Daily Angel Oracle Card: Bear ~ Introspection, from the Medicine Cards by Jamie Sams and David Carson
Bear ~ Introspection: “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 Brahma. Brahma’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 the it would be a circle. The South would be the forehead, the North would be 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 he/she is 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 eh Dream Lodge, so that your goals may become concrete realities. This is the strength of Bear.”*
~by Jamie Sams and David Carson
Today is winter solstice. We are entering a time of deep connection to our own Soul. This is a connection that will strengthen as we continue on our life’s path; we will be asked to rely on it through the coming times. We will learn to tap in to our own intuition and trust that we are capable of making our own decisions. Bear is here to guide us.
It is comforting to seek guidance or advice from others, as we can allow ourselves to relinquish some responsibility for the decisions we must make. But Bear asks that we trust in our own inner wisdom, finding what we seek inside us rather than outside. This is a time of contemplation as the year draws to a close. What will be our intentions in the year to come? Where will we aim our focus? What must be released? What lessons need to be learned so that we can move forward?
What is possible if we really put our minds to it?
Time alone is called for here. Yes, this is the busiest time of year, that is why it is even more important to find your center now. Solitude, even if only for a few minutes a day, is vital to your balance, to your peace of mind. Time to breathe deeply. Time to be receptive to your Divine guidance. Time to reflect, to process, to expand. This would be an ideal time to get outside and connect with Nature. Breathe some fresh air. Get out under the stars.
Bear will lead you inside the cave of the Eternal Mother, into the Great Void. Where the seeds are planted in the unmanifest. Bear will help you to create your dreams from the great womb of the Universal Mother.