Shape shifting and the wolf
The myths, legends and folklore of many cultures support the spiritual beliefs in animal spirit guides, while shamanistic rites and rituals support the transfiguration of the soul during the spiritual warrior’s journey of discovery and enlightenment.
Spiritually speaking, a person who undergoes this transformation is able to see characteristics of certain animals or spirit guides within their own personality. However, in the case of a spiritual seeker, these shape shifters assume their animal form in the spirit realm. These spiritual warriors identify with the animal spirit within and incorporate the attributes of their spirit animal into their daily interactions with others. The animal spirit guides provide lessons for the seeker to follow to encourage their spiritual development towards enlightenment.
By blending with your animal spirit guide on the spirit plane during a meditation session you can truly say they have become a shape shifter. If your spirit guide is the wolf, then the Grey Wolf or Timber wolf is a teacher that brings lessons of cooperation and community to the spiritual warrior.
Spiritual warriors exist mentally and in spirit as both wolf and human as one person, when they shift, mentally, the people around them usually notice. The change produces a change in demeanour that is recognizable. Even without shifting, there are facets in their mind that are pure wolf.
The transition, change or shift is very difficult to describe to someone who has not experienced it themselves. The spiritual transformation has been described as integrating the human and animal personalities and between the two that affects your actions, words, the way you carry yourself and your life generally. Other shape shifting seekers make a clear distinction between the spiritual forms of their human and animal guides in order to maintain their balance within the physical world and blend in with ‘normal humanity’.
Witchcraft or magic was thought to be the main cause of shape shifting in Europe during the middle Ages although modern theorists believe rye bread eaten by poor classes may have been contaminated with the fungus ergot. This potentially caused hallucinations and delusions about becoming a werewolf.
It does also have a name Lycanthropy which is given to a condition in which a person believes they transform into a wolf and back again. It comes from Greek terms lykoi for wolf and anthropos for man. A literal translation for lykoi-anthropos is ‘wolf man’. This belief has been diagnosed as a psychiatric disorder where the afflicted person believes they are a wolf. It is thought that the ‘disorder’ can be linked to the once widely held belief that lycanthropy is a supernatural state of being where people, usually a shaman, actually take on the physical characteristics of an animal. Psychiatry tells us that this ‘delusion’ is most likely to occur among those members of the community who believe in the transmigration of souls and reincarnation. Along with lycanthropy, a person who believes that they can shift from person to animal and back has been referred to as a Theriomorph or shape shifter.
The act of honouring an animal is the acknowledgment of their power and is a sign of our gratitude for their help. The energy of the animals, birds and other creatures that assist us should be honoured. Native Americans often leave tobacco scattered on the ground as a gift. You could also burn incense in honour of your animal guide. When honouring your spirit animal’s wisdom and energy, always leave a gift of some sort. Remember to say Thank you. Wolf spirit is a teacher of humankind, a pathfinder. Wolves can teach us many things including how to know and understand ourselves and others.
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