What Is Animal Medicine?
The word "medicine" does not necessarily solely imply healing as it does to Western man. In Native American cultures, "medicine" refers to anything that stimulates one's link to the Great Spirit and to the entire web of life. The philosophy of honoring the interconnectedness of all things imparts considerable personal power, healing and knowledge. By understanding the basic essence of our fellow creature brother and sisters, we can tap into the significant lessons they offer. These relationships can be a fertile resource of growth and empowerment. Aligning ourselves with totems will magnify our enthusiasm and creative energies. Totems, derived from an Algonquian word meaning "my kin", are species which have shown up in our lives in one form or another. Awareness of their possible messages can and will enhance our self awareness and strengthen our bonds to nature and to the metaphysical.