Shamanic practitioner and Psychotherapist Dr. Steven Farmer, released his 7th book, Earth Magic. It’s focused on animal Spirit Guides.
Since I am a huge animal fan, I am very excited to share this philosophy with you! The notion of animal guides may confuse people, but their purpose seems very practical…and fascinating!
Since Shamans believe every person has an animal guide, it’s time to try to connect with yours! But how?
Well Dr. Farmer suggests that most animal guides are deceased relatives or loved ones who appear in animal form to guide and protect you. This theory of being protected by animal spirits is far from new, it dates back to our ancestors.
The animal that appears is usually untamed or wild, and nothing like your average domestic cat or dog. Why? Because wild animals have a much deeper connection to nature and Mother Earth. They typically take the form of a tiger, an elephant, a hummingbird, or even a snake. It’s usually some kind of animal form that is prevalent in your life, one you feel a strong connection to.
In the book Earth Magic, Dr. Farmer writes about becoming more aware of the fact that we are very intricately placed on this Earth. We have always been and always will be a guest on this beautiful planet that has so graciously made us feel at home. Using Shamanic wisdom and ancient spiritual practices, Dr. Farmer opens our eyes to how we all can become better listeners of Mother Nature, who speaks to us far often than we’re aware. Animal guides are a great reminder of our connection to the Earth and can teach us how to live more peacefully within nature.
Dr. Farmer says, “There are different ways you can find your power animal. It may come to you in meditation, vision, dream, or Shamanic journey. Another way is to pay attention to animals you feel strongly attached to. The animal may reveal itself to you repeatedly whether in physical form or a symbol of it and you feel a soul connection to that animal. Or you may ask the Great Spirit who your power animal is and notice which animals shows in your consciousness.”
For me, my strongest animal connection would have to be…drum roll please…chickens! But have my ancestor spirits and deceased relatives picked the chicken as their animal guide?! I have a feeling that would be a funny conversation. I won’t deny it, I’ve always had a thing for chickens…I suppose it’s a good thing I became a vegetarian!
Do you know who or what your animal guide is?