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Silver Chalice Wicca 'Zine #24, June 2011 -- How Animal Spirit Guides Empower Your Life
June 01, 2011
How Animal Spirit Guides Empower Your Life
The theme of this issue is Where We Are Going. And our first stop, as always, is with the seasons...
Summer! How sweet it is, at last!
The summer's long days are conducive to lots of activity. Unfortunately, writing doesn't seem to be one of them. In other words, the launch of my Animal Spirit Guides book -- A Natural Connection: Discover Your Animal Spirit Guides and How They Can Help You, is a little delayed.
On the plus side, this means you get another free installment! : D
This issue, I thought I'd share with you why working with Animal Spirit Guides is so wonderful and transformative. It's a beautiful practice that can really change your life, and boost your Wiccan "power." In shamanic circles, meeting and working with and gathering a support system of Animal Spirit Guides is one of the first tasks of shamans. It can be just as powerful for Pagans of all sorts.
Also this issue is a book review of the amazing journey that our souls are on, while on Earth and beyond. Journey of Souls: Case Studies of Life Between Lives changed not only the way I think of death, but the way I live my life!
Definitely check it out.
I'm also introducing one of the most important emotional balance and personal growth techniques I've found: Faster EFT. After all, our emotions largely dictate where we're going in that Law-of-Attraction way, as well as how we get there: fast or slow, bumpy or smooth.
Also, a glimpse into the mass of articles on the year 2012 that have recently been added to the website. Where we as a planet are headed, and how we can not only survive it but help give birth to the world we all dream of!
And finally, finding "God" in nature. Where Wiccans always go. ; )
So enjoy this beautiful summer, and this exciting edition of the Silver Chalice!
Wishing you the best of the season...
If you have any comments, opinions, or content ideas we'd love to hear from you. Please write!
|What's New on the Site||-- 2012 and GMOs|
|Wicca Resources||-- Faster EFT|
|Book Review||-- Journey of Souls: Case Studies of Life Between Lives|
|Excerpt from Book In Progress||-- How Animal Spirit Guides Empower Your Life|
|Ask The Priestess||-- That God-Feeling In Nature|
|Fave Quotes||-- On Emotions|
|Word on the Street||-- From A Young Wiccan|
|Silver Chalice Details|
What's new?? What ISN'T new?
Well, besides one lonesome little article on GMOs (Genetically Engineered Organisms) in our food supply...
A huge collection of articles -- Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About The Year 2012!
We even get to peak into what my own personal 2012 predictions are. (Many of them are scattered around in the appropriate articles, but the biggest ones are here. And this page keeps evolving, so you may want to check back from time to time.)
There's even more on the website than I'm listing here. So check out the menu at the bottom of the main 2012 page, or just start there and follow the from one article to the next.
All this means more than just a lot of feeling bad...
Feeling bad is negative magick!
The worse you feel, the more negative experiences you are calling to you. And the heavier and more ill Mother Earth becomes.
Of course, the better you feel, the better magick you are doing... just by feeling good, you're calling beautiful things to you -- ease, success, health, joy, love, etc.
This much you probably already know.
The tricky part is, how to change negative emotions to positive ones.
You've probably heard me mention Faster EFT (Emotional Freedom Technique) here and there. This is THE best tool I've found so far, for fast, easy, really effective emotional release.
All EFT is good. Deepak Chopra himself has said that "EFT offers great healing benefits." And the special Faster technique devised by Robert G. Smith is even more powerful than the other methods.
Check out his website to find out more: FasterEFT.com.
His Grief and Loss set are especially valuable. These days, we're all dealing with grief and loss, as we witness human tragedies, environmental destruction, and loss of entire species.
In these days of intense change and rapid evolution, we need all the help we can get to stay afloat! Your emotions will either drag you down or buoy you up.
You really need to use Faster EFT to survive these "interesting" times.
Journey of Souls answers the ageless questions ...
