Wednesday, January 6, 2010


The Beauty of Totems

Standing proudly is the thunderbird totem, its carvings took time, its been worn by weather, sun, rain... standing tall among the trees, even on a cloudy day its colors are bold...Totem poles are wonderful examples of aboriginal art - the ancient practice of totem carving has been handed down through the generations as a way of preserving the history of local native heritage across the lands, as well as honouring tribal rituals and sacred spirits of people. Each tells a story; each honouring and keeping the ancestors and spirits alive.
This picture was taken in Victoria Canada a few years ago, it held magic and spoke loudly to me.

I've written about finding one's animal totem in Healing Heartaches and in several blogs, and I've often talked about  journalling as a tool to assist in finding that animal guide or totem that best fits a person. I cannot begin to suggest what particular animal or spirit may be calling to anyone at any particular time. But if you are attune to your surroundings and to your life rhythms, you will find yourself drawn to a certain animal spirit... you will know when it is right.

The same can be said of things that we enjoy; art, music, t.v. shows and the like. They come to us at different times and it is often determined by our mood or our circumstance. There may be a day when classical music is just right and at other times smooth jazz is the right fit! Life is like that, forever in transition, constantly moving with the fluidity of change. The constant seems to be in the rolling in and out of the tide; we can be reasonably sure that it will roll in and roll out again... just as we can be sure not to turn our back on the ocean, she may surprise us!

Yes, it is true as one reader commented yesterday, I am human... I am, always have been! Yes, again it is true, I do hate Cancer... always have, probably always will. I admit it freely.

But I do not have a hate list... I do not believe it is necessary or worthy of my energy. And as a rule I do not hate. It is just not in my nature, at least not that I am aware of. Perhaps I am not even using the word correctly for my description of Cancer, perhaps now that I think about it... I should simply say, "Cancer Sucks". Yes, that sounds much better. So, I guess I do not hate anything in so now we have that settled I guess.

Yes, if we go through the storms of life we are more appreciative of the rainbows, but then again I am appreciative of most things most of the time... so I don't need to be cold to appreciate the warm rays of the sun! I will however agree to appreciate Old Man's Winter, and I will bask in the sun of summer as well. 

If I give you permission to grieve, I too must give you permission to experience joy ! If I give you permission to cry, I too must give you permission to laugh with wild abandon...

That is the body-mind-spirit connection.

The reality is, I do not have the power to grant permission to anyone... I am but one person; I am but me, sharing my thoughts.

As for addresses for those of you who are wanting to perform random acts of kindness for others:  If the address idea of Walter Reed did not work out, which I don't quite understand as it worked for Christmas cards for our soldiers, I would invite you to do a search online for an organization that you can write to or send cards to ...
I am a firm believer of empowering others... if you are reading these blogs, you have access to the computer, so go forth and succeed! I wish you great success, but I really do not have the time to find the resources for you and that would really be taking part of the fun out of the whole process wouldn't it?

The Thunderbird's name comes from the common belief that the beating of its enormous wings causes thunder and stirs the wind. Perhaps that is why it is often seen on top of the totem poles! A very powerful image is that... to think a bird could beat its wings hard enough to cause thunder and stir the wind. One can only imagine what we could do if we were to just try... just move out of our comfort zone, out of our circumstance with the intensity of desire, the want of doing a little at a time and determination of thunderbird. Start small and work tall. Start with an idea and move to a thought, from there to an action... from there to a plan... from there... work the plan!  Be the change you want to see. Next thing you know the winds of change are happening and it will be a result of you moving your wings, your mind, your spirit and soul.

There were totems all over BC I noticed while there visiting, each with their own story, their carvings bringing the aged wood to life with colors and stories. The rich history and wisdom known best to the carver, often told by the shop keepers and those who were local in the towns. What a wonderful way to keep history alive, don't you think?

Thinking about your totems, your spirit/animal guides... remember you can often find small carvings or stone carvings in Native American shops or bead/rock/New Age stores that sell crystals, etc... Folks will then usually make a small pouch/medicine bag or just carry their special totem in their purse/pocket with them, keeping it nearby at all times. It provides comfort when needed!

I hope you are having a blessed day; a day of warmth, a day of balance including a bit of fun and laughter!

Walk In Beauty

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Irene said...

Very informative & interesting blog this chilly
A.M. in the south.
I love the awareness of my personal totems.
I recommend the book Animal Speak.
Thanks, Sherry, will keep eyes & heart open !

Stay warm !

Anonymous said...

It does seem like the themes of the blog/book seem to be balance and self-care. These are both extremely challenging and do require small baby steps. Sometimes one step forward and several steps back. At the end of day, if we have a roof over our head, clothes on our body, food in the fridge, and heat in our house...I guess that is "enough."

Anonymous said...

Perhaps, the most beautiful thing about totems/animal spirits is that they are free! Imagine that! One of the most important things I have learned here is that I do not need to spend half my pension and live on rice and beans and wear socks with order to pay shaman/shamanic practitioners to find my totems. You do not even need to buy can draw your own animal! So...I will spend the rest of my day drawing and talking with my animal spirit. On the other hand...I still have not figured out a way to have people to talk to without paying them. We keep hearing about balance...and yes, we do have 2 ears and only one mouth...but are we really supposed to go for days and days with no one to speak to except plant & animal guides? I'm grateful I have them and they, as well as this blog are free.

Anonymous said...

Wow, You sound really miserable. Maybe you should look for a piss wine, moan and graon blog! It might be more fulfilling for you!