lunes, 24 de agosto de 2009
Oso - Bear
Los osos hibernan en el invierno, lo cual podría explicar su asociación con el "soñar al Gran Espíritu" o la retrospección. La cueva del Oso simboliza el regreso al vientre de la Madre Tierra. También sugiere un fuerte aspecto femenino, de nutrición y protección. Los oseznos, que nacen en la primavera, pueden quedarse hasta siete años con su madre antes de alcanzar la madurez.
La gente con medicina de Oso son autosuficientes, y prefieren pararse en sus propios pies antes que depender de otros. A menudo son considerados soñadores. Muchos han desarrollado la destreza de visualizar cosas nuevas, pero como resultado pueden quedarse atrapados en sus sueños y no progresar mucho en la "realidad despierta".
La medicina de Oso incluye la introspección, la curación, la soledad, la sabiduría, el cambio, la comunicación con el Espíritu, la muerte y renacimiento, la transformación, los viajes astrales, y es una criatura de los sueños, los shamanes y los místicos.
SI OSO ES TU ANIMAL DE PODER
Tienes una presencia imponente y una fuerte confianza en tus habilidades. Cuando quienes te aman se encuentran amenazados, especialmente los niños, los defiendes ferozmente. Tu sentido del olfalto es inusualmente agudo. Eres un conocedor de las cosas dulces de la vida -un postre gourment, un romance, una flor fragante. Los proyectos creativos que requieren un esfuerzo sostenido por dos o más años son tu fuerte. Aquellos alrededor tuyo tienen que soportar tus humores ocasionales por tu fuerza y personalidad arraigada.
PIDE A OSO QUE TE AYUDE A´
*Vivir una vida más balanceada y armoniosa
*Usar la instrospeción y la meditación para alcanzar tus objetivos
*Descubrir tus recursos internos
*Depender más en ti mismo
ACCEDE AL PODER DEL OSO A TRAVÉS DE
*Ir a un retiro espiritual durante los meses de invierno
*Visitar un cuidador de osos y aprender sobre la actividad de las abejas
GUÍA DE INTERPRETACIÓN
Como símbolo en el sueño
Alma, instrospección, visión interna, fuerza, transformación
Como guardián o protector
Proteje a los niños
Desarrollar límites fuertes
Promueve la armonía y balance
Recomienda remedios herbales
Como oráculo o presagio
Confía en tu sabiduría interna
FUENTE: Madonna Gauding © Octopus Publishing Group 2006 ISBN-13: 978-1-84181-292-2
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Bear, Power Animal, Symbol of Strength, Introspection, Knowledge, Dreamtime and Transformation
By Ina Woolcott
Some anthropologists say that the Bear was one of the first animals to be revered by humans. Celtic tradition holds that the Primal Mother is the Bear goddess Artio, a fierce protector. Bear is also associated with the Goddess Artemis. Bear has been a figure in the forefront of many Native cultures. Beliefs state that the power of the Great Spirit lives through the bear, therefore making them highly sought after guides due to their fearless medicine. This belief led to a constellation to be named after it, Ursus Major, The Great Bear. Some traditions see Bear as the spirit keeper of the West, where harvests are abundant and maturity resides. Those who walk or live in areas where bears reside know -or may quickly learn- that the most dangerous animal in the woods is a bear mother protecting her cubs.
If you have bear as power animal, you will most probably be quieter during the winter months, which is similar to the bear hibernating during the winter. But in the spring you must awaken to seek whatever opportunities arise. Be fearless in standing up for what you believe in. You are also encouraged to use your abilities as a natural healer. Bear is linked to trees, considered to be natural antennas, joining the heavens and the Earth. Bear also has ties to the seven colour rays of the Universal Light, as well as Lunar associations, linking the conscious and subconscious mind.
Hibernating during the cold winter months, means bears know instinctively when the time is right and where to go. They also know when to wake back up. From this we can see it is good to know and realise that we sometimes need to be alone, to ponder and reflect, to examine our thoughts and emotions, where we are headed on our life journey. We need to trust and follow our instincts. Bear is active day and night, not like other animals, symbolising his connection with solar energy, strength and power, lunar energy and intuition. This enhances and teaches us how to develop these qualities within ourselves.
Bear medicine teaches us introspection, aiding us to digest our experiences and to discover that we have within ourselves the answers to all our questions. We all have bags of wisdom, if only we slow down and listen to what our intuition, our inner knowing voice is telling us. It is useful to be with yourself at times, so you can be yourself and are able to uncover your own answers to whatever challenge you are facing. On the other hand, just like Bear you need to know when to come out of 'hibernation' and to interact with others.
The female bear gives birth to the cubs while asleep. Due to this Bear is regarded as a symbol of the deepest inner wisdom, of the dreamtime and transformation. When giving ourselves over to sleep we become receptive to the Great Mother who nurtures us. As we delve deep into our identities and lose our egos, going back to our primal and elemental natures, we find we are part of Infinity and of All That Is/The Universe/One.
