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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.
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| Many Animals ||Apr 18th. at 11:25:10 pm EDT|
|Winterhaven (Conway, SC) ||Age: 40 - Email |
I have a natural affinity for animals. My home is filled with dogs and cats with whom I communicate constantly. We know one anothers moods and feelings. The Great Horned Owl is my spirit guide. Animals can teach us so much if we only stop, look, listen, and learn.
| Against The "books" ||Apr 19th. at 3:02:36 am EDT|
|Set Dragonsfriend (Tacoma, WA) ||Age: 27 - Email |
I have read so many books that say some people can change or "shift" into an animal form in some way or another. I believe this can be done because I've done it. But, what the usual books state, though, is that people seem to only be able to shift into an animal form they know from this current time, on this earth. I know from experience that this idea is extremely limiting.
For example, I've been able to shift into the form of a dragon. No, I don't literally grow scales and people that look at me think I'm going to kidnap the local princess. But, to me, I have felt the stretch of my wings, the whip of my tail, the flex of my scales as my muscles ripple under them. I can also shift into the form of a bipedal carnivorous dinosaur and have shifted (in front of others too) into my totem animal: a spotted panther!
To answer, yes, I think people can exhibit animal qualities, but I choose not to be limited by texts that say people can only shift into wolves (most common) . I think we need to move past our limits and explore what we REALLY can do!
| The Animal Within ||Apr 19th. at 7:48:46 am EDT|
|clio (York PA) ||Age: 30 - Email |
I have given thought to this question, since the answer wasn't readily apparent at first. Please note that I don't know my totem animals or anything like that.
Personality-wise, I am most like Dog. I love those most important people in my life unconditionally and I will rise up to defend them if they are threatened. I am fiercely loyal to those same most important people. I "bark", but with words and more when I'm grouchy or feeling threatened. And on Full Moons, I always have the distinct urge to howl at the Lady, although, as an urban dweller, I tend to keep that urge under wraps to save embarrassment.
I have never lived with Dog, but I would love to once I get out on my own. I have lived with Cats most of my life and love them too.
As far as wild animals are concerned, I am Aquarius and Air. Birds. I love birds. Beautiful color and beautiful songs always thrill me, no matter the season. I have become a bird photographer and I try to honor them with my photographs. There is one bird that I feel even greater affinity with--Vulture. I can always sense Vulture before I see one and I have had messages from Vulture (which I note were astute and correct each time) . I know just about every smidget of Vulture trivia there is. I think Vultures are magnificent and they serve a great purpose in Nature and to see one soaring always takes my breath away.
Should we attempt to tame the animal within? Absolutely not. All animals, whether domestic or wild, have their particular energies and those energies serve an important purpose in our lives (whether we realize it or not) . I do not feel that Nature should be subjugated in any way shape or form.
| Birds ||Apr 19th. at 1:30:16 pm EDT|
|j...... (Toronto, Canada) ||Age: 16 - Email |
I have a very close affinity with all birds.Especially hawks, chikadees and my pet pigeon. I can sense their needs and can sometimes communicate with them.
| Human ||Apr 19th. at 1:42:43 pm EDT|
|Enoon (Everetts NC) ||Age: 51 - Email |
Too often I behave like a human, when I am true, I am a bear.
When the spirit comes to me, I am a hawk. When angry alltoo human,
when afraid alltoo a mouse. When happy a self satisfied cat content
to sit in the sunlight and lick myself.
| Jaguar ||Apr 19th. at 4:02:18 pm EDT|
|Jess O'Donnell (Nashville, TN) ||Age: 17 - Email |
My animal has always been the Jaguar. I've always felt an affinity towards it. It's just like I always knew that it was my animal, even before I was introduced to spirituality.