This discovery is on par with another Newton's insights into the laws of physics and gravity... and ultimately even more important for all humanity. But I didn't realise that when I first found it.
I stumbled across Journey of Souls one day and took it home, dumped it on a shelf and ignored for a month.
But when I finally picked it up, I couldn't put it down!
Michael Newton is a psychologist who was using hypnosis to help certain clients. He didn't believe in past lives, souls, or "God," and had no intention of ever doing past-life regressions . . . Continue...
Our task must be to free ourselves...
by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures
and the whole of nature and its beauty.
— Albert Einstein
Working with Animal Spirit Guides benefits you in so many ways! From personal satisfaction ... to moral support ... to wise guidance ... to practical assistance ... to spiritual evolution, Animal Spirit Guides can affect your life profoundly.
And the benefits go so far beyond yourself! It is also healing to Mother Earth and a blessing to all animals.
How perfectly Wiccan is that?
Here are some examples of how having Animal Spirit Guides transforms your life.
One of the greatest benefits to working with your Animal Spirit Guides is the feeling -- the KNOWING -- that
The personal experience of these facts can change your life, literally.
There are many ways Animal Spirit Guides help you in real life. They...
All these require the skills of connecting with your Animal Spirit Guide, sensing it, and hearing it. that's why the bonding exercises in Part III are so important. (More on this in the next chapter.)
When you work closely with animals on a spiritual level like this, you gain the ability to put yourself inside an animal and perceive life from its point of view.
This is a way of shapeshifting. And it offers much more than a fun diversion, or even greater insight into animal consciousness.
You experience the unity of yourself with nature, and with all beings, and with the Divine. Animals experience this to a much greater extent than 99% of humans.
Amelia Kinkade, whose book on learning animal telepathy I've quoted quite before, has this to say about the experience of sharing an animal's consciousness...
In these dimensions of sublime bliss, words utterly fail me.
You, too, can experience heaven on earth in the minds of animals.
One of the biggest reasons Animal Spirit Guides are coming back into public consciousness is that you can call on them to help you in very practical ways.
Say you have an important meeting or job interview, and you are nervous, and you know that if you are confident you'll give a better impression. That makes you even more nervous, and less confident.
You can "shapeshift" your consciousness, taking on qualities of an Animal Spirit Guide that is all about confidence, like Tiger. Nothing stresses a tiger. Tiger is in command of every situation — and if the situation is out of control, Tiger is still in command of her/himself.
You can call the energy of Tiger, absorb it into yourself, and act with that perfect feline confidence.
Or you could call Moose, who proudly trumpets his own abilities, so you can sell your best qualities in the best way.
Every animal has its own powers and gifts, and you can call on them whenever you need, for example...
Animal Spirit Guides teach you about yourself. They help you discover the truth of your inner being, your Deep or Higher Self.
One way they do this is just by showing up.
The animals that come to you as guides are often ones that represent an important inner part of you. You draw these to you because they resonate with, or close to, your energy vibrations.
Another way your Animal Spirit Guides give you insight about yourself is in how you interact with them.
We show who we are most in how we deal with others. We think our interactions tell us about the other people. But they say much more about us than about anyone else.
So it is with Animal Spirit Guides.
So pay attention to your responses to the Animal Spirit Guides...
None of these feelings are really important, except in that they are signals that something is happening in your mind... something you probably should be aware of.
Use these emotions as they were intended: to learn about yourself. And also as opportunities to reach for a more harmonious way of doing things.
In case I haven't been completely clear about this, your Animal Spirit Guides come to you because they resonate with the vibrations of different parts of your soul.
That means, in practical terms, that whatever the Animals' powers are, these powers exist in embryo within you, too.
The powers they display are ones that you not only can achieve, but already have, on some level. Working with the Animals will help you liberate the potentials that are currently locked within you.
Your self-esteem increases as your self-worth does, obviously. Self-worth means you believe that you have intrinsic value and are loved. Self-esteem means you value, respect, and love yourself. Self-esteem begins with self-worth.
