The TOTEM Place
GRIZZLY ... POLAR ... PANDA ... TEDDY ... YOGI ... BROWN ... KODIAK ... GENTLE BEN ... CIRCUS ... BLACK ... REIKI ... WHITE ... SPIRIT ... WINNIE the POOH ... KOALA
BEAR is associated with the direction WEST and the FALL season. Both carnivorous and vegetarian, bear can feast on salmon or the ripened berry. Bear is in natural sync with nature, living wisely with and off the land until encroached territories set up a need to interact with the human population.
BEAR energy is constant, like clock-work, in that you can count on it time and again. The two energies associated with bear differ in the dream (hibernation) and in the waking (non-hibernation) states of being.
The dream state sometimes permits intuitive information to become more readily accessible. A vision is possible of a clearer path or a chosen goal. Conversely, the waking state is more sensual in that the energy can be better felt. There is a real knowing that something is physically near and it brings us
a strength from such knowledge - we are not alone.
COURAGE ... STRENGTH ... INTROSPECTION ... TERRITORIAL
- Introspection: Are you making the most of your
- Question: What thoughts preoccupy your mind?
- Comment: Meditation, meditation, meditation.
If Bear has come to you, either in thought or happenstance or dream, then you are being asked to look within to explore the bear keywords.
- Courage: Are you fearless?
- Question: Where are you lacking courage?
- Comment: Take note of where you stand firm.
- Strength: What is your area of greatest strength?
- Question: What is sapping your strength?
- Comment: Define what, literally, best lights your fire and
- Territorial: To make way for the new it is
necessary to let go of the old.
- Question: Are boundaries a problem or a help for you?
- Comment: Define attachment vs. true need.
The nose of the bear, the hump, and the feet all lend themselves to use as a form of massage tool. Try using the rounded nose on a spot on your palm to find out what is meant by this. Experiment with the hump and feet, again in the palm of the hand. Using the bear this way is not limited to the hand, but this is a great place to start.
SOME USES FOR THE CARVED BEAR FIGURE
"Not to hurt our humble brethren (the animals) is our first duty to them, but to stop there is not enough.
We have a higher mission - to be of service to them whenever they require it.
If you have men who will exclude any of God's creatures from the shelter of compassion and pity, you will have men who will deal likewise with their fellow men."