There was a time when humanity recognized itself as part of nature, and nature as part of itself. People would often use images of nature to express this sense of unity.
In the past shamans, priests and priestesses were the keepers of the sacred knowledge of life. They were capable of walking the threads that link the invisible and visible worlds. They helped people to remember that all trees are divine and that all animals speak to those who will listen. We can use animal imagery and other nature totem images as a way to learn about ourselves and the invisible world.
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In literature animals have long been used to symbolise aspects of human emotions and traits. Animals may represent urgent, unthinking emotions, animal vitality and energy; or at worst, crude, animalistic behaviour. If you dream you are struggling to control an animal, it may be that you are trying to tame the instincts expressed by that particular creature. If an animal threatens you in a dream, try to tame it rather then kill it. If it is slaughtered, the instincts it embodies may be completely lost to you. Dreams about animals may also refer to the signs of the zodiac, with which they are associated, or in the Far East, with the Chinese astrological system.
In Native American traditions, wise men or shamans, often assume the form of animals in their dreams. Creatures that act as guides during the shaman’s journey to other worlds.
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We all love our pets, there is no doubt of that. They give us companionship, unconditional love and loyalty. They don’t talk back and are great at keeping secrets; And for many people who live alone, having a cat or dog to love and care for, can make the world of difference to their mental health and well being. Our pets are very much a important part of the family; and when they eventually die, people experience grief every bit as real as they would for a human family member or loved one.
But aside from this very strong bond we have with our pets. Have you ever noticed your pet showing signs of telepathy or psychic abilities? Do our pets and perhaps even all animals, possess some innate psychic ability that allows them to tune in to human brainwaves or even to see the future?
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You are probably aware, since you are reading this site, that everyone has spirit guides. For those of you who don’t know much about them; they are people in spirit, who you may have known in a past life, or they could be deceased relatives who want to help you achieve the happiness you deserve. Some spirit guides are strangers who want to help you fulfil your life’s purpose and they have the enthusiasm and the knowledge to help you do this. If you want to find out more about spirit guides and how you can communicate with them, there are lots of articles on this website that go into this in more detail.
So, what are animal spirit guides? Some people call these ‘Power Animals’ because they are able to offer protection and bring out your best qualities by encouraging you to be more like them. Unlike human spirit guides, animal spirit guides don’t necessarily have to be ‘in spirit’; you may find that you attract your power animal in your day to day life. For example, I have always had an affinity with cats. I am more of a dog person and keep a pet dog but, for some reason, cats always follow me and want to get into my house. There is a black cat that comes to my house every day and it stares at me. I know that cats are my spirit guides because of this and, even though they aren’t necessarily my favourite animal, I believe that cats have a message for me. I also believe butterflies are another of my guides, because I see them all around me and sometimes they fly onto my shoulder and stay there for a long time. I don’t know many other people that have this experience.
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