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This is the name or term I have chosen to mean "areas of non-traditional self-discovery largely through non-rational or mental means." To my mind, "New Age" methods / techniques including divination methods fall within this area. By divination, I mean acquiring insight into the unknown through powers, objects and abilities which gather information that would not normally be obtained through the five senses.
My intention is that a person who is interested in any one of the areas below, give the time that is needed, to explore and use it, in order to help with one's self-illumination, self-enlightenment, self-knowledge or self-understanding. By knowing ourselves well, we can then interact well with our environment.
I acknowledge that some people may be uncomfortable with some of the actions outlined below and may doubt their validity or usefulness. If so, then I hope that you neither dwell over their "righteousness" or ridicule their appearance on this site. They are being presented for "taking" by those who want to take them.
Personal studies can have a powerful life-changing impact upon those who practice them. In order to further peace and justice in our world, these areas of human endeavor must be learned and used without greed, either, for quick or comprehensive self-knowledge, or for power, that is, control over others. If any of the studies / techniques described below appeal to you, then your mindful engagement in them is bound to promote peace in practice.
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The aura is a set or collection of electro-magnetic energies of varying densities emanating from several different layers or energy fields around the visible physical body. Five layers of different colours surround the human body in an oval shape, projecting to somewhere between 2 and 3 feet away from the visible body. These layers are called the "lower auric bodies". Two other layers called the "higher auric bodies" make up an oval or egg shape and are located above the physical body, somewhere from just above the body to 50 feet (15 metres) up. Starting at the outer edge of the physical body, the "lower auric bodies" comprise the Physical Auric Body (a thin, bluish band), the Etheric Auric Body (the matrix upon which the physical body exists or the "non-physical" counterpart of the visible body or the "ghost" form), the Vital Auric Body, the Astral Auric Body and the Lower Mental Auric Body. The "higher auric bodies" are made up of the Higher Mental Auric Body which surrounds the Spiritual Auric Body.
The Physical, Etheric and Vital Auric Bodies are often referred to as the "health aura", and emanations from these bodies reflect a person's physical health, fundamental motivations and the workings of the present personality. The Astral Auric Body extends from the edge of the Vital Auric Body for about 2 feet (60 cm). It is usually the largest of the "lower auric bodies" and creates the ovoid shape usually associated with the aura. Its emanations are drawn from the astral body which is where we store our complete past and present life history. Both positive and negative effects of our experiences are manifested in the Astral Auric Body. In ideal emotional health, the Astral Auric Body appears as a bright, clear sky-blue. The last of the five "lower auric bodies" is the Lower Mental Auric Body, which is said to show a person's abilities on the conscious or intellectual level. A healthy mental condition displays as a pulsing yellow body touching and sometimes mingling with the Astral Auric Body.
The determining factor in the location of the "higher auric bodies" is the ability of the person to draw upon and use the powerful energies contained within the Higher Mental Body and the Spiritual Body. The Higher Mental Auric Body is usually violet in colour with dark blue at its centre. Due to the intense energies of the "higher auric bodies", only a portion of this is usually seen by people who can see auras. It is a person's intellectual link with the Source, and is said to be the place where one's Higher Self dwells.
The Spiritual Auric Body is said to be imagined (with the "Inner Eye") to be a radiant, mother-of-pearl white encased in a protective blazing gold shell. All of the cosmic energy that we use in our earthly life is drawn from this Body. This pure energy is processed as it enters the chakra system (system of energy centres) at the crown chakra, and is transformed into components of specific energy to meet our needs, before being passed on into the various layers of the "lower auric bodies". A person can consciously draw upon (or call upon) this cosmic energy from the Spiritual Body, to assist with the dense activities of one's daily living.
"higher auric bodies" are separated from the "lower auric bodies" because the
latter are dense and slow-vibrating, while the "higher auric bodies" are
of fine, fast-vibrating energy.
In metaphysics, illness is what happens to our physical systems when we are in disharmony, and wellness is harmony, or the right combination of the elements of a whole.
All matter vibrates, and disharmony creates unwanted differences in the vibration rates or frequencies of different cells, tissues and organs, as well as changes in the auric bodies. When viewing the aura, discolourations and disruptions might be seen before problems get to the physical symptom stage, i.e. it may be possible to view the root cause (i.e. ultimate source) of potential problems.
