What dictates a spiritual walk from a normal walk? Not to be sarcastic or demeaning but legitimately wondering.
Quoted you for simplicity but I have seen the question several times now...So a spiritual walk isn't an actual walk. (not in my case at least, but it is very different for everyone!) In my case it was a walk through the spiritual world, you experience a cleansing first to free your mind from any preconceptions you have about it (Ex. what the walk will be like or what animal you will get) because it can skew the results. Once your mind is empty you are placed by a master into a sleep like meditative state and they talk you through the "walk" in your mind, at a point (if your lucky because not everyone is and a lot of people do not see any animals) your animal appears to you. In my case we had to walk out of the darkness in our minds into the spiritual world where we came upon a pool of water with a waterfall, in the sky hung the moon and sun side by side, we saw our reflections in the water and then when we looked up we saw a cave behind the falls. We are drawn toward the cave and once we enter it we realize it is filled with a warm light that makes us feel like a child again, we run and dance down through the cave and then emerge into a giant field. It is surrounded by a shallow river with forest on the other side, and at the opposite end of the field as the cave there was a large tree. We approached the tree and found rocks at its base that made a comfortable spot to sit and lie for while. Now the field was very sunny, but in my case the forest was very shadowed. We linger in the sun and then notice out of the corner of our eye (if you were lucky) movement. Now this is the point where if your totem/spirit animal was going to appear it did and if it wasn't (usual because your mental state was incorrect before hand) you would naturally fall out of the vision and back to reality. I was lucky enough to see a shadow amongst the shadows. I got up, moved to the edge of the shallow river and stared into the forest. At first all I could see were eyes moving back and forth, I could tell they were feline but didn't know what they were attached to. He was taunting me, playing in a way, and then he prowled out of the shadows. I sat on the bank and he stared at me for a long moment on the other side until he bounded across, our eyes met, I held out a hand, and he rubbed his face against it. He then strolled out of the water, rubbed against me, and then we walked away together into the field. We laid in the sun together for a long time until it was time to leave the spirit world. He followed me back through the cave, and when we reached the pool we both actually jumped as one through the waterfall into it. The last thing I can remember was feeling wet fur rub against my face before crawling out onto the bank. When I looked into the water a jaguar was staring back at me and then I faded out of the vision. It was a very spiritual compelling thing.
I have heard people though having far less methodical experiences. Such as someone here described with having a hard night and feeling the presence of a stallion. Others actually see their spirit animals in real life, and typically its a life changing experience for one reason or another and they feel a connection, there are all sorts of ways it happens and it doesn't always happen to everyone. Once it does though you will believe for life.
And not everyone gets big powerful animals, two friends of mine have smaller creatures. One is a box turtle and one is a meerkat.