Nothing Finer than Living in North Caroliner

Nothing Finer than Living in North Caroliner
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Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Day 153 - Animal Totems

Hawks - Be aware of our power over others

Hawks - Honor all those we come in contact with
I recently met a friend who has the Native American ancestry in their lineage.  They taught me about animal totems which I knew nothing about.  Their animal totem was the Hawk. Animal Totems are an important symbolic object used to get in touch with specific qualities found within that animal that the person needs, connects with or feels a deep iffinity toward.  You can have many animal guides throughout your life and by placing photos around you, this lets the animal know they are welcome in your space.  They can guide you and protect you.

If you don't know what your animal totem is, you can ask yourself these questions:
1. What animal, bird or insect are you drawn too?  (my answer was hummingbirds and dragonflies)
2. When you go to the park, zoo or forest, what animal would you most like to see? (birds, any birds but more often then not, small birds that you hear but have to search to find)
3. What animal do you most frequently see when you are out in nature or in the city? (dragonflies and birds - any kind I think about seeing, they just show up)
4. What animal are you currently interested in learning about? (dragonflies and kestrels)
5. What animal do you find most frightening or most intriguing (frightening - rattlesnakes, intriguing - dragonflies)
6. Have I ever been bitten or attacked by animal? (yes, mosquitos)
7. Is there a recurring animal in your dreams or a dream that you can't forget involving an animal? (no)

f these answers don't give you a clear picture of your animal totem, you can keep a journal of the animals you connect with in art, or which have made an impression on you.  Which ones show up most often in your life?  If you can not force the issue but mediate in a quite place and ask your animal totem to make itself known to you, it will.  And don't give up as sometimes they are watching and waiting to see if you are serious about connecting with it.

Once you have established your animal totem, the right thing to do is to seek its meaning and look within yourself to interpret that meaning.  So of course when I did this the hummingbird is EXACTLY what I need in my life and what has been my mantra since day one.  It all fit, nature at its best and Native Americans sharing their wisdom once again.

Here is the meaning of the hummingbird totem: 

Hummingbird Symbolism
It is not commonly known that the fluttering wings of the hummingbird move in the pattern of an infinity symbol - further solidifying their symbolism of eternity, continuity, and infinity.
By observing the Hummingbird, we see they are seemingly tireless. Always actively seeking the sweetest nectar, they remind us to forever seek out the good in life and the beauty in each day.
Amazing migrators, some Hummingbirds are known to wing their way as far as 2000 miles to reach their destination. This quality reminds us to be persistent in the persuit of our dreams, and adopt the tenacity of the Hummingbird in our lives.
The Hummingbird animal totem is a messenger of hope and jubilation.
Hummingbird Animal Totems offer attributes like:
  • energy
  • vitality
  • joy
  • renewal
  • sincerity
  • healing
  • persistence
  • peace
  • infinity
  • agility
  • playfulness
  • loyalty
  • affection
The Hummingbird animal totem most important message to you is:
"The sweetest nectar is within!"

The most profound questions the Hummingbird asks is:
  • "Where is your joy?"
  • "Is your happiness found within, or do you seek it externally?"
  • "What is the source of your joy?"
  • "What must you do to increase your joy?"
Here is the symbolism of dragonflies:   Symbolism of Dragonflies
As a creature of the wind, the dragonfly totem represents change. It's iridescent wings are incredibly sensitive to the slightest breeze, and so we are reminded to heed where the proverbial wind blows - lest we run into stormy weather. Dragonflies are also creatures of the water, and any creature whose habitat is in, or around water carries symbolism relative the the subconscious, or "dreaming" mind and thoughts. This is because in the animal world, water is symbolic of the subconscious mind ("deeper mind," "dreaming mind") and relates to the thoughts we have in relaxed/meditative/sleeping/subconscious states.
Quick-list animal symbolism of the dragonfly:
  • prosperity
  • good luck
  • strength
  • peace
  • harmony
  • purity

Dragonflies carry messages that deal with deeper thought - and they ask that we pay attention to our deeper thoughts and desires. Further symbolic insect meaning of dragonfly comes into play when we observe the dragonfly's mode of transportation as it skitters across the top of water surfaces. This implies that our deeper thoughts are surfacing and we must be mindful of the outcome we wish to have.

The dragonfly is a reminder that when our deeper thoughts rise to the surface we must pay attention - there are lessons to be learned, and we are also reminded that what we think is directly proportionate to what we "see on the surface." ...In short, our thoughts (even the deeper ones that we might not be as in-touch with as we are with our conscious thoughts) are responsible for what we see in our lives - in our physical surroundings. The dragonfly gives us a very powerful meditation tool. Close your eyes, and focus on a thought - let it rise to the surface of your mind's ocean - see that thought float lightly up to the water's surface. Now upon the top of a smooth, calm glass-like surface - visualize that thought moving across that water - sliding across - smooth and fast.

This exercise is useful when we want to visualize positive outcomes in a situation. We see the thought of hope happily moving across an ocean of peace (peaceful mind) and skitting to a perfect outcome.

Lastly it should be noted that the Dragonfly lives a short life, and it knows it must live to the fullest with what it has. This lesson is huge for each of us. When you see a dragonfly, be aware of the gifts it has to offer by keeping its animal totem meanings in mind.

Last year Jula helped me take photos of dragonflies.  We eventually saw in a one week period, a green, blue, orange, yellow AND red one!  And a hawk has shown up in the back yard and made himself present by waking me up and vocalizing his sound to me all day for three days now.  So once again, I'm learning a new field and eventually I'll discover the path to my future within myself.  I'm keeping an open mind for change and paying attention to my deeper thoughts. Maybe writing the blogs or eventually becoming an author are the meaning, but it will soon be revealed and I am open to its interpretation.   I've been doing things that make me happy, that increase my joy and seeking different ways to nurture this joy.  I hope this will help you find yours.

Click here to see hummingbirds feed 

Click here to listen to natural music 

Orange dragonfly

Blue Dragonfly

Green Dragonfly

Hawks tell us to keep our eyes focused on the areas that need our attention

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