Posted by lorrainekat
We receive numerous messages through nature for guidance & direction and sometimes warnings of things to watch out for. These messages are important for us to pay attention to and be aware of. I find way, way too much, that people look too hard and read too much into the nature & animals that cross their path and then they tend to lose the genuine ones.
People forget that sometime nature is just being nature. Birds will sit on a fence in your yard and deer will run across the road in front of you. These don’t always mean you are being sent messages! If you are always putting too much into it then you could become confused, stressed or start ignoring the ones you’re meant to pay attention to!
How do you tell the difference? Ask yourself:
- Has this been a repeated action?
You see a fox playing outside in your yard….then you turn on the TV and the first thing you see is a fox….you turn on the radio and a song about foxes or foxy plays…you take the car to the store and on the way a truck passes you with a fox logo on it. Now it’s time to look into the message fox may have for you!
- Is it an unusual timing?
You are thinking about a specific person or situation and at that exact moment a bird crashes into your window and then flies away. Or maybe it’s night and you see a butterfly (not a moth) or daytime and see a bat swoop by you (healthy) or an owl hoots. If the timing of the presence seems odd then look into the animal message.
- Is it out of place?
You spot a bird that is not normally in your area or you know there’s no bear in your location but you see one run down the street. Is a bird at your window and not leaving…peering in and seeming to be watching you? Has a spider suddenly shown itself in a spot you know they had no access to? Is a certain flower growing alone where it really shouldn’t be?
Once you determine that this could actually be a message and not just nature being nature, then you start looking into what the message could be. First look at the general trait of the animal…are they nocturnal? Are they shy or aggressive? Are they quiet or very vocal? How do they move around? Once you gather this up then think about how the animal makes you feel…what or who does it remind you of? Think about how any of this pertains to you or a situation you’re going through. If neither apply then maybe a warning or “watch out for” message is being sent….just pay attention. If you’re still not sure or don’t trust your own intuition then research it. Ted andrews has some wonderful books on animal messages. I always keep his “Animal Speaks” pocket guide on hand!
Then there are Animal Guides. These are ones that specifically work with us long or short term There’s a few different kinds and we don’t choose them…they choose us!
A Messenger Guide
These quickly comes into your life and then leaves once a message is understood. The time a Message Guide stays in your psychic is relative to you seeing and accepting the message. The message itself can be spiritual in nature, or it can be a warning. The message may deal with a seemingly mundane aspect of your life or it may be a wake-up call for some important action you must make. Sometimes the animal messenger will come during an unusual event and make a powerful statement and others come on the wind as a whisper. A messenger guide can cause you delays or some unforeseen help in your life. They can be both negative and positive in nature for they are totally impartial.
A Shadow Animal Guide
This is one that invades you with fear. Its purpose it to teach a lesson you have not learned from repeated mistakes because of anger, avarice, greed, insecurity, or other negative thoughts. A Shadow Guide will return again and again bearing strong feelings of fear until its message is acted upon or a change in lifestyle or actions are incorporated into your life. The Shadow Guide is powerful. It can help you to overcome fear by bringing truth and turning fear into a helper animal guide or spirit animal guide. However, if ignored the Shadow Guide can become dangerous and its powers will have a negative effect on your life. The Shadow Guide lives in the spirit world and usually arrives during a time of testing.
A Journey Animal Guide
These will appear at the fork in the road of your life. When a decision is made to follow a certain path in life, the Journey Guide is there to serve as a guide along the way. It represents a path that may take months or years to complete. It can be a friendly traveling companion if the path is right. If you become lost along the way, the Journey Guide is there help lead the way back. Unlike a Messenger Guide who comes and leaves quickly, the Journey Guide remains at your side until the current cycle in your life has changed. appears at the fork in the road of your life. When a decision is made to follow a certain path in life, the Journey Guide is there to serve as a guide along the way. It represents a path that may take months or years to complete. It can be a friendly traveling companion if the path is right. If you become lost along the way, the Journey Guide is there help lead the way back. Unlike a Messenger Guide who comes and leaves quickly, the Journey Guide remains at your side until the current cycle in your life has changed.
A Life Animal Guide
This one is also considered among your Spirit Guides as it remains a part of you throughout life and reflects your inner-spiritual self. You may have more than one Life Guide and new ones may come during an expected time. Usually a Life Guide does not move away or disappear but remains an integral part of your life, however, there are instances when a particular Life Guide is no longer needed and is replaced with a new one. Its powers are always there for you and serve as a constant reminder of your inner powers and oneness with nature. If for example your Life Guide is Bear, you should be a person who is a solitary dweller, a seeker of knowledge and well grounded. A Life Guide will often call upon other animal guides found within its domain to assist in giving you special messages from time to time.