Finding My Spirit Animal

I realize that title seems a little far out there for many people, and I got to admit, it’s not something that I ever thought about or even sought out. I’ve just been trying to find things to amuse myself during my solo stay in Mexico and turned to Airbnb experiences. This particular one caught my eye, mostly because it was led by a Reiki master . . . and it included snorkeling at a beach that I had never before visited. I figured how could I go wrong with a meditation on a beautiful beach followed by swiming with tropical fish?

My fearless leader in “her office.”

After a long talk about all things energy under that big beautiful palm tree, it was time for me to do the 30-minute meditation. I listened to a pre-recorded guided meditation as laid down comfortably in the sand. I don’t normally lay down when I meditate, but when it was suggested, I wasn’t going to refuse. It was blissful to feel the warm breeze blowing over my body and hear the ocean waves crashing. It just doesn’t get any more relaxing than that. And I need this extra layer of relaxation because I was already fighting my mind. It was already starting to worry that my brain would influence “my spirit animal.” I just had this sneaking suspicion that I would conveniently end up with a butterfly or a sea turtle, or some other animal that I love and use it as an excuse to go buy yet another piece of jewelry. I really was having trust issues with myself. Would it be possible to succeed at this meditation and really know what my true animal is? I had my doubts, but I tried really hard.

Relaxing every muscle in my body and clearing my mind seemed pretty easy. I was able to visualize every step of this guided meditation and I found it quite interesting and almost fun to do. When I finally got to the all-important part of the meditation where “the animal appears to me” I made darn sure that my mind was totally blank. I promised myself that the “first animal to pop into my head” (whether it be a vision or just the thought) would be my animal. There I am with a completely blank mind and nothing is coming in. No vision, not even a single thought. Now what? It seemed like minutes were passing then the meditation voice suggested that “if no animal is appearing you can ask your guides for help.” So I did. I simply thought about the question . . .”Should I look up or down?” and very quickly I felt that the answer was down. So I did and immediately the animal that came into my mind was snake. And then immediately after that, the mind came into play and said, “What? Wait? That can’t be right. Let’s try again. Maybe the best of three.”

But the snake was so persistent that I couldn’t fight it. In fact, I couldn’t think of anything else. The meditation ended pretty quickly once the animal was discovered and I sat up completely disappointed. After all, who wants a snake as a spirit animal?

I quickly forgot about the meditation and jumped in the water for a great snorkel and it wasn’t until I got back home to my computer that I did a little research on the Snake as a spirit animal. I was shocked to read what it said and now I know that my intuition is getting stronger every day . . . and so is my trust in myself. It seems everything I do includes signs that I’m on the right path.

Yes, I’m wearing a thick long-sleeve neoprene scuba jacket, even in Mexico.

The following is what I found online regarding the snake as a spirit animal . . .

What is the meaning of the snake spirit animal?

When the snake spirit animal appears in your life, it likely means that healing opportunities, change, important transitions, and increased energy are manifesting.

When the snake shows up as your spirit animal, it generally means

  • Snake spirit animals represent healing
  • Transformation, life changes
  • The spirit of the snake is connected to life force, primal energy
  • A meaning for the snake spirit animal is spiritual guidance

The snake as a spirit animal can be to provide guidance about life changes and transitions, whether they are happening at the physical, emotional or spiritual level.

Snake spirit animals, symbols for healing

The snake is close to earth energies and represents life force. Since it’s a reptile, the snake spirit animal is reminiscent of unconscious drives and primal instincts. When the snake spirit animal shows up, pay attention to how you use your energy, and where you draw it from

If you see the snake as your spirit or power animal, be sensitive to your healing abilities towards yourself or others. Cultivate sources of energy and support, especially as they relate to the earth and nature. In ancient traditions as well as modern times, snakes are symbols of healing powers and opportunities.

And now I know you’re not going to believe this part, but yesterday as I was walking home from the beach . . . and don’t you know . . . a white snake slithered right in front of me, not more than a foot away from my foot. He/she completely crossed my path and instead of freaking out (like I would have expected myself to) I was in awe of the Universe.

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