Then it increases by your own actions and choices.
As you gain in spiritual and other life skills, you make better choices that allow you to respect yourself more. You begin to feel fulfilled enough to be giving back to others. You mature into…
You begin to feel really good about yourself! And you begin to feel really happy about life.
Few of us are taught to even hear the voice of our own intuition, let alone to trust and follow it. This is one of the gifts working with spirit guides of any kind can offer.
Your intuition is the bridge between your mind and the spirit realm. Intuition, imagination -- this is how you can perceive the spirits and interpret their messages.
As you work with your Animal Spirit Guides, your intuition understandably gets stronger. You get plenty of experience of its accuracy. You begin to trust yourself more. And you find that you "instinctively" know the right thing to do in most situations.
Your intuition is an important self-defense and success tool!
According to studies of women who were attacked, the vast majority of them "had a bad feeling," but ignored it because they didn't trust it or they thought they would be rude if they acted on it. If women learn to heed their intuition, a great many dangerous situations could be avoided before they became a danger.
Conversely, most highly successful business people admit that they rely on their intuition for major business decisions. That is the reason they give for their impressive achievements.
And it does take practice to use your intuition well.
The ego -- the "little-me" in charge of your physical security -- is unbelievably sneaky. It speaks with virtually the same inner voice as your intuition, the Divine Voice. It knows all your ways, and is adept at convincing you that what it says is bald truth.
Most distrust of our intuition comes from hearing the misleading voice of the ego, and not being able to distinguish it from true guidance.
As you work with Animal Spirit Guides and get irrefutable feedback, clear physical results, you learn to distinguish with greater accuracy when your true intuition is speaking.
As you learn to perceive the messages that animals offer you, it is natural to begin to notice that...
You will find yourself aligning your actions to honour this truth. You behave with more love for the world and for others. You respect needs outside of your own. It becomes second-nature to care for the environment and other beings, not out of obligation or fear for your own well-being, but as a innate expression of your love.
This creates a cycle.
As you respond to the world with love and attention, the world responds to you with more love and attention. As you learn to hear what Mother Earth is telling you, the Earth begins to speak to you even more.
How can I express the beauty and joy of this?
When you feel yourself as an intimate, necessary part of creation, and you feel creation as Divinity in action, your life changes. It's inevitable, and irrevocable. Once you know, you can never go back to ignorance.
Working with Animal Spirit Guides is a process that, from start to finish, increases your spiritual awareness and expands your consciousness.
All the tools and techniques you've learnt in this book not only help you with your Animal Spirit Guides, but they develop your spiritual awareness and abilities.
They are spiritual tools, and as you use them, you progress toward your spiritual goals.
This reminds me of Patch Adams, the man behind the movie. In his "hospital" he would tell people they need more exercise, but they weren't interested. So instead, he held a dance three times a week. People didn't think they were getting exercise; they thought they were having fun!
Working with your Animal Spirit Guides is the fun way to exercise your spiritual muscles.
Your Animal Spirit Guides show you a glimpse of deeper reality in action.
They help you connect with Higher/Deeper Wisdom.
They connect you with the Power of Mother Earth.
They offer you opportunities to grow in character, power, openness, harmony, and joy.
Your animal totems offer a gateway to the spiritual realms. You gain experience in working with the energy realm and symbolism, while at the same time benefiting from the practical, grounded energy of animals.
As you work with animals and nature in this way, your joy and childlike awe of life naturally increase. You begin to see that the Divine is all around you, and always reaching out to you, communicating, wanting to connect. You recognise the divinity in other creatures, in all the Earth, and therefore in yourself.
Another gift is the direct experience that there is more to life than meets the eye. Magick and miracles are more than commonplace — they are the foundation of the universe!
When you work with Animal Spirit Guides for a while, just like doing Tarot or other divination, or spiritual practices, you experience things that go beyond plausible coincidence. You can't write everything off as explicable. And those inexplicable things are like bookmarks in Higher Reality, showing you where you really are.
