& Working with Animal Guides
by Re, founder of Angel Messenger
It is my understanding that some Native Americans believe that only they can work with Totems and Animal Guides, and I want to make it very clear that it is not my intention to offend or to steal anyone’s culture. However, I know there is something going on with me and how I connect to living animals as well as messages from Spirit … and something else possibly. Part of it is new within the last several years, but part of it has been my whole life. I wish to discuss this here as a way of healing and to discuss hopefully with other cultures because it is my strong belief that NOW is the time for ALL Children of Heaven to come together to learn and understand. It is time for the evolution of Humanity, and that cannot happen without the Native American family. (And yes I do have much pain over what happened to their ancestors, possibly my own ancestors.) I connect deeply with a group in Spirit who I know as the Sioux Grandmothers.
With all this said, I would like to talk again about another assignment of body, mind and and soul as I did last time. I would like you to work on healing yourself and working with your own animal guides in Spirit over the next month. Then, later I will discuss more about my own experiences.
This will work all aspects, but it’s more body because you are physically getting outside in nature. I want you to get outside somewhere, not just at your house. Go somewhere that has more nature than your house. Ask Spirit to show you were to go, and just see/feel/know were you feel drawn or want to go.
For example, I like to go to the park by my house. I’ve been going to physical therapy, so I can finally walk around the park! Yay! 🙂
Maybe you want to go running, camping or hiking, fishing, etc. These are all great ways to get out in nature.
If you have chosen Body and the place you will be going, scroll down past Mind and Soul for the assignments.
(Choose your activity and location first, so that your outcome is not affected by this choice.)
Mind can be done at home if you have a “nature” spot at home. For example, I live in town, but my yard is like a scene out of snow white at times. It’s fenced in and private, and I feed the animals, so I have lots of small animals … lots of birds (including a whole family of crows), bunnies, a bossy little chipmunk, squirrels in all kinds of color combinations. They are quite comical and fun to watch. Even though I live in town, as long as no one is making too much noise, I can find a peaceful place to meditate, and that is what mind is all about.
If you have chosen Mind and your location, scroll down past Soul for the assignments.
This one is a bit more advanced. If you are already familiar with spirit animals, this one is probably for you. If not, I would recommend doing one or both of the previous exercises first.
For body, bring a notebook with you and log all the animals you come into contact with. Take photos of animals and nature. Note any animals that seem more interesting or more often. If you draw, sketch animal(s). Your interactions could give you clues about which animals are working with you right now or which ones are sending you messages. After you get home from your experience, research the “spiritual meanings” of your animal encounters. Don’t forget to take note of bugs as well. Even though they are small, bugs can have big messages.
For mind, sit in a quiet and comfortable place in nature. Take a few deep breaths. Calm the mind. When you feel ready and open enough, ask for an animal guide to appear to you. If it’s unclear at first, just be patient. Notice the edges of the image. How does the animal make you feel. Ask it to show you a memory to help you understand what it is? Or, if you do see it, ask it to lead you on a mission to show you something (as a guide in a meditation). See who shows up for you as that animal guide. Of course, not all these questions need to be answered in one sitting. There are also many guided meditations on YouTube you can try. (Mind can also be added to Body.)
For soul, this one is a bit more advanced. If you are already familiar with spirit animals, this one is probably for you. If not, I would recommend doing one or both of the previous exercises first.
Ask Heaven to show you which animal is working with you (or another person), and just be open to how the answer will come to you. It could be that you will see the animal. More than likely, however, it will be shown to you in another way.
If you are sitting outside staring at the clouds asking this question, you might see the answer in the shape of a cloud. That is possible. I recently asked this question about someone I love and was still thinking about it while I was washing my hands. When I rinsed my hands, the soap in the sink made a distinct shape of an animal. I have never received guidance this way and would have dismissed it if I were not me, but well … I am used to unusual things now. It happened very quickly, just enough for the soap to rinse down the sink. If I had missed it, Heaven probably would have tried a different method. I have seen and experienced so many different things in so many different ways, and I’m really looking forward to hearing what others have experienced.
