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Wolf Animal Spirit and the Power of Instinct

Updated on March 5, 2020
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My Native heritage has taught me to listen to my animal guides. Learning from their habits gives me great joy.


The Wolf, Intuition, and Instincts

We all go through life with intuition and instincts. “I had a feeling that would happen”, “I know I have met her somewhere before”, “I had a feeling it was you calling”, “I knew it was going to be a boy” or, I wish I would have listened to myself" are but a drop in the bucket of all the intuitions and instincts you will or have already encountered thus far in your life.

So why don’t we listen more closely to those inclinations we have? How many times can you recall when you've shrugged off a feeling only to find out that you were correct?

We all have the ability to use these powers of intuition and instincts, but as a human race, sometimes, well, most of the time, we need physical proof so we can be absolutely sure before we speak out or act upon our feelings or beliefs.

The problem is, that we as a human race don’t trust ourselves enough to listen to our intuition so when we choose to shrug off and ignore these feelings, we can miss out on so many wonderful experiences that otherwise could have been a very positive part of our life's journey.

The best teachings in the universe that we can learn from are those of the natural instincts and deep connections with that of the wolf.

By observing and studying the characteristics of the wolf, we take notice of their intelligence that comes forth with an appetite for freedom and most importantly, the awareness of social connections and family values.

WOLF/ Connecting With Your Spirit Animal and Spirit Guide

The Symbolization Between You and the Wolf

Believe it or not, we have so much in common with our spirit animal guides. The wolf plays such an intricate part in our lives especially when revered in a spiritual and/or cultural tradition. With the wolf as our spirit guide, it helps to show us the way along our very own path of life by teaching us who we are and more important, how we should treat each other.

During our life's journey, there will be several times when we will feel the need to be on our own. As a toddler, our appetite for freedom begins when we learn to crawl. We learn to move about and explore the wonders around us by touching, pulling, tasting, and smelling. When our journey takes a hold of our learning ability and our accomplishment of taking our first steps rewards us with another sense of freedom, our appetite increases with the knowledge that we can go further.

Our very first day of school, learning to drive, our first date, first job, going to college, living on our own, and getting married, is but a handful of our thirst for freedom.

Along with the passion of this freedom comes the desire of living life powerfully with guided instincts. This combination is the passion we all desire to approach our daily endeavors.

Wolf’s Teachings

Within the Native American culture, there are many traditions that consider the wolf to rank the highest among all the spiritual teachers, including the eagle and the hawk.

Ted Andrews, author of Animal-Speak states, "Wolves are the epitome of the wild spirit. They are friendly, social, and highly intelligent. Their sense of family is strong and loyal, and they live by carefully defined rules and rituals."

The wolf is considered the “Teacher of Knowledge.” Their spiritual purpose on this plane of existence makes them one of the more common animals that people are naturally driven to and want as their spirit guide. As with most animals of the universe, we as humans also have the gift of knowledge and a spiritual purpose, however, it is the animals that have that "special balance and flow" with nature’s energy and therefore adapt to living within this world much better.

Family Wolf Pack


Wolf and the Family Unit

When we look at the family unit as a whole, the first member we tend to look towards is the mother (or the female) of the family. She is loyal, territorial, nurturing, protective, possessive, and the keeper of the community.

The female wolf you might say is the same way but with a few added characteristics. She is rarely alone. All of the responsibilities of her family are shared with the pack.

The female wolf will stand and not be afraid to fight for her home or pack. She also has a bit of a jealous streak when it comes to those she doesn’t know or trust and will step in between her home and family and others. The female wolf’s energy and intuition is remarkable and can always sense even the slightest change when something is amiss within and around her home and family. All sound too familiar?

When the wolf is not threatened and treated with respect, it allows others to come within their space and partake of their knowledge and teachings. Once that trust is broken or the sense of threat is apparent, then the wolf becomes aggressive and protective and will remove the negativity from them and their home.

It is important to remember that as a human race, there is constant negativity surrounding us every day. Even more so with the modern technologies that allows others to invade our homes, our families, work place, and privacy. When we sense a negative force within our “space” we must take necessary steps to remove it or remove ourselves from its presence. Then and only then can we live in harmony and with peace.

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The Wolf Spirit and Connection with our Instincts

Our strong connection to one another using our instincts and intuition symbolizes similarities that the wolf possesses and helps us perceive and understand the world around us.

If the wolf has appeared in your life, whether it be in a dream, meditation, or physical form, it may be revealing to you that your instincts and intuition are being challenged in a situation that you need to grasp and is calling you to use those gifts to deal with that situation. If the presence of the wolf feels threatening to you, it is time to pay attention to your emotions and how you are reacting. By ignoring these instincts, you can jeopardize your balance as well as the balance of those around you. Your gift of instinct should allow all that is peaceful into your space and devour all that is bad.

