I believe that we all have sacred animal guides who are with us from birth or come to us in need. For years I thought that if I was “doing it right” my Animal Spirit Guides would speak to me or send me a message on what to do next. I was frustrated with not hearing or seeing what I thought indigenous cultures experienced with their spirit guides.
I am learning that there is no one way, and for me it is not about getting an answer but instead it is about being open and asking. The answer for me is often the ability to walk with wisdom and comes not as a plan but in the moment of need. I ask for assistance when walking through life from my Lion, Jaguar and Serpent.
They each have qualities that support me in my work and relationships. With practice and openness I feel an energetic presence during my meditations when asking for them. Then as life happens during the day those qualities are available and come to me as natural wisdom. The American Indians may have asked the Spirit of the Great Buffalo for assistance in finding food, and clothing, and danced and sang till the intuitive wisdom came to lead them to the herd. My intuitive wisdom of food may lead me to what my body needs to pick from my garden or purchase at the grocery. When I am open it may lead me to protein in the form of meat or a wide variety of plants that sustain me. I believe the difference is that the indigenous cultures knew that everything is alive and has soul. They gave thanks, respect, and honor to everything they ate, Plant or Animal alike
I am finding that the same is true of my guides. I honor and give thanks for them and I feel their presence and qualities more each day, This is a relationship that must be fed to grow.
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