~ *Evolutionary Souls* ~
|Subject: Re: Animal Totems Fri Jun 26, 2009 12:57 pm|| |
Now that is bizarre and timely. Last week I came home to find a tawny frogmouth sitting in my backyard and it just stared straight at me.
This is the first one I have seen here in the whole 8 years I have been in this house. My mother used to have them visit her regularly at her place but not me. Anyway I was able to get pretty close to it before it slowly glided away. The call is a soothing ooom oom ooom that may be repeated continuously for for hours. During the day they sit still and look remarkably like a broken tree branch. If you stumble upon one you may first know about it when the bird suddenly opens it's mouth very wide and utters a harsh greaarrrk. The one that visited me was silent. They are related to the owl family.
The day that you posted the above info on owls Solane, I encountered a hawk! It was flying parallel to my car and at times in front as if navigating or guiding me. When I read about the association between owls and hawks in your post I was floored! And then the day after, I had a female wedge-tail eagle flying circles over my backyard. I stood and watched and the circles got smaller as it zeroed in on me curious to see what I was. I was in awe of the majesty and serene flight of this bird. It must have had a wing span of over 2 metres.
And then, the next day, I had a crow talking to a magpie in my yard....I feel like these birds are coming to me with a message. Time to take flight perhaps?
|Subject: Re: Animal Totems Sun Jun 28, 2009 11:55 am|| |
Lol and back to the penguins...I dreamt last night about penguins. I went down to the shore and one in particular was looking directly at me and came up out of the water and kissed me!
|Subject: Re: Animal Totems Sun Jun 28, 2009 2:32 pm|| |
Oh how sweet! Kissed by a penguin! Not many people can say that.
|Subject: Re: Animal Totems Mon Jun 29, 2009 5:20 am|| |
WOW !! !! Goth, talk about hitting the nail right on the head or what, this is Great stuff.
A Penguin Totem can show you how to move freely through the astral plane and the dream dimension. A Penguin person will have lucid dreams and have the ability to change the course of those dreams while still asleep. You can use those same energies to change the course of your waking life as well. Think of the leap the Penguin makes from land into the water – astral projection is just that easy for Penguin people.
If you do Astral Travel with the help of your Penguin, make sure to elicit the help of your other Totems beforehand. Your Below totem can help you keep a connection to Mother Earth and the waking plane and use one or more of your most powerful Totems as protectors and guides.
The penguin is an amazing animal with unusual characteristics. If you ever see one in the wild it will be hard to forget. Highly specialized for their flightless aquatic existence their binocular vision is poor. Some penguins have no binocular vision at all. A sideways stare acts as a method of focusing on threatening objects. They see better in water than on land and their sense of smell is weak.
These unique animals exude an air of properness and good manners. Gathering in groups they walk bolt upright forming several lines denoting a sense of order and purpose. They waddle with determination and focus. Those with this medicine have the same inherent abilities. If this medicine isn't fully developed call upon the penguin to help you refine and perfect these skills.
Both male and female penguins bow to one another before entering or leaving the nest. The bow is a behavior demonstrated most often in pairs. Penguins may also walk about the area while bowing. Bowing is considered to be both a form of appeasement and a tool for maintaining social bonds. Penguin medicine people are either well mannered and polite or need to learn these abilities. This bird teaches respect to all who cross its path.
The penguin's striking black and white attire suggests formality. The Emperor penguin, the largest of this aquatic bird, dressed in a tuxedo looks as if its ready for a dinner party. Those with this totem are careful about their appearance and enjoy life styles related to high society. They are social and feel at ease in any type of situation. This gives them leadership qualities and denotes an air of self confidence.
Penguins are master acrobats. While swimming their movements are graceful and fluid. They twist and turn in a variety of ways then shoot high out of the water landing solidly on their feet. When traveling long distances on ice the penguin toboggans on its stomach using its fins to push it along. They have been recorded at speeds up to 25 miles an hour. The penguin teaches us how to connect with our inner rhythm, honor our body and move with agility.
