Animal Dreaming: The Spiritual and Symbolic Language of the Australasian Animals
Ancient teachings suggest that we are capable of communing with the forces of nature and to speak readily to the animals, birds, reptiles, fish and even the insects. If we listen carefully to what they have to say and take time to learn their symbolic language, the teachings say that everything is equal and that nature speaks to those who listen. The animals each have a lesson to share.Animal Dreaming can be seen as a unique opportunity to broaden one's ability to interpret the symbolic language of the animal kingdom. It brings to the People, possibly for the first time, a comprehensive list of over 200 Australasian animals -- introducting them to its readers as totems, teachers, healers and spiritual allies.Provides ample guidelines for partaking in your own medicine totem by means of a guided meditative journey, and how to honor your totem once found. It illustrates quite concisely Australia's seasonal wheel of the year, introduces its readers to what it means to be a "feral" Australian, while expansively listing the spiritual and symbolic interpretations of over 200 native, domesticated and introduced animals, birds, reptiles and fish. An Australian first and a must have for anyone interested in Earth Wisdom and rudimentary Shamanic Lore.
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Tonight I went for a walk from the Highhill Hood to the Botanical Gardens beside the Brisbane. I was actually looking for the Dali Lama, but I couldn't find him at the River Stage or anywhere in the Gardens by our river. But I did find a small family of curlews, both in the gardens on the north side of the river, and in the memorial park on the south side of the river opposite the old South Brisbane Town Hall. I first heard their distinctive eary call, then as I followed their sound in the dark, I actually saw them and spoke to them, "hello curlews, how far have you come? From the Siberian deserts?" Although they didn't answer me then and there, a response came through to me after I cooked myself dinner and read the reference in Animal Dreaming on page 141; " ... Curlew Dreaming is emblematic of mankinds desire to seek truth and obtain wisdom. It invites us to probe deeply with our questions and to never give up on our sacred quest for knowledge. It also represents the rolling stones; those among us who forever search for a place to call home. Curlew people rarely know what it means to fit in or belong. Although they may know many people, few can be called on in times of need as friends and allies. Curlew poses the questions; "What are you looking for and what do you desire?" Curlew Dreaming exposť feelings of confusion, being overwhelmed melancholic, or disheartened, and instead offers clarity. Curlew is the Tatum of the black sheep, (me), the odd one out, children who have been fostered but not yet adopted, the new kids on the block, the ones who have yet to make their mark. The Curlew understands shyness, and so by means of its inquisitive bill, offers tutorage in asking the right questions, so the most appropriate lessons may be learned, and the local language understood, thus affording fruitful direction and purpose. It guides us to realise new friendships while offering endurance to deepen existing ones so that over time, our sense of longing, can healthily become, belonging!"
Maybe the Curlew was my teacher tonight. .....