The Messages of Animals
All things which enter our life have meaning if only we are open to receive it. Animals especially can carry messages or omens; or can often be a
significant reminder of some aspect of our selves we need to reconnect with.
Like dreams whose messages can be wrapped up in metaphors and symbolism, their meanings can be hard to understand especially if we are operating at a
baseline energy level or are quite distant from our higher self aspect. Also like dreams, the messages animals can vary between what the particular
species of animal means to you personally, and what they represent as symbols at a higher archetypal level which is a meaning shared across all
What are the messages that animals can bring us?
The message themselves can be relatively simple. They may be trying to attract us to a certain place, or lead us down a certain path. The species of
animals itself can also give us a clue as to what we are likely to expect if we were to follow them. They can give us warnings, or be portents of
future events. This is especially true if their appearance brings to mind a certain person, place or event. Again the type of species, how we feel
personally about that species, and what that species represents at a higher symbolic level can give us a clue as to what that portent might entail.
Finally, as mentioned above, they can appear as representatives of an aspect of ourselves we need to reconnect with in order to get through a
particular situation. If it’s an animal we already strongly identify with then the animal can show us particular aspects of our higher selves’
personality and hence reinforce the progress we are making in our evolution toward a higher consciousness.
Each species can not only tell us something about the circumstances we may find ourselves in, but also what aspects of ourselves we need to gain the
best possible outcome in the circumstance at hand.
Why would animals bring us a message?
As already said all things which enter our lives have various meanings at some level. This is not only because we are ultimately all one being, but
also because we are the creators of our own reality. Everything has meaning, and we are bringing that meaning into our lives in order to experience
everything that life has to offer at the highest level and to ultimately remember the true nature of ourselves as God or the Source. As animals do not
‘speak’ per se (though there are who can in fact speak to animals at varying levels), their messages can often be a little harder to discern
especially to those operating at lower levels. But for this very reason their messages can be a lot more personal, and can often carry a lot more
importance, especially if it a type of animal we do not readily see in our day to day lives.
Through the course of our soul’s evolution our consciousness has moved through many different species, and when our souls could gain no more it
progressed forward to the next species in order to experience a different aspect of the world. These species can then manifest in our lives to
represent one or of these past aspects which during our lives as humans we have lost or become disconnected from; or an aspect that we are ready to
reintegrate back into our waking consciousness and in turn further our awareness on our path back to enlightenment. This is one of the reasons it is
so important to preserve our natural heritage. Each species has a particular worldview, and like different cultures or religions or belief systems,
each holds a different aspect of the ultimate Truth. And it takes the best of all these worldviews, integrated together for us to even begin to
approach this Truth.
How to gain these messages
For starters don’t just look at animals as ‘just animals’. When you do this, and merely see them as biological automations fulfilling a
particular ecological niche, you instantly put a barrier between yourself and whatever message that animal has to offer you. Animals reflect the level
of our consciousness and our expectations toward them. If all you are seeing is ‘just an animal’, then that is all they will be. But when you view
them at a higher conscious level they become mystical entities who will appear in our lives at exactly the right time to bring us just the right
Many of us live in urban areas where we do not get a chance to see much wildlife other than domesticated pets and other species which have managed to
adapt to our towns and cities. Although not ideal, this is certainly no barrier. There is life everywhere, and these messages can be seen in the
movements of ants, a lone moth tapping against the window, a sparrow building a nest against the eaves of a building, or a group of crows silhouetted
against the moon. It can be seen in the behavior of the dog being walked across the road, or in the way a group of pigeons interact.
Our pets, the animals we choose to share our lives with, can be a wealth of information. If we work with a group of animals such as on a farm, then
firstly we should wonder what working with these animals tells us about ourselves, and secondly which animals we favor or favor us and what their
behavior within the larger group means to us.
When an animal which is uncommon to the area or the time of day/month/year appears, or shows up in an unusual way this is definitely an omen of sorts.
Also if an animal shows up persistently within a short period of time, or if a particular animal regards you closely, this is also laden with meaning.
If an animal shows up before or after a particular event this is also significant.
Animals can also show up in dreams or as visions within meditation. They may just be images which you may come across in books or artwork, or in many
other ways which do not involve an actual real world presence.
Firstly you must not only respect them but also be open to their message. It definitely helps if you posses a world view which sees the whole world as
dynamic living entity, or as an extension of your higher self. You must be open to a little ‘magic’ in your life, and it helps if you can slow
your self down for just a few moments every now and then just to watch the world go by. You will be amazed at what you will notice.
