“If the animal spirits are dimmed and the spontaneous optimism falters, leaving us to depend on nothing but a mathematical expectation, enterprise will fade and die.” ~ John Maynard Keynes
For the purposes of this article the terms ‘Animal Spirit’ and ‘Spirit Animal’ are used interchangeably.
This post is deeply personal, hard hitting, and raw. You should read it only if you’re honestly ready to change your relationship with money.
I grew up in poverty. Not the “Waugh! I don’t have the newest iPhone” poverty mentality but real poverty. It was the garden variety ‘dad left and mom worked three jobs’ scenario.
Oh, how I detested being poor. How I hated living in a run down trailer in the middle of the woods. How my chest still seizes up when I remember mom’s steel will. Her Mars (Scorpio) energy was stronger than most. The warrior in her saved us again and again. My hero outwitted homelessness and saved us from predators – of all kinds.
Mom’s mantra, “Somebody out there has it worse than we do. So, jerk yourself up by your bootstraps and let’s get with it.”, became my mantra.
From poverty (and with no college education) I’ve done very well for myself. Entrepreneurship is, has been, and always will be my path. Though many angels have given aid, as a business owner, all bucks stop with me. At the root of every success and failure is my smiling (or sobbing) mug.
Like mom, I’m also a Scorpio. A Scorpion’s sacred contracts always include a wonderful array of death and re-birth opportunities (she says sarcastically). Our highs fly to the heavens on the back of Pegasus, our lows hover somewhere between Dante’s sixth and ninth levels of hell. So when I tell you I’ve done the ultimate face-off with money, I mean it.
Oh, yes. I’ve warred with wealth on a number of occasions. Sometimes money narrowly escaped my clutches. Other times I killed it with my bare
hands stupidity. And, still other times it wove itself into a warm comfy blankie and cocooned me.
The decision to reach for wealth is not an easy one. Consciously committing to reaching for the brass ring takes a special kind of spirit – an Animal Spirit.
How Animal Spirits Help You Make Money
In the world of investing, Animal Spirits is a term used by John Maynard Keynes to explain why decisions are made even in times of uncertainty – during times when the market is volatile.
The book Animal Spirits: How Human Psychology Drives the Economy and Why It Matters for Global Capitalism – George A. Akerlof & Robert J. Shiller discusses behavioral economics. This type of economics studies psychology as it relates to the financial decision-making processes of individuals and institutions.
Basically, the talking heads work to explain how and why money matters and business decisions aren’t always made through ‘rational, mathematical means’ but via our ‘animal spirits’ (gut or animal instinct) and, often times, with successful results. Animal Spirits also describes the misconceptions people have about money and how these falsehoods can be their economic demise.
Here’s how this is relevant to you and your bank account…
Now, we’ve all heard the taglines a zillion times;
- Follow your bliss.
- Turn your passion into profit.
- Trust your gut.
- Work hard and you’ll be rewarded.
- Your first instinct is always right.
- The most important investment you’ll ever make is in yourself.
If these sayings are true why, then, is the climb out of poverty so treacherous? Why is it so hard for folks to make money doing what they love – to heed the calling of their spirit? Why do we mistakenly believe that only the chosen few can accumulate true wealth?
Because many of us are disconnected from and uncomfortable with our own Animal Spirit.
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At the core of every animal resides the survival instinct. Silence that instinct and you’re in big trouble.
But we do.
Humans have a convoluted love affair with a thing called ‘cognitive bias. It’s a bunch of rigmarole that runs around in our brains causing us to make kooky decisions that can really mess up our day, month, year – life.
All animals (except humans) most often use their ‘second brain’ – their gut. The gut has over 200 million neurons. Far more than the brain. Yet we ignore it.
Additionally, animals (except humans) make absolutely no apology for who they are and how they approach life.
Of course you don’t need me to tell you to:
- Go with your gut.
- Stop making apologies.
- Have confidence.
- Believe in yourself.
- You can do it!
Blah, blah, blah. You already know these things. But, maybe, just maybe I can help you reconnect to and reawaken the wild and free spirit that has been slumbering for far too long.
