Power animals have long been an important element of Shamanism, an ancient healing religion. Following the faith’s basic principle that everything is alive and carries a distinct amount of wisdom and power with it wherever it goes, animals play an essential role in a Shaman’s life. The animals are truly believed to be a help and healer to anyone who seeks them out, and are considered to be a major path toward spiritual and emotional success.
Shamanism teaches the belief that everyone has power animals (otherwise known as animal spirits) which live in the soul of each individual, protecting them from harm and illness. This belief is very similar to the guardian angel concept found in many Christian faiths. Power animals are thought to keep negative things away while also bestowing various kinds of knowledge and strength.
Shaman children are believed to have a few power animals with them from birth. Throughout their life, they will have several animals come and go. If power animals leave a soul without being replaced by another, that person will then be open to all sorts of misfortune in life.
Any animal can be considered a power animal, though domesticated creatures are usually left out of the equation since they are already considered to be helping humankind through companionship and other forms of basic service.
Getting To Know Power Animals
Since the world places so many physical and emotional demands upon us over the course of a life, Shamanism has come up with a wide variety of power animals. It helps to get to know a handful of these creatures if you are hoping to learn more about Shamanism.
By Tamara Warta