicate experiences. Dreams and meditations can
be so elusive, and like the wind, the can disappear on us. It's
important to record our experiences so that our minds can further
digest the events surrounding our animal symbol. Writing these events
also gives us a point of reference when determining the characteristics
of our animal symbol, and helps us interpret the messages our animal is
conveying to us.
6. Be sure to write each detail. For example:
- What was your animal doing when you saw it? Flying? Swimming?
- What exactly did it look like? Healthy? Sick?
- What color was it? Natural color? Unusual?
- What were the surroundings? Rain forest? Desert? Murky water?
Take a break. After awhile, a few hours, or even a day – come back to
your animal totem journal and read what you wrote for that session (See Animal Totem Meanings page).
Begin to do research on the animal that revealed itself to you. Begin
to piece these characteristics together, along with the other details
surrounding your animal's appearance during sleep/meditation.
Eventually, you will begin to piece together a beautiful tapestry of
deeper understanding of yourself, your life and your reality.
8. Repeat this process for continuous messages, and deeper understanding.
continually following this guideline, you will become stronger in your
interpretive abilities, and trust your intuition more in working with
you animal totems. Furthermore, as you grow in this process, the animal
spirits will show themselves more frequently, as they will sense your
confidence as well as your respect for their presence.
NOT get discouraged if animals do not appear to you the first few
times. This is a process, and like any other process, it may take a
little time and patience to get underway.
Be diligent, and know that your animal spirit is just as eager to communicate with you as you are with it.
DO NOT get all tangled up in these guidelines. If you find a better
process to identify or contact your animal totem – by all means use it!
This is merely a guide to a very personal experience. Ultimately, YOU
are the one calling the shots!
this process is a cooperative one. We must respect the animal world, by
asking our animal spirits to come to us, and thanking them when the do
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