Totem animals are animal guides in spirit form. Shamans are possibly the biggest believer in totems, but many other religious groups also believe and reach for comfort from them including myself.
We all have totem animals watching over us and offering protection, and these animals can vary between those that stay with us for a lifetime, and those that come to help us through specific periods or challenges within our lives. They can come through by various means, and I normally see them in dream form where they visit me frequently over a short space of time until their message has been received. (And I can be slow on the uptake!!)
Recognising animal guides is easy if you’re receptive to the belief that we all have them. Sometimes images of a certain animal will keep cropping up throughout your day or as you meditate or dream, or you might be left with a really strong feeling that something is watching over you after seeing repeat pictures in a magazine or on TV. The big cats in particular like to come to me in dream form though and I’m always aware they’re in the background of whatever dream I’m experiencing.
These guides are quite often here to convey a message that reflects their character in real life so a lion may be wanting to offer courage or remind you that you have it, a dolphin might come with a message of compassion or a message of community/communication, and a bird might come as a symbol of desired freedom. It’s up to you to recognise visits from your animal totems and trust your instincts about what they are trying to share with you.
I generally use my instincts to interpret messages but as a general guide to animal totems Animal Spirit guides is a pretty good website 🙂