5 Ways to Build Wealth with Your Animal Spirits
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Animal Spirits stems from the Latin term spiritus animalis which means ‘the breath that awakens the human mind’.
1. Spirit Animal Money Meditation to Discover Subconscious Blocks
This method is for those who aren’t yet conscious of what their blocks are to abundance and wealth.
In How To Find Your Spirit Animal you’ll find a step-by-step Spirit Animal meditation.
Before going into this mediation, set your intention. Ask the animal spirit guides to step forward and show you gently show you any fears, harsh judgement or belief paradigms you may have regarding money and wealth.
Your Spirit Animal(s) may reveal that you are;
- Afraid of failure.
- Afraid of success.
- Feeling guilty or greedy because you desire wealth.
- Worried that you’ll have to leave friends and family behind.
- Secretly fearful you don’t deserve to be wealthy.
Once your animal spirit guide(s) appear, ask them specific questions. Be patient. Wait for the answers. Don’t judge the answers. Be open. Be sure to research all Spirit Animal Meanings.
This Spirit Animal Meditation can be extremely powerful as it can open old wounds and shine light in darker places we might not think we’re ready to see. But trust your Animal Spirit. Its instinct says you’re ready, even if your conscious mind doesn’t.
2. Spirit Animal Money Meditation to Clear Conscious Blocks
This method is for those who are conscious of what their blocks are to abundance and wealth.
Before going into this mediation, set your intention. Ask the animal spirit guides to step forward and show you the animal(s) who support you in or teach you about;
- Having the courage to go for the job you truly want.
- Removing false or negative judgments about wealth or wealthy people.
- Breaking the cycle of poor money habits (overspending as well as being a Scrooge).
- Investing in a college degree, business, or the stock market.
- Creating the drive and stamina to go whatever distance you choose.
Once your animal spirit guide(s) appear, ask them specific questions. Be patient. Wait for the answers. Don’t judge the answers. Just be open. Be sure to research all Spirit Animal Meanings.
3. Spirit Animal Chakra Meditation
Whether or not you’re consciously aware of any emotional or mental money blocks, your Chakras know. These main energy centers bear the brunt of what’s going on for us mentally, emotionally, and physically. Here’s how you can clear, align, balance, and heal any Chakra which might be holding you back from generating the wealth you want.
Ask the animal allies to send the Spirit Animal(s) who can make you aware of which Chakra(s) are holding the issues surrounding your struggle with wealth. Once you are clear on this, ask the animal spirit guides to help you cleanse, align, balance, and heal the Chakra(s). You may have to repeat this several times.
Don’t be startled if the animal spirit guide(s) presents as ill or frightened. This is a clear sign you are trusted. Your animal ally, your ‘self’, trusts you will be kind and compassionate – that it is safe.
Another important component of a Spirit Animal Chakra Meditation is – let’s say you know which Chakra(s) have needed attention and you’ve been working on healing it/them but aren’t quite sure if you’re ready to move forward in your financial matters. An Animal Spirit may appear to let give you the good news that, YES! You ARE on the other side and it’s time to give thanks for all the blessings that are coming your way!
It’s not unusual to react physically to a Chakra meditation. Stay in the moment and allow your body to take in and/or release the energy naturally. Visit our sister-site, BuildingBeautifulSouls.com, to learn all about the 7 Chakras Colors, Meanings, and Symbolism.
4. Study ALL Your Zodiac Signs
Of the 88 constellations officially recognized by Western astronomy, 43 are animals (3 are mythical creatures and they can be your Spirit Animal). Yes, the constellations and their stories (supposedly, but who knows for sure) came from the minds and myths of wo(men). But, as an avid student of astrology, the personality, traits and characteristics of Zodiac Signs are incredibly detailed and amazingly accurate.
It’s important to understand how each of your Zodiac Signs approaches wealth (career, money matters, etc.). Additionally, understanding the compatibility of each Zodiac Sign can be a tremendous help when it comes to all our relationships, both personal and professional.
Here on WhatIsMySpiritAnimal.com you can click to read in-depth descriptions of each Native American Zodiac Sign.
On our sister- site, BuildingBeautifulSouls.com, click to read about your Western, Chinese, Native American, and Celtic Zodiac Signs.
