Updated: Mar 15, 2019
If you talk to the animals they will talk with you and you will know each other. If you do not talk to them you will not know them, and what you do not know you will fear. What one fears one destroys. - Chief Dan George
Ever heard expression "brave like a tiger", "elephant memory", "loyal as a dog"? Our ancestors observed the life, habits and behavior of living beings around them and began to associate certain patterns, character features and attributes with a specific animal. This animals found their way to myths and folkloric traditions of all civilizations around the world. They became symbols that are still widely used even in modern society. Shamans call them Power Animals, Spirit Animals and Totems. There is a difference between the three definitions in a way you interact and work with the animal energy and archetype.
Power Animals are symbols of specific kind of energy to be manifested and aligned with in our lives. The animal becomes a symbol of a specific force of the invisible, spiritual realm manifesting within this world in our own life.
The True Self aromatherapy collection features a Power Animals matched to every blend to help even more on your journey of self-healing, self-discovery and self-empowerment.
Ted Andrews in his book about nature symbolism masterfully explains the concept behind the nature totems and how to work with the nature archetypes for self-growth in everyday life:
"Every species in nature symbolize specific energies and features that are associated with it. Every species and every aspect of the environment has the power to remind us of what we can, if we wish, manifest within our own life.
We can use animal imagery and other nature totem images as a way to learn about ourselves and the invisible world. There are archetypal powers that lie behind and oversee all the manifestations in Nature. These archetypes have their own qualities and characteristics which are reflected through the behavior and activities of animals and other expressions of Nature. When we pay attention and acknowledge a power animal, we are honoring the essence that lies behind it by opening up and attuning to that essence. We can then use it to understand our own life circumstances more clearly.
Power Animals are symbols of specific kind of energy we are manifesting and aligning with in our life. The animal becomes a symbol of a specific force of the invisible, spiritual realm manifesting within our own life".*
The Power Animals are represented on the label.
The Deer in "Maitri" blend brings the quality of wisdom, connection with inner gentleness, a clear connection and the innocence of their inner child. It reveals to you a fresh perspective on old issues.
The Hummingbird in "Happiness" blend symbolizes the enjoyment of life and lightness of being and to be encouraged to develop your own adaptability and resiliency while keeping a playful and optimistic outlook.
The Tiger in "Confidence"is a perfect embodiment of elegant power and grounded self-confidence. Tiger energy teaches self-actualization – you begin to feel comfortable in your own skin and even revel in it. A powerful reminder of overcoming obstacles and fears by reclaiming your place of power, call on Tiger as your Power Animal when you need renewed confidence.
The Dolphin in "Release" blend is associated with the power of breath, the element of water and emotional release, which are deeply connected. One of the most important factors in spiritual growth is the ability to give ourselves the freedom of full experiencing our feelings and emotions. Dolphin teaches how to enter the waters of life and with breath and sound call forth what you most need or truly desire.
The Dove in "Tranquility" blend represents peace of the deepest kind. Call upon its wisdom, guidance and to assistant in soothing and quieting the worried troubled thoughts, granting a renewal in the silence of mind. In these moments of stillness, we are able to appreciate the simple things in life. Dove teaches us that, regardless of external circumstances, peace is always a touch away – it is within us, and always is available.
The Owl in "Shadow" gives the strength needed to open your eyes and look into the shadows. It is a symbol of being able to navigate any darkness in our life and if there are skeletons in the closet you can trust that Owl will find them and start the house cleaning.
* "Animal-Speak: The Spiritual & Magical Powers of Creatures Great & Small" by Ted Andrews, Published September 8th 2002 by Llewellyn Publications