Share with Me
I would love to hear your experiences. If you have family members who are open to discussing, ask them if they have had experiences like you have experienced in your life. Do you have prophetic dreams too? Do people in your family? I’m wondering if some of it is passed down in families or just random luck.
One Last Thing I’ll Share with You
One thing that has developed with me over the last several years … well, I might have always been like this but only noticed it in the last decade or so is how I see animals in people. I think this has something to do with spirit animals but am not 100% sure. I can look at a picture of someone or see someone on television and see an animal hovering over them, like an over-soul … or it’s more like their shadow is no longer behind them but hovering out over in front of their body in an animal shape. Sometimes the person can also have features that look like an animal or they can act like or mimic an animal.
Normally, my strongest form of psychic sense is claircognizance. I just “know” things. I don’t always know why, but I know, and sometimes my knowing won’t be validated for a long time. However, with this, this is like someone handed me a cookie while others are trying to tell me cookies don’t actually exist. I think there is a whole lot that exists, including cookies. I can see that cookie plain as day, and it’s much easier to trust what I can actually see. I know not everyone will understand what a cookie is because things need to be done very carefully, but cookies are real.
What can you see?
P.S. There is a previous article related to Healing Yourself. If you’d like to read it, you can find that here.
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Hi Rev. Sheri,
I have always been a spiritual person and never knew about animal spirits until reading about them on websites like yours. I have always been strongly connected with animals, more so than people. Recently a Raven flew down towards my car and looked directly through my windshield at me, his or her head perpendicular to the way the Raven was flying. That stopped me (and my car) fortunately, there a long line at a stop light! That convinced me that spirit animals must be real. Ever since then I have had an abundance of encounters with crows, squirrels (did you know a dead squirrel means you are squandering time in a very detrimental way? 2 dead squirrels later I am much more careful about how I spend my time!!! No more dead squirrels on my conscience please!) . a red shouldered hawk spirit promised to stay with me, until he was no longer needed. I routinely see and/or hear a red shouldered hawk (or two) in my neighborhood….and when I traveled from CA to FL, there was a red shouldered hawk that was screeching early in the morning, just like in CA. And crows are with me everywhere, all of the time, and now I get nervous if I don’t see crows anywhere in sight. I wonder what that means! I can’t explain it, but they direct me just like an angel might. I do not see anything in a physical way. Just interpret what I think (after checking animals out on the websites to find meanings.) Thank you for sharing. It helps to know that others experience what I do, and more.
Hi Soibhan, thank you for sharing. I did not know there were two types of red hawks. My son and I had an interesting encounter with two red hawks on our street while out on a walk, but now I’m not sure which type it was. They were beautiful anyway. 😉
Regarding the crows, I am connected to crows myself. There is at least one family that comes to my house to eat. They are very smart, and it’s common for several generations of family members to travel in one group (murder – I know, weird name).
Anyway, crows will stay around people they like, so those people will likely have good energy. Metaphysically, I have read that crows are found where magic lives. Either way, I would feel honored if they have chosen your space.
