How I got my Totem Spirit Animal.
When I was a young boy I learnt about Indian Totem Poles and Spirit Animals. Because I was from no tribe and born in England. So I went to the forest on the mount in the South Island of New Zealand in a town called Geraldine, where we lived. I sat in the amongst the ferns, Wax-eyes and Lyrebirds and asked The Great Spirit "What is my animal?". After a period of time I thought to go back down the mount and look through the Encyclopaedia of Animals. It struck me when I read about the Panther of the South Amercian Jungles of its noted solitary behaviour in the jungle. Funnily enough this is just what I did ...sit in the forest on my own, to find him.
So years later, like 30+, I look at what others have said in the spirituality of totems and representational sacred responsibilities that animal has. Very interesting and interpretatively accurate for me. You have got to love this miraculous life.