How to understand these messages
This is an individual thing and will be different for everybody. The closer you operate to your higher self aspect, the easier these messages will be
to discern. You must consider all things including the circumstance you find yourself in, the species itself, what this species means to you
personally as well as the archetypal symbolism of the species.
Various ‘Animal Spirit Guide’ type books may have a list of attributes according to each species, but like dream guides these are very general,
and although they may point you in the right direction they do not take into account your very personal situation.
What is the animal doing? How does it regard you? How or when has it manifested in your life? What do the colors of the animal represent to you? What
were you doing at the time of the encounter? All of these can be significant. The animal might show you a vision; it may show you a path or location.
It may ‘whisper’ to you or trigger various thoughts or intuitions.
Truly animals are our brothers and sisters. Many indigenous cultures speak of a time when we could talk to the animals, an ability we lost when we
begun to see ourselves as somehow ‘higher’ or better than them. We must show them respect, and be open enough to allow them to instruct us and
heal us. Animals manifest themselves as our spiritual guides here on Earth. This may be for only a few fleeting moments, or if we’re lucky enough it
may be for the entirety of our lives.
My own experiences with animals
For some reason little spiders seem very attached to me. They’ve never actually scared me and they always seem to show up in times when I get a
little too absorbed in the rat-race as a reminder to just stop and realize how magical the world really is.
I have written of some of my most significant animal experiences here
in a short
autobiographical story ‘Initio Somni’, specifically parts 3 and 5, but for the benefit of the reader I have quoted the most relevant parts
'When Littlewolf sensed the circle had nearly reached it’s fill of power he stood up, and holding the willow wand aloft, he released the gathered
energy with a final shout of intention to the universe and sank back to the ground exhausted.
He had just begun to think “What now…” when a slight breeze bristled through the trees. It was a wind of change, of new adventure and
experiences and it seemed to almost diverge around the circle before doubling back and carrying the mist and smoke away.
And then Littlewolf looked up. Sitting above him on a low hanging bough were three powerful
owls*. Their large yellow eyes stared at him with an aloof disregard, and Littlewolf was not
completely sure what to think. Had they been there the whole time? What was their purpose in attending? Littlewolf thought he’d been completely
alone the whole time and felt blessed such creatures had chosen to join him in his nighttime ritual.
The owls continued to stare down at him and it was then Littlewolf stepped backwards a few paces before silently thanking them for their presence. For
a moment he thought he saw them all lower their heads in turn, and then the largest of the three raised a clawed foot and scratched itself under its
A single feather of down floated through the air from the owl toward the censor. It danced for a few moments in the heated air rising from the remains
of the fire before catching a flame. The down feather was consumed in a bright flare which illuminated the circle and the remaining ash was carried
far up into the tree-tops.
The owls all seemed to nod toward him and then the largest alighted into the air and flew off through the trees, closely followed by the remaining
two. And so Littlewolf was left alone in the dark with his thoughts.'
' Littlewolf reached the top of a small cliff at the base of a valley in the scrub outside his home. There he had a little spot where he would often
walk to when he needed to escape the humdrum of everyday life. It was a beautiful little clearing of remnant dry rainforest, a place of high energy
and ancient secrets. It had been revealed to him on one of his many forest treks by three very familiar looking owls that were perched together above
it on a low hanging tree bough.'
'As Littlewolf walked down and sat next to the water he disturbed a group of red-browed
finches* playing in the pool. Feeling actually a little guilty for interrupting them, he
looked up to the branch where they looked down at him almost angrily and apologized for the disturbance he’s caused.
“Sorry my little friends, you know I would never harm you” he said in his mind.
And then something wonderful happened.
One of the little finches took flight and landed neatly on his shoulder, and then another flew down and landed on his shoe. Littlewolf stared in
wonder and held out an outstretched hand to a third who also flew down and alighted on his palm. That was enough for the rest and they all came down
and returned to playing in the pool. Littlewolf could not believe what was happening and this lifted his spirit to heights he had not felt in years.
During his days at the cottage he had seen many inexplicable things happen but this was totally on the next level.
It was all very personal, and truly magical; and unlike anything else he’d experienced was not called into being by any conscious effort. He felt
the love, a truly cosmic love and the energy of the universe poured into him like a fountain.'
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