I have loved animals as far back as I can remember. I played with my "imaginary" animal friend as a child, not knowing at the time what a power animal was. I had vivid dreams and visions throughout my life. I also felt drawn to different animals at different times in my life and when I found out about power or spirit animals, I finally understood why. Reading up on those animals and then going on shamanic journeys and meditations afforded me the entry point into the world of animals on a spiritual level. The reason I prefer the term power animal to spirit animal is simply because it feels more grounded and manifested to me. You are, of course, welcome to use whatever term you like; power animal, spirit animal, animal guide...You choose. The important thing is to have a strong, loving connection and to trust and ask your animal to teach you and share its wisdom with you.
In this article, we are going to visit Lama in South America. Wikipedia informs us that, “Lama is a genus containing two South American camelids, the wild guanaco and the domesticated llama.”
The Lama is a very intelligent animal and can be easily trained. However, far from having a “slave mentality,” it has its own head and can become quite hostile when burdened with too much weight and labour. As a power animal, the Lama teaches you a lot about yourself, how you react when you are under pressure or carry too much weight on your shoulders.
The Lama, as a domesticated animal used not only for its wool but also for labour, can show us that everything is achievable if we only put in the work each day to move towards our goals. The Lama does not show us the racetrack, the fast lane of life, but the, continuous and sustainable effort that moves steps by step at a steady progress towards that which we want to achieve at a pace and energy output that can stay the distance. Lama is not a sprinter. It is the animal that teaches us to husband our resources for the long-haul.
When you feel burdened and carrying a load, Lama teaches you how to stay on your path and not give up throughout the difficult parts of your journey. The animal lives in South America where there are a lot of mountain ranges. It is not always easy to move up a steep mountain path, but it also shows us that once you have persevered, there is an easier way down again.
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Life has its ups and downs naturally, but if you give up when the going gets tough, you will never be able to reach the turning point where your efforts are being rewarded and you reap the benefits of your efforts. So don’t get disheartened; rather regroup, gather your strength, and even if your progress is slow at times, as long as you move forward and learn which steps show the best results, there is never failure, but only progress, either achieving your desired results or learning valuable lessons that are useful for your future path. So, if something doesn’t work, it is never failure, it enriches you with valuable knowledge and wisdom that springs from experience.
Don’t be afraid of failure and give in to fears of rejection. If you allow this to paralyse you, you will never be able to even take the first step towards your goals, or you will give up too easily when you feel not everything is always smooth sailing, or you become impatient because things are moving too slowly for you. Instead, move at a pace you can sustain, walk on and remind yourself that only no movement at all is stagnation. As the saying goes, “Rome wasn’t built in a day.” Neither is there a magic wand that a fairy can wave over your head and magically make all your dreams come true overnight.
The achievement of your goals requires continued dedication and, with it, a change of mindset to invite success in manifesting your desires into your life, whatever that might look like for you. Remind yourself each day of the goals you are aiming for, but at the same time, take pride and joy in every single step, every effort you make on your journey. Happiness is not a final destination, it is the appreciation of each moment that fills you with love, peace and joy along your path in this great adventure that is called life!