Because of their association with water astral projection and out of body experiences are keynote. Their movements both in water and on land indicate an ability to glide easily from one dimension to another. Penguins have the ability to consciously go out of body. They teach those with this medicine how to embrace and understand all realms of life. Individuals with penguin totems are vivid dreamers and often receive messages through the dreamtime or in a meditative state.
The colours of the penguin are also symbolic. The colour black represents the hidden or the unknown and the color white reflects the light or awakened consciousness. The merging of the hidden with the known produces a balanced state of being. Penguin teaches you how to blend, merge and balance the dark with the light.
Penguin is a powerful totem to have and helps you change your reality, move between the worlds and awaken full consciousness. If this master bird appears in your life get ready for a life altering course of mystery, intrigue and transformation. Once you have explored uncharted waters there will be no turning back. (Source: Sayahda.com)
|Subject: Re: Animal Totems Mon Jun 29, 2009 11:20 am|| |
That very much describes me right now and I love penguins! Always have. When I went to Seaworld back in March, they were the ones I wanted to see most out of all the animals. I spent ages at their enclosure watching and conversing with them.
|Subject: Re: Animal Totems Mon Jun 29, 2009 4:17 pm|| |
Blessed are Hummingbirds and the people who carry their medicine, for they shall bring colour, light and joy to all as well as the understanding that one can be small yet mighty!
At this time in our lives, many people are seeking to reconnect with the old ways of Being in the world, in order that they may heal the feelings of dis-connection they feel within themselves, with their families and all of life. So many in todays world feel isolated and alone, unsure of where their Right Place in life is or if they even have a purpose for being here. Yet when we tune into the energy of Hummingbird, we soon find that all of us are here for a Divine Purpose and that purpose is to help bring about the Healing that the planet is in such need of at this time.
In The Ghost-shirt Religion, it is the Hummingbird who leads all the other dancers for it was believed that it is through Hummingbird that the First Nations could re-establish their Sacred way of life. Intuitively it must have been known and understood that it is through Joy that we manifest that which has the most value and meaning for us. Hummingbird also teaches us how to protect that which brings us Joy and helps us to feel happy. They are very territorial by nature and will take on other creatures many times their size in order to protect their nests and offspring. They show no fear as they dive and swoop down upon the "intruder", letting him/her know in no uncertain terms that they will not be tolerated if they show any disrepect! So too can Hummingbird people teach the rest of us how to protect and respect that which gives value and meaning to our own lives, and to "drive off" anything or anyone that chooses to try and invade our own Sacred Space. Many spiritually inclined people fail to realise that they do not need to be doormats for other people, that abuse in any form must not be tolerated. For if it is, then it only perpetuates more abuse because the abuser knows he/she can get away with it. Being violent or abusive back however is not the answer either, yet what is a positive option is to learn to be as Hummingbird; Stand your ground! Refuse to be bullied by others, no matter how much larger they may appear to be than you! Walk tall for you have the power of The entire of the Universe backing you up in everything you do if you will only have faith in this. If you need help with this, ask Hummingbird to please send Hummingbird people into your life to help you with this. You shall soon find that you are surrounded by these folks and often a Hummingbird or two as well. I have known several Hummingbird people who while not physically imposing, there was just something about them that other people never seemed to feel inclined to bother them much. So too can the rest of us learn how to protect and defend what is ours by Right in ways that are non-violent yet certainly does get the message across!
