Spirit Animals have long been revered by cultures around the world as our divine messengers from the ‘beyond’. Many groups and cultures around the world, like Shamans and the Aboriginals work closely with nature and seek God in every aspect of it.
In Tibetan society, people will walk lengths to pull a fly out of their tea, for it could mean their dead ancestor is drowning! Such is the respect and belief in spirit animals and their powers.
Recently, I was floored to see how even a Disney movie like Mulan talks about the phoenix and its spiritual guidance along her endeavors to save the kingdom!
What is the importance of spirit animals in our daily life?
As you and I evolve and deepen our awareness in the spiritual journey, our ability to observe synchronicities is also improving. And in that, one type of divine guidance from the universe is coming to us through the animal kingdom.
It’s been a few years since I first learned about the term animal totem.
And now, just like I don’t take 11:11 on the clock casually, I take felines, canines, and other animals very seriously.
So seriously, I wrote a book about it!
But what’s so special about animals? A lot.
To begin with, spirit animals represent many qualities and strengths that we need to overcome our current challenges. And when our spirit animals walk by our side, they not only provide us that strength, they remind us that we have all that it takes to get through this.
In their own unique ways, based on when we saw them, what they were doing, and what we were going through, spirit animals can reveal a lot to us about this mystical universe and its divine plan for us!
So today, I want you to experience this magic not just from my angle, but that of three other amazing souls.
Receiving Divine Guidance From Spirit Animals
Here are 3 times spirit animals came forth and made a lasting impression on these spiritual seekers.
#1 – Divine Messages From The Cat & The Butterfly
It’s an honor to be able to share this story from one of my client’s recent experiences. Though it was a tragic time for her, it materialized into one of the greatest signs of divine intervention – directly bringing her in contact with the spiritual realm! Here’s her story.
“Earlier in July, our beautiful cat Lilly (Tiger Lilly) passed away. She had an illness that slowly took our sweet girl away from us day by day. And eventually, we had to let her go on a rainy Monday afternoon. It was heart-breaking and I cried holding her for an hour afterward.
On that Monday and in the following days and weeks, we received signs of her being around. But I want to share something quite amazing that happened after we spoke a few words over her grave.
We had decided to bury Lilly in our garden. And after a week or so, we planted a butterfly plant on the top, because she used to love jumping and chasing them when she was a little younger. I thought it would be a lovely reminder of her healthier, active days.
Mark, my husband, had wanted to read William Blake’s Tyger, Tyger.
“I can’t put into words what it felt like, but the two of us talking to Lilly felt so real. Like she was there, and I felt that the universe was listening.”
It was my turn next, I wanted to be as honest as I could. I told her all the things that were in my heart, that we loved her, that we were sorry we could not save her. And I finished by saying could she come and see us often.
We stood up. And in three or four strides Mark was already back entering the house when I saw the most beautiful butterfly come flying over the fence into the garden and land on the Buddleia plant. We had had only white cabbage and the odd tortoiseshell butterflies landing on it previously.
Mark came out and we took photos.
I asked him to look up its name because I’d previously hoped to see a particular Moth, named after my Tiger Lilly. I had a feeling this was it, but I waited for Mark to say it. It was a Tiger Moth. We had never seen one before. Not in my 10 years of living here, nor have we since.
“To me, this was my confirmation. This was what I had been waiting for, I had hoped for something against the odds, and received it.”
We cried with happiness as it flew around Mark’s head, and came into our house. It stayed on the inside of our doorpost, which was a wise decision because we have other cats! It stayed in our garden for the whole of the afternoon and then vanished. I kind of knew it was not going to come back.
I hope this gives you hope as it does me.”
#2 – Divine Messages From The Dog
This happened with my friend, and I hope his story gives you goosebumps! Here it is.
“Tuza came into my life when I was 5 years old. I loved her ever so much throughout my childhood and felt a close connection to her. Almost as if she was a person, not a dog. I would talk to her, sit with her, sleep with her on my bed…she was my best friend.
I had to leave her at 17 years old when I went to college. During my second year, she died of illness (at 14 years old) without me by her side.
In my grief, I had a dream that she was reborn in a litter of 3 puppies and came back to us. The next day, I narrated the story to my grandmother, while she was getting massage therapy done.
“The therapist heard my story and told me that in her neighbor’s house a litter of 3 puppies had just been born. And that they were exactly the same color and breed I had described in my dream.”
They were still too young to be adopted so I went back to university without seeing them. While I was away they were adopted by someone else, but the puppies refused to adjust to their new owner’s house, so they were returned to the original owner.
My uncle went to take a look at the puppies and one of them seemed to recognize him. The puppy brought his shoes (which he had taken off outside the house) to him.
Interestingly, Tuza was very fond of this uncle in her previous life and seemed to recognize him. So he brought him home, and when I came back and took him home to my house, the new puppy seemed to immediately recognize everything in the house. He even found Tuza’s old toys, which we didn’t know were hidden before.
“Because of these amazing characteristics, we were sure it was our old Tuza reborn, so we named him Tuza as well.”
Fast forward 8 years, Tuza II was viciously attacked by 4 big dogs.
I jumped in to fight them off but couldn’t save him on time. A few days after he died I felt his presence at night on my bed. I could feel the weight of his footsteps on my body lying down, the same way Tuza would walk over me when he was alive.
I could see the blanket sink under the weight and could feel the heaviness but there was nothing there. Then, I had a dream that he would come back as a border collie, black and white in color.
