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"Wrong notes are of no consequence. To play without passion is inexcusable."
-Ludwig Von Beethoven


The Nature Connection  

Totems


I have been fascinated with Native American spiritual symbols since I was a child. Drawing a Thunderbird could occupy an entire afternoon, offering up incredible fantasy adventures that would lead me to wild places in my imagination. I was not sure what they meant. The only thing I knew for certain was their ability to connect me to some unknown and unseen power source.

In my adult life I experience a tremendous feeling of peace and serenity every time I venture into Nature and allow the pregnant silence to fill my soul. In 1994 I was re-introduced to Native American Spiritual symbols in the form of nature totems. Totems come from all four kingdoms of natureĦ mineral, plant, insect (invertebrates), and animal (vertebrates). I discovered that each energy center of the human body (chakras as they are called in the Far East) is connected to totems from all four kingdoms. They offer a gift which symbolizes a particular energy or attribute that I find to be integral to my personal development.

Slowly over the past few years I have noticed a correlation and directionality of totems from the same energy center. They appear to be steps toward spiritual awareness which if followed in order guide me toward a deeper, more fulfilling Spiritual life. Here is one example of this phenomenon from the energy center at the base of my spine (root chakra).

Step One: Mineral kingdom

My totem is Granite and it offers the gift of Acceptance. Whenever I spend quiet time contemplating this symbol from nature I experience a growing sense of acceptance of who I am, my position in the world, and the situations and experiences that flow toward me from my karmic destiny. Acceptance allows me to develop the next gift.

Step Two: Plant kingdom

My totem is the Pine Tree and it offers the gift of Patience. When I am patient with myself, the people that populate my life, and the events that punctuate my existence my body, mind and emotions relax and become calm.

Step Three: Insect kingdom

My totem is the Spider and it offers the gift of Calm. I focus on each totem in succession practicing the cultivation of these three giftsĦ acceptance, patience, and calm.

Step Four: Animal kingdom

My totem is the Golden Eagle and it offers the gift of Serenity. When I am able to live and breathe into the first three and sustain my time in these states I truly feel serene. The majestic Golden Eagle is the perfect symbol for this serenity.


ACCEPTANCE -> PATIENCE -> CALM -> SERENITY




The totems are merely an interface between my conscious personality and my unconscious Higher Self or higher awareness. Using the totem as a focal point for my awareness brings each gift into clarity and moving from one to the other helps cultivate and expand their effects.

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