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My Bear Totem

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My Bear Totem is my Right Totem and protects my male side, my Warrior spirit. Bear is a great protector and "mine" walks right along my right side.

The strength of Bear medicine is the power of introspection. It lies in the West on
the great medicine wheel of life. Bear seeks honey, or the sweetness of truth, within the
hollow of an old tree. In the winter, when the Ice Queen reigns and the face of death is upon
the Earth, Bear enters the womb-cave to hibernate, to digest the year's experience. It is said
that our goals reside in the West also. To accomplish the goals and dreams that we carry,
the art of introspection is necessary.
To become like Bear and enter the safety of the womb- cave, we must attune
ourselves to the energies of the Eternal Mother, and receive nourishment from the placenta
of the Great Void. The Great Void is the place where all solutions and answers live in
harmony with the questions that fill our realities. If we choose to believe that there are many
questions to life, we must also believe that the answers to these questions reside within us.
Each and every being has the capacity to quiet the mind, enter the silence and know.
Many tribes have called this space of inner-knowing the Dream Lodge, where the
death of the illusion of physical reality overlays the expansiveness of eternity. It is in the
Dream Lodge that our ancestors sit in Council and advise us regarding alternative pathways
that lead to our goals. this is the power of Bear.
The female receptive energy that for centuries has allowed visionaries, mystics, and
shamans to prophesy is contained in this very special Bear energy. In India, the cave
symbolizes the cave of Brahman. Brahman's cave is considered to be the pineal gland that
sits in the center of the four lobes of the brain.
If one were to imagine an overview of the head, the top of it would be a circle. The
South would be the forehead, the North the back of the skull, the West would be the right
brain, and the east the left brain.
Bear is in the West, the intuitive side, the right brain. To hibernate, Bear travels to
the cave, which is the center of the four lobes where the pineal gland resides. In the cave,
Bear seeks answers while dreaming or hibernating. Bear is then reborn in the spring, like the
opening of spring flowers.
For eons, all seekers of the Dreamtime and of visions have walked the path of
silence, calming the internal chatter, reaching the place of rites of passage - the channel or
pineal gland. From the cave of Bear, you find the pathway to the Dream Lodge and the
other levels of imagination or consciousness. In choosing Bear, the power of knowing has
invited you to enter the silence and become acquainted with the Dream Lodge, so that your
goals may become concrete realities. This is the strength of Bear.

Overview
The Bear is an animal that hibernates in caves to get away from the outside
environment. So as a power animal, it indicates that you have to search within to fulfill your
hopes and aspirations, or to find solutions to your problems. Bear is concerned with the
reaching of goals. Just as a bear withdraws from the outside world when it hibernates, so
should you withdraw from your entanglements and seek refuge within - in the silence where
the power of knowing is, and where they answers to your needs, and the harmony you seek,
lie hidden.
Bear also stresses the importance of the - the time to nurture your dreams and
aspirations in a quiet period, and to seek ways to "own" them so they can become practical
realities.
Bear is the power of the meditative state. So if you have Bear as a power animal ask
it to help you find the center of your being - the place of perfect balance and harmony - and
make sure that time for inner looking becomes part of your daily routine. Strength comes
from looking within.
Go within. Personal strength comes from inner knowing.

Source: Sams, Jamie and Carson, David. Medicine Cards (Santa Fe: Bear and Company, 1988)

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