Hummingbirds come in a vast array of colours and each is absolutely exquisite. They are not known for being "flying gems" for nothing! So too do Hummingbird people tend to need a lot of colour in their lives, either through the clothing they wear or the colour choices they make for their homes. Colour is very healing and too often I feel its power is ignored which is really rather sad. Spirit in all its wisdom saw fit to create flowers and stones, the sky and earth, the sea and all of life in a vast array of colours. Not content with creating one red flower, Spirit created thousands. Not content with creating one shade of Green. Spirit created hundreds of Green hues and so it goes. This too is a message to all of us that Colour has always been meant to be a major part of our lives. Colour can uplift us, it can soothe us, it can bring us feelings of Joy and Abundance and it can bring us a sense of Hope that all is truly well and in the Loving hands of Spirit. Each time I see a Hummingbird myself I always take note of his/her colours for I know that those colours have a special healing quality that I need at that time. The colour may make me think immediately of one of my chakras and always I can see the co-relation between that chakra and the primary colour of the Hummingbird. Or it may be that I am working on manifesting something and working with that colour will help me to manifest it more quickly and for the Good of All. I have also found that often the colour relates to my mental/emotional state at the time. How many times have all of us heard people say things such as "He was pea-green with envy" or "I am feeling a bit blue today". The colours of the Hummingbird always make me ask myself, what has my primary thought/emotion been recently? has it been positive and uplifting or have I been feeling like a regular old fuss budget? It can be all too easy to simply walk round day after day not really paying attention to what is going on within our own minds. Hummingbird then takes the opportunity to come along and shout "wake up! Look at the Beauty and Joy that is in the world, stop focusing on what ever it is you think is wrong! Unless of course you really want to attract more of the same in which case, I think I shall fly off over here and find someone else who can appreciate the splendour of my Being and the Joy I am seeking to bestow as a gift from the Divine. If you don't want it, someone else will be happy to receive it!" Be aware that Hummingbird people can be very much this way as well. "What do you mean you don't want to come play with me and just enjoy life for a while? Well, okay, but I have to go now. When you are ready to have some fun though, I shall be back round!" This doesn't mean we have to walk round with idiot happy smiles on our faces all the time or try to ignore the pain or anger we may be feeling inside. Yet we do have to at least be willing to try to be willing to allow it to shift and move our vibrations up a little higher. Doesn't have to be alot, baby steps here folks. Hummingbird is trying to get the message across to you that things are not as bad as they may seem. And just maybe if you shift your way of looking at things for a moment, you may very well see that there is a great gift being given to you and you only need to reach out and accept it.
Hummingbirds are tireless in their pursuit of Joy in life. They are always seeking the sweetest nectar and Heaven and all the Angels help anyone who gets in the way of Hummingbird when he/she is on their mission! I have been nearly mowed down by a Hummingbird who was trying to get to a plant that I happened to be standing in front of when Hummingbird spied it. There I was, minding my own business when Hummingbird was suddenly headed straight for me! Needless to say I dived out of the way and was rewarded by the glorious sight of one of nature's most beautiful birds, up close and personal. I could feel the Joy coming off hummingbird as it flitted from one blossom to the next, as though I could hear it saying "Oh this one is lovely, but oh, look at that one over there, and ah, this one is exquisite as well!" Just as quickly it was then gone again but it left me feeling euphoric for the remainder of the day. Hummingbird people are like this as well and to others they may appear to be rather "flighty", not something that most humans value. Yet there is an important reason for this, for like their Totem, Hummingbird people are busily pollinating one flower after another so to speak. They are busy spreading the Love and Joy that Spirit wants us all to experience in every moment and that cannot happen unless they Flowers of Life are pollinated so that they may produce the seeds that will eventually manifest as All Good for All. Bless and say a mental "Thank you" to Hummingbirds and Hummingbird people everywhere for they have a very important job to do and they do it so very well and with such Love!
