comment on what brothermichael had said about shadow power animals.
Good insights, blackanimism! Our consciousness has access to a range of archetypal forms in the "great unconscious" [spirit world or collective unconscious]. The ones that it attaches to ["loves"] at this time, form our personal "owned" self-identity but we can be drawn to others according to the impetus [kinetic energy] of our "soul path", but also by our current and "unhealed/unresolved past" life experiences.
The unhealedness/unresolvedness of past traumatic experiences can result in self-attacking energies such as self-resentment, guilt and self-hatred. If we cannot change/clear these uncomfortable feelings at the time we will "push them out of our mind" into "our shadow", but they are dynamic energies that want to move, so they will "animate" related archetypal forms [images]. This is because energy is always associated with "vibrational information" and this is perceived by us as images including the extrasensory images of people or animals that appear in our dreams and journeys.
Your great insight is that these self-threatening, animated archetypal images need to be ACCEPTED i.e. owned/integrated into our consciousness before they can be transformed.
The second step in transforming them [into either quietly sinking
away OR becoming useful resources] is to become aware of the "feeling" or "impulse" energetic charge that is activating them and which can be safely discharged or transformed in a safe process of "cathartic release":
Self-attacking or self-threatening archetypes are not only appearing in our dreams they are also tainting our everyday communications and behaviour, because they are being very subtly - or maybe not very subtly! - expressed in our life. We will not be aware of this, but some other people around us, will be aware and will have given us feedback about it, but it did not seem real to us so we will usually reject what they are saying!
These self-sabotaging dream or journey figures can often be transformed from self-sabotaging into self-enhancing via cathartic and psychotherapeutic practices. For example self-hatred can be transformed into self-purification.
A common mistake in shamanic practice is that, due to primitive instinctual reactiveness, the self-threatening figures in journeys get attacked or "expelled" [only to return later in the same - or an even worse (due to the additional aggressive energy they have been given] form.