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Toadly Tickling My Funny Bone



Kara of CONDUIT OF JOY offered to do a reading for me to find my Animal Totem Guide for this journey of health I am engaged in.  In return, I agreed to do a blog post about Kara’s reading.  I want to disclose to you that I am delighted to share with you this fun experience.

I have been blessed with several other Totem Animal Guide readings over my life time.  In graduate school, a Native American woman who worked with did a reading for me about whether or not I should continue in that particular  program.   My Guide was DEER, who is unafraid to climb a mountain and approach GOD.   I studied all the traits of Deer and found it was a good guide for me at that time; sometimes leaping and primarily to keep climbing higher and be unafraid.

What would deer do?  Became a phrase I repeated often and it usually kept me right on track.

When my children were little and I needed to find work, my Totem Guide was Wiesel.  I was none too happy by this choice but then this is a very stealth critter that changes positions very often and carries positive messages to the Chief particularly in time of great strife.   This guide kept me making enough money to pay our health insurance premiums for many years by doing numerous small contract tasks for other people.

I was asking the question of this reading, How do I achieve financial and physical health?

Several days after selecting the question a three page missive came to my email box, it was the story of Kara’s reading and it named TOAD as my Totem Animal Guide.    Toad is a very interesting species and the key words for Toad are:  inner strength and resources especially in times of change.

I have begun researching information about how Toad journeys and what I can learn from the guide about my questions.   I am also searching for a Toady picture for the wall paper for my computer desktop!

I do have to confess that I laughed with abandon because the first thoughts I had about Toad were about the Arnold Lobel books :  Frog and Toad .     These were some of my children’s favorite stories and they are just loaded with delicious guidance for all.

Frog and Toad are Friends – Days with Frog and Toad – Frog and Toad All Year – Frog and Toad Together

Toad was always the wise one – Frog a bit impetuous.

I will not relay the entire story for you and would suggest you connect with Kara for you own reading and Totem Guide without preconception.   I will share with you a list of what I learned that was helpful to my progress:

  • I am very close to achieving my goals, I can see them they are that close
  • I need to connect more with my  love of myself, which because I do so much for others I have neglected in myself
  • Some toads have a toxic in their skin, which would be good for me to develop so that I could recognize others emotions but not absorb them.
  • I need to make work and play be the same
  • I could use more time just sitting on the lily pad or log just waiting for IT to come.
  • I need to make myself bigger by getting credit for all my accomplishments
  • My guides are having trouble getting through to me because I am not very open to receiving – I need to open myself up.
  • Toads and frogs are the canaries of the environment – I am extremely sensitive to the environment on many levels.
  • Need to work in a loving, supportive environment with appreciative, creative folks

The phone call with Kara was the icing on the cake  and I was able to glean more information from the reading, have an enjoyable conversation, and integrate the ideas into actions that I can take.

The most important reminder that I received and took to heart was – It is the connection with the DIVINE which enables me to find financial and physical health.

Have you ever researched your Totem  Animal Guide in any of your life journeys?  What Animal might represent you right now or be a good guide on your path?   Does finding your guide seem like fun or just funny?

Related reading you might enjoy:
Hats off to Elizabeth Cady Stanton
Not Wanting to Appear Foolish
Discussing Fear

Looking forward to your enlightening comments.

30 Responses to “Toadly Tickling My Funny Bone”

  1. Tony Single Says:

    Patricia, I have no idea what my Totem Animal Guide would be. Perhaps a gekko? Now, lest you think I’m poking fun, I’m not. I happen to like gekkos a whole lot. They are tiny, plucky little things that are full of charm to me. I’d like to think that I could learn something from that. :)

    Oh, and they have this funky way of licking their eyeballs too. So cool! 😛

  2. Talon Says:

    Patricia, that’s neat. I think the toad is very appropriate at this point in your life. And I hope you do find some time to sit on a lilypad and just be. And I liked the toxins reference – it’s so important to be sure to not let others sap our strength or poison us with their stresses.

    I had an animal reading once – years ago and it stuck with me. I was an armadillo, but I also had deer, fox and moose around me. It was fascinating.

    lol @ Tony’s eyeball licking!
    .-= Talon´s last blog ..A Sharing Connection =-.

  3. Lisa@Practically Intuitive Says:

    Hi Patricia,

    Isn’t Kara really gifted? Not only can she bring through an amazing wealth of information, but she helps piece it together for you as well. I’m so glad that your reading was of value to you. Deep down, that’s all healers wish to do – be of service in a way that makes someone’s life a little (or a lot) better.

    She did a reading for me as well and my totem was the doormouse. It was a reading chock full of information and imagery which totally fit where I am and where I want to be going.

    Kara and I became fast friends after she did my reading and she’s one of my most favorite people in the world. :) So glad you got to talk with her.

  4. vered | blogger for hire Says:

    Loved this sentence:

    “I am very close to achieving my goals, I can see them they are that close.”
    .-= vered | blogger for hire´s last blog ..Voskos Greek Yogurt- Review- Giveaway- Recipe =-.

