Living Mystery School Teachings for Older Souls
The Michael Teachings
Ancient Andean Wisdom Traditions
Terri Claire Benning
Animal Wisdom Class Series ~ Modules
This online Animal Wisdom Class Series is based upon traditional 9 directions native teachings. Every indigenous tradition has it's own myths, stories and animal associations with these nine directions, however, for our purposes I have chosen to work with the Lakota traditions in my Animal Wisdom classes. I resonate strongly with their perspectives on many aspects of their "Medicine Wheel" work and have made Lakota medicine bags in the past, using traditional ingredients shared with me by a full blooded Lakota wisdom teacher. He taught me a lot about this tradition, and it is still weaving it's way through my reality and perspectives today.
The class size is limited to 20 people per class series, which is then further broken down into sub-groups of just 4 students each for the ongoing monthly channeled chats. These sub-groups meet once monthly for personal one-on-one time with the channeled entity known as Michael. Michael will, at this time, help you to connect with your personal animal totem for that particular direction, and will offer insights into that animal totem, it's related direction, significance, as well as how and why that particular animal totem may have shown up for you at this time in your life.
This class runs for 11 consecutive months, broken down into 4 Modules of 3 months each. The class includes the monthly study of each of the 9 animal totems, plus one month of *introduction* to the class at the beginning of the class series, and one month for *closure and completion* at the end.
Each student will take just one direction and the corresponding *personal* animal totem each month, and will spend the entire month studying, researching, learning, connecting and getting to know that animal totem more deeply. Students are encouraged to journey with their animal totem for that month, and to keep a journal of their experiences, insights and perceptions, both in journey and in just daily life. Keeping a journal of your animal totem journeys each month is highly recommended and encouraged, however no one need ever read them but you, if you choose.
The class series is facilitated in a private online study group environment wherein you can feel safe to explore your connections with your animal totems, with yourself and your fellow students in a fun, warm, nurturing and supportive online environment.
Sub-groups (of 4 people each) meetings run approximately 2 hours once a month, on a day and time that works best for your study group. This is the only *scheduled* online time required. You will meet with your fellow sub-group classmates and with the channeled causal plane entity known as Michael once a month. The rest of the class is based upon independent study and self-motivatated research, exploration and learning.
For those who are students of the Michael Teachings, Michael also gives additional information based upon their causal plane perspective on how their own teachings may be applied to the traditional 9 Directions *sacred circle* system in order to gain even deeper insights into your life. Each direction corresponds to a particular overleaf within the Michael Teachings system, which sheds additional light on the indigenous teachings perspective. There are also resonances that can be examined from the Michael Teachings perspective relative to soul age perceptions, internal monads and casting placements, (aka: Essence Dynamics).
Together, these two systems offer the student a more comprehensive perspective from which to gain a greater depth of understanding and profound insights into who they are in essence, their life path choices, personal goals, challenges, innate talents and abilities and opens up a world of possibilities they may have not yet discovered or even considered before! It is a true adventure and a deep dive into the depths of who you are in essence.
It's striking the things people can see in their animal totems that are not always visible to them simply looking at themselves from the perspective of their own inner or outer mirrors in life. Looking at ourselves from the viewpoint of our animal totems perspective can make it so much easier to own qualities we may not even know exist within us, and to know and experience the meaning of truly "unconditional love." We begin first with our own animal totems and with ourselves, and then extend such compassion and undertanding out to others in our lives. It is a truly wonderful way of claiming and knowing who you truly are through the eyes of the animal totems who have chosen to walk with YOU personally in this lifetime!
Abundant resources are provided for use in researching, studying and getting to know your animal totems, their messages, meanings and medicines, and how they serve you in this life. Thus, there is not a huge online time requirement to meet each month in order to participate in the class. You will get out of it, however, what you are willing to put into it, of course. Giving and receiving support, learning and growing with, through and from your fellow classmates also adds an extra dimension of fun, stimulation, self-discovery and additional insights that you might not get studying the same information on your own. Like so many of the "good things" in life, they're always so much better when they're shared.
For more information, or to reserve a spot on the waiting list for our next Animal Wisdom Class Series, please fill out the simple form box at the bottom of this page. Thank you! ~ Terri
THE NINE DIRECTIONS TRADITIONAL ANIMAL TOTEMS
(with Michael Teachings Overleaf Correspondences added below)
Each and every person on earth has nine power totem animals that symbolize the medicine they carry in their Earth Walk. These animals or creature beings represent each person’s innate talents, abilities, challenges and dreams. For instance, if a person is linked to a Wolf as a power animal, that person is natural born a teacher, pathfinder, innovator, and self-starter. This does not necessarily mean that a person has acknowledged those gifts and is using them to the fullest. It can mean that Wolf is there to bring that person to an awareness and a greater understanding of those talents.
As you come into the Earth Walk, there are seven directions surrounding your physical body. These directions are East, South, West, North, Above, Below, and Within.
The direction called Within exists within you, but it also surrounds you, since the entire universe is contained within your consciousness. You have a totem animal in each of the seven directions to teach you the lessons of these directions.
The other two animals, which make up your nine animal totems are the ones which are walking at each side of you at all times, and which may possibly have been coming to you for years in your dreams. If they have not come to you in dreams, they may be animals that you are drawn to but which have not appeared amongst the other seven animal totems. You may find that these last two creatures will appear for you at a later date. The two that walk by your side may be from any part of the animal kingdom on Mother Earth.
THE NINE DIRECTIONS
EAST: The animal in the East direction guides you to your greatest spiritual challenges and guards your path to enlightenment.
SOUTH: The animal to your South protects the child within and reminds you when to be humble and when to trust, so that innocence will be balanced in your personality.
WEST: The animal in the West position leads you to your personal truth and inner answers. It also shows you the path to your goals.
NORTH: The North animal gives wise counsel and reminds you when to speak and when to listen. It also reminds you to be grateful for your blessings each and every day.
ABOVE: The Above animal will teach you to honor the Great Star Nation, it will also remind you that you came from the stars and to the stars you will return. The animal is also the sentinel of the Dreamtime; your personal access to the other dimensions.
BELOW: The animal Below will teach you about the inner Earth, and how to stay grounded and on on your path.
WITHIN: The animal Within will teach you how to find your happiness and to be faithful to your personal truths. It’s also the guardian of your sacred space, the place that is yours alone and is never shared except by invitation.
RIGHT SIDE: The animal to your Right protects your male side and teaches you that, no matter where you turn, it will be your Father Protector within. This animal also carries your courage and warrior spirit.
LEFT SIDE: The animal to your Left is the protector of your female side and teaches you that you must learn to receive abundance as well as to nurture yourself and others. The Left-side animal is also your teacher about relationships and mothering.
MICHAEL OVERLEAF CONNECTIONS TO THE NINE DIRECTIONS:
In the Michael teachings system, each of the 9 directions corresponds to a particular overleaf or to a certain function of the combined overleaves (aka: the Personality Dynamics) and/or to the combined casting placement information (aka: the Essence Dynamics.) These associations are explored in greater depth with Michael in the class series through your own personal set of overleaves, and essence and personality dynamics. Each student's configuration dynamics are so varied, intricately interwoven and unique ... the best way to learn about them is simply through your own direct personal experience and application of the information and insights offered through the class studies. The depth is certainly there for anyone who truly wishes to delve more deeply into themselves, and into the materials offered through this new Animal Wisdom Class Series. And best of all, learning more about ourselves, our animal totems, and how they show up in our lives is just plain fun, as well as educational, enlightening and personally fulfilling! :-)