Do You Have An Animal Totem?

What Is An Animal Totem? 

I've been seeing Cardinals since early Spring. They are everywhere I go and I mean inside and out! 

I've seen pictures in stores, like big ones at the edge of an aisle, I've seen birds flying in 3 different states. My daughter has one that holds onto her window screen in her kitchen and under her front porch. In fact, I finished writing this post and looked out my window and there sits a male cardinal in the bush...everywhere! 

They have had a PBS program on them, yes...I'm a PBS geek. It seems they are every place I go and that got me wondering why? Why are these birds in my awareness all of the sudden? Then I remembered a friend who is part Native American, she talked about animal totems and why they should be paid attention to so I did what every good American does and googled cardinals. I was happy to read all of their virtues and how those might be in play in my life. 

Then mid Spring I took a trip to Yosemite National Park to hike for several days. I had two interesting encounters with wolfs! Yep, wolves, they were pleasant encounters nothing scary. Then I began seeing them everywhere just like the Cardinals. 

They were on PBS, showing up in my news feed on facebook. On a card, I was sent for my birthday, seemingly everywhere. So, of course, I had to google the wolf, the timber wolf to be specific. 

Now to the point of this post. I've been in a transition in my life. I'm building a new branch of my 25-year-old business. I've become a grandparent, I've had a parent pass. There have been a few big changes in my world over the past couple of years. And these animals have been here to support me to show me I'm on the right path. That my choices are the right ones for the desires in my current and future life. 

I found this fascinating! 

I don't know the answer as to how nature knew how to support me. I've read many books on this topic including religious and spiritual ones. And I have my own thoughts on this subject, but I don't really know. I doubt any of us can say that we really know. 

I do believe that if we pay attention to the subtle things around us, like the bird that sits on our porch railing, or the pet wolf that you get to meet at a gas station in the middle of California that you will realize we have support and love from our world around us and maybe even a 'higher power'. 

I know it makes me feel better when I see the synchronicities in my life. And I'm happy the Cardinal and Wolf have come around to show me I'm making the right choices. 

Slow down and pay attention to the world around you. Take note of the things or animals that show up in your life over and over again. 

Then go to the library or google what has been showing up and see if it speaks to you like they did for me. 

Our world is a beautiful place. We just need to turn off the news and stop talking to negative nancy and take in the wonders around us! 

You'll Be Glad You Did!! 


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