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Question of the Week: 106 - 4/13/2003

What Is Your Inner Animal?

Do you tend to ‘bark’ at people? Howl at the Moon perhaps? Do you have catlike reflexes or can your psychic ‘whiskers’ pick up nearby energy vibrations? Do you have a ‘nest’ or like to ‘burrow’ under the covers? Do you actually even growl sometimes?

What animal traits do you think that you sometimes exhibit? Has anyone ever told you that you remind him/her of some animal?

How much of an animal nature do you think that we humans might retain? Should we attempt to completely conquer or tame the ‘animal’ within? Or do you consider your inner animal to be an ally or alter-ego?

What is the name of your inner animal? If you share space with an actual animal, does the animal (or animals) consider you ‘one of them’? Can you and your animal friends communicate in mysterious ways?

 Reponses:   There are 127 responses posted to this question. Reverse Sort 

The Stealthy And Crafty Little Spider Apr 15th. at 8:39:46 pm UTC

Spinner (Tucson, Arizona) Age: 20 - Email

Yeah, that's right. My inner animal is a spider.

I can't always do this, but there are times when I can feel sounds--the vibrations from high or low sounds. I'm not talking about the rumble of bass, although that drives me nuts because I feel it so well!

No one has told me I remind them of any animals, but I have been called sneaky on more than one occasion. I'm pretty good at sneaking up on people without them noticing me.
I cling to things and I spin my words like a spider spins her web. When I'm in bed, I tend to wrap the covers completely around me. Also, given a choice, I prefer to be alone. And when I'm startled, I make a really weird clicking sound.

I don't think that we should try to tame our inner animals. I feel that they give us a way to see our strengths and/or weaknesses from a slightly different perspective. I consider my inner animal to be both a trusted ally and a mirror reflecting my personality, both the good and the bad.

My inner animal has two names. One is the name she also gave to me, Spinner, and the other is Lady Spider. I don't think either is her real name.

The only animals I share space with are my fish, and I can't really tell if they consider me one of them. I do know that my fish can tell the difference between my father and me, because everytime I approach the tank, they calm down and all swim to the top. When my father approaches, they swim to the top but get hyper. It's a strange sight.

Although, there have been times when I've seen spiderwebs but no spiders. More than once, the webs have been on things that I needed to pay attention to.

Past, Present, Future Apr 15th. at 11:22:39 pm UTC

Storm's Feather (Russellville, Arkansas) Age: 16 - Email

I had a very unusual dream a week or so ago, and all those little voices in my head took on animal traits. My two oldest were wolf pups, and their future was a wolf head (very unusual, since it wasn't a complete wolf body, but he talked. I assume it was my guardian) But, in all my dreams, i rarely take animal form. My inner animal is *shudders* a human. But not only a human, grown and deaden to reality, but usually a young kid. But it isn't unusual to have animals in my dreams....
I remember one of my earliest dreams of swimming underwater, looking up at the sun through the water, and seeing a school of fish. Being naturally hungry, i swam for the fish. A voice rang out You don't want to do that, you'll get caught! and so i was, in a fisherman's net. I had the same dreams of swimming with that voice for long times before that, and after that it stopped. Sea creature, or Wolf? Human? I'm never sure. But my past, present, and future are represented as whale, human, and eventually, wolf. I think that would make a pretty totem... i was thinking of that this morning, please excuse me while i go draw this.. *Scampers off*

I Connect With WOLVES Apr 15th. at 11:24:02 pm UTC

Baby (Indiana) Age: 21 - Email

I would have to say my inner animal is Wolves and dogs. My mother told me that if you feel connected with something then it is your protecter. Even when I was a toddler I was around my grandfather's dobermans more than my family. I can tell tell when they are sick, happy, or in pain. They understand me better than any human. My dog has helped me through my toughest times better then anyone else. That is why I believe my inner animal is canines in general.

My Inner Animal.... Apr 16th. at 12:04:03 am UTC

Brighid (Oaky Forest) Age: 15 - Email

is probably a lion. I'm a leo, there's 2 others in my family, so things sometimes get ugly. But still, I have always liked lions, how they look, how powerful they are. I can be very relaxed, but I can also be very aggressive too.

Thats Right A.... Apr 16th. at 12:14:07 pm UTC

Dragonfly (Texarkana) Age: 19 - Email

Thats right its a dragonfly. No great mystery. I remember when I was younger I was deathly scared of dragonflies, I thought they had a nasty sting or bite. Afterall the dragonflies over here in East Texas get big.

Anyhoo, one day I was down by the pond on my grandparents place, and fell asleep in the sun. Now could be the dragonflies that were near the water but I had the most amazing experience. Light danced across me like ripples of water and I could hear the dragonflies hovering over me. I became extremley relaxed and the light got brighter and it seemed like more dragonflies started appearing. This carried on for what seemed like hours. Then I woke up and there on my knee was this beatiful beast. A dragonfly that had this bright green with shades of blue was sitting on my knee. It seem to look at me and say, "Now were not that bad are we?"

