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ANIMAL GUIDE

Pick Your Summer Animal Guide

Happy Summer Solstice! I thought you might like to pick an animal guide to be by your side for the rest of the summer.

The cards are from my printable oracle card deck that will be a part of the upcoming release of my new Guidebook. Woohoo!

  • Look at the image below. Close your eyes and breathe deeply.
  • Open your eyes. Choose the card you feel drawn to the most. 
  • Scroll down for the cards and messages. 
  • OR you can read the messages below and pick an animal that you think will be the best fit for your summer.

Have fun with this! Notice when you see your animal represented during the summer season. You might see it on pillows, in commercials, or even live!

Use the hashtag #summeranimalguide to join in the fun!

Working with Animal Guides is a fun way to feel supported!

See below for your guide!

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Pick Your Holiday Animal Guide!

Okay, so as we head into the thick of the holiday season I thought you might like to pick an animal guide to be by your side over the next month or so.

I specifically chose animals from my upcoming printable oracle card deck (Hop on my list to get yours when they launch!) that are associated with this time of year.

Look at the image above. Close your eyes and breathe deeply.

Open your eyes. Choose the card you feel drawn to the most. 

Scroll down for the cards and messages. 

Have fun with this! Notice when you see your animal represented during the holiday season. You might see it on pillows, in commercials, or even live!

Use the hashtag #holidayanimalguide so I can join in the fun!

Each morning, ask your animal to guide you through your day and to help you tap into the qualities associated with this animal that will best serve you.

You can imagine your guide with you throughout the day. I imagine my bear animal guide helping me during the Yoga with Weights class I go to, FOR REAL! Lol! 

Working with Animal Guides is such a great way to feel supported while having fun.

See below for your guide!

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Animal Guide Meditation and Painting Workshop is HERE!

It’s here!!! If you have even the tiniest desire to connect and work with an animal guide then this is the workshop for you!

Animal Guide Meditation & Painting Workshop

In this workshop, you will tune into the energy of your animal guide, your desires, and your intuition.

It begins by me leading you on a guided meditation while drumming to help you discover or connect with your animal guide.

Then you can journal about your experience, do a little research around the energy of the animal that showed up, and begin to create your artwork.

If you have any worries about your painting skills, Kristen’s gentle guidance will put them to rest. I have been taking her classes for years and I just love what she draws out of me.

Kristen knows how to nurture you and help you put your self-judgment aside so you can paint from your soul and love your creation.

We first offered this as an in-person class here in Arizona. I have started working with a wolf now too and you can see my painting below. It’s howling at the moon, of course!!!

Also, included in the workshop is my new Working with Animal Guides ebook and printable oracle card deck.

Click below to watch a short intro video to help you get a better idea about this workshop.

Animal Guide Meditation and Painting Workshop | Kerry Burki

Over 5 years ago, I started working with a bear animal guide and I have just adored the connection and appreciate how much this work has helped during times of stress and anxiety.

My friend Kristen is always painting the most amazing animals that I just knew combining our skills and passions would be a perfect fit!

I just adore the fact that we are connected and I hope you take advantage of this opportunity to paint and play with your animal guide. Feel free to reach out to me, Kerry, with any questions at hello@kerryburki.com.

How Working With a Bear Animal Guide Helped Me Heal

About 5 years ago, during a guided meditation, a bear showed up. I didn’t think too much of it until the bear showed up again in another meditation a few months later.

Before this, if you had asked me what my “spirit animal” was I would have definitely said, tiger.

So I was unsure about this bear. I did a little research to discover the energy associated with bears.

Bear Animal Guide Characteristics

  • Hibernation.
  • Solitude.
  • Alone time.
  • Protection.
  • Mama bear.
  • Grounded.
  • Earth energy.
  • Strength.
  • Confidence

At this time in my life a lot of change had been going on and I had been struggling a bit. Just reading the words associated with bears soothed me. I knew I needed this energy in my life.

I began taking more alone time and focused on getting grounded on a regular basis. In the beginning, I would imagine myself in a field and bear coming and putting its arms around me. Protecting me.

It felt good to have this strength and confidence surrounding me.

I decided I was going to call it “Bear” instead of a name. I don’t always associate Bear with being male or female. None of that seemed to matter in this instance.

As time went on, I started to bring “Bear” into my daily life. During my life coaching training when we were doing our first sessions with each other I would imagine Bear right behind me putting its large paw on my back.

This gesture reminding me that I was supported. Sometimes I would even lean back into a bit to connect to this energy even more.

Now I imagine Bear supporting me like this on a regular basis.

When I started wearing flower crowns for videos and events, I started to imagine Bear wearing a flower crown too.

When I start worrying, I ask Bear to take my worries away. I again imagine and almost feel the paw on my back. I visualize worries going from me to Bear. I feel lighter and also cared for.

My phone screensaver is a painting of a bear hugging a woman that reminds me of me. I love and appreciate our connection.

Sharing With Others

Everything I just wrote, I used to be nervous to share with others.

Would people think I was crazy?

  • I have learned who to share more with and who to keep my mouth shut around. I have also learned that I don’t care too much about what others think so that helps a ton. It took me about 40 years to get to this point and honestly I feel like I have Bear to thank a bit for this too.
  • Doing this work has benefited me tremendously without hurting anyone. I have always enjoyed taking the path less traveled and here I am.

Would my parents worry that I was replacing God with a bear?

  • I was raised Irish Catholic so the idea of working with an animal guide was more something I had heard about but not experienced. My Bachelor’s Degree is in Religious Studies and I have spent a lot of time studying religion and spirituality. However, I did not feel religious or spiritual for most of my younger life. I felt disconnected. Teaching yoga led me to more spiritual pursuits are not necessarily Catholic and they actually brought me back to using the word God and believing in a higher power. I am grateful for it. I also say Universe and Spirit.
  • We are all on a journey. I believe animal guides are simply a way for God/Universe/Spirit to connect with us and lend us support. My parents support me as I explore my own spirituality and are happy that over the years I have become closer to the divine instead of further away.

Is any of this real?

  • This has been a HUGE sticking point for me when it comes to sharing about working with animal guides. I have ultimately learned that what I have experienced is real. I have felt comforted, healed, and connected. I believe it is a combination of my imagination, intention, and energy. The universe is mysterious. I could spend all of my time worrying instead of allowing these experiences to help heal me. I could worry about what others think or help those who feel drawn to me and this work.

Where I am Now

I now insist on taking alone time daily. I even hibernate sometimes from social media and the world. I have a few solid grounding practices that I used daily too. I know how to connect with Earth energy and how to protect my own energy.

I embrace being a mama bear to my family and have increased my strength and confidence a ton over the years.

When Bear first came into my life, I NEEDED the energy. Now I embody the energy.

Bear Painting by my super talented herbalist friend, Kimberly Kling of Joyful Roots!

Animal Guide Meditation & Painting Workshop Photos

Kristen Fagan and I had THE BEST time helping others connect with and paint their animal guides at this workshop. It was so inspirational and I just love how gorgeous all the paintings turned out.

EVERYONE LEARNED HOW TO:

  • Connect with their current animal guide
  • Receive wisdom and guidance from their animal guide
  • Paint a picture of their animal guide
  • Use their artwork as a way to connect with and work with their animal guide
  • Begin to use animal medicine and energy in their life

So beautiful!