This fulfills the deep, human desire for connection, unity, intimacy, and love. It also fulfills the deep, human desires for magick, joy, and peace. (We'll get to those later in this chapter.)
You may not know exactly what Animal Spirit Guides are (whatever we think they are, we are undoubtedly missing a big part of it). But you know that when you call on them, things happen.
These are subtle gifts that you learn from working with Animal Spirit Guides, yet they are the most important and powerful ones, in my opinion.
There are also real, practical benefits to having access to stronger magick and better miracles.
As mentioned earlier, working with Animal Spirit Guides also helps you increase two critical spiritual tools: intuition and imagination. These are the workings of the Divine within a human form.
Intuition is the voice of the Divine within you.
Imagination is the magickally creative power of the Divine within you.
Developing these skills make the spiritual realm much more accessible to you.
With every interaction with your Animal Guides, you overcome more of the mental, cultural blindness to spirit that has been programmed into you.
Everything we looked at in this chapter means that you gain the power to manifest what you want in life. You are learning to ...
All of these pieces, while wonderful in themselves, add up to feeling more involvement, enthusiasm, and joy. Life becomes a joyful game that you are playing with those you love.
That's what it's really all about! Enjoying life, playing a beneficial part, and growing ever closer to the Divine.
This is the ultimate benefit of working with your Animal Spirit Guides.
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I am strongly averse to the idea of a god or supreme power, I can't even pretend to believe in one. But that "feeling" Christians say that they have for god, I find when I'm near plants, in the forest, or even when it rains.
I know as a rational being that there are no spirits and gods, so I'm having a hard time understanding the wellbeing I feel in nature.
This is a great question, and it's inspiring that you are perceptive enough to notice this feeling in yourself.
That feeling you have, that's the feeling Wiccans and other Pagans have in nature, and why we celebrate nature. That's the feeling that a multitude of people have felt, regardless of their religion.
That's the feeling, in fact, that started all spiritual and religious seeking.
That feeling IS what wise people refer to as God, or the Divine, or other names for something that we can't understand or even fully perceive, let alone name.
Not that God is a feeling, but the feeling is our perception of God.
Over millennia, as people struggled with human issues of power, fear, greed, judgement, logic, etc, the FEELING got lost ... replaced by a word which everyone claims to be able to explain but which everyone disagrees about -- "God."
We've taken away the experience of the Divine, and replaced it with a CONCEPT, an intellectual idea of the Divine.
We're all living with the repercussions of that concept, now...
Rationally, there is no way to understand this feeling. Trying to rationally understand an experience of God is like trying to smell the stars, or trying to breathe algebra. Not only is the mind totally unequipped for the magnitude of the task, it is not even designed for it!
So don't worry about the words. Don't worry about "God" and what it is and whether it can exist. Don't fret about when or why or how you can feel these things.
That's all mind games. Intellect can never bridge that gap. Of course Divinity can't exist to a rational mind... But it's not your mind that FEELS that feeling, is it? So let go of your mental concerns and confusion.
If you just allow that feeling to rise in you and live in you, you are celebrating the best of life, and God, if it exists, will be well pleased with this worship.
And if not, you at least will be getting the best out of life.
Thanks for writing. I wish you all the best!
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Being, feeling, knowing, and doing are the four aspects of existence. Of these Being is most powerful and Doing least -- and the other two in between.~ Deepak Chopra
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Never say there's no hope! Hope disappears only when you say there's no hope.~ Asmaa Mahfouz (girl who inspired the recent uprising in Egypt)
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Compassion is an act of power.~ Macki Ruka, Waitaha Maori Shaman
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As long as I'm holding a grievance against anyone, I can't experience the miracles that are otherwise rushing toward me.~ Marianne Williamson
Many people have trouble with forgiveness because they have been taught it is a singular act to be completed in one sitting. That is not so. Forgiveness has many layers, many seasons.~ Clarissa Pinkola Estes
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