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How to Find Your Spirit Animal
The Complete Guide

How to Find Your Spirit Animal – The Complete Guide, is intended only for those who are truly ready to take the journey. It’s a powerful path to walk and shouldn’t be taken lightly.

There are many different ways to find your spirit animal. My complete guide offers tons in-depth information on this process. As I learn more, I’ll share more so bookmark WhatIsMySpiritAnimal.com and keep checking back for updates!

Are you ready to meet your guide?

I’ll bet you are. Or your spirit animal would not have guided you to my website! 🙂

Table of Contents

Why Find Your Spirit Animal

Finding your spirit animal can radically change your life in countless, positive ways. Working with your animal spirit guide’s ‘energy’ or ‘medicine’ can help enhance your mental, physical, emotional, and spiritual abilities.


When you find your spirit animal you’ll have a choice to make – either accept its messages and act on them or walk away. Should you accept your animal spirit guide’s messages and act on them you might find your whole life transforming.


Because finding your spirit animal and truly integrating its energy, medicine, and lessons into your existence is a spiritual awakening. Relationships, careers, thought patterns, tastes (food, drink, clothing, music, and more) – anything which no longer serves your highest and best interest will fall away.

When you find your spirit animal, you begin to understand there are worlds beyond the material one in which we live. Your 6 senses can become sharper as you start using natural instincts to “think”.

This can seem a little overwhelming but if you weren’t ready for transmutation, if you weren’t ready to live a better life, you wouldn’t be searching for your spirit animal and you wouldn’t be reading this article.

Finding your spirit animal can help you discover the…

  • Courage to leave a toxic relationship, ask for a raise, go to college.
  • Ability to communicate more effectively or speak your truth.
  • Path to tune into your psychic or intuitive self.
  • Strength to kick depression or addiction and find your joy.
  • Wisdom to make tough decisions.

Everyone has times in their lives when they need help. Spirit animals can help us when we are;

  • Fearful– It can be much easier to find courage if we come to know the Tiger spirit animal and trust that it has joined our posse.
  • Sad – The playful Otter spirit animal can have us giggling in no time!
  • Angry – Peaceful Panda spirit animal can help talk us down off the proverbial ledge.

How do Spirit Animals ‘Work’

First, and most importantly, your spirit animal is not separate from you. Its energy and spirit is now and has always been part of you – of your basic nature. After all, humans are animals.

So, in some ways, you are your own spirit animal.

Wait a minute. Spirit animals are entities that are supposed to mysteriously show up and deliver messages when we need them, right?

Oh, if that were only true. If only outside forces would show up throughout our lifetime and save the day! We could just sit back and enjoy the ride.

But, in the many years I’ve been researching spirit animal guides, energy, and medicine, I’ve come to know it doesn’t work like that.

Though we have animal spirit guides who do appear in our hour of need, it’s our own soul who cries out to the animal kingdom for help. Animal spirits hear those pleas and rally around us to offer protection, hope, healing, and wisdom.

Technically speaking, our spirit animal chooses us. However, because we subconsciously ‘ask for help’ we are why they show up.

How Does My Spirit Animal Find Me?

Science gives us evidence that DNA matches can be found between humans and many other animals – even plants. This means living things are infinitely intertwined.

The Native Americans call this relation ‘Wakan’ and ‘Wakan Tanka’.

To the Native Americans, everything has its own spirit (Wakan) but all share the same spiritual essence (Wakan Tanka). This is why Native Americans refer to animals as ‘peoples’.

Because of this intricate connection, when your soul sends out an S.O.S. all other living things hear the signal. The name for this is the Non-Local Universal Mind.

At Shift.is, you can check out the awesome (and extensive) article about the non-local mind.

This concept is easy to understand if you think of the famous Star Wars quote, “I felt a great disturbance in the Force, as if millions of voices suddenly cried out in terror…” – Obi-Wan Kenobi

So, when you need help or guidance all animals hear your heart and the appropriate creatures appear.

Why am I Trying to Find My Spirit Animal

When one is called to connect with their spirit animal it’s a sign they’re ready to evolve into their ‘true or authentic self’.


What does our “true or authentic self” have to do with spirit animals?

Earlier, I pointed out that your spirit animal is a living part of you because all animals are related.

Just like a child will have the same traits as its mom and dad (red hair, brown eyes, or like/dislike broccoli, etc.) we are, literally, related to all other living things.

What this really boils down to is that part of you is a tiger, a snake, an eagle, a cricket, etc. Even if only in a minute sense, you have cellular memory of what if feels like to be any and all animals.

When you are called to find your spirit animal, you’re really searching for the part of your own animal spirit which has been fragmented, injured, or lost. This is why some Shaman specialize in a thing called “soul retrieval”.