|Subject: Re: Animal Totems Mon Jun 29, 2009 4:18 pm|| |
Because Hummingbird is so tireless in their pursuit of Joy and all that is Good, it behooves us to follow Hummingbird's example. Too often many humans seem to be in greater pursuit of misery than Joy. And Hummingbird would really like to know why! Why is it so many of us do find it easier to focus on all that is wrong and then say we can do nothing about it, instead of focusing on what is right and then asking how we can help that Good to grow. For we can change anything we pur our hearts and minds to! Yes it make take time, sometimes a very long time. Yes it may seem like very hard work with no guarantee of success. Yes it may seem we are trying to move a mountain with a puny shovel we got at the beach one summer afternoon. Yet if we listen to Hummingbird, we will remember that we too came in with all the tools and power and abilities as that which so lovingly created us. All we have to do is set forth an intention and then begin to act as though that intention has already manifested. Think of How some Hummingbirds will travel more than 2,000 miles during their migrations. Stop and think about this, you are a very small bird, very fragile looking and yet somehow, you know the moment has come and without a second thought, there you go, winging your way towards a destination that may seem so very far from where you are right now. You are flying by instinct, no maps to outline the way or even to show you where shelter may be found if you get in to trouble somewhere along the line. No one promising you at the start of your journey that you are going to even succeed. And to top it all off, you are flying non-stop without eating. How on earth do they do it? Science still hasn't a clue how any creature so tiny and in need of food almost constantly the rest of the time can pull off such a feat. Yet they do it, year after year, generation after generation. And perhaps this is the key, they just do it! They don't all huddle together and say "hey Martha, do you think we ought to give this migration thing a go again this year? Maybe we should just hang out here instead, turn on the telly, kick back and relax. After all, who knows what might be waiting when we arrive, could be something big and scary!" Of course they don't, they just get on ith it. They know if they stay they will surely perish and even though no one is standing there telling them that everything will be fine, they also trust in their ability to do what seems to the rest of us to be impossible. For I think they do know what is waiing on the other end and it is Life with a capital L! yet how many of us humans allow fear to hold us back, thinking "well, it can be awfully cosy where I am at and no, I may not be very happy, but hey, at least its a known thing. Maybe I will start tommorow, yeah, that's it! I will start the journey tommorow!" Only tomorrow arrives and still finds us saying "well, maybe tomorrow" and then once again, "maybe tommorow", and yet again, "maybe tommorow.........." You see, when we take this attitude tomorrow never comes. It can't because we won't allow it too. This is when Hummingbird wants to slap us with its dainty wings up alongside our heads and say "See that Bull over there? I want you to go into that field where he is and take him by the horns. Now just do it!" All the while we stand and quiver in our boots. But then if we are lucky we may be fortunate enough to have a Hummingbird person come along and say to us "Here, I shall show you how its done! Just watch and you shall see how easy it really is." Spirit Bless them, they do make it so much easier and we soon find ourselves flying alongside them! For what lies in wait for us if we stay where we are is stagnation and death. It is only when we take flight that we find the Life that is waiting for us.
Hummingbirds can fly in any direction they choose. Up and down, backwards and forwards, they truly do move with the flow of Life. Thus they can teach us how we too can learn to "go with the flow" and change course when that is what we really need to do. Sometimes in order to get what we really want in life we need to be willing to change course, to ponder whether what we think we want is what we really want or is there something even better that we need to be willing to allow into our lives instead. Even when challenging times hit and we think "alles verloren" (everything is lost), Hummingbird can show us what we stand to gain if we pick ourselves up and see things through. For me personally, sometimes the most difficult times in my life proved to be a springboard to something much better. I too can be a stubborn human who sometimes (okay, many times!) forgets that in order for something better to enter my life, I need to allow something else to leave. And how often have I fought against allowing the old to go, even though I do know that something better always awaits! It truly is part of being human and yet this is one of the reasons that Spirit in all its wisdom created so many different animals, plants, birds, insects, stones, because He/She knew that we would need all of these companions to helps us remember who and what we truly are. Always there are teachings present, always are there messages coming our way showing us how we can best live our lives and achieve all that we came here to do. We were never meant to suffer but we can choose suffering for we have free will. Spirit will never stand in our way but will always allow us to choose and choose again. Yet our Teachers and Guides are always with us and this includes sweet Hummingbird, to remind us that it is our choice how we want to Be, how we wish to live our lives. And if our choices are bringing us misery and pain instead of Joy and Happiness, then we can learn how to make better choices for ourselves. All it really takes is a willingness to change course, change direction. The signposts are there if we want to see them and if we need help, we only need call upon Hummingbird to help us know what direction to move in next.
