Transformation Through Self-Reflection
The coyote is often thought of as a trickster, a joker, and even a shape-shifter, but he is also revered, especially in Native American culture, as an important messenger of personal transformation through self-reflection. A coyote sighting is generally a message to take a look within, to not take life too seriously, to lighten up, and to learn to laugh at ourselves and even our mistakes. Coyotes also remind us that anything we do to others will come back to us—good or bad.
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Your Totem or Spirit Animal
Generally speaking, your totem or spirit animal is one who resonates with you in your mind, body, and spirit. You connect with your totem animal—when you see it or hear it, it makes you stop and take notice. It’s a feeling of having an affinity and understanding towards that particular animal or animals. Yes, you can have more than one animal you feel akin to in different ways.
If the coyote is your totem animal you are able to accept and adapt to new and changing situations perhaps more easily than others. You have the wisdom of the ages, yet you know how to roll with the ups and downs of daily modern life. This is a blessing, especially in such an unpredictable and ever-changing world. Think of the many times that man has tried to rid himself of the coyote, but the coyote is cunning and able to adapt in order to survive. Coyotes are also very family and pack-oriented and they work together to live through even the greatest attempts to eliminate them.
A Shamanic View
Animals are messengers. The spirit world can send us messages through birds, animals, insects, amphibians—through all of its creatures seen and unseen. However, it is up to us to notice when they have a message to convey and to interpret its personal meaning. Thinking of the attributes of a particular animal may provide a clue as to how you can use that skill in your own life—patience, powers of concentration and quick thinking to name a few.
Anyone can have a coyote sighting (or hear them) even if it’s not their totem animal. When you see a coyote, it can be a reminder to look at things you may have been avoiding. Imagine the coyote as a reflection of yourself. He says, “Look at me. I’m adaptable to my environment. I am serious and even cunning, yet also playful and fun-loving.” He wants to remind you to see your full reflection and focus on your whole life instead of just one part. It’s no fun to be all work and no play, and the coyote knows this.
What is the Meaning of Your Coyote Sighting?
Do you feel stuck in a rut? Are you someone who takes life too seriously and does not acknowledge the lighter side of things? Even if you are pegged with burdens and responsibilities, it’s okay, and even necessary, to enjoy life when possible. Allow yourself to be silly and even show vulnerability in areas where you might usually seek perfection.
Coyotes are shapeshifters in some legends, and changing the shape of your outlook on life can certainly shift your perspective overall. The coyote energy will keep showing up until you work on taking a more balanced approach to life. The Great Spirit sends us the help that we need most when we need it.
Not all Native American stories see the coyote as only good or only evil, but most believe he represents a balance. Balance cannot exist without both good and evil, life and death, beginnings and endings. We must be our true selves. To wear a mask, or to appear as we are not, or to show a false face, prevents us from connecting with God or the Creator.
The Navajo believe that if you have a coyote sighting, it is a warning to turn around; traveling on as intended will not lead to good things.The Shoshoni believe the coyote symbolizes endings—which make way for new beginnings. In other words, coyotes symbolize a natural balance in life. The Comanche have an ancient story about a monster who stole all of the buffalo and a young boy. In order to stop the boy from crying, the coyotes howled and in turn, the buffalo scattered. Soon they covered the land again. Thus, the coyote saved the life of a young boy and the buffalo population as well.
A Mirror Image
In some stories, the coyote is revered as smart, cunning and knowledgeable. In others, he is a trickster who is also sometimes silly and laughable. As people, we are also all of these things, and thus the coyote is a mirror image of ourselves. Maybe you’ll look at coyotes differently now.
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