The idea of ‘soul retrieval’ is that as our spirit suffers trauma, little parts of it break off and are left along the soul’s path through each lifetime in which it incarnated.

Your true or authentic self is not angry, depressed, or weak. The real you is whole, strong, and happy!

A true Shaman (of which there are very few) will enter an altered state of consciousness and travel back down your path, gathering those broken parts of you to ‘bring back’ – helping you to return to strength and wholeness.

By finding your spirit animal, you can act as your own Shaman and rekindle your personal power.

Now, on to how to find your spirit animal!

Methods for Finding Your Spirit Animal

There are any number of ways to find your spirit animal.

  • Pay attention to what animal or animals keep showing up in songs, pictures, movies, books, conversations, etc. Trust that if Red Cardinals, Horses, Crickets, etc, keep appearing to you, they are trying to help you in some way.

  • Meditation & journeying involves attaining an altered state of consciousness and the use of deep imagery or visualization with the specific intention of meeting your spirit animal guide(s).

    These methods can be guided (spoken, drumming, music with vocals) or it can be non-guided (silence, nature sounds, instrumental-only music). Below in the meditation directions you’ll find one of my favorite instrumental meditation tracks.


  • Dreams about animals. Humans often do not believe they are receiving messages from their spirit animal guides so they will come to us in the dreamstate. Often, it is much easier for folks to trust their dreams rather than their own intuition during waking times or meditations.

Spirit Animal Meditation

If you are committed to finding your true spirit animal, mediation may provide some surprises. Try your best to be open and trust that the “right” animal spirit guide(s) will present themselves to you.

Do not be afraid if a sick or injured animal appears to you. Remember, your spirit animal is the guide who shows up when you need him/her most.

Perhaps you are feeling lonely and don’t know how to make or keep friends. An injured Dolphin may appear to you. Dolphins are social creatures who represent community. Dolphins are well known for befriending many different species – often times saving their lives.

In this case, maybe the Dolphin appears to let you know that to have good friends, you must first be a good friend. Maybe Dolphin has come to remind you that laughter is healing and it’s time to lighten up.

One spirit animal meditation technique is to focus on one chakra at a time and take note of the animal(s) which show up for each chakra. This method is a bit advanced so I have a complete guide coming out soon.

If you find yourself confused about why a particular animal came to you, look up it in my Spirit Animal Meanings database.

Spirit Animal Meditation Step-by-Step

  1. Turn off all electronic devices and make sure you can’t be disturbed.

  3. Create & protect your sacred space. You can use prayer, crystals, ask the 4 directions (east, south, west, & north) and Mother Earth and Father Sky to join you. Full directions on this are below

  5. Sit or lie in a position which keeps your back straight. This helps the energy or Chi flow uninterrupted.

  7. If you are using sound, turn on the water fountain, nature sounds CD, music, etc.
  8. Many thanks to YogaYak for creating such amazing music for the world to enjoy.


  9. Relax and breathe. Allow your body to release all tension, beginning right above the top of your head – then slowly moving down until all negativity and stress flow out through your feet and into Mother Earth.

  11. When you feel ready, invite your spirit animal to come forward. Don’t panic if an animal doesn’t immediately appear. Trust is needed at this time.

  13. When an animal appears, welcome it and thank it for coming.

  15. Ask the animal if it is your animal spirit guide. If it replies with a yes, ask what messages it has for you. Let your animal helper know you want honest messages – even if they are a little hard to know.

  17. When your spirit animal is finished delivering its messages, ask if there is anything you can do for it in return.

  19. You’ll sense when the session is nearing its conclusion. Thank your spirit animal for showing up and tell him/her, honestly, if you will integrate its messages into your life.

  21. As you are comfortable, return to the physical world.

  23. Thank the 4 directions, Mother Earth, and Father Sky and release their energies.

  25. Take time to journal the experience. Include all details that you can remember. This is a vital step. It’s not enough to meet your spirit animal and, then, forget him/her/them. It’s helpful to revisit your guide’s lessons until you no longer need its medicine.

How to Protect Your Sacred Space

It’s important to create a protected sacred space before you start the spirit animal meditation. Remember, when you meditate you are in an altered state and you want only peaceful and loving spirits to contact you.

One of the best ways to create a protective field of energy around yourself is to call in the 4 cardinal directions: north, south, east, and west.

Below is an example of a prayer/affirmation/spell (they are all the same thing) you can use to call in the four directions as well as Mother Earth and Father Sky. When the meditation is over, thank the four directions/Mother Earth/Father Sky and bid them farewell.


Spirit of the East, direction of new beginnings and home of the winds. I bless you and ask for your wisdom and blessing here with me today. Please join and protect me, Spirit of the East.


Spirit of the South, direction of passion, creation, and inspiration and home of the fire. I bless you and ask for your wisdom and blessing here with me today. Please join and protect me, Spirit of the South.