Aura-viewing can be used in addition to traditional medical diagnosis to explore the psycho-emotional and spiritual aspects at the root of what is causing a physical distress. Discolourations and irregular shapes in the aura signal problems.
Some people may be able to see the Physical, the Etheric and the Vital Auric Bodies together, or any one of them, as a hazy light-blue or grey smoke. With practice, auras might be able to be viewed with one's peripheral ("outer") vision in low-light conditions, using receptors in the eyes called rods (which are responsible for seeing in low light).
There are people around who can see the auric bodies, apart from the Spiritual Auric Body, and some may offer to "read" people's auras and/or even paint them. Such people might be found by looking in a "New Age" periodical or publication, such as Nova, a periodical published in Western Australia, or by asking at "New Age" stores. (See the Resources section of this web-site for details about Nova).
About 50 years ago, a photographic technique called "Kirlian photography" after its inventors, a husband and wife team, Semyon and Valentina Kirlian, was founded. A person places her/his hand on a plate-electrode and a high-frequency spark generator is briefly switched on, to form an image of what the Kirlians called "bioplasmic energy". This technique has now been refined so that images around the head and top of the body are displayed in different colours, and is marketed as "Aura Photography" (and acts a guide on what the aura may look like). Companies (or people) whom are able to take Kirlian photographs might be found in Nova and similar publications or by asking at "New Age" stores.
However, for a reading of your aura to facilitate diagnosis of actual or possible health problems, it is best to see a reputable (i.e. experienced and trusted) person who can actually view auras, as the accuracy and extent of capturing all the aura bodies by aura photography is debatable.
To see a range of aura photographs on the "Spirit of Mirium" website , click here.
In 2008 I had an Aura portrait channelled by Spirit of Mirium, and the description of my aura can be found HERE. My Aura Portrait is featured on Mirium's page above!
Click here to request an aura portrait from Visionary Music
A very good book about auras, which the information above is based upon, is:
Ostrom, Joseph (1987). Understanding Auras. A contemporary overview of the human aura. Aquarian Press, London. 149 pages, paperback. ISBN: 185538292X.
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Colour Therapy and personality testing by Colour
Colour is used as a cue for interpreting what we see. The colours we see around us can noticeably affect our states of minds and our feelings. Colour schemes alter the amount and type of light that enters our eyes, skin and even the underlying tissues and organs. Our word associations show that colour is strongly linked to emotions, e.g. we use such terms as "green with envy" and "seeing red". Visible light is part of a wider spectrum of energy that surrounds us. Light which is visible to humans is made up of the colours which we call "colours of the rainbow." At physical, mental and emotional levels we respond to colours, whether we realize it or not. The colour of an object is perceived when our eyes interpret the wavelengths of the light the object reflects. Colour practitioners can correct imbalances of energy using a variety of tried and tested techniques, such as using full-spectrum lamps, coloured crystals, silks and shapes, wearing particular coloured clothing, colour breathing, colour visualization, and the application of coloured oils during massage.
Isaac Newton (1642-1727) discovered that sunlight is a blend of colours, which when directed through a glass prism in a darkened room separates into seven constituent colours - the "colours of the rainbow" ( remembered by the letters RYBOGVM ), which are the three primary colours -red, yellow and blue, and the three secondary colours - orange, green and violet - the products of mixing the primary colours, and magenta. Depending on how the colours are produced (by different arrangements and numbers of prisms and different backgrounds), turquoise may be added to the spectrum of colours visible to humans. Blue and yellow make green, red and yellow make orange, and red and blue make violet.
The universe is bathed
in electromagnetic energy consisting of photons or packets of energy with an
electrical and a magnetic component which vibrate at right angles to each other.
These photons move in waves at the speed of light. The distance between
successive waves is called "wavelength" and the number of times a wave vibrates
is called "frequency". The longer the wavelength, then the lower the
frequency and the least energy. The wavelengths of visible light which
humans can see extends from the wavelengths for ultra-violet light at the red
end of the spectrum to infra-red light at the violet end of the spectrum.
Gamma rays and x-rays, etc. have smaller wavelengths than visible light (i.e.
higher frequency), while
radio waves, television waves and short wave radio waves have much longer or
higher wavelengths, with much lower frequencies. Gradually, energy
loses its electromagnetic qualities and emanates as sound, and then as the
slow-vibrating matter of atoms, then as molecules, which make up both living
and non-living visible matter.
