The notion of every person having an animal "spirit guide" fascinates me. Just think about having an invisible, yet extremely powerful, entity ready to fight for you, help you, and inspire you.
But there's always been an aspect of the whole spirit guide thing that bothers me: Everyone has the same guides. Panthers. Leopards. Tigers. Eagles.
Where is the rat? The skunk? The slug?
I mean, don't those beings get the chance to become animal spirit guides, too? Or is there some test that needs to be passed before a creature has the opportunity to become a guide? Perhaps written and oral exams.
Journey with me to the forest for a moment...
Beaver: [opening mail] Dang it! Another rejection from the Spirit Guide Committee of North America.
Weasel: Yeah, I got one, too.
Beaver: It's that stupid multiple choice section. I always mess up! I'm no good at standardized tests.
Weasel: For me, it's the reading comprehension. I run out of time.
Beaver: [sighing] I guess I'll just go build a dam. Damn.
Out of curiosity, I did a search on Google and found out that all animals ARE allowed the opportunity to be spirit guides! Check out this site on Shamanism here.
What do you know? You really DO learn something every day! But I still think that no one would go around saying, "Guess what? I'm a raccoon!"