some people call them spirit guides, or totems, or medicine guides.
there are actully several kinds of guides and animal guides, and spirit guides are just one of them. i am interested if anybody else has connections to a spirit guide or animal guide.
these are personal guides, an animal that you form a relationship with. not a pet or companion, but a spirit that will stay with you throughout your life. they are deeply personal, they are friends and mentors, they both lead you and follow you. they help you achieve clarity and understanding, they connect you to the earth and animals, and other people.
i am not talking about simply feeling a connection with certain animals, or thinking "i really relate to or like this animal." you do not choose you spirit guide, and they are not nessecarily your "favorite" animal. in fact, sometimes they come to you as an animal you dislike or are repulsed by, to teach you lessons in humility, compassion, understanding, and acceptance. spirit guides are not always easy and comfortable to understand. they are not about a carefree happy animal that runs along your side. they are powerful guides, teachers, they reflect your self, your real self and not just your perception of your self.
anyway, i am interested to hear what other people have to say about animal and spirit guides. jump in if this is something you know much about, or have an interest in.