4. Spirit Animal Meditation for Yin and Yang Energy
As you work with your Animal Spirit (meeting it through meditation, observing which Totem Animals have been popping up in your awareness, etc.) pay close attention to the male/female, soft/hard, and light/dark energies.
Yin is the dark part of the symbol, the feminine. It is said the symbol works like sunlight passing over a mountain and valley. The Yang’s light will pass over the mountain and valley making what was obscure revealed and what had been revealed, obscure.
Yang is symbolized as fire, expansion, outside, upwards, heat, subtle, etc.
Yin is symbolized as water, contraction, inside, downwards, cold, obvious, etc.
The concept of Yin and Yang can be helpful if you’re considering where, when, or how to invest, spend, or save money. Is it time to move in harmony with a job or go the opposite direction and change careers? Is it time to spend money so as to make more money or to sit tight, waiting for a better time? If you’re a woman do you need to increase or decrease the masculine energy emitting from you and/or surrounding you? Conversely, if you’re a male is it time to increase or decrease the feminine energies in your life?
If momma animals with babies keep appearing to you – what kind of nurturing do you need to engage in? Is there something that needs protecting?
Ying and Yang energy can work together or separately. Only your Animal Spirit will know what’s right for your financial empire.
5. Invoke and Unleash Your Animal Spirit (aka Power Animal)
Here’s where things can get sticky. Some folks think it’s all fun and games to ‘invoke and unleash their Animal Spirit (aka Power Animal)’. Take some time a read through “How to Unleash Your Power Animal“. I urge you to take this energy work very seriously. It can make all your dreams come true or it can make things much, much worse. With great power comes great responsibility. And this leads me to the BONUS TIP…
BONUS TIP – Go BIG, Go LITTLE, Go HIGH, & Go DEEP!
The name of this article is “How to Build WEALTH with Your Spirit Animal”. It’s not about making extra money or doing better than you are right now, it’s about WEALTH. Your Animal Spirit naturally knows which animal energies you should allow in or let go of in order to become Bill Gates or Oprah.
Study the BIG animals – Elephants, Whales, Giraffes, Sharks, Moose, Elk, Hippos, Rhinos, etc. Can you imagine being that large – that awe inspiring? Hope so. Because wealth means your energy grows in ways you might not be able to handle – yet. Or that you might fear once you get ‘there’.
What fears and false paradigms do you need to face to reach your true goals? Dive DEEP with the Dolphins, Whales, Octopus, Eels, etc. They are comfortable in the water element, where our deepest emotions reside. They are naturally acclimated to the pressures of the deep. Where you’re headed Ms/Mr Money Bags, you’ll need this grace under pressure.
You wanna fly HIGH with the fat-cats? Hawks, Eagles, and Vultures can teach you a thing or two – or a hundred. And don’t forget the sure-footed Mountain Goat. They can take foothold on a 2 inch crag in the rocks. THAT’S confidence and balance.
Don’t forget to look at the LITTLE creatures. Butterflies completely metamorphosize, a tiny Gnat can turn a whole gathering on it’s ear, Ants build their own kinds of mountains and we haven’t even talked about the burrowing animals and insects!
Lastly, choose a talisman or totem to keep in your sphere. One example is Jin Chan the Wealth Beckoning Toad (aka the Lucky Chinese Feng Shui Money Frog).
The Jin Chan is usually shown as a bullfrog with red eyes, flared nostrils and only one hind leg (for a total of three legs), sitting on a pile of traditional Chinese cash, with a coin in its mouth. On its back, it often displays seven diamond spots . According to Feng Shui beliefs, Jin Chan helps attract and protect wealth, and guards against bad luck. Because it symbolizes the flow of money, Feng Shui systems say that a Jin Chan statue should never be positioned facing the main door (“outward”). It also “should never be kept in the bathroom, bedroom, dining room or kitchen”.
Other ways to work with your Animal Spirit are to volunteer at a sanctuary, raise money for animal charities, pet sit for friends or family, watch animal-centric movies – just connect!
Bottom line? You are wild. You are free. Nobody and nothing can keep you from your destiny unless you allow it. You want wealth? Awesome! The Universe has unlimited abundance to give!