  5. Kara Says:

    Hi Patricia,

    Thank you for blogging about this. It was a joy to meet you and do a reading for you. I wish you success on all the steps you are taking, as all the confirmations are that you are on the right path and much more will be coming to you!!

    Anyone else who would like reading with me can email me at conduitofjoy@hotmail.com.

    .-= Kara´s last blog ..As Within- So Without =-.

  6. Mark Says:

    This was very interesting. I have never had a totem reading and I can’t say what totem would be my guide right now. It is interesting, I enjoyed your interpretations.
    .-= Mark´s last blog ..Immersion Into the Sea of Love =-.

  7. Patricia Says:

    We have an animated gecko doing car insurance ads on TV, with an Aussie accent. Quite cute! and of course out smarts the humans at every turn! That would be a fun totem!

    eye licking….can you lick your elbow?
    .-= Patricia´s last blog ..Toadly Tickling My Funny Bone =-.

  8. Patricia Says:

    I think these readings are quite interesting and fascinating how they match up and can give good guidance to the journey. I thought Kara did an especially lovely job and it was fun to visit with her on the phone and get her side of the interpretation – it truly lightened up my thought processes.

    My children truly benefited from readings and they seems to find it easier to related to animals and dragonflies than human behaviors. I think whatever encourages seeking and development is helpful.

    It sounds like you had an entire Medicine Wheel life reading – that is only done once and has about 4-7 guides …that was done here for a rights of passage in a young boy or girls life.
    I thought of this ceremony as a bar mitzah , after a questing experience. I have been to several gatherings to honor young people’s journey into adulthood.

  9. Patricia Says:

    It was a toadly great experience and Kara was so gracious, I can understand your friendship. I think finding whatever encourages living a fuller life to be a good thing. Thank you for the introduction.

    I am working now on not blocking the messages I am receiving and being more open….the toad just often sits on the lily pad and waits for the meal to come on by….all prepared….I think I am prepared I just need to learn to receive it.

  10. Patricia Says:


    I liked that idea a great deal too….more self love and opening myself up to receiving and I think I will be there.

  11. Mama Zen Says:

    I would love to do this. How cool!
    .-= Mama Zen´s last blog ..Review- Eggo Real Fruit Pizza =-.

  12. Patricia Says:

    This was an interesting experience and it caused some relaxation on my part….stopped some river pushing behavior that was creeping back into the routine.

    I would highly recommend a reading – it just opens the eyes to more of life’s connections and possibilities.

    Animals do not have so much trouble with beingness

  13. Patricia Says:

    Mama Zen,
    It was very cool…and fun. Just hop on over to Kara’s site Conduit of Joy and check it out.

  14. Patricia Says:

    Sorry you got stuck in moderation…but now are up and running. I hope all will head on over to your site for a reading…It was a delightful experience and so wonderful to have a visit with you

    Toadly Tickling – it was nice it was so positive and uplifting you have quite a talent

  15. Kara Says:

    Thanks again Patricia for your kind words.

    I just wanted to mention that there is a free power animal guided meditation on my blog, for anyone that wants to find their own power animal.

    I can also perform power animal journeys for anyone that wants one, as a basic journey. This is a little easier if you want instant connection with your power animal.

    See me http://www.conduitofjoy.com.

    Thanks again Patricia! :)
    .-= Kara´s last blog ..As Within- So Without =-.

  16. Patricia Says:

    What a nice offer – I hope folks with follow through….it is fun

  17. Jannie Funster Says:

    A agree with you taking credit for all your accomplishments, even if you write them on a list for your eyes only, to internalize the affirmations because you are the type who might not want to brag.

    We have a loving toad who lives beside our front garden hose. He is sweet and kind.

    I think my animal totem might be a bantam rooster, kinda small and feisty. :)


  18. suzen Says:

    Hi Patricia! I find totems fascinating – as well as helpful – and you have had several that seemed so spot on for different parts of your life. I need to “update” mine! The last reading I had fit the times – a racing horse (all the more funny since I’ve turned into quite the race track attendee when I’m not at the lake house).

    I have a toad at the lake that is almost pet-like. I named him Tim. He is calm, not easily intimidated, and patient. Now “he” could be a Tilly, not a Tim, I don’t know. Seems like a good reading for you and I’m so happy you are into this – thanks for the referral!

  19. Hilary Says:

    Hi Patricia .. having no idea about these readings til Davina brought them up a while ago, and then with her wheel recently .. while I’m sorting my life out .. ie packing to move .. I found a Native American dream book for my star sign – Capricorn – or in their terminology the Goose .. and I found my photos of Mum’s and my time on Vancouver Island .. so the totem poles came to the fore.

    When I’m settled again .. sometime .. then I’ll have to have a closer look .. but Toady .. I rather like .. he looks good .. did you know toads are usually dry, frogs wet/damp to the touch .. and frogs hop – toads run or walk? Strange things we learn in this blogosphere space?!

    It’ll be fun to go over to Kara’s blog .. but I think I’ll do that anon .. better get on have my cup of tea and then find my car, bring it back nearer the house .. and perhaps do some more packing!

