First off, if you don't know what a totem animal is...just think of it as a spirit guide in animal form. It was common practice for Native Americans
and I suppose still is to this day. A very good friend of mine taught me the lessons I am about to share.
First things first, get at ease, as with all things spiritually enlightening. Ground and center yourself and close your eyes. The next part is *best*
accomplished if someone reads while you imagine. However, if you are one of those people, such as myself, with a very vivid imagination then no
worries, it can be done solo.
"You are standing in the middle of a lush, healthy forest. You can feel moist Earth, bits of branch and bark, and small stones underneath your bare
feet and your hands rest on the rough mossy surface of a tall oak tree. You can smell the water after the morning rain all around you, leaving the
forest misty and cool, glistening on the leaves and in tiny pools on the ground. The forest smells of pine and oak, birch and cedar, wet bark and damp
earth, and fresh wind and rain. Look above you to the canopy of the trees; the sky is brilliant blue through the gaps in the leaves, wispy white
clouds are draping the heights. The sun shines full and bright upon the forest, turning the leaves above into dappled stained-glass of different
shades of green. You reach down into a small ool and touch your lips with clear, fresh rainwater, tasting its cool pureness. The wind comes through th
leaves, whispering off of branch and bush, singing its own song. The birds are singing that song as well, cheerfully filling the forest with their
calls, accented by the occasional frog's note. Look at the forest around you. Touch it, smell it, taste it, and hear it. Now feel the forest, inside
and out. Feel all the elements, the wind and water, the earth and the sun, and the love of God(s) all around you. Become part of that forest."
(These next parts don't necessarily have to be read however they can be for those whose imagination is quickly departing them.)
"See yourself walking down a path(the path will look as you see it and feel it). The path is your walk with your spirituality, your learning....it is
the path that we all walk in different ways. Folow the path until it leads you to a grove of birch trees, tall and slender and glowing white in the
sunshine. The outside of the circle is lined with beautiful wildflowers; a pool of deep, clear water stands in the middle and nine stones enclose the
circle round. The sun shines bright and full overhead, and the sky moves quickly as the wind brushes its ever-moving veil of clouds along. Stand at
the entrance for a moment, using all of your senses to feel the grove. When it feels right, move to wherever is calling you--the rocks, the water, the
flowers....whatever one you feel is the best for you, and is where you belong...."
"Feel the warm sun on your face, the cool breeze through your hair, the dew on your feet and the rocks beneath you. Sit and listen to all the sounds
the forest makes, especially the animals. Think about how much you would like for your animal guide to come and speak to you in such a beautiful and
meaningful place. Don't speak, but just listen to the forest and its creatures, hear the trees "speaking", and the wind and the animals. If you
wait long enough you may hear footsteps through the brush into the grove. Your guide will stand before you from whichever direction the sound first
emerged. Thank it for coming and then talk to it for as long as it is willing to stay..."
In my experience, I was actually in the forest. My very good friend told me a story pretty similar to this which focused my attention on my
surroundings. It basically put me in a trance/meditative state of conciousness.
By the way, if you are interested, my totem animal was an otter. In most cases, your totem animal will vary from time to time depending on the
circumstances of your life.
Otter: playful, prognostication, child-like, talent nurturing
Enjoy. If anything it was a decent display of imagination at least...
edit to add: I thought that to clarify exactly what a totemic animal is, I would add this elaboration from the second page of this very same thread.
First and foremost I will cover the common misconceptions concerning totem animals. The Native American tradition seems to be plagued by the notion
that everyone is either an eagle or a wolf or some majestic animal, which is certainly not the case. A very diverse range of animals are commonly
accepted as totemic animals. Additionally, there is no set standard to what the totemic animal represents. Different animals have different
correspondences due to the different tribes.
I suppose in relevance to modern day life, totemic animals may be associated with spirit guides, guardian angels, and even the Jungian idea of
Archetypes. Each animal has symbolic significance and bears lessons that either need to be imparted, or need to be learned through experience. The
totemic animal might represent characteristics that a person already possesses or needs to learn in order to bring them closer to the light. In
Jungian psychology there is a concept of facing the shadow, or our fears, in order that we can grow and become more knowledgeable about ourselves and
our strenghts/weaknesses. In the same sense, that is what an totem animal represents. It embodies the principles we must use/learn that will
undoubtedly have a substantial bearing on many aspects of life, particularly the spiritual aspect.
[edit on 3-12-2009 by Agree2Disagree]