Many people love connecting with animal totems or spirit animals.
They provide us yet another way of categorizing ourselves which social psychology says is uber important to the brain and psyche, allowing for quick connections.
When we sub group, we BELONG.
For example, I’m a New England Patriots fan, a registered Democrat, an ENFJ on the Meyer’s Briggs, and a mystic. Anyone in those categories will instantly resonate with me.
Sub grouping also allows us to feel UNIQUE.
Differentiation reminds us we are special. There’s only so many people in the world who have similar characteristics or interests.
As an humanistic-existential counselor, I belong to a division that typically comprises only 11% of clinical faculty at any given university and approx. 28% of counseling faculty.
Sub grouping further provides a sense of connection to SELF.
We humans are addicted to trying to figure ourselves out. If a therapist or psychic can tell us we are a _____ (e.g., trauma survivor) or have _____ (e.g., karmic issues to work out), we naturally start to feel more empowered because meaning and purpose have been given where before there was none. And now we have a plan to climb the self-actualization ladder.
Awareness of my Celtic immigrant ancestry has shed light for me on why I have always felt so connected to mist, goddess work, rolling hills, and more.
Working with animal totems and spirit animals provides all of these.
So if you feel a connection the wolf, you are likely to view yourself a loyal and brave and either a pack animal or the “lone wolf” wandering among sheep etc.
Pretty sure everyone imagines their spirit animal to be something really cool like the lion, eagle, elephant, or raven.
In an intensive session with my mentor this week, one of mine was revealed to me.
Drum roll please…
Are you laughing? Because I did. How ridiculous is that??!
And yet so fucking spot on.
Associations with the CRAB:
- Love of Freedom
- Mobility & Ability to Live Anywhere
- Regeneration & Transformation; Understands the Need for Rapid Change
- Comfort in Darkness
- Proper Use of Armor; Protection
- Emotion; Ability to Store Water Energy
- Prosperity, Success, High Status (sounds good to me!)
As she began explaining what she saw in me, much of my experiences in life began to make sense.
Why I’m the CRAB
I DO naturally walk “sideways” compared to peers BUT IT WORKS FOR ME! It’s not until someone says something about it that I begin to second guess myself.
And sometimes, it’s important to know who you can be vulnerable with and who you can’t. And when it’s time to pick up shop and move on.
I refuse to be tied down or limited to any one thing.
And I love embracing the dark/ the shadow side/ the rich unconscious material that proves so EMPOWERING when brought to light.
I was told it’s time to shed my shell. I’ve outgrown it. I knew EXACTLY what she meant.
I’ve been playing small. Out of fear of what others might think if I truly re-embraced ALL THAT I WAS MEANT TO BE.
So like my animal spirit, I am going to be brave y’all. BIG things are on the horizon and a NAKED REVEAL is coming so stay tuned!
I’ll give you a hint though…less “traditional counseling” and more incorporation of my gifts.
So my friends, what’s yours? Any ideas what your animal spirit is?? What does that mean for you? Comment below!
Meet the Author:
More recently, she founded Tales from a Trapezoid dedicated to the more raw and edgier side of life, working with those who may often feel like a trapezoid in a world full of circles.
As a licensed therapist, Tamara specializes in the non-traditional both in identity exploration and relationship issues. With a background both in conventional psychology as well as energy work and so much more, she integrates multiple healing modalities to best suit her clients.
When not working with clients, she is busy trying to keep up with her daughters, now 13 and 11, who are giving her a run for her money, not that she ever expected anything less!.
If you’re interested in working with her, you can learn more about her services here.
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