Author Franki Storlie Uses the Native American Animal Totem to Guide Readers to More Fulfilled Lives

ELLENSBURG (PRWEB) November 04, 2011

Residents of Zanesville, Ohio, awoke to an unusual morning on Tuesday, October 18th. Terry Thompson, owner of the private Muskingum County Animal Farm near Zanesville, threw open the cages of his more than 50 exotic animals before committing suicide. Sherriffs deputies were instructed to shoot to kill. The massacre which, at last count, resulted in the death of 49 animals including 18 rare Bengal tigers and 17 lions was a testament to many things; lax animal ownership laws and questionable animal import practices among them. The ordeal also was a testament to modern societys lack of familiarity with the animals they share the planet with, a point many celebrities and animal-rights organizations echoed. Celebrity DJ Samantha Ronson tweeted: Did they really have to kill them? Becoming familiar with animal instincts, spirits and guiding wisdom takes center stage in the new book Animal Totem Guides: Messages for the World: Communicating with Your Power Animal Guides (published by iUniverse) by Franki Storlie.

Storlie believes that every person possesses a spirit heart and soul that waits to be reawakened and longs to seek spiritual knowledge. In her guidebook Animal Totem Guides: Messages for the World, Storlie relies on her Native American ancestry and her personal experiences to provide clear direction on how each of us can connect with our own souls and spiritual guides, ultimately realizing true joy, inner peace, wisdom and love in the process.

Those studying metaphysical and spiritual teachings will find much to enjoy about this reference book, as will those looking to communicate and deeply connect with those spirits (both animal and human) aro

Q&A: Spirit Guide Question…?

Question by erichbreidenbach: Spirit Guide Question…?
Not sure is “Spirit Guide” is technically the appropriate term, but here goes…

During my life, when something has gone wrong, or I have been in danger (admittedly not often) events seem to conspire to remove me from the situation. It’s a little scary because some of the situations have been such that I didn’t feel there was any way to get out of them; then a series of events beyond my control moves me out of harm’s way.
Since I have started learning more about the spiritual, I have run into some kind of force. Every time I try to probe, I run into a mental image of somebody clothed in white. I get the feeling that somehow he has some of my essence in it, but I get a mixed emotional impression, almost angry or something else that I can’t begin to define. he glows a little, like a bright light with no discernable source is shining on him, and he’s always leaning against an oak tree (apparently in summer foliage)

Any insights or explanations people have would be welcome
In response to one of the answers, yes and no. It feels like it has part of my essence, but the remainder feels alien, there’s something there, but it’s so far out of the realm of my experience that I can’t understand it

Best answer:

Answer by LiliRose

What do you think? Answer below!

Spirit guide? Heaven sent protecter? Totem?

Question by Hannah: Spirit guide? Heaven sent protecter? Totem?
I posted a question earlier dealing with seeing “spirit wolves” as a child. Most every answer said that the wolf is my “spirit guide”. What does this mean?if I am connected with the wolf how can I contact it? please help!

Best answer:

Answer by Devo
Usually means that you identify with some aspect of the wolf, or that you have a connection to it in some way or form.
Easiest way is to connect with your totem through meditation.
You can google animal totem meditation, and find tons of sites about it.
Happy Learning.

Know better? Leave your own answer in the comments!

how do I know if it’s my spirit guide?

Question by totsz13: how do I know if it’s my spirit guide?
how do I know if my spirit guide is really my spirit guide instead of a demon ? I just started talking to my “spirit guide “, and I held a pen to a paper and he wrote back. but how do I know if it isn’t something else ?

Best answer:

Answer by ..:: I AM ::..
Spirit Guides is a lengthy subject. If you’d like you can e-mail me.

What was your first instinct when you received an answer?

Give your answer to this question below!

I just got an image of my spirit guide, then i felt like crying for no reason?

Question by AMERICAN DREAM DENIAL: I just got an image of my spirit guide, then i felt like crying for no reason?
i just randomly thought “i want to meet my spirit guide”. then i saw an image of my guide in my mind and i almost cried. i dont know why. WHY?

Best answer:

Answer by I <3 Trevor
yes this spirit giide has been with you so it is a part of you just like when you meet your soul mate you cry when this part of you is reavled and there is no secrets you feel more vulrnerable to the spirit guide slipping away

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“For an impenetrable shield, stand inside yourself.”  ~  Henry David Thoreau ~

You are  your own best friend.  We’ve all heard this statement before.  The sooner we can grasp the meaning of this, the sooner we will realize the truth of it. What does it mean to be your own best friend? It means being in touch with your inner landscape, it means listening to your inner voice, it means trusting your self .

A sixth sense, spiritual insight, instinct; (the ability) to know something without conscious reasoning, immediate apprehension…pure knowledge>> INTUITION…the guiding light from within.

“The primary force is intuition.  In that deep force, the last fact behind which analysis cannot go, all things find their origin.”  ~ Ralph Emerson Waldo ~

When it comes to intuition, the largest part of it depends on trust.  Trusting self. Allowing knowledge to enter your heart and trusting it to be true, keeping the mind and heart wide open.  In meditation, for instance, you give the mind a rest and thus become more open to ‘what is’, without expectation or fears & desires.  This is where intuition can give you room to grow spiritually, free from analyzing, thinking and reasoning.

