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“Ask the animals, and they will teach you, or the birds of the air, and they will tell you; or speak to the earth,
and it will teach you, or let the fish of the sea inform you” ~ Book of Job 12:7-8
I love it when the universe manifests your sincere and simply innocent desires for you. This past weekend held many true examples of this for us, from obvious events like this bear - moments before we came across this black bear Duncan had just said “I sure hope we get to see a bear on this trip” - to the more subtle manifestations (such as the promise of future opportunities). Our trip to Canmore was not only enjoyable but eye opening as well. Sometimes you need a small break away from everything just to see things more clearly, or hear the messages the universe is trying to send you.
Those that know me well know that I happily dwell within the mysteries of many religions and spiritualities and often find great comfort in what resonates for me there. And if any spirituality reigns prima within the Rocky Mountains it has to be the Native Spirituality of Canada’s first peoples.
In Native spirituality animals (and plants/elements), as messengers of the great mystery, have much to teach us. They come to us with a lesson for a lifetime, a situation or sometimes briefly with a message for the moment.
The strength of Bear medicine is the power of introspection; the ability to turn inward to access your strength and honour your natural cycles. Bear represents the west side of the Medicine Wheel, which is the place of intuition, transformation, shamanic journeying, dreams and visions. Bear medicine reminds you to go within yourself to find your answers and direction – but also that there is both a time to act and a time to be still. Knowing which time is at hand is an important skill.
Bear is well known for its period of winter hibernation and the season of spring provides space for new ideas and opportunities. The teaching of bear medicine is to prepare for the upcoming year but not to forget to live fully in the present moment as well. Opportunities are always right there in front of you, in your path. You just have to be aware enough to recognize them at the right time.
Bear was a good messenger for where Duncan and I are both at right now. I’m looking forward to pondering the opportunities before us. What an amazing spring this has been for us!