|Subject: Re: Animal Totems Mon Jun 29, 2009 4:20 pm|| |
Hummingbird also symbolises Love for it is through the acceptance of Love into our lives and the expression of that Love that we do indeed find our greatest Joy. Many of us have been taught since childhood that it is the things outside of ourselves that will bring Joy into our lives but so often people find this is not true. I have known many people who in their pursuit of money and possessions have forgotten that the most valuable thing any of us can claim is Love, both for ourselves and for others. Love heals all wounds, it soothes all Souls, it makes us feel grateful that we our alive and actually attracts greater Abundance and Prosperity than any other means. When we put the attainment of things above Love in our lives, we soon find that truly we are very poor indeed. Love both gives and receives in equal measure for it knows that Divine Balance is the best way to live. Hummingbird does not only show itself to the "worthy" or those with "the most toys" but to anyone who is in need of its Beauty and Joyful presence in their lives. It gives of itself freely and in return is completely supported by The Universe for that is Universal Law. Hummingbird can teach us that when we seek to spread more Beauty, Joy and Love in the world, then we are then more than abundantly rewarded by life for doing so. Things that we desire flow to us much more easily and gracefully, we don't have to go searching for them for they simply magically appear. When we approach a problem or challenge with Love, it dissolves in the face of the Higher Love vibration for this too is Universal Law. Anything we seek to Be, Have or Do, if we send Love forth first, it always insures that our Vibration is in alignment with experiencing the very best hat life has to offer. Our creativity flows when Love is present. Our relationships on all levels become more Joyful and Abundant when Love is present. Money Energy flows into our lives in greater and greater Abundance when Love is present. Money and possesions are not bad or wrong, but they are also not the be all and end all of anyone's life either. True security and safety come living our lives in ways that are Joyful and Loving. This alone will always insure that we have "more than enough". For things of the outer world can be gone in a flash. But what we build within is ours to keep forever for nothing can take that away from us! And if we want or need more of something, then we need to be willing to give that to others first. For by doing this we soon attract unto ourselves that which we have given and multiplied at that! Think of how Hummingbird flies about, bringing Love, Joy and Beauty to others wherever it goes and how people respond. I know so many people who have put up Hummingbird feeders and created gardens filled with plants that Hummers especially love. Everywhere Hummingbird goes, he/she is welcomed and loved by so many!
Hummingbird is waiting and hoping that you too will welcome its Love and Joy into your own life. Perhaps there is a Hummingbird person would like to get to know you better and if so, you are a very blessed and lucky person indeed! There is so much you can learn from Hummingbird and perhaps the greatest teaching and gift of all is when you realise that in the eyes of Spirit, you are every bit as beautiful and precious as these lovely flying gems!
Some things to watch for when Hummingbird appears:
Have you been focusing on all that is good and beautiful in your life or has your focus been slanted in the opposite direction? Hummingbird is here to remind you that what we focus on is what we shall attract more of. So pay attention to what is going on within you! When we choose to seek Beauty and Joy, we shall find that it truly is totally Abundant and ever present in our lives.
Now is the time to focus on what would truly make you happy in life, even if it is something you feel frightened or nervous of pursuing. The pay-off will be so much more than you can imagine right now! For part of what you will discover is just how capable and strong you truly are and that nothing is beyond your capabilities if it is something you truly want. When we face down our fears something magical happens; they lose their power over us and we are truly free to live our lives in any way that we choose!
Its more than likely that you either need much more colour in your life, through your dress or home furnishings, or you need to take a closer look at the colours you feel especially drawn to. Working with Colour is such a wonderful way to help heal yourself and others, as well as helping you attract more of what you desire into your own life. There is so much to colour that it would be impossible for me to cover it all here, but if you are truly interested in understanding how to work more with colour in your own life, Hummingbird will show you the way!
Perhaps you need to change direction in your life right now. Have you been pursuing things that are just not coming together or feeling that you have to pursue something even though it won't make you happy, but you think it would make someone else happy? If so, Hummingbird is telling you STOP! Take a deep breath and just allow yourself to hover in the air so to speak. Its okay, you won't lose anything of value, instead you will gain so much more! For when you allow yourself to stop what you are doing that does not bring you Joy and then turn to pursue what does, yo are not only bringing more Light and Love into the world but you are also teaching others that it is okay for them to pursue their own Joy as well. And isn't that what we really want for one another? Well, when we come from a space that is truly Loving, then that is exactly what we want!
