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Terri Benning
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  • Rohnert Park, CA
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I am a mother of 2, and the grandmother of 1 grandson. I was raised on a ranch and grew up playing with native American (Pomo) artifacts, arrowheads, grinding stones and bowls as a child. I was taught by the "ancestors" connected with that land the ways of their people through the dream state, from the time I was a very young child. I have never lost that sense of connection to the land, the animals and to the spirits that dwell therein, and currently teach classes in Animal Wisdom and the sacred circle of life, or the Medicine Wheel. Although I am of caucasian decent, my spiritual soul has been raised in the native indigenous cultural traditions by the ancestors for most of my life.

I am also the creator of this TOTEM TALK social network community, and a professional channel of the ancient causal plane teacher known simply as "Michael". I have studied the Michael Teachings since 1983, and have been channeling Michael since 1985. I currently teach classes based upon both the Michael Teachings, and traditional indigenous shamanic and animal wisdom teachings.

I look forward to getting to know many of you better in the future through our new online community here on Totem Talk.

Best blessings to you, all-ways! ~ Warmly, Terri
What brings you to this website?
I am the creator and owner of the Totem Talk website.
Do you have a special animal totem that has come to you?
The Red-Tailed Hawk Is a Primary Power Animal Totem for me, along with the HORSE.
If you are a Michael Student, and currently enrolled in the AW Class Series, you are invited to post your own animal totems here.
List Your 9 Traditional Animal Totem Positions Here:

1. East ~ Falcon
2. South ~ Panda
3. West ~ Horse
4. North ~ Rhinoceros
5. Above ~ Stork
6. Within ~ Buffalo
7. Below ~ Cobra
8. Right Side ~ (Male) ~ Tiger
9. Left Side ~ (Female) ~ Dolphin

13 Position Support Circle Animals:


1. LOVE ~ Howler Monkey
2. KNOWLEDGE: Big Horn Sheep Expansion
3. COMPASSION ~ Scarlet Macaw


4. MENTOR ~ Moose
5. BEAUTY ~ Porcupine
6. CHILD ~ Reindeer / Caribou


7. HUMOR ~ Horse
9. ANCHOR ~ Baboon


10. HEALER ~ Koi
12. MUSE ~ Asian/Indian Elephant

13. POWER [Within] ~ Buffalo

If you are a Michael Student, add your Overleaves Here:

Soul Age: 6th Old
Role: Artisan
Mode: Passion
Goal: Growth
Attitude: Spiritualist
Center: Emotional
Part of Center: Intellectual
Primary NCF: Self-Deprecation
Secondary NCF: Impatience
Body Type: Lunar / Saturn

If you are a Michael Student, add your Full Casting Information Here:

Cadre: 1 ~ Love cadre
Entity: 1 ~ (Server) ~ The Pathfinder Entity
Block: 7 ~ (King) ~ Underlying Motivation = MASTERY
Row: 7 ~ (King) ~ Global Job = COMPLETION
Casting Position: 3 ~ (Warrior) ~ Community Responsibility = CONSEQUENCE
Side: Love
Raw #: 628
What are some of your favorite Animal Totems books and resources?
"The Way of the Shaman" by Michael Harner, Ph.D.

"Animal Speak: The Spiritual & Magical Powers of Creatures Great & Small" ~ By Ted Andrews,+...
What are some of your favorite Shamanic Journeying CD's, Musicians, and Music?
Animal Totems (1), Animal Totems (2) and Tribal Music Suite ~
by Arvel Bird ~ Website:

"Earth Drum" Album ~ by David and Steve Gordon
Sequoia Records Website:

And this artist is a NEW FIND, some of whose music I really like, and some of which is a bit "much" for my particular tastes. Well worth exploring to find the gems, however, imho. ;-)

Paul Laroche ~ Hidden Heritage

Brule and AIRO, (American Indian Rock Opera)

My Medicine Wheel and Selected Animal Totem Videos

My Medicine Wheel and Selected Animal Totem Videos

1. My Personal Medicine Wheel ~ Music by Voice of Golden Eagle
2. Chetan Lutah ~ Red-tailed Hawk ~ Music by Arvel Bird
3. Dolphin Dance ~ Music by Arvel Bird
4. Orca ~ King of Dolphins ~ Music by Arvel Bird
5. Shuunka Wakan ~ (Horse) ~ Music by Arvel Bird
6. Nature of the Beest ~ (Wildebeest) ~ Music is by Safari Sound Band
7. Seagull's Waltz ~ Music by Evan Paul

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At 8:28pm on December 22, 2017, Aditya Thapa Mangar said…
Thanks. The contents are quite useful. Can I further know on totems like smaller animals or insects?
At 2:07pm on May 1, 2016, Ryza Sitlune said…
Thank you for the welcome. My name however has been changed
At 3:15pm on May 28, 2013, Sharon Lee Goodhand said…

Thank you so much for the lovely welcome.

Peace and Blessings

At 1:57am on May 28, 2013, Erin said…

Thank you for welcoming me :) I loved the pictures!

At 10:23pm on May 25, 2013, Pockshimmo said…

You know Terri, I'm an American Indian, not because of some fond  desire in my life to be one.  I remember as a small child how my grandmother, mother, brother and two sisters were shooed out of a restaurant because we were not white.  No different from a traditional Indian being banned from one of these 'Native American' theme internet communities. The last place banned me for commenting about one historic person who was of my people. And that was one day after I accepted a friend request from the owner. Why go on about NDNs so much, only to ban them when they show up?

At 11:44pm on May 24, 2013, Scarlegs said…

Thank-you for the awesome welcome!

At 3:53pm on March 21, 2012, Janette said…
At 2:04pm on March 14, 2012, Kelly Johnson said…

At 2:04pm on March 14, 2012, Kelly Johnson said…

It has been awhile, but I am stopping by to say Hello and see how you are doing Terri!!!

At 2:31pm on February 15, 2012, Cynthia Jeanette Wilburn said…




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