Human beings need full-spectrum white light for good health.
Sunlight produces wavelengths from ultra-violet to infra-red and is called "full-spectrum white light". Everything, including colours, has its opposite or complement. To maintain health, colours should be used in their complementary pairs in colour therapy. The complementary pairs are-
red and turquoise
yellow and violet
blue and orange
green and magenta.
After reading about the particular effects or impacts of different colours, you could use squares of coloured cardboard, colour breathing or visualization, coloured clothes, or coloured swathes of fabrics, to treat yourself. Alternatively, consult an experienced colour therapist. A really excellent book on colour therapy, which the information above is based upon, is:
Gimbel, Theo (1994). Healing with Colour. Using colour and light to restore your well-being. Simon and Schuster, Australia. 127 pages. ISBN: 0731803825.
For more information on the importance of colour, click here[ www.energybalancing.com/therapy/color.html ]
The Luscher Colour Test is a psychological test using colour, founded by Max Luscher, who claimed that color preferences demonstrate states of mind and/or glandular imbalance, and can be used as the basis for physical and psychological diagnosis. See this link for more information.
To try out the Luscher Colour Test on-line, click here. [ http://kahome.eu/cgi-bin/lschr.pll ]
You must be honest when making your colour selections and not choose according to how you think you should, but how you feel.
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I Ching (pronounced "Ye-Jing")
The I Ching (Book of Changes) is one of the Five Classics, the fundamental books of Confucianism. It is over 3000 years old (the symbols used are over 5000 years old), making it both one of the oldest surviving books in the world, and one of the oldest forms of divination (fore-telling the future). The book was traditionally written by the legendary Chinese Emperor Fu Hsi (2953-2838 B.C.). It is possible that the the I Ching originated from a prehistoric divination technique which dates back as far as 5000 B.C. It is by far the most popular spiritual resource and oracle in Asia, and has a growing following in Europe and the Americas based on its uncanny ability to provide detailed insights to those who study it carefully.
The sages of ancient China decided that the whole world is one eternal flow of changes, and that all changes are, in some way, products of the interaction of two opposite or complementary or contrasting original forces - Yin and Yang. Everything that we know about is only complete (or as we know it) because it is made up of both Yin and Yang forces, e.g. we pair day with night, and any one of these two is defined completely only in relation to the other. The relationships of Yin and Yang are represented as a circle with one half light and one half dark, each half containing a contrasting dot, which symbolises that it also contains its opposite. In this way there is a mutual attraction between Yin and Yang. I sometimes wonder what the ultimate or original Yin and Yang pair are like.
Reading the I Ching (pronounced "Ye Jing") traditionally involves casting coins or yarrow stalks to build a series of 6 lines called a "hexagram". Each line (or cast) is either Yin (the passive or feminine force) or Yang (the active or masculine force). The resulting hexagram is then looked up in the I Ching itself, to yield a passage describing what each of the 6 lines means. However, the hexagrams are actually made up of 3 lines (which may either be Yin or Yang as cast by the subject/person doing the casting), each called trigrams. There are 8 basic trigrams representing the elements of heaven, lake, fire, thunder, wind, water, mountain and earth. There are 8 x 8 or 64 possible hexagrams, of which each is made up of two trigrams. The lines of a hexagram are numbered and read from 1 at the bottom to 6 at the top. In the contemporary visual I Ching, which uses cards with sets of broken or divided lines and continuous or unbroken lines to represent the 64 hexagrams, the divided lines represent Yin and the undivided lines represent Yang.
The I Ching can be used to derive personal strategy and insights based on natural wisdom. It taps into the human psyche (total of all the "mental" processes of the human being). You always choose the cards which are right for you at that moment in time, i.e. which will provide options or choices to problems, issues or concerns which you have, or which will comment on an issue.
The I Ching (Oracle or Prophecy) is the most intricate numerically-based oracle ever devised, based on a profound understanding of the dynamic processes of Nature that is beyond the daily consciousness of most of us. Essentially, the Oracle is used to produce responses to fairly specific questions and problems on actions to take and influences to consider. The system interprets which numerical patterns and which responses "like to go together" with what questions are posed at a specific moment in time.