Spirit of the West, direction of the harvest and home of water. I bless you and ask for your wisdom and blessing here with me today. Please join and protect me, Spirit of the West.


Spirit of the North, direction of stillness and introspection and home of the deep earth. I bless you and ask for your wisdom and blessing here with me today. Please join and protect me, Spirit of the North.


Spirit of Mother Earth, thank you for holding us all in your fertile womb. I am grateful for the life you provide to all. I bless you and ask for your wisdom and blessing here with me today. Please join and protect me, Spirit of Mother Earth.


Spirit of Father Sky, thank you for shining your daylight so that all living things can thrive. Thank you for the glowing moon and stars. These light our way so we can always be reminded of angelic realms, even in times of darkness. I bless you and ask for your wisdom and blessing here with me today. Please join and protect me, Father Sky.

It is begun.

What to do After You Find Your Spirit Animal

Once you find your spirit animal, learning to integrate its teachings into your world can be exciting and sometimes a little confusing or scary. Understanding Biomimicry can help.

Biomimicry is an approach to innovation that seeks sustainable solutions to human challenges by emulating nature’s time-tested patterns and strategies. – BIOMIMICRY.org

That’s a fancy way of saying that we should look to nature and mimic its systems because doing so will help us live a happier and more sustainable life.

Scientists! They are so…scientific sometimes, right? 😉

Are you a police person, fire fighter, or in the military? Do you need to move stealthily through a potentially harmful situation? Learning to mimic the cautious, then decisive, and lightening fast movements of a Cheetah might help.

Are you on a sports team and need to learn how to aim more accurately? Learning about the incredible eyesight of a Hawk may help.

Do you work at a child care center and need help learning how to corral all the kids in after recess? Maybe taking a look at how herds of horses move as a single unit can help.

Though the video below focuses on plants (they can be spirit guides, too!), take a minute and watch it so you can better understand how finding your spirit animal does little good unless you put its spiritual messages to use.

Learning all you can about your spirit animal guide’s habitat and behavior can really make the difference in being able to learn and grow from the guidance it gives you. As you learn more about your animal spirit guide, lessons you hadn’t originally known or realized will present themselves.

Leave a comment below and let me know what you think or how else I can help! Also, feel free to contact me!

***Special Note***
Sacred artwork for the the featured image was graciously supplied by visionary artist Autumn Skye-Morrison.

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***Special Note About Comments***

WhatIsMySpiritAnimal.com is SO blessed to receive TONS of readers and commenters from all over the globe. We have thousands of participants and I would love to personally respond to each comment and question. Though I'm trying to figure out how to be more like the Octopus and have eight arms to work with, for now I only have two. This means I can only respond as time allows. If your Spirit, Totem, or Power Animal question is deeply important to you, perhaps you'll consider booking a Shamanic Spirit Animal Reading with me.


  1. Lorii Mayne July 11, 2018 at 3:11 pm - Reply

    In the last few months I’ve been feeling lost and out of control. My husband n I went on a small vacation and it helped me relax some. But I noticed that every place we stopped I saw owls. I found myself drawn to them. I dreamed about them. As I looked at pictures of them I found them very calming. We stopped at this little store. Lady sold crystals and spiritual book. As I was looking at some of the books on her shelf she came up beside me handed me a leather journal and said this is what ur looking for… On the journal was a beautiful owl.

    • kiwani August 31, 2018 at 11:01 am - Reply

      Hello Laurie,
      I liked the revelation & awareness of your owl comment….I am wondering if you will please say where you vacationed, & name of store where that happened?I think it may be interesting to visit..thank you

      • kiwani August 31, 2018 at 11:04 am - Reply

        ..oops spelling, sorry..Lorii

    • kiwani August 31, 2018 at 11:15 am - Reply

      ..oops, spelling sorry.. Lorii

  2. Pia July 15, 2018 at 12:45 pm - Reply

    i love animals in general, and really want to find my spirit animal and really connect with it, as in, talk to it all the time! i’m 13, live in Perth, WA. any chance i could see you here? if not, do you know anyone??? i love horses and wolves, but feel my ego might be what’s persuading me to think it’s them!

    • M August 7, 2018 at 9:35 am - Reply

      You are an amazingly old soul. Call to your former selves for wisdom and guidance.

  3. Seleen July 16, 2018 at 10:48 pm - Reply

    Since I was a toddler, I have seen a large black wolf with red glowing eyes. It isn’t threatening, and in fact it is calming when I see it. I used to point to what my parents said was thin air, and say “PupPup!” likr it was mine specifically. Nowadays, I see this wolf in my dreams when I am upset. There was also an incident where an ex-friend randomly took a picture out of the car window, and it revealed this same wolf lunging at his side at the camera. Mind you, this was right before a bad fight with said friend.