Wolf Dreams


Wolf Totem and Your Personal Dreams

If you are fortunate to have your dreams, visions and any personal quests reveal the wolf as your totem animal or spirit animal guide, then any form of manifestation will be designed to alert you and teach you to look for certain symbols that will follow any appearance of the wolf.

These symbols are important and are to be carefully analyzed. Use your instincts and the power of intuition as this will help you in solving any problems or decision making that may cross your path.

  • If your dream scenario has shown you frightened by the appearance of a wolf, you must be on guard against any type of burglary or theft.
  • If your dream portrays you walking through a forest or meadow and seeing a wolf running ahead of you, your guide has provided you with a symbol of prosperity and that better times are ahead of you, however...
  • If a wolf suddenly runs past you unexpectedly, then your guide is warning you that there are enemies who will try to stop or delay the arrival of your good fortune.
  • Dreaming or seeing a number of wolves following you is a sign that there may be a possibility that one or more individuals who are close to you are taking advantage of your trust.
  • If your dream scenarios has you chasing a wolf and then catching it, your guide is alerting you that you will have good fortune very soon.

Wolf Totem

Spirit Animal Totem: Wolf
Spirit Animal Totem: Wolf | Source

Is Wolf Part of Your Totem?

If wolf is part of your totem, then you will act upon your instincts when life brings you challenges to conquer. Listen to yourself, to your heart, and your mind. Let your wolf guide you with the power of intuition you were born with. Remember to eliminate the negative out of your space. Embrace life fully with your family and community. Listen intently, and act accordingly..with the spirit of the wolf. Namaste

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2013 Liz Rayen

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    • Rusticliving profile imageAUTHOR

      Liz Rayen 

      4 years ago from California

      Thank you Kenneth. I really appreciate your comments. The wolf is a very spiritual and family oriented member of the animal kingdom. I firmly believe that all creatures have been placed on this earth for us to learn from. If we all followed their pure examples of love, just think how much lovelier our world would be! Namaste dear friend.

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      Kenneth Avery 

      4 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

      Amazing work. Loved the topic as well as the style.

      I am 63 years of age and I can vividly recall when I was

      12, turning my love toward Lobo wolves and how beautiful

      they are how they are the true masters of their existence.

      I would rather starve than harm one of these creatures.

      You do some fantastic work!

      Honored to follow you.

    • Rusticliving profile imageAUTHOR

      Liz Rayen 

      7 years ago from California

      Thank you so much for your kind comment DDE. I'm pleased you enjoyed the hub ♥ Namaste my friend

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      Devika Primić 

      7 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Wow! Amazing read here and your passion is greater than yourself

    • Rusticliving profile imageAUTHOR

      Liz Rayen 

      7 years ago from California

      Thank you manatita44! Sounds like you have a special kinship with them. Namaste my friend!♥

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      7 years ago from london

      Nice comparisons. Good way of teaching. I like the dog and those in flights like doves, etc.

    • Rusticliving profile imageAUTHOR

      Liz Rayen 

      7 years ago from California

      Namaste aviannovice! What a wonderful totem to have, the eagle! I love the eagle for so many reasons: The feathers of an eagle are considered to be the most sacred of all healing tools. The soaring eagle allows your to take a flight above your life and expand the universe with so many opportunities. The Eagle medicine is also the power of the Great Spirit, the connection to the Divine. I love the fact that you were given the Wolf. I too am always concerned for our endangered animals. Especially when they lose the precious protection the so sorely need. There is an obvious reason that wolf has come into your life. I would definitely try connecting with wolf again through meditation and see if there isn't anything that wolf has to teach you. Thank you so much for you comment my friend!♥

    • Rusticliving profile imageAUTHOR

      Liz Rayen 

      7 years ago from California

      Hello my dear friend alocsin! It is so good to see you again. I am actually in the throws of writing an article on spirit guides and totems, so your question is a great one! There are a few things you can do to see if wolf (or any other animal) is a part of your totem. The first is through meditation: Find a quiet spot, light a few candles, perhaps have a waterfall running, or very soft soothing music. Imagine yourself in a forest or meadow and concentrate on your power animal(s). Once relaxed, call out to the power animal(s) and see if they come to you. Try having a conversation with them. When you are through, be sure to bless them and tell them "thank you." For some, this may take several occasions of meditation.

