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Elephant Spirit Animal

Throughout history elephants have been revered. They are most intelligent creatures, and honoured by many cultures. As well as being the largest land animals, they are also among the longest lived, with life spans of 60 years or more. In Buddhist tradition, the Buddha picked the form of a white elephant as one of his many incarnations, thus the rare appearance of a white elephant is still heralded as a manifestation of the gods.

Elephants can teach us that gentleness, commitment, and communication in relationships is very powerful and necessary to keep relationships alive, trusting and loving, whether it be friends, family or partner. Deeply committed to all creatures with whom they have relationships, elephants are tough when protecting others and gentle when nurturing them. The matriarch (the oldest, most experienced female leader of a herd) leads in a way that is both gentle and inclusive. Elephants are able to communicate telepathically. This can teach us how to truly listen to others.

Elephants show us that by supporting and loving one another, our own ability to thrive in the physical world is enhanced. We learn from them to pass on the gift of nurturing we received in our early years, be it from our biological family or others who helped us grow into who we are now. We must honour the elders of our community and nurture the young. Like the elephant, we need to help ease the transitions of those who are going into adulthood with gentle love, wisdom, patience and compassion. By having open hearts and minds, we can create strong relationships within the community, therefore building a strong community.

Elephant tusks point backwards. They use them as weapons and for digging edible roots. From a spiritual point of view this hints at an ability to uncover the hidden memories and bring them to the fore for evaluation and healing. Let go.

Spirit Elephant

You have carried with you
Lord of the Heavens
Your powers are given to the heart’s desire
With unchanging stability
Our Earthly companion
With a center of kingship
You extend to the four corners of Earth

Beginning and end of
Inner creation
Incidentally brute strength exhibited
While invoking enlightenment
Instrument of Heaven
Intervention and blessing
Manifesting evolutions sound with OM

As you hold up the world
Like cosmic pillars
Angel with the Universe upon your back
Displaying power of knowledge
Echoes significant
Conception is our reward
Shaking prosperity long life and wisdom

When you move in your ground
Symbolic in strength
One considers in your presence to avoid
Dumbo foolish or rash actions
Vigilant and wary
Is your witness to destroy
Anything that seeks to harm a calf of yours

Praying for our favor
Blind to comprehend
Is the man that would insult you with his blade
Although modest you will attack
At no time to forget
Be advised not to come back
For Moon Goddess knows your favor will be won

Relationships we’ll find
You teach us gently
Communication holds the power to keep
Connection to Ancient Wisdom
Knows the truth of all time
For in what form speech arrives
Determines if it will live or it will die

Be gentle with the heart
Instructions are clear
Delicate natures of the soul can be crushed
But if to nurture and obey
The wisdom that you share
The breath of life your trunk breathes
Can cause the light that would have died to be spared

When a baby is born
Community joins
To gather round the mother and the newborn
Marveling the purest of light
Celebration arrives
Behold a rumble of joy
Into a circle of protective insight

Guide us sensitively
To be forgiving
To ourselves and to our loved ones faithfully
The penetration of your tusk
Imagery would reveal
Living this life will impale
No one is free from what invisibly thrusts

Shifting to see the whole
Living, letting go
Uncovering memories and inner truths
May what we learn be what we need
Patiently to succeed
Our Individually
Bestowed Soul Paths with honor infinitely

tHE tERRY tREE

Intro Text Article | Ina Woolcott | Photo | Elephants : wallpapo.com

Listen to Elephants : http://www.soundboard.com/sb/Elephant_Audio_Sounds

Additional Link : http://www.elephantvoices.org

References | Penguin Dictionary of Symbols | http://www.shamanicjourney.com/article/6034/elephant-power-animal-symbol-of-commitment-royalty-strength

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