C. G. Jung, the founder of analytical psychology or Jungian psychoanalysis (a type of "depth psychology", i.e. a psychology drawn upon studying the un-conscious) studied the I Ching and recognized the universality of the I-Ching's 64 hexagrams as "archetypes" (i.e. models / templates / patterns arising from the "collective unconscious" upon which all human behaviour is based). Jung found the entire I Ching system to be a complete and balanced set of human situations.
There are retail stores which sell sets of The Visual I Ching, which is made up of a very good instructional book, a set of cards representing the 64 hexagrams, and a nice blue cloth to place the drawn or cast cards upon for a reading. The book and cards are the work of Oliver Perrottet, and publishing details follow.
Perrottet, Oliver, 1987. The Visual I Ching, a new approach to the ancient Chinese Oracle. Eddison/Sadd Editions Ltd, London. Small hard-cover, 112 pages. ISBN: 0881622656.
Alternatively, you can use Chinese coins or ordinary coins to do an I Ching reading. A decision is first made as to whether heads or tails will represent Yin or Yang, and therefore, the complement will represent the other of the Yin-Yang pair. A coin is thrown into the air six times, and after each throw, a line is drawn on paper, representing Yin or Yang as revealed by the throw. The lines must be marked on the paper from bottom to top, and will form two trigrams, a lower and an upper trigram, which combined together, form a hexagram. The messages of the trigrams can be found in the web site mentioned below.
You don't have to understand the origins or the theory behind the I Ching in order to learn how to do readings, although an open mind and a belief in the benefits of the oracle (or prophecy) is necessary, and meditating upon the cards, if you use the visual I Ching, does help to learn what they signify. Once you have mastered the I Ching, if it appeals to you, you can do readings for other people or self-readings.
There are many web-sites on the Internet which look at the I Ching. I have listed one below which I have found most useful in reading the hexagrams.
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Jungian Psychoanalysis (Analytical Psychology)
("Jungian" is pronounced Yoongian, and "Jung" is pronounced Yoong )
"Jungian psychoanalysis is a particular approach to psychotherapy ("talking" cure) that works to harmonize conscious and unconscious factors so that the individual becomes more or less reconciled to his/her own complexities. Jung's view of the psyche (Self) is that beyond the personal levels of the psyche, there are active factors that seek recognition by ego consciousness. Unrecognized and split off, these factors cause unpleasant neurotic symptoms. These symptoms can result in a conscious situation of distress that may serve to activate the reconciliation process, a process Jung calls "individuation."
Jungian psychoanalysis is a journey of self-discovery. Dream themes and symbols as well as life patterns are the guides we follow. Dream images and symbols compensate one-sided or too-restrictive conscious attitudes, and thus serve as an "inner teacher" that can round out and complete the personality."
Apart from the two explanatory terms in parentheses (brackets), as inserted by the Web Author, the above two paragraphs are an extract from the web-site of Rose Holt, Jungian psychoanalyst, St Louis Jung Society.
See http://roseholt.blogspot.com for Rose Holt's web-site. (Note, that to access Rose's web site you don't need to type in "www").
A reputable (i.e. experienced and trusted) Jungian psychoanalyst / psychotherapist can help you unravel the messages of your dreams, which are messages from the unconscious mind, by helping you harmonize your conscious and unconscious feelings, thoughts, and actions. Jungian psychoanalysts (also known as psychotherapists) can be contacted either by looking in your Telephone Directory under "Psychologists" or "Psychotherapists" for someone whom is registered with the relevant registration board in your State, by searching the Internet, or by looking in periodicals or newspapers, such as "Nova." (See the Resources section of this web-site for information about "Nova".)
The "C.G. Jung Page" on the Internet provides information on Jungian Psychoanalysis and a Analyst Directory which gives the names and contact details of registered Jungian Analysts around the world, including Australia.
Click hereto go to the C.G. Jung Page [ www.cgjungpage.org ]
For a description of "dreams and their interpretation" by Frieda Fordham from her book, "An Introduction to Jung's Psychology" (now out-of-print, but reproduced with permission from Penguin Books on the C.G. Jung Page) click here. [ www.cgjungpage.org ]then click on the link titled"An Introduction to Jung's Psychology" on the home page (or go to the Resources section).
