In ancient Celtic lore the notion of a guardian spirit was a given. Likewise in Native American of North and South. Imagine if you will the spirit energy of every wise guard dog in creation protecting you or your child from harm. This is the foundational idea of a Wolf as your Animal Totem or Power Animal.
My first glimpse of Wolf’s presence came to me during meditation in dark and lonely time of my life. On a crisp Winter’s morning as I sat on my meditation cushion it began to appear. At first the vision was two eyes gleaming out of the darkness like stars appearing in the night sky. Suddenly the eyes became a face, my late dog? a fiery Jack Russell who’d been by loyal companion for 12 years I thought. She’d passed several months earlier and I’d had dreams about her ‘returning’ to visit me. No this was something else, a wild creature with an aura of kindness, or was it watchfulness…
As I allowed my fear or resistance to dissipate the face not only became clear, but very, very close. Then a curious feeling came over me. I began to feel “akin” to this creature, related somehow. My skin felt warmer, my sense of smell became more acute, my hearing sharper. The face of Wolf was now right in front of my face, larger then life size, we seemed to be two creatures greeting each other after a long absence. Tears welled in eyes. I was meeting with my Guardian Spirit Animal.
In the decade since that first encounter I’ve deepened my connection to Wolf on many levels. The Spirit of Wolf has brought me so much protection, insight and somehow an ability to let go of stress in the way wild animals are classically known for. As a teacher and healer I feel Wolf’s community energy support me in my work and family life in ways I never imagined.
Now that I have this protector I’ve met literally hundreds of folks who have some connection to Wolf Spirit.
Friends and students from all religions, faiths and walks of life recognize this powerful totem. Anyone who knows Wolf is the ancestor of today’s dog understands their gifts to us human beings.
The first hunters who observed the Wolf in action understood the wisdom of the creature who hunts just what he needs and shares with the group. In the Wolf pack all the clan take care of the pups. Everyone has something to teach them from their own skill set.
To me their most likable trait is how they teach the young ones through play. Games and running wild up hill and down dale teaches them who is fast, who is a good at hiding, jumping or spotting. Each pup is encouraged to hone its unique gift by an elder of the pack who in turn teaches them their skills.
This kind of wisdom is not unique to the Wolf nation; all animals have something to share with us, this learning was well understood by our ancestors.
Connecting with a Power Animal is something anyone can do and is not contradictory to any other spiritual beliefs. St. Francis was an example of someone who could ‘talk to the animals’
If you’re drawn to finding your own Power Animal I will be hosting a Shamanic Journeying workshop at the Pawling Library on October 6th from 7-8pm and you can also see me privately for sessions in my office in Pawling village. Blessings of Autumn ~