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But hang on for a second. How do you actually find your animal spirits? Well, it's certainly not easy for newcomers. Native Americans' believe that animal spirits can manifest as a vision in your dreams, they can approach you when you least expect it. Animal totems cannot be chosen by man – animal spirits choses you. So if you are one of the lucky few, make sure you study everything you can about the animal that has come into your life. Learn about its life circle, patterns and behaviour in order for you to build up relationship built on respect and mutual understanding. All beings can learn from each other. We just have to listen.
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