Thursday, November 8, 2007

Discover Your Spirit Animal

I'm fortunate enough to work right on the Lake Michigan shoreline. One of my favorite things to do is take a break to watch the ducks. I've always had this connection with ducks. I'm envious of their ability to live on land, in water, and in the sky. Yet, they are such humble seeming animals, talented, but never flaunting. I like to think of myself as being similar.

In many Native American cultures, there is a great importance in finding your spirit animal. Native American hunters used to mimic the movements of their prey. If they were wolf hunters, they would be the wolf. Bear hunters would be the bear. In this way, they could predict the animal's movements.

One of the things I talk about in my book, Tapping Creativity, is changing your perspective - stepping outside of yourself and re-interpreting your surroundings, concerns, and motivation from a totally different perspective. In my case, as a duck, I would notice things like the grass being so much closer to my field of vision, I'd be a much better swimmer, and old people on park benches would be my best friends.

I keed. I keed. A little.

So give it a try. Observe an animal for as long as you can, even if it is just your cat. Or go take a quiz to discover your spirit animal, then write a little bit from that perspective. You might be surprised what you waddle upon.

31 comments:

Jim Moon said...

Geoff, very cool perspective on a way to look at the world, writing, or even just life in general. I really enjoyed taking the “Spiritual Animal Quiz”, turns out that I am a Wolverine (Pretty fitting for living in Michigan).

After reading your post, I took the time to reflect on life as how different animals would see my world. Of course I ran through the usual animals of suburbia, Squirrels, Birds, rabbits. Then I focused on how my dog maybe seeing our life. She has grown up here since birth, and knows no other life than the one she sees here everyday, same routine day in and day out. After realizing this, I quickly snapped her leash on her and took her for a spontaneous walk just to break the routine.

I think what I have gathered from your post is essentially this; Get a different perspective on your life, break the routines. That’s my take on it…

Very cool posting as always, keep up the great writing.

Jim Moon

Patricia Singleton said...

Geoff, as Jim said, very cool posting. I took the test and my totem animal is the horse according to the test. I have always loved horses but never been around them much. The totems that have been with me the longest are the tiger and the snake. Both have come to me in dreams since I was a little girl, especially the tiger. A few years ago, I dreamed 3 different times about 2 black leopards that walked up to me and talked to me. In my childhood dreams, the tiger always talked to me as well. I have always loved tigers. To me, they are the most beautiful and majestic animals that God created. Most of my totems have been very strong animals like buffalo, wolf and eagle. Thanks for the great article.

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Sparrow said...

I never thought to look at the world through the eyes of an animal I connect with. I've always had a very strong connection with wolves, sparrows, ravens, and crows. I will definatly have to try the perspective thing as a writing exercise, very cool!!

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