Spirit animals 


Sitting in the campsite in Himalayas with Sarah a Canadian girl I met at the ashram, we met some Indian guys. One of them is studying to be a judge and loves telling tales of history and adventure. Apparently he’s known is his home town as a story teller and said that any tale told by him will never be forgotten. He was pretty good. 

The Judge 


I have a story to tell. In order to share it properly, I need to rewind a little…


I’d gone back home to the UK to visit family for a month and I was suffering with a broken heart. I could almost feel a tugging sensation from my heart space void…it felt like there was a magnetic like pull from my chest and the pain was intolerable. This feeling prompted a desire to make some life changes. One being, I wanted to connect more deeply with myself and the Universe, and India, my heart thought, was the place to make this change. 

Rishikesh, India 


India has often danced around in my mind as a place to visit but I put true intention behind the country then. This thought process, by the way, took a while. It wasn’t just a snap decision and it was tough for me to say out loud because back then, I still didn’t have the belief that I could do most things by myself and my self esteem was pretty low. Even saying it to my sister was hard enough. Feared I’d probably fail and would never end up going. 


On the night Bec and I chatted about finding God, India and my next adventure, Bec did a crystal healing treatment on me. I lay down on the couch and could feel her spinning the crystal and her energy over my body even though she didn’t touch me. It was a wonderful treatment and I eventually fell asleep. 

Crystal rocks I found around the Himalayas 


The next morning Bec was still in bed and I wandered downstairs to find a dark green frog in the living room. It freaked me out, jumping around, being all froggy and jumpy. Did I mention it jumped?! I kept asking it to leave, I even opened the back door super wide but it just hung around breathing all frog like, occasionally making frog sounds. Bec came and saved me aka calmly put it in a pan of water so we could return it to the Nature Reserve at a later time. Bec was really happy to see it…


*Bec comes down stairs*

Bec: Ahhh, it’s only the frog

Me: ‘The frog’? You know this thing? it’s in the living room!!!! 

Bec: Yeah she came last night when I was doing the crystal healing – she jumped right in the house and sat by you. I think she’s come to tell you you’re going to be ok and you’re going to go through the spiritual transformation you desire 

Me: Really…

Bec: Yeah. Just chill out, it’s only a frog…I’m making a brew, you want one?


We took Frodo (good strong name) to the pond and she seemed happy to be home. 

I googled frog meaning and here’s a quick summary: 


The frog as spirit animal or totem reminds us of the transient nature of our lives. As symbol of transition and transformation, this spirit animal supports us in times of change. Strongly associated with the water element, it connects us with the world of emotions and feminine energies, as well as the process of cleansing, whether it’s physical, emotional, or more spiritual or energetic.

As messages from the Universe go, this was as clear as day for me. Fully aligned to my present time it helped solidify my choice to go to India to help connect with myself and The Universe – transform. 

I’d been in the country a few hours and hadn’t seen any other animals other than standard birds in the distance. I arrived at the hotel and the guy was taking me to my room when I stopped in my tracks because there was this MASSIVE DARK GREEN FROG IN MY WAY!!! The first animal I see in India is a FROG. 

Yep, got the message again Universe. Thanks for being so clear.

Side note: I was also very clear that the frog gave me a fright. I screamed, loudly – everyone at the very nice resort hotel, all Indians, turned to see what the commotion was and of course it was a dramatic white girl whimpering away from a harmless frog. Needless to say they all belly laughed and shook their heads. Living up to expectations already. 

Very wonky photo of the frog in question – I sent it to my sister Bec immediately and was like AHHHHHH! 


In my first few months of desolation I came to a bunch of realisations and had a list of development areas for myself to work on. Learn to love myself, they say. Get comfortable In your own skin, they say. Self acceptance is key, they say. Um, how exactly do i achieve these things?! News flash, the whole reason I didn’t have these practices in the first place is because I didn’t know how to cultivate them. And now all of a sudden I somehow need to make them happen?! Urm…

My strategy at that time? Live alone, stay in doors a lot, mindlessly browse the Internet, cry, eat tonnes of take aways and chocolate and compete numerous online quizzes. Knowing how OCD I am will surely come in useful one day, right?! One of the quizzes I completed was for my spirit animal. Turned out my spirit animal was a butterfly. 

Find your spirit animal.



The butterfly is one of the most emblematic totem animals symbolizing personal transformation. If you see the butterfly as your totem or spirit animal, pay attention to the areas in your life or personality that are in need of profound change or transformation. Perhaps, this animal totem guides you to be sensitive to your personal cycles of expansion and growth, as well as the beauty of life’s continuous unfolding. An important message carried by the spirit of the butterfly is about the ability to go through important changes with grace and lightness.

