This is the season of the bear. The great awakening, emerging from deep hibernation. This reminds us to honor the cyclical nature of reality, and fully embrace each magnificent experience.
We can invite the medicine of the bear into our lives by honoring our need to go inward, to rest and replenish our sources. We live in a world that glorifies the hustle and often makes us feel that rest equals laziness.
When the image of a bear enters our consciousness, what does it bring to your mind? Maybe we notice their size, strength, and power, but beyond their physical attributes lay many traits that can guide us deeper into our experience of life.
They are great hunters and powerful protectors, they are resourceful gatherers, searching for replenishment from the variety of nutrients, flavors and scents of the world.
But their hidden strength lies in the bear’s ability to travel between the physical and spiritual worlds, a talent that is recognized all around the world by those who live in harmony with nature.
One way that bears access their inner world is during hibernation when they find a safe and womb-like environment to let their physical bodies rest while their spirit travels.
They travel through time, mentally digesting and learning from their experiences, but they also travel beyond the realm of mind and body into the dreamtime, where they are able to be rejuvenated by the source of all life.
In this sacred space, they are connected to physical, mental, and spiritual realms all at once and can find the balance that they need to reenter world.
Bear medicine reminds us that we are one with all of creation, inseparable from it.
They teach us that while we can take time apart to connect with spirit, we can also carry that awareness with us as we move through life, making the spiritual indistinguishable from the material. By aligning ourselves with bear energy, we fully embody the best of all worlds.
In what ways do you incorporate this medicine into your daily life?