There are many books around on dream interpretation, i.e. Dream Dictionaries, but be wary of them. Such books are only rudimentary guides to the images in dreams, or possible explanations, but not necessarily likely meanings. This is because the meanings of the images can be very subtle and are extremely dependent upon the context (i.e. the experiences, predispositions, etc.) of the dreamer. If you are genuinely interested in true dream analysis, it is best that you first read to understand why we dream and how the dream images arise before you start looking in Dream Dictionaries.
Books on Dream Analysis
To get you started, there are three good books on dreams which are recommended by the Web Author. The trick for the dreamer who wishes to analyse her / his own dreams is to buy or refer to at least 3 good or reliable books on dream or symbol interpretation, in order to fully cover one's dream material and to cross-reference the meanings which are offered.
Dee, Nerys (1989). Discover Dreams - A complete guide to interpreting and understanding dreams. Aquarian Press, England. 238 pages, ISBN: 1855380471.
This book is highly recommended. It contains a very informative and comprehensive section on "the world of dreams" covering sleep and dreams, dream recall, recording dreams, the language of dreams, etc. and a most useful section on "the interpretation of dreams", including such things as nightmares and psychic dreams. Finally, the book has a small dream dictionary as the last section / part of the book, which is presented in the usual format of traditional "dream dictionaries", i.e. the dictionary is in text only which is arranged by alphabetical order of names / titles, e.g. owl, police, tiger.
Fontana, David (1993). The Secret Language of Symbols - a Visual Key to Symbols and their Meanings. Duncan Baird Publishers, London. 192 pages, ISBN: 1857936272.
This is a lovely book - an extensive visual directory with more than 300 colour illustrations of symbols and symbol systems (e.g. I Ching and Kabbalah), from the cultural, historical and psychological viewpoints. It defines symbols as "profound expressions of human nature", and discusses C.G. Jung's role in high-lighting the significance of symbols in human lives.
Parker, Julia & Derek (1995). The Complete Book of Dreams - The definitive guide to the meaning of dreams. Viking, Penguin Books Australia Ltd. 208 big pages, ISBN: 0670862908.
Although this book contains a dream dictionary, it is very aesthetic (pleasing to the eyes) and explains dreams in history, setting up dream diaries, the mechanics of sleep and why dreams occur. In addition, it explores dreams by themes instead of by "titles" which represent dis-jointed or un-connected items, the latter of which is often used in dream dictionaries. By using this book by the Parkers, dream analysis is facilitated by the presentation of sets or collection of related dreams making up a theme, e.g. different types of food items are presented together under the theme "food". Also, scattered throughout the book are descriptions of real dreams and their "interpretations".
"Once I, Chuang Tzu, dreamed I was a butterfly and was happy as a butterfly. I was conscious that I was quite pleased with myself, but I did not know that I was Tzu. Suddenly I awoke, and there was I, visibly Tzu. I do not know whether it was Tzu dreaming that he was a butterfly or the butterfly dreaming that he was Tzu. Between Tzu and the butterfly there must be some distinction. [But one may be the other.] This is called the transformation of things."
Chuang Tzu, Taoist scholar (399-295 BC)
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Tarot (pronounced "Ta-ro")
The Tarot is a pack of seventy eight cards, with 22 cards making up what is called the Major Arcana, and 56 cards called the Minor Arcana. The origins of the Tarot are obscure, yet the Tarot is said to embody the esoteric religions of Ancient Egypt, Indi, Chaldea and Persia, as well as the Hebrew Kabbala and early Christian beliefs. The images on the Tarot cards were mainly pagan in origin. The Tarot is the art or practice of divining the truths of "chance" and "meaning." Derived from the Latin word "arcanus" meaning "secret", the Major and Minor Arcana contain the esoteric wisdom of the ancients.
The Major Arcana is said to be the key to the power of the Tarot and each card is a potent force in itself. The cards symbolize forces which influence our lives, and are both archetypal (i.e. images of patterns or models of human experiences) and divinatory (i.e. reveal truths about the past, present and future). The primary function of the Major Arcana is to stimulate the intuitive faculties of diviners who through viewing the spread of cards by a subject (person) can discover and convey the messages of the Tarot. It is said that the Major Arcana represents the cycle of creation and evolution or a picture of completeness and of the world.
