“There was a time in which humanity saw itself as a part of Nature and Nature as a part of it.
“Dreaming and waking were inseparable.
“Animal, plant and human were inseparable. The natural and the supernatural merged and blended, as did the symbolic and mundane meanings of the elements of Nature. 
“Shamans used the symbols and images of the natural world to express this unity and to instill a transpersonal kind of experience.
“Modern initiates are creative individuals that intuitively see possibilities for transforming ordinary data and everyday experiences into new creations and inspirations. They process information in new and creative ways.”
~Ted Andrews from Animal-Speak: The Spiritual & Magical Powers of Creatures Great & Small