How would your life be different today if since an early age you had a wise, loving friend? A friend that was always at your side, never judged you, always had your best interests at heart? And you knew that no matter what - in the moments of your greatest joy or deepest despair - your friend will ALWAYS be there for you? How would your life be different if you knew that you’re never alone?
Well, these special friends exist - our indigenous elders call these helping spirits Power Animals because more often than not they appear as animals, who volunteer at our physical birth to provide us with power, guidance and support. We call them guardian angels sometimes.
When I met mine for the first time I was very excited – he was beautiful, strong, powerful, and honestly, a little intimidating. But within a few days after my power retrieval I integrated back into a fast-paced life of a young mother and an artist, and I forgot to pay attention to my Power Animal. After a couple of weeks I was noticing peculiar changes in me – I was craving bloody steaks, getting feisty with my friends, and catching myself thinking about clawing a tree.
In a bit of a panic I called my shamanic teacher and described the symptoms to her, to which she had only one response: have you danced your Power Animal lately? All of a sudden all my peculiarities made perfect sense, and I journeyed to properly greet my Power Animal and learn about him, and from him.
That was a beginning of a very special relationship – my Beloved Guide is closer to me now than my own breath, he is always at my side, and has only love and wisdom for me. He seems to know and remember everything - all I have to do is ask a question – a right question.
If I ever had to pick what I loved most about my life on Earth I would say without hesitation: love and beauty, kids and animals. As a shamanic practitioner, I would like to work more with children – they seem to respond to shamanic arts fast, and the most amazing thing they seem to understand the language without translation – power animal? - sure! walk in a different world? – absolutely! playing with faeries? – yes, please, now, now, now!
Although in our western culture the magic and miracles of walking with a Power Animal is practically unknown, the symbolic representations of this powerful relationship is all around us: in fairytales and cartoons the hero or heroine is often accompanied by an animal: Aladdin and his monkey side-kick Abu, Princess Jasmine and her tiger Rajah, crab Sebastian as a sidekick for the Little Mermaid's protagonist Ariel, Harry Potter and his snowy owl Hedwig, Mulan and her dragon guardian Mushu, etc.
In real life, one just has to look at the special place our pets have in our lives – and not just dogs, cats and horses – but fish, reptiles, birds, pigs, bunnies, exotic animals, just to name a few. No one will ever doubt a heart bond between children and animals, just Google it and let your heart melt!
With a Power Animal at our side we are not only acquiring a loyal companion, but also a wise guide who accompanies us through life with expert skill, compassion and patience. I know, I know, you’ll say that kids need to grow-up and live in a real world. But have you looked at the real world lately? I mean, really looked, objectively?
How many people do you personally know who live in a state of joy? Use their imagination? Are in love with themselves and the world?
Are you one of them? Your parents? Friends?
Our world is an external expression of what we feel inside. Do you like what you see? Think about the nature of the culture in which you were raised – the culture of fear and alienation from Nature. We were socialized in a manner that excluded the presence of helping spirits or the existence of invisible realms. How many years have you lived closed off to these worlds? Who were your invisible friends when you were 5?
These precious worlds do exist, and our children visit them until they are indoctrinated to live in a “real world”. Teddy bears and stuffed animals children bond with are much more that just toys. I still can feel the pain of a loss of my special stuffed toy named Cheetah when I was 5 years old!
The stuffed animals are symbolic, archetypal representations of the Power Animals – our guardian angels.
Talk to your children, ask them if they have a special animal friend, nurture that bond!
If they are not aware, seek an assistance of a shamanic practitioner to retrieve their Power Animal, give your child a gift of magic and watch them grow into the Divine Beings that they truly are! I wish I was given such a gift when I was young!
There are a few things to teach your kids after a Power Animal retrieval:
The identity of a Power Animal should be treated as a sacred matter, not to be revealed to others – also teach your kid not to speak aloud to their animal when someone might overhear, you don’t want them to become a target for teasing and bullying.
Dancing the Power Animal frequently is important thing to do and it is easy for kids to imagine they are their animal. Make it playful, light, joyful – it is a lot of fun, especially if you, their parents, know your Power Animals – it can become a joyful family activity.
It is helpful to have a picture of the Power Animal in a bedroom so your child can see it upon waking up and retiring for the night; teach you child to invite their animal to accompany them during the day and say goodnight before they go to bed.
Help your child to find out about the habits and diet of the animal. DO NOT look at any totem reference like Animal Speak, or any kind of totem sites. It is better to assist your child to develop their own, special relationship with this kind of power.
As a fun event, once in a while prepare a meal solely for the animal’s pleasure. For example, if the animal is Horse, it can be a dish made with oats and carrots. Not all animals eat foods that are so delicious for us to consume, so improvise – together with your child you can make cookies in a shape of the food.
Teach your child to call to their Power Animal when they feel pain, doubt, or if they are in danger, and ask for his help.
To conclude, our loyal companions teach us to make choices that are vibrant, sacred, organic and alive. Wouldn’t you want this for your child?
Everyman, I will go with Thee, and be Thy Guide, in Thy most need to go by Thy side.
~ Philip Pullman
Blessings and chocolate,
Oksana Zielinski is a shamanic practitioner, visionary, self-made artist, creatrix and planet Earth aficionado. She has taken initiation as a shamanic practitioner after seven years of study in a Peruvian Q’ero Inca lineage with Deborah Wray, founder of The Gateway School of Shamanism and a former faculty member of The Light Body School, and Dr. Theo Paredez Ph.D of Cuzco, Peru. As a highly trained and naturally gifted intuitive healer she facilitates shamanic journeys, soul retrievals, and healing sessions in a way that promotes radical self-awareness, joy and trust in life.
Oksana's desire is to create a fantastic community of beings who really love life. One human being at the time. A joyful humanity that lets love rule, appreciates beauty and plays well, encourages personal exploration and acts as respectful part of an integrated whole on this incredible Planet.
LAST UPDATED: March 19, 2015
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