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.


Energy Tracking is Life Changing

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There are no greater lessons than the ones that I learn from my own body. Energy tracking my own energy is something that I take very seriously. I am so grateful for my ability to do so and consider it one of my most valuable tools and assets in this life.

The winter months have always proven to be very challenging for me and one of the biggest reason that I finally nailed down a permanent “escape route.” I don’t travel down to Mexico simply because I love the beach or I hate the snow. Neither of those statements is actually true. I travel to Mexico to help my body regain balance – to stop the pain and the symptoms that I suffer from. But I’m tired of running away from my problems. I’m ready to fix them once and for all.

It’s now been several consecutive years of my health taking a nose dive right around Thanksgiving. It’s been quite a mystery why this happens and, up until now, I never had any means of getting to the bottom of it. From excruciating skin ulcers on my fingers and extreme constipation and thirst to nagging sciatica pain on one side . . . I struggled year after year with no relief in sight. But this year has been different. This year I have the knowledge of Eden Energy Medicine and a huge toolbox of remedies to help out. Instead of focusing on finding a proper diagnosis or the “name” for my condition I instead tried to get to the deep underlying causes for the symptoms.

We are so accustomed to Western Medicine that treats the part of the body that you are complaining about. I went to the doctor about one of these problems (sores on my fingers) many years ago. My primary doctor noticed it was a “skin problem” and sent me to a dermatologist, who cut an entire sore out of my finger (hurt so bad I nearly passed out in the office) and sent it off to a lab to get that all important “diagnosis” which resulted in “there’s nothing we can do either prevent the sores or help them heal once you get them.” Well, that was helpful. Nobody took it a step further to uncover what’s causing the condition in the first place.

This was my year to play detective and I discovered that the sores on my fingers were caused by imbalances in meridians and organs, the biggest culprit being my Large Intestine! I know what you’re thinking . . . what on Earth would the Large Intestine have to do with skin problems on the fingers? Let’s just say, the answer to that question is complicated, but the path that led to this conclusion was like a game. It started with me looking at which fingers were affected and matching them up with the meridians that ran through them. It was a complete ah-ha moment and as soon as I made this discovery I began energy balancing techniques on the culprit meridians. I was able to completely control those sores stop them in their tracks. Instead of the normal three-week cycle of them growing increasingly larger and more sensitive, they actually started to retreat. I am over the moon to announce that this has been the first year since the condition first started (more than 15 years ago) that I have not had to resort to bandaging most of the fingers on my right hand for most of the winter. NOT EVEN A BANDAID WAS USED THIS SEASON. Nobody can understand the power of that statement without living a day in my life during the winter. It’s huge!

I read so many clues and learned so much about my body this season. Small things like the fact that everything occurs on one side of the body is a big clue. Left side (Yin side) holds your experiences (past), your emotional self, your memories, and emotional joy or pain. The right side is the Yang side and it organizes and moves you forward into the future. It governs how you interact with the world and indicates that you may be experiencing unwanted change that is causing fear, reluctance, or trepidation. I marvel at the wisdom of this one. I take this as me not wanting to say goodbye to Autumn and NOT being ready to deal with the cold.

More things that I learned this year is that I have an imbalance in my entire Metal element (which corresponds to the Autumn – the exact time of the year that my problems occur every year). This imbalance perfectly explains the problem that I have sleeping at this time of the year. Knowing WHY things are happening in your body is incredibly empowering. In my case, I have the tools to control and fix the imbalances and for that, I am truly grateful. I almost look forward to things going wrong just for the thrill of fixing them.

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I am thrilled to share my first photography art book entitled “Blurring the Lines” where I explore the fine line between reality and fantasy. This book combines my two loves: photography and energy medicine. Knowing that everything in this Universe (including our bodies) is made up of energy and that energy can be manipulated gave me the ablity to change the world around me.

The photographs displayed throughout the book illustrate how the line that separates reality and fantasy are often blurred and it’s hard to distinguish what we see versus what we perceive as real. I invite you to come along for a ride through my imagination and see that the world in front of you is exactly what you make of it.