| Grrr. Arrgh. ||Apr 19th. at 6:33:56 pm EDT|
|Kuma (Ontario, Canada) ||Age: 16 - Email |
*resists the urge to sing a la Arrogant Worms 'I am the beaver'* Now, ma petite soeur can sing *that* one. But my inner animal is the bear. Why? Here's why: I'm a physically big person who tends to store fat in winter and lose it in summer (true story - my friends use me as a human water bottle during Canadark) ; I mother everyone around me, but I smack 'em if they give me lip; I can shake off any insult to myself, no matter how bad, but gods help those that insult my friends; when doing an assignment involving picking a totem animal for yourself, my friends and everyone who knew me unanimously said I had to pick bear, and some people I talk with online randomly started calling me Kuma, which is Japanese for 'bear'. The bear is very close to my heart, and I've always liked them. Whenever I'm sad or upset, my little bear helps me get better, and I once found a piece of green beachglass in the shape of a bear.
And to those with eyebrows raised, I sayeth: "Growl. Snarl."
| I Think I Am The Horse ||Apr 19th. at 9:45:54 pm EDT|
|Serene SilverBlade (Colorado) ||Age: 15 - Email |
I personally think that I am the horse because 1) My element is water, and Poseidon's familiar is the horse. 2) I can sprint very fast when I am pushed or afraid. 3) I am a tall person, skinny and I also have most of my muscle in my legs. 4) Finally, I have always loved horses.
| My Animals Are: ||Apr 19th. at 9:52:50 pm EDT|
|Nagaru (Elizabeth City, North Carolina) ||Age: 38 - Email |
I have a mixed bag of Inner Animals. I am mostly associated with the Snake, but have some traits of the big cats.
| I Like To Walk Without Making Noise ||Apr 19th. at 11:36:44 pm EDT|
|lilith (lost angeles) ||Age: 33 - Email |
i have affinities for very particular animals, such as dogs, who are protectors and guardians, and the goddess i can most quickly make contact with and most easily become one with is always a gateway goddess, so it stands to reason.
but my totem animal is the Bear. i had a vision of it when i was about ten years old, and i have traits like bears, and people who dont even know me compare me to bears. i wear Bear charms, and in dreams i have become a Bear. the traits in my conscious self that i have to restrain most mightily are the fierce beserk protective traits, and those happen to be the traits that are most powerful when controlled.
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| *pounces On Animal, Later Realizing Theyre Vegetarian* ||Apr 20th. at 12:37:51 am EDT|
|Ryan (Connecticut, USA) ||Age: 14 - Email |
Personally, I think that if we are trully connected with nature, we must be an animal withing, but not all of us must be. Who says that humans are not animals? Maybe there are some dogs that are humans within or maybe even pure humans.
I myself believe that I am a white tiger within. I have the catlike reflexes where I can jump and run. I have this odd knack for determmining the moods of people and where danger is. And, Im powerful meaning that other people fear me. (always a good thing in society)
But who knows? Maybe there is more than just the animals we see? Maybe we are creatures from the astral plane within. All i know is i have a headache from all of this philosophy.
| I'm A Bit Of A Dog, I S'pose... ||Apr 20th. at 2:36:53 am EDT|
|Silvan (Southwestern VA) ||Age: 30 - Email |
I don't actually think of myself as having any sort of animal within, in truth. I don't feel drawn to any particular totem animal or anything of the like.
Yet when I saw this question, and when I was shamed into action by the 22:1 lurk:post ratio, I realized that whether I see myself as a dog or not, dogs certainly do.
Wherever I go, dogs go absolutely nuts. While sitting in the stands at my kids' ball games, strange parents' dogs will be choking themselves half to death straining against their leashes from across the way, trying to get my attention. (Which, of course, they get.)
When I go into customers' stores, their dogs usually come and greet me as though I were a long-lost friend. This is understandable for those customers who are regulars on my route, but I've had dogs that I had never met before abandoning and disobeying their owners in order to have a chance to get my attention.
It's quite amazing, really, how well-liked I am by dogs. I suppose it's because I return the favor. With the possible exception of some attack dogs that were abused into being mean, I haven't met a canine critter I didn't love like one of my own childrenm, and who didn't love me right back.
I can't say I talk to them per se, but there does certainly seem to be some kind of unspoken communication going on there. Pheremones, good vibrations, or some intermingling of the spirt; it's really impossible to say.
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