  4. suguna July 28, 2018 at 7:06 am - Reply

    i want my animal spirit guide in detail

  5. Aditya July 30, 2018 at 3:36 pm - Reply

    I don’t see any animals in my dreams neither I was able to find one after meditating so I wanted to ask if it is possible for a person to not have any spirit animal?

    • James B. H. August 19, 2018 at 4:08 am - Reply

      You do have a spirit animal, it may not reveal its self right away, i’ve been meditating and focusing on my chakras for over 3 years and i haven’t fount mine yet, because they may say we are not ready to receive messages from them so they don’t reveal them self. Just like if you call for guidance from you’re guardian angel, they may say you’re not ready to receive messages yet. But always have trust in you’re heart Chakra and keep meditating every day. I put all my trust in all my chakra’s because i trust the spirit guides and God. I hope this some what helps you to keep meditating till you find you’re spirit guide or animal spirit guide but never forget them and always keep talking to them and get more messages that they have when you find them.

  6. Lily July 30, 2018 at 8:29 pm - Reply

    Okay, so I had this weird dream that we were going to my favorite restaurant, but the parking lot wasn’t a parking lot, in fact it was actually a swamp, and I saw this weird thing. I don’t remember if it was a cougar or a doe, but I know that it was tawny and that it was one of those, and, whatever it was was, it was hurt, it had a broken leg I think. And that’s all I remember. I see a lot of deer, but Ilive in Wisconsin, so that’s expected. I have not seen a cougar in the wild, but people always tell me that I’m catlike, and I will swim, I’m fast, somewhat agile, and smart like the cougar. So, which one is it? Doe or cougar? Please help!

  7. dimakatso August 13, 2018 at 11:18 am - Reply

    i love eagles and when ever i pray i always ask almighty to give me the strength and power that the eagles have and I dnt know if im crazy or its my mind playing games on me, because as soon as I prayed I will feel soo much empowered and have the strength to finish all my tasks that I was struggling to finish before I prayed. so please help and again im not sure cause before I used to dream a lot about a lion and im sooo scared of it but in my dreams they never hurt me though I was terrified with it. and one day around the afternoons at my place there was a an owl sitting next to my door and it looked at me right in my eyes and were staring each other for like 2-3minutes and when I walked inside the apartment and I had an idea that I should go back and take its picture but it was gone. and since from there I know around 20:00 – 21-30 if im outside I will see an owl and it became a habit and it made me terrified because wherever I was I will always see an owl and sometimes I would even feel that I am goin to see an owl, but the problem is I’m not sure it what I saw was an owl of an eagle hence its dark and its difficult for me to differentiate between the two.

    • James B. H. August 19, 2018 at 4:22 am - Reply

      They’re is nothing wrong about praying for strength from god to get through you’re day and tough times. Usually at night you would see the owls but i’m surpised it didn’t fly away when it seen you. And if u countered it more than once every night when you’re outside it may be an animal spirit wanting to help you or you’re normal spirit guide. I have actually encountered an owl during day light that surpised me because i never see them during the day. it was staring at me for 2 hours when i was outside sitting under a tree just talking to myself. But i would suggest meditating and see if an owl shows up.

  8. James B. H. August 19, 2018 at 3:59 am - Reply

    A few months ago before i moved from Nebraska to Iowa every morning and throughout the hole day i would get a big group of 15 to 20 ravens, 4 blue jays and 2 red birds. I also have been seeing Rabits and ground squirls. this wasn’t a one day thing, they kept showing up every day till the day we moved. But now every time i look out the window i get to see 2 big birds that look as long as an eagle when its in the sky. I haven’t dreamed of any animals that i remember. But also at night when i’m outside just listening to nature i would actually hear 4 owls in the trees. and today 8-18-2018 i seen 3 geese that where in the road, we stopped in the turning part to make sure to stop them from going further in the road and got them back to the side of the road in the grassy part so they wouldn’t get hurt. I don’t like seeing animals hurt and thats all animals dogs, cats, etc. I love all animals. I hope some day i’ll find my spirit animal guide

  9. Lisa August 21, 2018 at 2:14 pm - Reply

    Since I was young, I have loved climbing trees. Now that I am partially disabled, I cannot climb anything, lol. But the apple tree, I love the apple tree. I have apple blossoms tattooed on my right arm and I love them. I don’t dream of trees, but I do dream of alien beings quite often. They come to Earth and I am not afraid anymore, I welcome them and anticipate what we can learn from them.

  10. caityn September 9, 2018 at 7:29 am - Reply

    i am a 15 year old girl who lives in the country in Western australia, i have never been specifically been drawn to certain animals, i have gone through phases were i was obsessed with certain species but they never lasted longer than a couple of months, i have tried meditating and looking for certain animals that i think are like me but nothing seems to work, if anyone has any ideas or anyone i can see that would be great.

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