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A woman has gone on British morning television to explain why she 'spiritually' identifies with being a wolf.
Seattle-based Naia Ōkami appeared on This Morning to discuss the way she sees herself and how she expresses that in her every day life.
The 27-year-old was quick to point out to hosts Phillip Schofield and Rochelle Humes that she doesn't believe she's a living, breathing wolf in human skin.
"I don't physically believe I am a wolf. It's more a spiritual and psychological identification as a wolf, like I'm totally aware I'm human...but by the same token, spiritually I am a wolf," she told the TV show.
"I think a lot of people have a misconception that I think I am physically a wolf and obviously I don't. I have a serious job, I pay my bills and taxes this is just how I spiritually express myself.'
Naia revealed her interest in wolves started at an early age.
She's even been able to work out the specific breed that she thinks exists in her spirit.
"I am a British Columbian wolf," she said. "It started with dream shifting.
"That is when I had a dream of myself as a wolf and I could view myself in some of these dreams. I could see myself as an observer, in some of these dreams I was acting as a wolf
"I went from that to looking more about actual wolves, real life wolves. The more I looked, the more and more I began to identify in that way."
She added that her research led her to embody her inner wolf when she was a teen.
"When I was in high school, I was a lot more shamelessly expressive," she explained on This Morning. "I would vocalise, I would howl, that is how I express myself.
"Nowadays, It's a little different...If I'm at work or in the grocery store, I'm not going to bark or howl."
While the 27-year-old recognises that she is a human, the New York Post reports she also identifies as being 'otherkin'.
That's a term that refers to people who identify as not entirely human, whether that be through reincarnation, trans-species dysphoria of the soul, ancestry, or metaphor.
Judging from what Naia explained, her vision of otherkin fits closer in with the latter form of expression.
She also joked how she uses her spirit animal in one of her jobs (investigating trafficking and child predators) and tries to stalk her 'prey'.
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