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The Animals' Medicine

I believe we are all of the Spirit of God and the Spirit of God lives within all that lives. To understand the concept of the Native American Indian way, you must redefine Medicine. Medicine is anything that improves your connection to the Spirit of God, to the Great Mystery of life, and to all life.
Lin Ekstam


In this section:
What is a Power Animal  ||  How to find your Power Animal
Some Power Animals  ||  Lakota's Index


What is a Power Animal

All things in the Universe have spirit and life. The rocks, the earth, the sky, the waters, the plants and the animals are different expressions of consciousness in different realms and realities. And all things in the Universe know about their Harmony with everything else, and know how to give to one another. Except man. Of all the creatures in the Universe, only we don't start our lives with the knowledge of this great Harmony. Our spirit can become whole through learning to seek and perceive, learning about our own Harmony with all our brothers in the Universe.

Each one of us has a particular animal as our Personal Medicine. Totems or personal Power Animals are protector spirits that help us in our daily life and in our spiritual search for Harmony. These Power Animals are usually a reflection of our innermost self, representing also the qualities one needs in this world, but that are often hidden or darkened.

To quote Jamie Sams and David Carson (Medicine Cards): "When you call upon the power of an animal, you are asking to be drawn into complete harmony with the strength of that creature's essence. Gaining understanding from these brothers and sisters of the animal kingdom is a healing process, and must be approached with humility and intuitiveness. Certain aspects of the lessons given by these brothers and sisters have been chosen to reflect the lessons each spirit needs to learn on the Good Red Road. These are the lessons of being human, being vulnerable, and seeking wholeness with all that is. They are a part of the pathway to power. The power lies in the wisdom and understanding of one's role in the Great Mystery, and in honoring every living thing as a teacher."


How to find your personal Power Animal

Power Animals are not necessarily exotic: it could be any mammal, reptile, insect or bird. Or it could be a mythical animal, like the unicorn or the Pegasus. On the other hand, your personal Power Animal could change several times during a lifetime, depending on your specific needs.

In this section you'll find the characteristics of several Power Animals. If you already know yours, look for its description here. If you don't know your Power Animal yet, ask to find out! Tell your Counselors, Guides, Higher Self or any other Unseen Friend with whom you work, that you want to know your Power Animal. Or simply ask yourself! The answer could come to you in different forms: 

  • In dreams
    Dreaming of an animal with a special significance within the dream itself.
  • Through indirect messages
    Hearing or seeing the name of an animal several times in your daily life: in the news, television, casual talk, etc.
  • Through direct messages
    Physically encountering or seeing an animal more that twice.
  • In meditation
    Power Animals reveal and identify themselves as such.
  • By instinct or intuition
    We usually feel particularly attracted to them throughout our lives.
  • Through a shaman
    Asking someone with strong intuitive powers to find out and tell us what our Power Animal is.
If you are already aware of your Power Animal, you can ask it for additional power in any given situation. You can also use this section as a kind of oracle, again trusting you own intuition in choosing a Power Animal to read its characteristics. Or you can always read them all and learn something from each one...

Some Power Animals

 Buffalo  ||  Eagle  ||  Dog  ||  Lion  ||  Cat
Butterfly  ||  Rabbit  ||  Deer  ||  Bear  ||  Owl  ||  Wolf
Hummingbird  ||  Horse  ||  Dolphin  ||  Turtle


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