The Minor Arcana are the antecedents of the modern day pack of cards, and is made up of Clubs or Wands, Cups, Swords, and Coins or Pentacles. Each suit has in addition to the equivalent of the modern day Court cards, a Knight or Page. Each suit has a certain significance, respectively in the order above, symbolizing intuition, feeling, intellect and sensation or materialism. Many diviners find that the 22 cards of the Major Arcana are adequate for divination, but the Minor Arcana cards can be used to enrich the diviner's knowledge, if she/he feels called to do so.
Reading the Tarot is by no means for everyone. It takes psychic ability, time, effort and honest dedication to study the literature on the Tarot, to reflect upon the Tarot, and to find a pack from the numerous different types available which you would like to consistently work with. However, you may choose to find a Tarot reader with whom you can "sit" for a once-off or even an occasional Tarot reading (and daily readings are not recommended as the power of the Tarot will be diluted, due not to the cards themselves, which never tell lies or falsities, but due to the expectations and predispositions of the human beings involved with the reading).
You will be pleasantly or perhaps otherwise surprised by the power and accuracy of the Tarot to act as a guide or signpost to past and present influences, and as an indicator of future attitudes and/or elements/factors which will impact upon your well-being and happiness both in the near future and long-term future. The Tarot can serve as a template or model or blue-print which people can copy or base their actions (behaviour), thoughts, approaches and attitudes / perspectives upon.
There are a number of different spreads or arrangements of the Tarot cards, each one of which focuses on different types or frameworks of concerns or questions. The questions asked of the Tarot should not be those requiring a definite yes or no, but rather, they should focus on drawing a comment from the cards about the influences in one's present, past and future life, about what has contributed to the present situation, and what needs to be generated to improve one's future.
For example, if you are unhappy in your current job, don't ask the Tarot, "will I get another job which I like?" Your present situation is that you are unfulfilled and discontent in one sphere of your human activity. Ask the Tarot something like "what has happened in the past to bring me to my current situation which I could possibly address, and what do I need to do and bring about in order to improve my work situation?" (You are consulting the oracle with Why, What, When, and How regarding a particular facet of your life). Your desire is to improve your work situation, and ultimately, to improve your entire individual situation. The role of the Tarot is to explore what elements really are needed in your life to eventually lead to a better work situation, even if the pathway to that is both surprising and long. The Tarot looks in depth at life and will gladly offer you advice on what you can do (which is a template / blueprint / model for repetitive situations) and on what the likely results will be.
If you have no particular issue to ask of the Tarot, simply ask for guidance on the forces of play in your current situation. The cards will advise you on your hidden fears, un-met hopes, and on your challenges and relationships, and/or will offer you a sign of the future.
An interesting web-site to look at regarding the Tarot is "tarot.com." This site allows you a free Tarot reading on-line and after that you must purchase further readings by ordering "karma coins" at 10 cents per coin. A report with pictures and detailed text of an expert Tarot reading costs on average "60 karma coins" or $6.00 U.S. Click here to go to tarot.com.
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Messages from Animals
For information onmessages from animals, see Ted Andrew's books "Animal Wise" and "Animal Speak." Click here for a review of "Animal Wise". For a book on the meanings of Australian animals, click here. Power animals are spirit guides in animal form. They are allies who can help steer us through life's challenges and obstacles. Steven Farmer's book "Power Animals" is available from the Amazon Online Bookstore and other good book suppliers. See the following websites also for information about Animal Telepathic Communication and learning from animals.
To read messages received directly from the Animal Kingdom during a group meditation that I was a participant of, please click HERE.
Animal Spirit Readings: http://animalspiritreadings.com/
Dictionary of Animal Meanings http://www.starstuffs.com/animal_totems/dictionary_of_insects.htm
Steven Farmers: Power Animals http://drstevenfarmer.com/
Power Animals Unleashed: http://www.poweranimalsunleashed.com/
Lins Domain http://www.linsdomain.com/
Power Totem Animal http://www.religions-and-spiritualities-guide.com/power-totem-animal.html
The Nine special Totem Animals http://www.angelfire.com/ok/bobbiesues/pg8mwNINE.html
Australia's Trisha McCagh http://www.animaltalk.com.au/index.shtml
Animal Talk http://www.animaltalk.net/
Amelia Kinkade http://www.ameliakinkade.com/
Marta Williams http://www.martawilliams.com/index.htm ( has an excellent book called "Learning their Language" )
Mitakuye Oyasin - we are all related