Spirit Animal

Spirit, meet your animal. If any photo could depict ananda, this would be it.
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I know some people find spirit animals silly and, maybe, taken out of context they are. But, having grown up in Oregon with a strong influence of Native American culture in my childhood, I find my totem to be immensely important. If we were to reframe "spirit animal" and instead call them archetypes, would they then seem a little less silly? Because this is exactly what they are: archetypes, and yet also messengers.
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Some of my most prominent totems are spider, frog and elephant. I remember the first time elephant showed up in my life as a messenger. I was about 24yo and in the throws of a PTSD misdiagnosis of Bi-Polar Disorder. I was heavily laden with pharmaceutical drugs and battling my own demons with the diagnosis. Yoga was basically keeping me alive, by keeping me marginally sane for a period of time every day, but I was seeking everlasting peace and that I couldn't find. I turned to hypnotherapy as one non-invasive or drug inducing solution.
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I had never met the therapist, but in our session I told her my plight and that I was just hoping to find some semblance of peace or hope. She took me inward and there I met my messenger--an imposing, yet calm, Indian elephant. His enormity and beauty gave me peace and I intuitively knew it was a message of strength, stability and even power. In the years that followed that became ugly and black before seeing the light of healing, I often conjured up the memory of this elephant to find that calm and recall my personal power. I actually to this day often recall this memory.
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Of course, almost 15 years later, elephants are found throughout my home, especially in the form of Ganesh, the remover of obstacles. But, elephants will always be more than a Hindu deity to me, they are part of my spiritual DNA as an archetype that represents the strength of my spirit and how I always persevere. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
What animals fill your totem? I'm curious to know what archetypes represent your spirit...

Kiara McBain