Its was then I feel a connection with these creatures. Since then I crave the warmth of the sunlight and the water. I get all drawn in the winter, but come summer its a whole new world. And when I look back I realize dragonfly has always been there watching me and now I don't run from them, I sit among them.

Batt & Cats Apr 16th. at 12:33:30 pm UTC

frankaint (USA) Age: 24 - Email

Well I have a cat a she really does think im her mother--As for my innner animal its a bat--why do I say that? they never did scare me like they did most pepole, and I think their the coolest little critter. A mouse with wings how neat is that. I went to close the barn door once and it wouldnt close, there was somehting blocking it, there on the top of the door was a bat that was asleep, it opened one eye and looked at- as it to say can I help you. I never fogot that i always felt a affinty for the little guys..

Whale Songs Anyone? Apr 16th. at 12:49:23 pm UTC

Diosa de la Luna (Rock Hill, South Carolina) Age: 18 - Email

I have to say whale. Yep, that's me. I've always loved to swim, and I feel so connected with the ocean, and the songs of humpback whales bring tears to my eyes. They sound so sad. Anyways..that's me! :)

Black Panther Apr 16th. at 1:59:34 pm UTC

Morgain (Tennessee) Age: 33 - Email

I learned of my inner animal after a chant, meditation and a beutiful and thrilling dream. this occured 13 years ago and it fits me perfectly.
I have jet black hair and blue and sometimes green eyes. Very cat like movements. I am a dancer.

Always Had A Thing For... Apr 16th. at 2:37:58 pm UTC

Nightcrawler (a place where all dreams become reality) Age: 15 - Email

ive always had a thing for dragons, so i wish i was one of them. but ive been told that im different depending where i am.
in the water ive been told i swim like a mermaid; fast and smooth. on land ive been described as being as quick as a cheetah or horse, (take your pick) . and i love flying sooo much my mates reckon that if i had wings, id never touch the ground again! but hey, if i were to describe my inner animal, id hope to have a bit of everything; wings, tail, strong speedy legs, you get the picture.
The thing is i think i have, or at least i dreamt it. you ever had the dreams where your being chased? well, being chased by other people who want to hurt you? well i have, and i dont know how i did it, but somehow i got away over land, through a huge expanse of water, and even over a cliff into the air. but hey, thats dreams for ya!

And The Award Goes To... Apr 16th. at 3:33:36 pm UTC

Morning Song (Va) Age: 24 - Email

Wolverine. I had been on a quest to discover my animal guide and this animal kept approaching me in meditation.
I kind of have it's qualities. I'm grumpy sometimes, probably more than usual. I like my peace, space, ect. to go undisturbed. Otherwise you'd better have a good reason for bothering me.
I believe it is trying to teach me how to balance my emotions and pickiness. So far I've gotten a lot easier to get along with. At least, that's what my husband is saying.
It's very hard to live with the wolverine, but there's still many more lessons to be taught.

Lumbering Beasties Apr 16th. at 4:03:01 pm UTC

Feribear (Western, MA) Age: 30 - Email

well, I have always had connections with Earth dwellers. I think my strongest connection is with Ursa. I would say "Bear", but all the bears from the Ursinae subfamily pop in from time to time, depending on who is needed when and what for. It is kinda neat. Both genders and all 7 genus wandering in and out of my life ... makes fo ran interesting ride.

Recently, I have been experiencing Gorilla, which is really odd because I am not maternal in the slightest. But I am a wicked social animal and my family means everything to me. I have a close nit group of female friends with the occasional male meandering by. We help with each others kids and color each others hair and fingernails .. so I guess we are like a troop of the great apes

Bastet Remembered...? Apr 16th. at 4:04:39 pm UTC

Life (Here...for Now.) Age: 27 - Email - Web

My family has always loathed cats; I knew very few people who had them while I was growing up, actually. I'd always been cautioned about the secretive nature...the frustrations with general feline aloofness...the wariness of that sedate nature that can all too easily erupt in a fury of claw and teeth...
And yet, I've always been drawn to them.
These creatures so content to groom themselves and stretch languidly in the rays of Sun...the ease with which they will confidently sidle up to even the most disinterested stranger and make their presence known with the most gentle--yet forceful--brush against the leg...I AM HERE. YOU WILL PAY ATTENTION...until I'm ready to be gone--and then just as suddenly I will leave.
Playful one minute...casually self-assured the next...watching your every movement (even when you believe me to be asleep) ...eager for attention...just as eager to be left alone...stretched out in front of Sun...staring wistfully into the eyes of Moon...and just when you least expect it...
I'll be right back in your lap.

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