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Your Dream Animal Totem: 8 Steps to Identifying Spirit Animals Through Dreams or Meditation

Last Updated on May 11, 2023 by Avia

Using Meditation and Dreams To Recognize Your Animal Totem: Working with our animal symbols or dream animal totem (the terms are synonymous) is a process that will aid in our self-discovery, and also teaches us about life and the world around us.

About Dream Animal Totem

Animal spirits often reveal themselves to us through our subconscious during sleep and meditation. During these sessions, animals indicate valuable information about our past, present and future, as well as help us with situations we are dealing with in our lives.

Animals also show themselves in our dreams and meditations to simply identify themselves as our spiritual guide, and thus our animal totem.

This requires us to pay attention, and learn more about what this animal represents so that we can work with our animal totems.

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Animals tend to have a keener sense of purpose, and instinct. These are valuable traits we can learn from them by asking for their guidance, and observing their behaviors in our dreams and meditations.

Meditation is simply a state of conscious dreaming, so you can use the following steps to help in identifying animal totems through both dreams and meditation.

“Animals share with us the privilege of having a soul”
~ Pythagoras

Eight Steps To Identify Your Animal Totem With Dreams and Meditation

So, we’ve talked a bit about what a dream animal totem is, and why it’s important to explore animals through dreams and meditation. What’s next? Here are eight simple steps to identify your animal totem through your dreams and meditation.

1. Write it Down

Start an animal totem journal. Have this journal and a pen by your bedside or around the area in which you meditate. This is because you will want to record your experiences upon waking each morning or returning from deep meditation.

2. Be Consistent

Go to sleep or meditate around the same time of day/night each day/night. Your subconscious is a creature of habit. As you settle into a routine, it will be easier to relax, and animal symbol identification will come more smoothly.

3. Chill Out

Make sure your environment is conducive to relaxation. It’s tough to meet our animal totems when we leave the TV on, or if we have piles of laundry nagging us to be put away. Simply put a little order to your sleep/meditation area – it doesn’t have to be a big deal. The subconscious loves order, and will be more cooperative if there aren’t any distractions or nagging nuisances hanging around in your space.

4. Hocus, Pocus, Focus!

Begin your sleep/meditation session by setting your intention for animal totem identification. You need to set forth a firm directive to both your subconscious mind, your spirit, AND the animal spirit realm that you wish to contact your animal totem. Silently to yourself, repeat your intention to meet your animal spirit in your dreams. You can use the following phrase, or set your own intention:

“This moment, I receive the gifts of animal sight.

This moment, my animal spirit takes flight.

Reveal to me what I must see.

This moment, my animal totem connects with me.”

By repeating this or a similar invocation, you will coax your ego and chattering mind to relax, while your intuition and spirit begin to “warm up” to the goal of contacting your animal totem. Eventually, you will find yourself drifting into sleep (or alpha state of meditation). Relax, and roll with it, your animal totem is ready to reveal itself to you!

dream animal totem
Dream animal totem

5. Don’t Let the Moment Fade Away

Upon waking up or rousing from meditation, write down your experience in your animal totem journal. Or voice-record your impressions if it is easier. Capturing the moment is critical. It’s tough to rely on our memories with such delicate experiences. Dreams and meditations can be so elusive, and like the wind, the can disappear on us. It’s important to record our experiences so that our minds can further digest the events surrounding our animal symbol. Writing these events also gives us a point of reference when determining the characteristics of our animal symbol, and helps us interpret the messages our animal is conveying to us.

6. Dig Into the Details

Be sure to write each detail. For example,

♦ What was your animal totem doing when you saw it? Flying? Swimming?

♦ What exactly did it look like? Healthy? Sick?

♦ What were the surroundings? Rain forest? Desert? Murky water?

♦ What color was it? Natural color? Unusual?

The more details you capture, the more you  can relate and connect to your animal spirit guide.

7. Take a Break

After awhile, a few hours, or even a day – come back to your animal totem journal and read what you wrote for that session (See Animal Totem Meanings page). Begin to do research on the animal that revealed itself to you. Begin to piece these characteristics together, along with the other details surrounding your animal’s appearance during sleep/meditation. Eventually, you will begin to piece together a beautiful tapestry of deeper understanding of yourself, your life and your reality.

8. Practice Makes Perfect

Repeat this process for continuous messages, and deeper understanding.

By continually following this guideline, you will become stronger in your interpretive abilities, and trust your intuition more in working with your animal totem. Furthermore, as you grow in this process, the animal spirits will show themselves more frequently, as they will sense your confidence as well as your respect for their presence.

Whatever you do, DO NOT get discouraged if  your animal totem does not appear to you the first few times. And don’t give up if an animal appears, but the whole experience feels wonky and confusing. This is a process, and like any other process, it may take a little time, patience and effort to get results.

Be diligent, and know that your animal spirit is just as eager to communicate with you as you are with it.

Bonus Tip on Identifying Animal Totems in Dreams or Meditation

Also, don’t get all tangled up in these guidelines. These aren’t ‘rules’ – that’s why they’re called guidelines. By all means, if you find a better process to identify or contact your animal totem – by all means use it! This is merely a guide to a very personal experience. Ultimately, YOU are the one calling the shots!

dream animal totem - using dreams and meditation to identify animal totems
dream animal totem – using dreams and meditation to identify animal totems

The Last Word on Dream Animal Totems

Lastly, this process is a cooperative one. We must respect the animal world, by asking our animal spirits to come to us, and thanking them when they do appear.

I hope you have enjoyed this article on how to interpret meditations and dreams to discover your spirit animal totem. Mostly, I hope these tips help you on your path to connecting with your special animal guides (yes, you can have more than one! But that’s another article altogether. 

Thanks so much for reading.

Terrific totem blessings to you,

Mighty brightly,

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