      The second, is by dreaming. After some meditation, remind yourself that these animals will come to you in a dream and keep that thought throughout the day. Just before retiring for the night, Say a prayer and ask your animal guide to help you remember your dream in the morning. And, third, have someone knowledgeable in totems and pull your totem (animals) with cards. (I prefer to meditate and dream)

      Spirit Animals: You don't choose them, they choose you and come to you with teaching messages. Sometimes they stay with an individual for a season, a day, or a lifetime. It depends on how much that individual is in need of their spirit animals. Namaste my friend!♥

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      Deb Hirt 

      7 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      Namaste. My totem animal is the eagle, BUT a friend took me to a piece of property that he owned. He owned this building with another man that passed on. He gave me some of the books that belonged to this former business partner and I asked to have the stuffed wolf that came from the National Wildlife Federation. I still have it in my possession.

      I have a deep concern about the gray wolf having lost its protection by the Federal government.

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      Aurelio Locsin 

      7 years ago from Orange County, CA

      How would I know if the wolf was part of my totem? an eye-opening article. Voting this Up and Interesting.

    • Rusticliving profile imageAUTHOR

      Liz Rayen 

      7 years ago from California

      Hi Natashalh~ I believe we all go through that probably more often than we care to admit. I find when I get too busy with every day activities and don't take time to meditate, whether it be in the morning or the evening, I tend to lose focus on my power of intuition or instincts rather easily. The one thing I try to remind myself is that the more I practice listening and acting upon my intuition, the easier it is to become in tune with myself. One practice I like to do is to keep a notebook beside my bed and immediately upon wakening up in the morning, I write down anything I can remember about any dreams I may have had during the night. I also keep a small note pad in my purse and jot down any feelings that may come to me during the day. Then at some point during the day, I find a quiet time for myself and reflect on the notes I made and analyze whether or not I should act upon them. I hope this is helpful for you! ♥ Namaste my friend

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      7 years ago from Hawaii

      I don't have wolf dreams, but I frequently have feelings about whether or not to take a particular action or bring a certain item with me. Whenever I ignore this feeling, no mater how random the initial impulse seemed to me, I regret it within the day. It's sort of uncanny to me, so I just try my best to listen to myself, even when what I'm saying seems odd.

    • Rusticliving profile imageAUTHOR

      Liz Rayen 

      7 years ago from California

      Awwee my beautiful Nell, what a wonderful dream. Your wolf was guiding you towards something very special and was sitting by your side to make sure that you used your powerful intuition with a positive force. This wolf sounds so much like your spirit guide. :) If you have this or similar dream again, pay special attention to what is happening in your life at that time and listen closely! I'm so pleased you enjoyed my hub. Namaste my dear friend!

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      Nell Rose 

      7 years ago from England

      Absolutely beautiful hub! this is my kind of thing and I totally believe it, I had a dream that I was back in the 'cavemen' days, neolithic, and I was running alongside a wolf that I just knew had come into my camp and sat by me, I remember it so well. Wonderful, voted up and shared! nell

    • Rusticliving profile imageAUTHOR

      Liz Rayen 

      7 years ago from California

      Greetings my little hummingbird (cclitgirl) Your husband is fortunate to have the wolf in his life constantly. What a blessing.

      Some of the wolf traits you may see in your husband: Extreme intelligence. The wolf will always go out of it's way to avoid trouble or danger. The wolf has very strong ties to the raven so the raven should also be studied by your husband. Keen senses of smell which allows great power of discrimination of any negativity that may come into your life. Last, but not least, the wolf has the ability to make quick and firm emotional attachments and will guard him as it teaches him, sometimes firm, sometimes gentle, but always with love. It reminds him that he is the governor of his own destiny and to live his life with harmony and discipline. Namaste my sweet and talented friend♥

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      Cynthia Calhoun 

      7 years ago from Western NC

      Love this. I think the wolf might be part of my husband's totem: he always seems to either have one, or have some item that is attributed to wolves. By having one I mean that when we met, he had an Alaskan malamute/wolf mix dog who was beautiful. In any case, thank you for sharing this.

    • Rusticliving profile imageAUTHOR

      Liz Rayen 

      7 years ago from California

      Sheila! oh my gosh...I was thinking about you last night!

      I'm not sure why, but your name was very strong in my mind. It is so wonderful to see you again. I am so pleased you enjoyed this hub. It is very close to my heart and it was such an honor to write it. Thank you so much for your wonderful comment, votes, and shares...and for being my first comment! Namaste my friend!

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      Sheila Brown 

      7 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

      Beautiful hub! I have not had dreams of wolves, however, I absolutely believe in "listening to your inner self". A woman's intuition is a powerful thing. I agree that wolves are the epitome of the wild spirit and a powerful family unit, we could learn much from them. This is a wonderful piece, Lisa! Voting up, awesome and pinning! :)


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