Friday, 22 November 2019
Power Animals: What they are, and what they are not...
Often western seekers experimenting with their path will come to identify with the qualities of a particular animal, one that resonates with them in a certain way. Maybe they are drawn to the animal because they have personality traits they feel match those of the lore of the creature, they have seen them randomly here and there... or they just really like them. There are oodles of books out there that suggest everyone has a power animal, there are Buzzfeed quizzes to "find your spirit animal"... it's kind of a western obsession in spirituality. But this is in fact not understood very well... only real medicine people have power animals, everyone else is simply identifying with an animal's qualities as a personal symbol. Power animals are not even common - a lot of people think they have them, but this is a myth. So what is a legitimate medicine person, then?
A legitimate medicine person is called by the gods to become one... everyone else is a shamanic practitioner at best. Shamanic practitioners may have some skill in some ways, but are always less powerful than medicine people who have been called. Though it might sound arrogant of me to identify as a real medicine person, I was called by dreams, visions, and experiences that demanded that I commit to the Divine to grow - so, I identify as the real deal, because of both this and my ability to heal myself, only that I am someone who has not completed her development. So, I don't always get everything right, and I am still a student in this. I often assume things I have witnessed in my soul mean something specifically, where they may mean something else, or are even irrelevant. Hence why I constantly say on this blog, bear with me, sinners... I am still trying to discover who I am.
There was a post a while back where I assumed I had 3 power animals. Two, I now think, were more relevant than one, and only one is likely a power animal. The Owl might have simply been a vision I saw to indicate psychic awareness opening up, I am not entirely sure yet. Seeing as I haven't experienced this animal for a while, I am guessing it was a sign, but not a power animal. Eagle, I think, is a guide in the Spirit, not a power animal, but there was some confusion over that. Cobra is my real animal - this represents my soul's ability to kill, and other skills such as psychic awareness, channel, and keen intellect... I get that I am also discovering more that is to come. It's not just something I adopted because hey - that looks neat, I want it! It's more complex than that, and is still blossoming. As I said, when it presented, I could feel its form inside of me, I took on its stance in posture, this happened repeatedly. I have come to realize, due to events and also these encounters, this must be a real power animal, not just a symbol representing something else. I am still observing how this is unfolding.
So take it or leave it... I have a power animal, and it is the Cobra. I don't expect everyone to believe this, I know it sounds absurd considering who I am... a white girl cartoonist. I am very self aware about that. But medicine people can happen anywhere in the world, maybe I am meant to be one in Toronto. Maybe Toronto was safe enough for what I was to go through, so it happened here. Antipsychotics were needed to get through possession, and insane asylums, though not fantastic, are better here than in other nations, so maybe that is why I am who I am, where I am. Another society might have murdered me at certain stages.