Mind you, there were no border collies in Thailand to adopt.
A couple months later we saw an advertisement on the internet, from a couple from Australia that had just moved to Bangkok with their border collies. Their dogs had just given birth to a litter of eight puppies.
We looked at the photos and saw that one of the puppies had a pink patch on its nose just as the 2 previous Tuzas did.
We asked them to bring that puppy home. The moment she arrived, she completely ignored the owners and crawled straight into my lap, and fell asleep. I knew it was Tuza back again.”
In this way, spirit animals not only support us in one lifetime but walk with us through multiple lifetimes. Also, don’t be surprised if you dream of animals. For all you know, your Tuza may be speaking to you from the dream world!
#3 – Divine Messages From The Yellow Bird
This is another heartwarming narrative from one of my clients.
“He finally moved out. I told him in July that I wanted a divorce and now it is October. Usually, I just do my best to ignore his presence but this day I just could not be silent anymore.
I asked him while trying to control my anger, “Why are you still here? Is this enjoyable for you?” I said a few other choice words and after a promise to pay him back the most recent mortgage payment he agreed to move the next day.
After he left, I looked in the closet to see his side completely bare and I broke. The level of despair scared me, but I could not control it. I emailed my therapist, hoping it would help me to tell someone or just write out how I was feeling. It did not.
I later took a shower and decided to try something new I’d just seen on a YouTube video. I attempted to clean my aura and as I did it, I pictured that my soul was yellow.
I sobbed and sobbed as I went through the process, but it did not help, or so I thought. I did not sleep at all that night. The only thing I could compare it to is a few months ago when I begged God and the Universe to help me which led to my spiritual awakening.
The next day, which was my 18th wedding anniversary day, I tried to continue my routine hoping it would snap me out of my sadness. I noticed something yellow on the deck, but I told myself it was just a huge leaf. Later that morning my son saw it and immediately asked if it was a bird.
“This caused me to look closer and sure enough it was a dead yellow bird. It was startling and as tapped into the Universe as I currently consider myself, it really did not resonate with me what it could mean.”
However, I knew that it was not coincidental that I had just read a book about Spirit Animals and my intuition told me the dead yellow bird was not a “bad” sign.
With some guidance from a wonderful spiritual coach (who also wrote the previously mentioned book), I found a way to overcome the agony that the little yellow bird took on my pain and delivered the message that my turmoil was ending.
The next day I did not feel any turmoil; just a call-to-action to tune into the depths of my soul with joy and gratitude the way I seem capable of doing when I’m in pain and despair.”
My Experiences With Spirit Animals
I have many stories, but I’ll share the squirrel one with you today.
You will still see my grin as I watch squirrels running about, wherever I go.
It’s not because they’re cute – of course, they are! But it’s because they’ve been one of the guiding lights in my spiritual journey.
Back when I was experiencing an identity crisis and slowly making my way into the dark night of the soul, my spirit animal showed up as a squirrel. At the time, I didn’t know what was happening, but I simply enjoyed the company of my cute, furry friend.
I called her Squilly, and I would often feed her peanuts. Throughout the winter of 2016, she came and sat with me as my inner turbulence came and went.
Eventually, it all made sense. She was the messenger of strength and perseverance. She may have announced that tough times, that winter, lie ahead. But she also brought hope and agility back into my life.
Here’s a cute video I made of another squirrel friend, as she munches away on the peanuts.
And as she warmed my heart with her presence, it was only a matter of time when my journey turned around.
A few years later, here I am, dedicating my first publication to her, and to all the amazing spirit animals that have been the guiding light, not just in my life, but in that of countless others!
What It Means To See Ants
I also love this personalized interpretation that the author, Daniel Amen makes in his book, Limitless. After returning from an intense day at work, he finds thousands of ants in his kitchen.
“It was gross,” he wrote.
“As I started to clean them up, the acronym came to me. I thought of my patients from that day—like my infested kitchen, my patients’ brains were also infested by the negative thoughts that were robbing them of their joy and stealing their happiness. The next day, I brought a can of ant spray to work as a visual aid and have been working diligently ever since to help my patients eradicate their ANTs.”
To him, ANTs are “automatic negative thoughts” and, if you’re like most people, you place limitations on yourself in the form of these thoughts at least some of the time.
Maybe you tell yourself that you aren’t smart enough to learn a skill that you’d really like to have. Or perhaps you repeat on an endless loop how pushing yourself to accomplish something is only going to lead to disappointment.
So I guess when you see ants out of nowhere, you might consider this to be a reminder to have more awareness of your negative thinking. That is one interpretation, and I share another one in my book.
That’s the beauty of these messages from our spirit animals – they can be as personalized or generic as you’d like them to be.
This is just the tip of the iceberg when I say that spirit animals guide us. There are many, many ways in which they protect, support, and bring messages from the spiritual realm to us.
If this topic touches your heart and you feel called to know about the divine intervention in your life, do check out my book on the subject. It’s filled with numerous stories, tips & tricks to help you understand how Spirit Animals work in our life.
This is available on Kindle (worldwide), and can also be downloaded as a PDF version from below.
Want even more?
You can also watch (mostly listen) to me talk about more spiritual experiences and messages from spirit animals on my recent video.
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Vasundhra is the Founder & Writer of My Spiritual Shenanigans. After seeing 11:11 on the clock one fateful night, her life turned around. Ever since, she has been blending modern psychology and ancient spirituality, to help herself and people around the world elevate the quality of their lives.
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