When we think about our lives and what we want to leave behind, making a positive difference to people is what brings us together. It is our what, why and how.
With that in mind, we felt our company needed something to symbolize who we are and what we stand for. As part of understanding who we are, we embarked on a visioning session that would help us identify and clarify who we would become as a company. Out of that visioning session, the totem became a fixture because of what it stands for.
A totem is a spirit being, sacred object, or symbol of a Nation, a clan, a family or individual.
Tradition says that each individual is connected with different animals that will accompany each person through life, acting as guides. Different animal guides come in and out of our lives depending on the direction that we are headed and the tasks that need to be completed along our journey.
Beliefs further explain that a totem animal is one that is with you for life, both in the physical and spiritual world. Though people may identify with different animal guides throughout their lifetimes, it is this one totem animal that acts as the main guardian spirit.
With this one animal a connection is shared, either through interest in the animal, characteristics, dreams, or other interaction. This animal guide offers power and wisdom to the individual when they “communicate” with it, conveying their respect and trust. For some, knowing what is their totem animal is almost an innate process. It’s as if they’ve always known, inexplicably drawn to the animal or having a special feeling for the animal’s energy. For others, they wonder how to tell what their animal totem is.
For Totem Contracting, our spirit animal is the hawk which appears at the top of our logo.