Listed with permission from Holistic Living Guide
by Jane Broccolo
In shamanism, power animals are wild. They come to us on the etheric, sometimes physical plane to assist with our accessing inner strengths on our personal journey through life. Pets are not considered power animals, except in the case of a rare exception.
I am not a shaman. I am just an animal communicator who happens to honor pets as tame as they are, as power animals, except in the case of a rare exception. I use the shamanic phrase, power animal, loosely in the hopes of inspiring people to witness their pets as truly magnificent spiritual beings, capable of empowering us in generous ways.
Even science is beginning to admit what they call, ‘metaphysical fluff’, is now proving to be true: Animals are multi-dimensional personalities with individual intelligence, sensitivities and sensibilities within their own species. Attributes not unlike our own.
As an animal communicator, I come into contact with pets living under restrictive conditions where their humans focus on their cute looks instead of calling forth their inner mystical selves. Relationships between humans and their pets often fail to fulfill their potential as opportunities for growth, self-discovery and emotional evolution for all involved.
Humans do not have a copyright on most traits we mistakenly call, human.
Spirituality, forgiveness, unconditional love, wisdom, insight, and supreme intelligence are universal qualities inherent in all living beings. This is my experience.
I once had an encounter with a tiny, silver insect curved like a comma, no bigger than the tip of my pinkie. In a sense it was my power animal with wonderful insights for me. I had never seen the species before, or, again to this day. It was on a rock close to the one where I sat outside my door in Sedona. It literally turned my head around and caught my eye when I had a sudden feeling that someone was watching me. It told me I needed to slow down, take pauses in my life the way a comma makes us take a breath between phrases.
Staring into its eye, I was struck by the energetic power of this mini being.
Cautious about publicly confessing to my intimacies with insects, I decided end of last summer that substantial encouragement would be needed to move myself further forward in speaking out for them.
Last fall, after a month in the northwest Montana wilderness, on my drive back to California, I stopped by a used bookstore in Idaho, a few miles from the Montana border.
Once inside, the first to greet me was a tired, faded green hardcover book published in the early fifties. Kinship with All Life, by Allen Boone. I condescended to take it off the shelf, thinking my thoughts about animals transcended anything possible in this old book. Wrong. Boone shamelessly admitted he had an ongoing, sophisticated rapport with a house fly. What guts for this concession in the decade before the sixties. But then, he did have a mighty strong power animal, Strongheart, the famous German shepherd film star, prodding him along.
Thank you, Allen Boone and Strongheart.
Sweetgrass, my power animal, is a dachshund bred to dig deep in hunting out badgers underground. Instead, her presence helps me with the groundwork to venture deep in moving past humanity’s accepted, yet often invalid opinions badgering me from exploring hidden terrains in what is true for me and possibly true for you.
Our animals show us truths about ourselves. Not only do they look like us, they act out the best and worst in us. Sweetgrass is small as a canine, just as I am as a human.
Like me, she often acts tough to make up for her size. A Napoleonic Complex. And like me, she can be stubborn and hard of hearing sometimes to the point of exasperation. Not even my hundred and something pounds is enough weight to pull her fifteen pounds in my direction.
If I don’t literally first humble myself by saying in a most sincere tone of respect: Please.
Respect. A big issue for Sweetgrass, for all us live beings, tame and wild.
Animal communication sessions through AnimalSelfEmpowermentTMis my way of empowering relationships between people and their pets. Having an open mind, an open heart in listening to animals for a Change, to what they have to say about you, to what they have to give you besides affection and entertainment, not only supports your pets as your power animals, you get to be strengthened in ways you may not have imagined.
At the very least, the relief for example, of an indoor cat consenting to spray no more, can be power enough.