Message received loud and clear, Universe. Thank you. 

Rishikesh butterfly 


I lay by the report pool, surrounded by lush greenery and the second animal to cross my path – a beautiful butterfly. She kissed my shin as she fluttered by and I lay there all cosy and content safe in the knowledge that the Universe has got me…she’s got all of us.


I’m in Jaipur, browsing stunning jewellery pieces in a beautiful store when I come across some captivating earrings. Snakes. 

Last year I went for a little trek and came across four brown snakes so I’m a little scarred by the day. Because of this, snakes aren’t really on my radar for favourite things but these earrings were like WOW! I couldn’t take my eyes off them and I felt compelled to study them. After pondering over them for a while and getting the jewellery shop guy to drop them off to my hotel in the evening so I could try them on in a black outfit and with different hair dos (important), I eventually gave them a home. 

I was a little nervous to google what meaning snakes have connected to them because they aren’t liked by many and they are even a little hated. Thought it might be bad but I connected with them so much I needed to know. But here it is – aligned …again. 


The snake animal meaning is powerfully connected to life force and primal energy. In many cultures, it is revered as a powerful totem representing the source of life. When the snake spirit animal appears in your life, it likely means that healing opportunities, change, important transitions, and increased energy are manifesting.

This is starting to get cool. 

Ruby is a high energy stone which is a type of sapphire. It is used to amplify energy and increase chi or prana. In this way it is considered a boost to Earth healing. It is also a stone that may bring a sense of adventurer to the wearer. It is considered to be a leadership stone as well.


On arriving at the ashram the first thing I see is this bright mural featuring Shiva, a snake and butterflies. It also has a crescent moon – I wear a crescent moon necklace, always. Sadly no frog but still, a nice reminder of transformation and new beginnings. 


Now I know a lot of you may be thinking these are all coincidences and not messages from the Universe. Maybe they aren’t, I can’t say for sure but I can say what I believe. 


I have faith that this is synchronicity. Synchronicity, Jung’s theory, shared by numerous well known geniuses like Albert Einstein, ‘life is not a series of random events but rather an expression of a deeper order…synchronicity’. Some believe that when you see lots of synchronous events it’s signs from the Universe that you’re on the right path. I believe this too and ask for signs when I need guidance. 


For more info, here’s a good article on synchronicity. Also if you’re interested, read the well known book The Alchemist for a thought provoking, mind opener about this theory. 


The source escapes me but I read an article and it referenced some research about people who look for meaning in things and exercise rituals are on average more happy than people who don’t. Makes sense, the way I see it is you either think things may mean something and practice meaning through rituals. Or you can think everything is meaningless, just stuff. For me the former is way more interesting. 

So there you have my spirt animal story. I find meaning and guidance from them. They’re not some huge road map sign posts dictating my life, they just symbolise aspects of my path – they’re aligned with my present journey. All about transformation and change. And Maybe they were sent from the Universe to help guide me and remind me that She’s got me. Maybe not. Regardless, I find meaning in them. 

Next time there’s a coincidence just a little too strange for normality, perhaps open your mind just a teeny tiny bit and allow yourself to wonder and find some meaning. See how it feels and take it from there. 

Follow the thread because you never know, it may lead you to some yarn. 

*** UPDATE***


Arrived at the Transformation Program ashram yesterday and what was the first animal I saw? A butterfly. 

And the second? 

A frog. 

This time it was actually huge! I’ll try and take a photo of it and share – it lives in this pond…

I bet I see a snake sometime soon too.


Finally managed to get a photo of the frog. I visited the pond four times to try and get a photo with no luck. And today I went and sat by it, waited…and nothing. 

So I said out loud:

Frog, please come out, I want to take a picture of you. I know you’re in there, I’ve been here loads but you’re never around. Please come out. 

Three, two, one…

Frog jumps out, sits by me and doesn’t move. 

So frogs do sometimes respond to requests, after all. 

5 thoughts on “Spirit animals 

  1. Thanks Lauren! Felt a bit nervous publishing it as it’s different. I’ve got many stories where the Universe has lined up so well on lots of things that’s it’s hard to say it’s coincidence. I couldn’t write them all down though, I’d be here all week! Will weave some more into other posts maybe. Sending lots of love xx


  2. Ahhhh, that’s a lovely thing to say. Thank you. Yeah it’s really good for me. Guess what? The just got to the new Transformation Program ashram and the first animal i saw was a butterfly. The second, a massive frog. Bet I see a snake sometime soon too. Universe is so cool!!!! Xx


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