Intuition is part of you, like your organs, and you cannot live without it.  When you develop your intuition, and trust your intuition, your decisions become more fundamental and spontaneous.  Trusting your intuition gives a feeling of freedom.  Drugs, alcohol and cigarettes will impede the process of developing your intuition.

Quietude is the basic foundation on which to build your intuition.  Regular meditation will strengthen your intuition; you will be more in balance and will find it easier to go with the flow of  your inner landscape.  When you are in balance you will not be bogged down by fear, emotions, exhaustion etc.   Know that your biggest source of wisdom lies within you; trust your intuition.

Taking care of self, body/mind/spirit, will enable you to tap into your intuition.  Assume that intuition works for you.  Trust that it is there to guide you in life’s journey.  Remind yourself that you are an intrinsic part of the ‘big picture’.

“The only really valuable thing is intuition. ~ Albert Einstein

It is important to pay attention to your intuition. Concentrate on what is happening in and around you.  All your organs, your blood, your breath, all that makes up your life (your existence) works together to make up who you are and gives you life’s journey on earth.  It is this ‘working together’ that makes this happen in exchange with the world around you.  Thus you are part of the “big picture”.


The first and foremost step is to be aware.  Awareness of self and of life around you will give you strength in developing your intuition.  Be responsible for who you are and for the actions you take.  Decide your own path and let your intuition guide you.  Self confidence will give you the (emotional) freedom to follow your bliss and will lead you toward freedom of restraint such as fear, dogma.  Take the initiative to create your own life, give into the moment, and release your anxieties &insecurities.  Experience life and the myriad  possibilities it offers.

“It is with the heart that one sees rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.”  ~  Antoine de Saint-Exupery ~

By developing intuition you build self confidence and will eventually live from the inside out.  You will be able to control your situations and your emotions.  You will decide what makes you happy and what hinders you, remove barriers, decide your own mood and eventually you will be able to enjoy each moment as it is presented to you.  Once your intuition is strong enough, you will enjoy pure assertiveness, strong decision making abilities, choice, and above all a strong sense of self.  Hence you will feel better.  Your health will improve as well.

Meditation and relaxation are big factors in achieving this goal, and once you have momentum there’s no stopping…you will be able to enjoy life as it is meant to be. Decide your own direction in life; listen to your heart.  Animals posses intuition and we are witness of this every day.  Tap into your own wisdom and realize your full potential.

“Every artist dips his brush into his soul…” ~ Henry Ward Beecher – (1813 – 1887)

For many people intuition is mysterious.  Artists, on the other hand, are more familiar with the concept of this undefinable driving force.  They tap into it (almost) subconsciously.  We too can cultivate this non-rational way of being; rejuvenate ourselves, ground and balance our energies and deepen our relationships.

In order to do this we must learn to have awareness for the sensations that constantly soar through our bodies; these are signals that have to be attended to.  In this way we begin to sense how they relate to what we eat, think and feel (etc.), and will bring our awareness back into a living connexion with our bodies & with the universe, experiencing the total ‘body/mind/spirit’ connexion.

This straight knowledge comes from our inner spiritual level, tapping into our ‘higher’ faculties, and is an expression of the soul.  To experience this sense of bliss, it is essential that our emotional nature becomes serene and balanced.  Regular meditation & relaxation,  reflective thinking, and  quietude are all methods to get into this state.  It is a developed and discriminating mind that can lead us there.  It is our ‘higher’ level thinking that brings us close to our inner essence of soul.

“The only justice is to follow the sincere intuition of the soul.”~ D.H.Lawrence ~

The last endocrine gland to have its function discovered  is the pineal gland.  It is located deep in the brain, directly behind the eyes.  It is associated with the 6th chakra ( ‘Anja’ or ‘3rd eye’ ).

It is believed to be a dormant organ that can be awakened to enhance “intuition”.Rene Descartes called it “the seat of the soul”. This area is believed to be the connecting link between the physical and the spiritual world, and is considered the most powerful and highest source of ethereal energy available to human beings.  This gland is large in children and begins to shrink at the onset of puberty.

The pineal gland secretes melatonin ( a hormone) during times of relaxation & visualization ; when activated it becomes the line of communication with the ‘higher’ planes.

To activate this ‘3rd eye’ the pineal gland and pituitary gland  must vibrate in unison, which is achieved  through meditation & relaxation.

Visualization is the first step in directing the energy in our inner landscape, to activate the 3rd eye.  Intuition is achieved through 3rd eye development.  We raise our consciousness from emotional nature into an illuminated awareness when the pineal gland is lifted from dormancy.  We then loose our sense of ego and become conscious (aware) of our inner self.

Take the journey inside yourself and discover the ‘friend’ that will always be there, and has been there all along.

“We need to be willing to let our intuition guide us, and then be willing to follow that guidance directly and fearlessly.” ~ Shakti Gawain ~