While some might not find the discussion of totem animals paranormal in nature, I tend to disagree (obviously). I find that anything of a deep spiritual nature can relate to the paranormal. After all, paranormal means literally: Beyond the range of normal experience or scientific explanation. Plus totem animal books are in the same section of the library as the ghost books, so there you go.
So what is a totem animal? Merriam-Webster's dictionary defines it as: 1 a : an object (as an animal or plant) serving as the emblem of a family or clan and often as a reminder of its ancestry; also : a usually carved or painted representation of such an object b : a family or clan identified by a common totemic object 2 : one that serves as an emblem or revered symbol.
Totems can also be symbols for an individual's personal or spiritual identity. Most people have more than one totem animal that teaches, guides and sometimes protects them. Most totems remain with you throughout your life, though, a major life change could cause your totems to change in order to adapt to new circumstances. Sometimes people also have special helpers/protectors that show up for a limited amount of time in order to help you through challenges you must face. Check out Discover Your Animal Totems to find out what totems you may have. You can also look at what is going on around to see if there are any animals/insects/reptiles/amphibians that might be trying to send you a message. That's how I discovered I probably have a totem animal trying to get my attention.
I spend a great deal of time outdoors. I love wildlife, and I am familiar with behavior patterns of native species. So when I noticed I was seeing more red-tailed hawks, I thought it was odd, but more or less figured it meant there was a larger population of rabbits, mice and other small animals on the hawk's menu. It's simple ecology. But then I noticed I wasn't just seeing hawks flying around or sitting on top of telephone poles or trees, I was seeing them hunt and grab their prey. While not a typical thing to see on any day, and not something you typically witness time after time, I still figured it was due to higher animal populations. I blew it off, though I did think it was weird. I can imagine that my poor totem animal was getting a bit miffed that I wasn't paying attention, or that I wasn't thinking all these hawks were a big deal. That's when they started getting my attention.
Recently, things stepped up a bit. As I was driving down Route 15 at 70-some MPH, a hawk came out of nowhere, swooped down in front of the car and flew off. It happened in seconds and was the strangest thing. A few weeks later, I was sitting in traffic when a hawk suddenly dropped from the sky and landed on the side of the road. There wasn't any prey there, and the hawk simply stood looking at me before flying off. The most recent interaction occurred while I was spending a weekend away. While leaving my room, I saw movement out of the corner of my eye. A hawk flew from the woods, dropped down to my eye level and flew so close in front of me that I could feel the air movement. If I had reached out I would have hit it. Once it flew past, it soared up and out of sight.
What are your totems? Are you dreaming about an animal? Do you feel a deep connection with an animal? Noticing some crazy animal behavior that is screaming for you to pay attention?