Hummingbird may be telling you that you need to stand your ground and protect your own Sacred Space. Sometimes the only way other people will learn how to be respectful and right by others is by us saying to them that we will not tolerate their nonsense. It takes two to play any game and we all get to choose what games we wish to participate in. If the game isn't a fun one for you, walk away. There are many people in this world who are fun and joyful to be around, who are loving and kind, respectful of others. These folks will support you in being the best person you can be, not tear you down. But as Hummingbird says, we also need to take responsibility for who and what is in our lives. For it all comes from within us, every bit of it! So go out there and seek your Joy, connect with thos folks who will Love and Value you for the truly wonderful person that you are and see how your life blossoms as a result!
By Morning Star
|Subject: Re: Animal Totems Mon Jun 29, 2009 5:14 pm|| |
I also had a baby Bat come and visit me tonite, it was flying back and forth, underneath the Light post, BE-side our driveway.
Awakening To New Horizons
From Phylameana lila Desy, About.com
Clairaudience Meanings and Messages: time of change or transformation, clairaudience, facing ones fears, death/rebirth, heightened intuition
The bat totem can trigger change or transformation. Its visit can be a warning that change will soon occur and not to be afraid. Sometimes the bat is a symbol for facing ones fears. It can also indicate a time of an awakening because the bat, a nocturnal mammal, awakens in the dark. Its presence can illuminate dark shadows. Bat totem can also be a sign of opportunity.
|Subject: Re: Animal Totems Mon Jun 29, 2009 5:22 pm|| |
of the Bat
The animal symbolism of the bat speaks of:
Let's face it, the bat isn't the most popular of animal totems. In fact, it's largely misunderstood and so therefore many of its symbolic meanings are inappropriately fear-based.
However, the very savvy Native Americans approached the realm of animals from a position of honor - knowing that all things are connected. They understood that seeing the bat with fear in the heart would be the same as being terrified of their own children. Ridiculous.
The Native American animal symbolism of the bat comes from a keen observation of this magnificent animal. These people recognized that the bat was highly sensitive to their surroundings and so therefore was considered a symbol of intuition, dreaming and vision. This made the bat a powerful symbol for Native American shamans and medicine people. Often the spirit of the bat would be invoked when special energy was needed, like "night-sight" which is the ability to see through illusion or ambiguity and dive straight to the truth of matters.
The bat is a symbol of rebirth and depth because it is a creature that lives in the belly of the Mother (Earth). From the womb-like caves it emerges every evening at dusk. And so - from the womb it is reborn every evening.
It is a symbol of communication because the Native Americans observed the bat to be a highly social creature. Indeed, the bat has strong family ties. They are very nurturing, exhibiting verbal communication, touching, and sensitivity to members of their group.
If you have the bat as your totem you are extremely aware of your surroundings. Sometimes you can be overly sensitive to the feelings of others. Additionally, you are quite perceptive on a psychic level, and are prone to have prophetic dreams.
If you work with the bat as your totem, you will be put to the test, because it is demands only 100% commitment to spiritual growth. The bat will never accept half-hearted or lukewarm attempts at self-improvement. Indeed, if the bat senses that you are slacking in your psychic/spiritual training it will likely move on to someone else who is more willing to learn the lessons the bat has to offer.
As with most of our hardest challenges, working with the demanding bat will reap some of the most profound rewards you could ever dream of. But be warned, the bat asks a lot of us, like:
Dying to our ego
Loving our enemies as ourselves
Going within to touch our inner demons
Exploring the underworlds of reality (which can be scary)
Renewing our thoughts and beliefs on a moment-to-moment basis
All of these tasks can be harrowing experiences. This is why the Native American symbolism of the bat deals with initiation; because this creature takes us to outlandish extremes. But rest assured, the bat is never leaves our side while we are journeying.
Furthermore, once we are tested to satisfaction, the devotion of the bat will never fade. It will eternally support us on our spiritual path - ever faithful and forever loving us on our journey to maintain our highest potential.
I hope you've enjoyed this page on the animal symbolism of the bat.
By A. Venefica
|Subject: Re: Animal Totems Thu Jul 02, 2009 2:38 am|| |
WELL it looks like I AM on my way to more " HAPPY SNAIL TRAILS " today !! !!
I didn't know that I was leaving a trail BE-hind for others.
NICE !! !!
“Do not go
where the path
where there is no path
and leave a trail.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson