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InnerSelf's Daily Inspiration

February 28, 2024

The focus for today is:

I am ready to awaken and use my energy
in a more conscious, creative way.

Today's inspiration was written by Dawn Baumann Brunke:

We human beings are such incongruous creatures, saying one thing while thinking or feeling another. So too do our emotions, thoughts, and actions span a wild expanse of extremes. Part of us growls and bares its fangs while another part sings and swells with love. We flaunt and celebrate parts of ourselves, hide, repress, and deny others.

You know the pattern: whatever we reject or disown is mirrored back to us, showing up as a person, animal, dramatic event. Thus, as Jung put it, we “slowly come to recognize that we meet ourselves time and again in a thousand disguises on the path of life.” And so it goes—until we are ready to awaken.

Acknowledging our Shadow begins the process of releasing the ancient curses we have placed upon others and ourselves. It liberates the energy we’ve been using to dampen down uncomfortable thoughts and feelings, allowing us to use it in a more conscious, creative way.

Today's inspiration was adapted from the article:
     The Most Dangerous Animal of All
     Written by Dawn Baumann Brunke.
Read the complete article here.

This is Marie T. Russell, co-publisher of, wishing you a day of using your energy in a conscious and creative way (today and every day)

Comment from Marie:
We have choices... we can be couch potatoes, or be can be creative. We can sit back and let life pass us by, or we can choose to be creative with our time. There are times when we want to just relax, yet we need to remember to balance our use of time and also use it to help fulfill our life purpose. 

Our focus for today: I am ready to awaken and use my energy in a more conscious, creative way.

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RELATED BOOK: Shadow Animals

Shadow Animals: How Animals We Fear Can Help Us Heal, Transform, and Enlighten
by Dawn Baumann Brunke

book cover of Shadow Animals by Dawn Baumann BrunkePresenting an animal-centered guide to shadow work, Dawn Baumann Brunke reveals how shadow animals protect and advise, challenge and encourage, inspire and offer support to the spiritual adventure of enlightenment as we awaken to who we really are.

The animals we fear or dislike can help us to recognize our Shadow: the hated, abandoned, judged, and denied aspects of ourselves. The author explores the lessons of numerous shadow animals, including those that many think of as shadowy, such as snakes and bats, as well as those that only seem shadowy to some, such as dogs, cats, birds, and horses. 

For more info and/or to order this book, click here. Also available as a Kindle edition.

About the Author

photo of Dawn Baumann BrunkeDawn Baumann Brunke is a writer and editor who specializes in the areas of healing, dreaming, spirituality, animal communication, and deepening our connection with all life.

The author of Animal Voices: Telepathic Communication in the Web of LifeShapeshifting with Our Animal Companions, and Animal Voices, Animal Guides, she lives with her husband, daughter, and animal friends in Alaska.

Visit her web site at