David from Euless, Texas asks:
I always had a strong connection with and curiosity about the Native American spiritual way of life. I feel especially connected to wolves, and believe that they might be my spiritual guides in this lifetime. What does this represent, and how can I achieve a connection with these spirit guides? How can I establish communication to ask for guidance in following the path set before me in this life cycle?
The call of Native American spirituality is very powerful for many of us here in North America, especially those of us who have a strong connection with the natural world. It is, after all, the spirituality which arose from this land, so it’s not surprising that it so often feels powerful and right, even to city dwellers.
However, I would encourage you, and all of us who feel that pull, to proceed respectfully. While there are shamans from many tribes who have been willing to open doors for us, many Native American groups have said that non-native people who pursue Native American spirituality are stealing from them (again).
I believe that there’s a way for each of us to heed the call of our individual souls and honor the spiritual truths which arose from our landscape without co-opting the unique expressions which various Indian tribes have created. We can respectfully learn the teachings of the Medicine Wheel, the Medicine Shield, and the Buffalo Woman, as well as the way of Wolf, Coyote, Raven, Elk, Bear and Puma, and then find our own way to integrate and express those teachings.
The best way to learn from Wolf, who is indeed your power animal, is to learn about wolves, their habits and habitat. Watch movies like “Never Cry Wolf,” and nature shows about wolves or their prey, and visit wolves at wildlife centers. Surround yourself with wolf images or get a Pueblo Indian wolf fetish. Read nature guides to learn about their seasons, cycles and complex social order. In other words, learn about wolf wisdom by seeing how real wolves apply it. Remember that wolf spirit is still a wolf, a creature of the senses, so use your senses to establish a connection.
All kinds of books are willing to “interpret” wolves for you (I recommend Ted Andrews’ Animal-Speak) , but only you can learn what your wolf has to teach you! Meditate or visualize (search the CaliforniaPsychics.com blog and old Spirit Guides columns for ways). Is your wolf a lone wolf, or the member of a pack? Perhaps an Alpha? What does he like to hunt in the spirit world? Negativity? Injustice?
Here’s the most interesting thing about your wolf. He is standing protectively in front of the small, white female deer which also lives in your energy field. This deer is a powerful representative of Druid magic called a “hind,” and symbolizes both the divine feminine, and the magical and occasionally scary realms of the faerie. The juxtaposition of Native American and Druid spirituality is extremely interesting (although there were wolves in England in Druid times), and is an important part of the message to you. Is your wolf protecting women, the feminine? Sacred sites? He will tell you and show you if you ask.
Good luck with this powerful spiritual partnership, David!