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Get To Know Your Animal Totems


Our animal totems are ready and waiting for us to discover the wisdom they have to offer us! Reconnect with the energy of animals and nature, and connect with the power and lessons that the animal kingdom can teach us.

In his article entitled "A Return to the Animal Soul," Larson Hinton wrote:

"The future survival of humankind depends upon return to a right relationship to nature. In this endeavor the animal soul is our most dependable guide. Since we no longer hunt in lonely communion with animals, and since few of us feel called to go on formal vision quests, we have to seek ways of recreating meaningful connection with the animal realm."

As you meet your animal guides/animal totems who are connected with each of your chakras, try to spend some time really getting to know that animal. Embrace the energy and the unique lessons that each animal totem has to share with you.

Research your animal companion to find out what unique attributes they have to share with you. Look at its body, its lifestyle and habitat. Then see what resonates with you. What attributes of your animal totem are already playing a part in your life? What attributes can you learn something new from?

Ideas for Getting to Know Your Animal Totems


How does the animal move?

You may like to experience being the animal through dance or other physical movement. For example: lumber like a bear, run like a cougar, swim like a dolphin… etc.

Where does the animal live?

Exploring where your animal totem lives can teach you lots. For example: a mountain goat might teach you about being sure-footed as you go on a journey, seeking new heights.

What are its habits?

Is your companion nocturnal? Does it hibernate? Is it more visible in certain seasons? What light does this shed on your own habits and times of energy and power?

What does it look like?

What do its shape and colour suggest to you? For example: does a golden animal suggest the sun, or does a flash of red suggest danger and/or courage?

How does it defend itself?

Does your animal totem hide or camouflage itself, or does it defend to the death? What does this teach you about how your deal with conflict?

What does it eat and how does it find food?

Does your companion animal hunt alone or in a pack? Does it lure its prey or chase them down? Does it like sweet things? How does this relate to your experiences in your life? Are you a team player, or do you prefer to work alone? Do you go after what you want, or do you sit back and wait for things to happen? Do you seek the sweetness in life?

What are its mating habits and how does it raise its young?

Does your animal mate for life? Does it live in a pack or by itself? Are the young nurtured and defended for a number of years, or are they left to fend for themselves from early on? Do any of these experiences resonate with things you have experienced in your life?

What can I learn from myths, legends, stories and folklore?

Explore fables, myths and legends from all cultures that correspond with your animal companion. You may wish to explore how the attributes of your animal totems manifest in your life when there is balance, and what it looks like when this energy is out of balance.

I encourage you to get into research mode and spend some time getting to know your companion animals. Spending time getting to know your animal totems is a wonderful way to learn more about yourself and the world around you too.

I  highly recommend Sandra Ingerman's Book and CD for learning the basics of journeying with your animal totems. You can use her YouTube videos below for

practicing your own shamanic journey skills. I've added a link below them where you can purchase the book: "A Beginner's Guide to Shamanic Journeying." 


This 1st video was removed from YouTube and has been replaced by Sandra and Byron Metcalf's video 15 minute video below. A lovely journey of clearing and healing medicine for the soul, heart, mind and body. 

"A Beginner's Guide to

Shamanic Journeying"

by Sandra Ingerman.


This is part 1/3 of the Audio Cd included in the book.


12 Minute Drumming Track with Whistles and Rattles

"A Beginners Guide to Shamanic Journeying"

by Sandra Ingerman.


This is part 2/3 of the Audio Cd included in the book.


20 Minutes Double Drumming Track

"A Beginner's Guide to Shamanic Journeying"

by Sandra Ingerman. 

This is 3/3 Part of the Audio Cd included in the book.

A 30 minute single drum journey.

A Beginner's Guide to Shamanic Journeying

by Sandra Ingerman

Shamanic journeying is the inner art of traveling to the invisible worlds beyond ordinary reality to retrieve information for change in every area of our lives from spirituality and health to work and relationships. With Shamanic Journeying, readers join world-renowned teacher Sandra Ingerman to learn the core teachings of this ancient practice and apply these skills in their own journey. Includes drumming for three shamanic journeys.

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