From a very early age i’ve known my power animal. He came to me in a dream, and hasn’t left my vision since. I remember the dream vividly…
Wandering alone deep in a dense forest, I found myself hunted by what I could see as a mixture of beasts and humans. I hid behind the thick trunks of the trees to be unseen. Every step I took led me away from the hunters, but didn’t keep them at bay. I finally ran out of the forest to face a beautiful Native American lady, accompanied by the most beautiful wolf I had ever seen. He was proud looking, handsome and confident, yet kind, loving and content. Behind them led to another closing of dense forest and what felt to be complete safety. The lady smiled at me whilst she stroked the top of the animals head. I could hear danger sneaking up behind me. Wind blew softly through the small opening of grass, taking with it soft smoke. Before I knew it, the hunters caught up and reached out to grab me, when suddenly my position changed completely, not of my accord. I stood where the Native American lady had stood, right next to the wolf. The hunters came to sharp halt and faded away in an instant. More wolves appeared in a line as if to show their power. They then slowly disappeared as I placed my hand softly on his head to say thank you. It felt as though a cord connected us both, forever bound. I remember how the light shimmered and softly glowed, creating gold and yellow fusions of dancing beauty. The grass was lush, the trees sprung wisdom, and that’s when I knew this wolf chose me.
I wish I could paint my power animal, but I’m afraid I wouldn’t be able to do him justice. But these will do for now.
Artist – Lisa Hunt
“Yoga is a Sanskrit word meaning ‘yoking’, with connotations of ‘to unite what has been seperated.’ The body and the soul are reunited; the mundane and the divine become one. In contrast, shamans in the Americas live in a world where the Creator is not seperate from the Creation, Heaven is not seperate from Earth, and Spirit and matter infuse each other. The shaman does not believe in a division between the body and the spirit, or between the visible world of form and the invisible world of eneergy. There is nothing to transend and nothing need of yoking.”
“…He knows that the visible and invisible worlds permeate and suffuse each other. The reason we have so readily accepted the Eastern version of the chakras is that it fits our myth of banishment from Eden. We have grown accoustomed to thinking that we are seperate from nature.”
– Alberto Villoldo. Shaman, Healer, Sage: How to heal yourself and others with the energy medicine of the Americas.
Upon reading this i realised that im not alone in thinking this teaching of yoga is a little confusing. As it’s also my belief that we are not seprate from the ‘creator’ (Goddess, God…whoever you believe it to be) and ‘heaven’ is not seperate from earth. The way we percieve things, the ways in which we go about our days, thought patterns and the actions we take are the key elements to being able to feel the oneness and unity with earth and the spirit. After all, we are all One. Not just with others, but with everything around us too. Including nature and animals. This teaching of yoga (to me) is a form of practise to better communicate with the spirits and earth itself. i know im connected to earth and spirit even if im not doing yoga.