    A lot is emptying out now .. gone to new and loving homes .. that’s the important bit ..

    Look after yourself and have a good rest of the week .. I’d love to have your knowledge base .. I think I must be a skimmer .. that’s strange – they’re not found in Europe .. wonder where that brain bit came from .. must be skimming words, rather than birds?!

    Bye .. and did you enjoy your supper the other night .. and the pea and fresh salads .. was it salmon, or pizza .. pizza I think?! Happy days for the rest of the week .. Hilary
    .-= Hilary´s last blog ..Could this be a sitcom – or a break out sitcom Ever had a one word – at a time – conversation Fish and Chips – how do you spell it =-.

  20. Tess The Bold Life Says:

    Hi Patricia,
    Thanks so much for complimenting my eyes and the sparkle!

    I love how this was deciphered. It took me a long time to recogninze the need to put up emotional boundaries and not absorb energies from somebody else. It’s still difficult to do especially when I’m in someone’s home. I think I’ll go sit on a lily pad now;)
    .-= Tess The Bold Life´s last blog ..NoWordz Photography and Caroline Manrique =-.

  21. Patricia Says:

    A rooster for your totem…that sounds great…small and feisty…! It has been fun to rev up my resume and look at all the accomplishments and finding Toad has added fun to the experience

  22. Patricia Says:

    I am glad you know you have a Toad close to you and I just imagined that you knew about Totem Animals. I was so impressed with how helpful it was to my children to have their full spread read for them before they left for college – I think it took some of the scariness of that life transition away.

    I have been to several ceremonies for teens and I am impressed with how important a good reading can be to growth and development .

    More good stuff coming in!

  23. Patricia Says:

    I am thinking about you packing up and moving….this is truly the throws of transition and I think a reading would be better after you get a bit more settled. Looking to the future a bit and not under such immediate pressure.

    I am thinking about you and yes this totem animal adventures is very grounding information. I found it very helpful.

  24. Patricia Says:

    Your redo on your blog and your picture by Caroline is just wonderful – I could not miss the sparkle plenty!

    I do have to work on boundaries of the emotional kind…it has been such a huge practice of mine especially for family members, because they are all, everyone, old enough to do their own emotional work and I do not need to assist them…..When I can get my protective skins working, I am finding my listening skills are heightened …..

    Good stuff ! How’s your lily pad rest going?

  25. Sara Says:


    What a fascinating experience! I’ve never had a totem animal reading, but I liked what you learned from yours. It sounds like the Toad is a good totem animal for you, at this time.

    One thing you mentioned — the interpretation of the Toad’s toxins helping you avoid absorbing emotions — reminded me of a health study I recently read.

    The study was about how compounds from toad skin “can be used as analgesics, painkillers and as medicine against cardiac-problems, multi-drug resistant bacteria, HIV and Cancer.” The article talked about how scientists are studying this.

    Great post. I enjoyed it and learning about totem animals:~)
    .-= Sara´s last blog ..Story Photo- The Special Guest =-.

  26. Patricia Says:

    This was very fun and I liked the new information you shared about Toad’s toxins….fascinating..you are a wealth of information.

    I loved your post and challenge today too…Talon did a great job…I do envy both of your talents with a camera and the play you do with words.

  27. Meredith Says:

    Patricia, this was a fascinating post! Do you know, I had not realized our totem animals could change at all in our lifetimes? I had one that I was sure of, years ago, a little bird called the Tufted Titmouse, and it came not through a reading but just through several amazing encounters and intuition.

    On to TOAD, though. I love toads. Their croaky music, their penchant for eating mosquitoes, and the way they sit so still for so long and then… zap! that tongue comes out at a million gazillion miles a minute and all you see is their dinner’s wings protruding from their lips, and all you hear is that crunch.

    I hope you do “get bigger” and take credit for what you have done and continue to do. I am certain you deserve it.

    Oh, and you can come sit with me any day. The next-door lily pad is free. I think I actually have the opposite problem — getting lost in the wonder of the moment and Being energy, and having to get off my bum and get into the Doing side of things. Maybe if you sit close enough, we’ll rub off on each other, get more balanced… :)
    .-= Meredith´s last blog ..time for more stamen love =-.

  28. Patricia Says:

    Oh yes Meredith let us sit side by side….and crunch!

    My animal spread has never changed but my animal guides have changed nearly every year or major circumstances….The Animal spread is only done once in a lifetime….usually as a rite of passage.

    I did my own from a book….and my children’s when they graduated from high school. I can only guess how the interpretation goes…not as lovely as Kara’s reading

  29. Liara Covert Says:

    Some people associate the toad with character traits portrayed in the Wind & the Willows story. Any animal character traits that stand out to a person may be conditioned, may be inviting healing or other attention.

    Oneperspective is totem animals evolve alongside a person’s self-perception and degrees of self-acceptance (or self-rejection).
    .-= Liara Covert´s last blog ..Shrink the monster =-.

  30. Patricia Says:

    Thank you for coming on by – I had forgotten the Wind and the Willows – Toad was quite a character study in the that work. I think finding a guide animal takes some of the pressure off and makes the experience of change more fun.