This little sculpture of a tribal camp dog (or, what modern folks would call a domesticated dog) can guide the student of spiritual pursuits in two ways: first, through the totem teacher it represents (Dog), and second, through the healing vibrations of the gemstone from which the image has been carved (Dalmatian Dacite).
Some of the spiritual lessons that Dog teaches are:
- Quintessential symbol of unconditional love and loving kindness.
- Unending devotion and loyalty.
- Joy of service.
- Faithful companionship.
- Sensitivity to “sniffing out” dangerous situations.
- Protection and alertness.
Our tribal elders remind us that, millennia ago, our once feral Brother Dog chose to live in harmony with us and be our loyal guardian and companion, sharing with us the successes and disappointments of life, and providing us with unquestioning love and loyalty. In return, we owe the canine folk gratitude, respect, and a place of honor in our lives.
Dalmatian dacite is a volcanic rock and type of jasper that has a cream color with black spots, much like the breed of dog after which it is named. Some of its healing properties include:
- Promotion of one’s connections with nature and the physical world.
- Capacity to nurture creativity and novelty.
- Compassion for all creatures and beings of Earth Mother.
- Enhancement of one’s ability to communicate with animals.
- Discovery of and communication with one’s spirit guides and totem animals.
When meditating with this unique totem carving, the challenge, of course, is to blend the universal teachings of the Dog with the healing energies of the Dalmatian Dacite. We recommend exploring the vibrations of this carving by devoting some of your meditation time holding and/or caressing a pet while keeping the totem before you; if you have no pet, then use a plant, feather, stone or other voice of nature.
This Dalmatian dacite dog would make an ideal gift for a loved one in need of its teachings and healing properties, for someone who has created a prayer wheel in her/his special meditation space or room, or for a collector of gemstones or tribal artifacts.