posted on Aug, 24 2010 @ 03:49 PM
Originally posted by Scurvy
Your spirit guide is connected to you but it is not you nor is it a part of you. In fact your spirit guide can leave at anytime if you do not
entertain them and appreciate their assistance; most shamans have more than one spirit guide in their life. There are also "power animals" which
serve similar purposes but there is not as strong a connection and you cannot draw as much energy from your power animals, they are more for special
situations (as a metaphor it would be like Tylenol helps relieve pain but does not treat one specific symptom, that's your spirit guide, where power
animals would be more like a prescription drug aimed at treating a certain condition).
I just want to clarify you a bit as seem to be a bit confused about your understanding and other peoples understanding of what you call spirit guides
and what power animals are and what they do.
I'm not familiar with the term "spirit guide" in shamanic terms, but what i think your trying to describing is whats known commonly as a power
animal or totem animal (which by the way are both one and the same thing). Yes, power animals can change and yes you can even have more than one of
them at any one time, however these instances are rare. Most shamans and shamanic healers have only one power animal which stays with them throughout
their life. The power/totem animal is the source of the shaman healing powers, you simply cannot do a proper shamanic healing on someone unless you
know what your power animal is and are connected to that animal's energy at the time of of the healing.
Another thing that is commonly misunderstood about power animals is that they are somehow separate from us, this is simply not the case. The power
us we are our power animal. This is why the knowledge of what our power animal is so vital to shamanic work because when you learn
what your power animal is you reclaim your latent "shamanic power" this power is of course used for a number of things such as journeys into the
spirit world, healing, divination, etc.
Before shamans do any shamanic work they have to literally step into their power animal and become one with it, this is when the alteration of
consciousness occurs; (say for example it is a healing) the shaman and the power animal inhabit one body and from that place they will perform the
healing, once the healing is finished the power animal leaves the shamans body and the shaman obtains normal waking consciousness again.
Oh and by the way I'd just like to mention both to you and other people who may come across this thread that the source of this information is from a
diploma in shamanic studies that i am currently doing taught by Dr Rafael Locke who is well respected in the field of shamanism and is an initiated
shaman himself with about 30 years experience in this area; and also from my own experiences.
hope this helps