Debunking the Myths
My spirit animal has to come in a special ceremony
I’ve seen spirit animals connect in the most mundane and the most astounding of circumstances. Just like there is no single path to God, there is no one way to relate with an animal guide. Mouse came to me while live trapping hundreds of mice for a scientific study. It was an inglorious job of repeatedly setting and checking traps, weighing mice, tagging their ears, determining their gender, and setting them free. Deer spirit animal made her presence known to me through a life purpose journey a shamanic practitioner performed on my behalf. A wild mountain lion came to me on a riverbank while I was all alone. We stood eye to eye for many moments before she quietly walked back into the woods. There’s no special ceremony needed, just contact that leads to consistent interaction
Someone else needs to retrieve my spirit animal for me
Of all the beliefs around spirit animals this is the most limiting. Beware of the expert healer that tells you that the only way you will receive a spirit animal is through their ability. This is an invitation to hand your power over to someone else. Ultimately, we all need to practice discernment and decide for ourselves how we are going to connect with divine guides. I’m an adamant proponent of direct revelation. I believe that we have more
abilities than we give ourselves credit for, including the ability to claim our own spirit animals.
I only get one spirit animal
I’m not sure where this one came from, but I know a lot of people live under this illusion. As the beneficiary of a community of dozens of spirit animals, this is a preposterous idea to me. Over and over in my years worth of work, I’ve seen a whole host of spirit animals flood in to assist people. They are eager to help, and one never seems to do. This doesn’t mean that we don’t have stronger bonds with some animals over others; it just means that we don’t have to limit ourselves so severely. It would be akin to explaining who we are using just a single word. Once we understand that our entire future, healing, power, or identity doesn’t hinge on one animal, we are much less afraid of what it will be.
Dispelling the Fears
What if my spirit animal is stupid, silly, or weak?
An essential part of being human is worry about what other people will think of us. If we have what we think is a lame spirit animal we fear it will reflect poorly on us. Spirit animals do mirror either what we have inside or what we need to build inside. The thing is, no spirit animal is stupid, silly, or weak. That is our projection on them. When you take the time to pause and study the creature that’s come forward to help you, you have the grand opportunity to see what an amazing creature of God they are. The power in a mouse is their ability to see the details in life and this is a power that mouse calls us to embody. The power in skunk is to have our reputation precede us, in ant is to help us with hard work, and in beetle is to teach us about resurrection.
I am afraid of snakes. What if that’s my spirit animal?
Many of us have animal phobias. Before I could walk, I was absolutely terrified of even the tiniest of spiders. Fear of an animal is common. Shifting that fear into a gift is not. To be able to face our fear and transmute it into a partnership is akin to the power of loving one’s enemies. This is one of the most potent of relationships with a spirit animal you can ever hope for. If you don’t feel like you are ready for this kind of encounter, don’t fret. You can politely invite another animal into your life to help you get started. The animal spirits are often kind enough to oblige our idiosyncrasies. Be gentle with yourself in the process. You’ll get there someday.
What if I can’t SEE my spirit animal?
So often people are worried they won’t be able to envision their animal and then once they do they are worried they’ve made it all up. I say don’t stress it. Over time the animal will show up enough times in absolutely unrelated ways that you won’t be able to dismiss their presence. You’ll see them in your dreams, in waking reality, and in photos and videos when you aren’t intending to look. People will bring them up in conversation without your prompting. Stay open to the countless ways these guides
make their presence spontaneously known.
By Stacey L. L. Couch