Please allow me to share some personal information about myself as I would really like some, (hopefully), positive feedback.
My Birth Totems; Wolf (Native American), Leopard (Ancestral), Snake (Celtic), Dolphin/Shark (Western), and Jaguar (Mayan). Raven is a special Spirit Guardian for me. My Spirit Guides are Native American Elders of an undetermined tribe but quite possibly Cherokee.
Can Wolf (a totem) also be a spirit guide, I wonder? Can an animal spirit be a power animal, a spirit guide, and a totem?
I have been described as Uber-Sensitive. Pisces-born, I am an (HSP); Highly 'Sensitive' Person (w/ Sensory Processing Sensitivity). I am a Clairsentient Empath. According to Meyers-Briggs personality testing, I am an INFJ personality type (which comprises less than 2% of the population). I'm a Precognitive Dreamer, an Intuitive Healer, and a Highly Imaginative Visionary. My life path number is 11. Tho I am slow to anger, I am very protective of Animals, Children, and my Loved Ones. I love music, (mostly 60's and 70's stuff), and tho I can't sing well, I love to turn up the stereo and sing anyway.
I am avidly interested in Native American Medicine Ways, The Ancient Mayans, and Shamanism. I love Animals and Animal Spirits. I enjoy listening to most types of Music. I am fond of Tribal Drumming and enjoy Herbal Therapy. 💚🌱💚
I am also a Free-Spirited, Peace-Loving, Tree-Hugging, Song-Singing, Animal-Kissing, Rock-Collecting, Dirt-Worshipping, Herb-Smoking, Hippie. 🌺🌻🌼🌷🥀☘🌱🌴🌳🌵🌿🍀🍁🍂 🐺🦁🦊🦝🐰🐻🐼🦓🦄🐲🐢🐍🐉🐬🦈🐠🦞🐙🦑🦀🦐🐡🦅🕊🦢🦜🦚🐦🐣🐛🕷🕸🦂🦇🦗
If you can identify with any of this please share your thoughts and impressions with me. I am warm, open, and friendly although I am also in touch with my dark side, ie; the part of me that says, "stop", "no further", and "that is enough"!!! (I believe being an empath without boundaries is self-destruction).
Some of these things I am only just learning about myself. Specifically being an Intuitive Healer and a Highly Imaginative Visionary.
I know these things are true about myself, but I don't totally understand the role these things are meant to play in my life. Perhaps I will just play it by ear and see what develops. Perhaps I need to meditate more. IDK. I value your opinion.
All I know is that I am opening up to Source and others and coming to know my place. I am being open and inviting others to read and comment on my views about myself in hopes of getting closer to my forum friends, and learning more about myself.
This is a little scary for me, but I would seriously like some feedback about coming into my spiritual powers and energies. What do you think? Am I being too open??? Am I inviting opposition in some way? How best to develop my spiritual energies ?...specifically, being very clairsentient and somewhat clairvoyant? Perhaps this is a question best answered by Mama Bear, though I doubt that I will have enough funds to join psychic development classes.
Anyway, I would like to get to know the 'Wild Pack' better so, I invite you to share with me information about yourself; your strong points, your developing spiritual energies, and animal allies, etc., and anything you'd like to share about yourself or about this posting.
As Pearlized mentioned, Mark; Meditation may well be your gateway to a new and exciting view of who you are and where you belong in life. Stepping out as an empath and an INFJ (after long careful thought during the test, that's the same result from Meyers-Briggs as I was given) to be more open and helpful and open concerning people you meet (and already know) will make you dig deep trying to find inner acceptance as a open guide for others.
YOu've learned early in life not to share everything you know.
It's sometimes made people like us seem odd to others.
However, now you are seeking permission from the universe to open up about yourself to others, and share your opinions with people needing your advice.
You're no longer feeling okay sharing occasional advice and insight that others often believe is simply random on your part. It's not random - it's never been random - but people have never believed it's something human beings can do. (possessing insights and information kept secret by and about others).
No doubt you've been asked if you are an alien from space, or an angle, or a psychic, or whatever, many times during your life.
Any friend in nature can be your spirit guide, or power animal. It depends on how and where you need that helper and guide.
Your birth totem is based on the time you were brought into this life (for most cultures).
Instead of viewing yourself as a gifted person who's unsure of how people would react to your abilities and insights - try learning to see yourself as a teacher - a guide for others - and someone who's waited long enough to be the illumination that so many people around you have been waiting to find.
For us, it's hard to take our place in a world where we've tried to join in with others, while secretly sharing emotions and insights that no else knew we could see or understand.
You'll have to break through your own mental and emotional blockades and barriers in order to release your inner knowledge to the people who are sent into your life. They need to hear and understand what you see and feel concerning them. However, we've learned that sharing secrets we shouldn't know can be problematic and uncomfortable. However, if you are asking these questions that you've posted - then it would seem you are now ready.
You've been forced to be a listening student by a world who has almost no understanding of your abilities - but now it's time to learn how to be the teacher - the professor - who has answers to emotional dilemmas and life problems that many think are hopeless.
Like any other gift or ability, it takes a bit of practice to reach a level of acceptance. Don't fade back.
Step out. Speak up when the time seems right.
You'll take a few embarrassing hits as you learn - but in a short time, you'll grow confidence, enabling you to boldly use your gifts in ways that will astound you (and others).
Strangely enough, you and I have walked the same path. The native teachings, the empathic abilities, the INFJ, and many of the things you mentioned.
I'm no expert, but I've bounced along some of the same paths. These last couple months have been unusual (unexpected and not always desired) for me. I'm slowly recovering and regaining my sense of self again.
Try going to a few empath sights to read the faces of those hoping to find direction from people like yourself. I found it to be helpful in building confidence in a world that seldom understands my worth or value. You'll be surprised to know how much you can see in the picture of a total stranger.
I'm all rattled out now. lol. Good luck finding what you're looking for. (I'm just out of surgery and mending a couple deep long incisions - and not yet up to my gnarly old self). (like Mamabear, who just went through an even worse ordeal). (God bless her and mend her).
Mark, you're looking to break free of all barriers confining you to any one group or thought.
You know, Mamabear was one of the first people to make me feel truly welcomed. She's a beautiful Peach.