Winter symbolises darkness, death, and the inner world. Winter is a time of year which many humans fear. Much as they fear death. Yet an intrinsic part of the beauty of Bear, is its connection to the pattern of the stars during this season. The Druids associated the Pole Star of the constellation of the Great Bear, to King Arthur (whose name means Bear). During the Winter Solstice, the darkest night, the Pole Star guides us. Thus, when our world appears negative, dark and confused, when our physical senses and reason and logic seem to fail us, when it feels there is no path to follow, we go with-in to discover our deepest resources, and the light of inner knowing and intuition aids us in finding our way home.
Sometimes bears are over confident and to quick to act on their fiery anger. Although possessing perhaps just a trace of fear they can forget caution, an important characteristic to own. If bear is you guide try not to forget caution. If you are unaware, or even disregard your limits, this can have consequences you may not want! If Bear crosses your path, pay attention to how you think, act and interact. Use discernment in everything you do and say, discriminate with care. You are shown how to make decisions from a place of power.
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Deep in slumber, dreams unending,
Wise old bear, patient, strong,
Send me dreams of transformation.
Grant me intuition along
With introspection of my life,
Inner listening, no more strife.
Caution, Healing, Leadership
The power of the Bear totem
is the power of introspection.
The answers to all our questions
lie within us.
Each of us has the capacity to quiet the mind,
enter the silence and know.
Just as the bear hibernates during the winter,
people with a Bear totem will be quieter
during the winter months. But they
must awaken in the spring and seek
whatever opportunities are around them.
When you have a Bear totem,
you are being guided to a leadership role.
You must be fearless in defending your beliefs.
The Bear also encourages you to exercise
your abilities as a natural healer.
Bears are associated with trees which are natural antennas, linking the heavens and the Earth.
Bear also has links to the seven color rays of the Universal Light
as well as Lunar ties, linking the subconscious and the unconscious mind.
It is associated with the Goddess Artemis.
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Bears hibernate in the winter, which may explain their association with "dreaming the Great Spirit" or retrospection. The symbolism of the Bear's cave reflects returning to the womb of Mother Earth. [A cave is an archetype for the mind - sleep - returning/flying/spiraling to higher consciousness.] This also suggests a strong feminine aspect, one of nurturing and protection. Bear cubs, born in the early spring, can spend as many as seven years with their mother before reaching maturity. People with Bear Medicine are considered by many as self-sufficient, and would rather stand on their own two feet than rely on others. They are sometimes considered dreamers. Many have developed the skill of visualizing new things, but as a result can get caught up in the dreaming, making little progress in waking reality. Bear's medicine includes introspection, healing, solitude, wisdom, change, communication with Spirit, death and rebirth, transformation, astral travel, creature of dreams, shamans and mystics.
With Bear Medicine we find:
The Bear is the keeper of the dreamtime, and stores the teachings of dreams until the dreamer wakes up to them. 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.
If you like bears, you should maybe look into some books on interpreting dreams; especially if you're a heavy dreamer. If you need a lot of sleep, it may be Bear working. This female receptive energy, for centuries has allowed visionaries, mystics, and shamans to prophesy.
The strength of Bear medicine is the power of introspection. Bear is not one to make snap decisions, nor one to ramrod or force into any position. Bear takes in all available information, takes it into his quiet place, studies that information carefully, gives it careful thought for a while, and then reaches his own informed decisions based on the facts at hand. Bear is the one who says, "I have to think about this. I'll be in touch later." You can rely on opinions coming from a Bear person as being well thought out and thorough, and based on the facts given. To accomplish the goals and dreams that we carry, the art of introspection is necessary.
Bear is a fierce warrior, especially when protecting their young. They appear to be lumbering and slow, but can have lightning speed when threatened. They love fish when they can get it, but they also eat berries, honey, etc. Bear people like home and shelter, and like to be warm and cozy.
With Bear Medicine, 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.
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Introspection, Primal Power
Anthropologists state that Bear was one of the first animals to be revered by humans. In the Celtic tradition the Primal Mother is the Bear goddess, Artio, a fierce protector.
Those who hike or live in areas populated by bears know (or may quickly learn) that the most dangerous animal in the woods is a bear mother protecting her cubs. I learned this during my first encounter with bear, and since then it has entered my life on several other occasions.
The bear sleeps during winter, and the female gives birth to the cubs while asleep. This practice has led to Bear being a symbol of the deepest inner wisdom and of the dreamtime. When we surrender ourselves to sleep we allow ourselves to be receptive and nurtured by the Great Mother. As we shed layers of identity and ego and return to our primal and elemental natures we discover that we are part of eternity and of the One.
Winter, a symbol for darkness, death, and the inner world, is a time of year which many humans fear. Yet part of the beauty of the Bear totem relates to its connection to the pattern of the stars during this season. The Druids associated the Pole Star of the constellation of the Great Bear to King Arthur (whose name means Bear). At the time of the Winter Solstice, the darkest night, the Pole Star guides us.
So, when our worlds seem dark and confused, when our physical senses and reason and logic fail us, when there seems to be no path to follow, we go within to find our deepest resources, and the light of intuition and inner knowing helps us to find our way home.