Spirit Animals vs. Angels: What’s the Difference?

“Spirit animals and angels, one ‘n’ the same or no? I’d like to tune more into my angel if she isn’t shaking her head and going now what are you doing lol”

A good question from a curious client! 😉 I’ll do my best to answer here, to the best of my knowledge and experience.

masculine feminine balance angelSpirit animals vs. angels: what’s the difference, if any?

Spirit animals and angels are both spirit beings. And in my experience they are both positive spirit beings (as opposed to spiritual entities with a negative or malevolent energy or intent.) Although I suppose it’s possible for an animal to get warped into something negative through the influence of some negative power, I’ve never come across it.

In my experience spirit animals range from neutral positive to actively benevolent. Angels are always purely benevolent.

The most obvious difference to me is that spirit animals are definitely ANIMAL. You can generally sense what kind of animal it is.

Angels, on the other hand, can show up in different ways. Often they appear in some sort of human form, whether it’s as a vision or in art. They can also show up as an orb of light, a feeling of warmth, unseen hands, etc. I think they take human form so often because it is so easy for us to relate to them in that form. It must make it easier for them to communicate with us that way!

Going a bit deeper, though, my sense is that spirit animals and angels have different origins.

Where do Spirit Animals come from?

I have a very strong sense that Spirit Animals are of the earth. They are creatures of Mother Earth and very much connected to Her.  You can think of a spirit animal as being the essence, or wisdom, of a particular species of animal. (Or sometimes the essence of a particular type of that animal, Spirit Buffalo with matlike a white wolf as opposed to a black wolf.)

As creatures of the earth, and as animals, they speak to our instinctual selves, our subconscious selves, our animal nature. (Or, depending on your background and beliefs, you might consider that they are a part or emanation of our own instinctual selves.)

In the shamanic tradition, the earth/nature/subconscious realm where power animals make their home is known as the Lower World.

Spirit animals teach us how to reconnect with our healthy, wild instincts. In this world of ours that is very important for coming back to a sane path of living, a sustainable path that will keep us long-term healthy both as individuals and as a society.

From whence do Angels come?

Angel painting copyright Anne C Michelsen 2015

Angels, on the other hand, come from above. That is, they are beings of the Upper World, or Heaven; Light, and pure consciousness.

Angels help us to expand our consciousness and grow and evolve spiritually towards ever higher consciousness and spiritual vibrations. It is their job and their pleasure to support us in our journey; however angels won’t jump in where they aren’t invited. Once you open yourself to their assistance, though, you will likely experience extremely powerful changes in your life.

Communicating with your Angels and Spirit Animals

You can ask your angel to communicate with you. Just intend for his/her guidance on whatever topic and tell her you’re ready and willing to hear from her, and thank her for her presence. Then stay open to guidance. It could come in the form of a dream, or a sudden inspiration, download of wisdom, message, or synchronicity of some kind. It usually happens when you’re not expecting it! 🙂

You can do the same with spirit animals. If you feel a connection with a particular animal, ask it what it would like to tell you. However spirit animals are more animal-like and may appear shy or even (rarely) hostile or sarcastic at first. I suggest doing things to honor your animal, such as wearing its image or offering tobacco. After a while if you are sincere and if it really is a match for you, it will likely come around and work with you.

Have you had both spirit animal and angel encounters? What do you feel are the biggest differences in working with them? Leave your reply below! 

 

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My weird holiday season decision

red pepper watercolorStarting a cleanse? Right before the holidays?

Sounds crazy, doesn’t it? But that’s what I’m doing this year.

Don’t blame me, though. Blame my angels.

This fall, I was starting to experience some troubling physical problems. Like kidney pain. Fatigue. And leg and foot injuries.

So I asked my angels, and they said, “cut down on the meat.”

So I did. For 10 days I went nearly 100% vegan, and the kidney pain went nearly completely away.

But my angels weren’t done with me yet.

“Cut out the sugar,” they insisted.

“Nuts. Really? Do I have to?” I replied.

“Yes,” they said. So I did.

Now I don’t normally eat much sugar, but I had been indulging far more in the previous months. And I had still been eating a fair amount of honey and other natural sweeteners.

They told me to cut those out, too.

Have you ever tried to give up sugar, even for a short period? Then you probably know what an ordeal it can be.

I was expecting it to be tortuous. But to my surprise (and thanks to my angels, I’m sure) I’ve had almost zero cravings. The kidney pain is completely gone, and my energy is WAY up. And, even though I haven’t even been trying to lose weight, my extra pounds are starting to melt away!

Just from listening to my angels.

Now I do plan to have a bit of pumpkin pie tomorrow, maybe. But after that I’m feeling certain I’ll go back to my angel diet. Because seriously, taking care of myself feels so much better than the temporary pleasure of overloading my body on sweet treats.

Just a few words of encouragement. It’s so easy to put off taking good care of ourselves. Especially with the holidays approaching. But if you do find yourself guided to start doing it NOW, I encourage you to listen.

Your angels will support you, I promise!

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An angel message for busy days

Channeled angel painting

I just wanted to share another angel reading I channeled recently. Part of the message that came through is something that I think any busy person could benefit from. I know it hit home for me:

You may feel you are working hard but even when there is not time to rest long you will find that just between oar strokes there is an opportunity to rest. Your heart beats continually, yet it rests in between each beat. Rhythm and consistency are more important than duration.
“Above all: relax – it is easy!”
Breathe, and relax. You’ll get it done.

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Are angels real?

healing angel painting
“Healing angel,” pastel, channeled angel painting by Christie Michelsen

I used to think angels were just romantic notions. Until I started doing intuitive energy work, and started sensing them in people’s auras. (It actually took me by surprise at first!)

Do they really look like beautiful humans with halos? Well, I think they are really simply pure, loving energy. But it’s easier for many people to relate to them when they appear in human form. That’s probably why they have come through that way to me and to many other artists throughout history.

I have a technique for connecting with spiritual energies that I thought for years was just doodling. I just open my mind to the universe and allow what wants to come through to appear on the paper. Often it’s an angel.

Last spring I caught that stomach flu that was going around. Needless to say I felt miserable! One day I just had to stay in bed. But at one point I sat up and invited a drawing to come in, and this is what came through. A healing angel!

Yes, it helped me feel better. 🙂

When you are feeling sick, or depressed, or otherwise unwell, I want you to know that you do have angels surrounding you.

They do exist. They are there for you, wherever you are and whatever may be happening to you. All you have to do is call on them. They will help you on some level, I guarantee it!

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Peaceful Slumber

Just a page from my sketchbook:

Peaceful Slumber baby portrait sketch

Sketched from snapshot of a friend’s new baby. She is precious! I have started to add an angel to the right and have the feeling more will show up. If they do, I’ll repost with angels (and scan it properly, too!)

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