I don’t know about dead squirrels, but I have so many alive squirrels and birds that live at my house. Thankfully, our winter arrived and left all at once during Christmas weekend (finger’s crossed), so I haven’t been feeding our squirrels as I did over last winter. We spent so much money on seed during the summer that I hoped they might eat some of what they had buried, but apparently they thought what I buried tasted better. I just planted crocus bulbs, the kind with saffron, this autumn. They actually bloomed in December, but the squirrels went out and dug them out of the pots and ate them all. I actually over planted knowing they would eat some, but I don’t think there is a single bulb left out there. I guess they were very tasty. 🙂
Dear Rev Sheri, thank you for your healing guidance. I have been working with Animal spirits all my life, and with Native American animal spirits for 15 years. Recently my health took a tumble and I was struggling to be a practitioner but being victimized all the time for being different or being called crazy for being a Soul Coach studying under a Native American. So I went to a bird sanctuary and got to fly a Kite…I had kept seeing Kites above me when I traveled each week to London for treatment, when I was feeling low in my spirit, and being with the Kite showed me to trust in the upper worlds, to pay attention to the animals that come into my life and to be kind to the animal spirit that’s in each and everyone of us. When I was writing my book, I had 48 animal spirits come through along with messages, so I researched each one and call on the animal spirit when I need guidance. As I work with horses as therapy, I know that when you trust in the animal spirit that comes forward, amazing transitions and healing occurs. Today I am sitting in a park and called on the crow to clear my brow Chakra as I’m overthinking and I found the crow helps you work with the divine and earth showing you to believe in your own direction and truth. Much love always for being our guiding light, I feel your prayers everyday and I am so grateful for your dedication and time in healing us. Take care, enjoy the animals. Love you, Isabella Rose, Willow Tree Monastery
Isabella Rose, thank you for sharing, and I empathize with your healing journey. I know how difficult it is to want to help others when you are hurting yourself, but healing you is the best medicine we have to offer … as I’m sure you know.
Crazy, what an unkind word, right? I think we should start taking it as a compliment though. 😉 To not think like the rest of this world is a good thing, no great thing! I do get it, though. You see and experience things that others don’t understand, and they should love you but instead think you’ve lost your mind. Yes, it hurts. I know. Thing is they just can’t remember yet.
I’m so glad you commented though. It’s important, now more than ever, for those of us that see to stay connected. We are not crazy. We just see, and there will come a time when others do too. I used to believe that time would be when we all got to Heaven, but I think that time might be when Heaven comes to Earth. Am I crazy? 🙂
I wish I could spend time with horses! They are such amazing souls! I have only seen them at our county fair, and I’m sure there is this one I’ve seen there the last two years in a row that understands what I say. (I also want to be a little rebel and set him free, then ride off into the sunset to our secret Sanctuary.) lol
I also have a whole family of crows that comes to my house for food. They actually crow at us and look in the windows when they are hungry. 😀
It just seems to me that there is so much to learn from our animal friends, and people knowing which ones are literally with them would be extremely helpful. Or, maybe the animal is a mask they are wearing? I’m still not sure exactly what I’m seeing. I’ve sensed animals with people before, but this is something much bigger.
Thank you again for commenting. I wish you all the best and much love. O:)
I also have been seeing/ connecting animals with people the last couple of years. Like someone totally seems like a lioness to me, how she eats, and another connects to a koala, another a rooster.
I think Spirit is showing this to me because these people are people I work with that are disadvantaged. It helps me stay in respectful communication with all parts of them when I’m allowed to perceive animal archetypes that they perhaps vibrate alongside of.
Thank you for what you shared.
Hi D, Thank you for sharing! That’s a great way to say it I think, “animal archetypes that they vibrate alongside of”.
For example, one person I know I’ve seen as a rabbit. I think maybe Spirit is showing me this because she has similarities to rabbit and also to a group that I know who likes rabbits. 🙂 She also may be important to an aspect of the Feminine within me.
I don’t know about how it relates to those who are disadvantaged, though. All those I’ve seen are not disadvantaged other than the fact they could use more abundance. 😉 Let it be so!
Personally, I have recently worked with lioness energy myself. There has been something going on in the world that has had to do with harm to children and a deceiver. My lioness has come to the front of my energy with more POWER than SHE ever has before. Her need to reveal Truth and Balance the scales of Justice in this matter had me feeling like I wanted to eat the face off this bad man with words, to reveal him as a poacher among men … yuck!
Anyway, mostly yes I only see it in others. However, this Rising Moon with the Lions Gate opening on Tuesday should be interesting. 🙂