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Spirit Coat of Bear People
 


Spirit Coat of Bear People
Sioux Legend

Bear is often a very complex Totem that teaches many varied
and seemingly contradictory lessons.
Bear People are strong, wild, unpredictable, primal and virile,
and in many tribes, honored as inspiring warriors with powerful Medicine
for use in combat.

But that is only Bear's outer life, there is much more to this Totem than that,
for Bear is also through his inner life,
a silent teacher of the value and ways of introspection,
and inner vision, realizing one's spiritual potential and the lesson of
Caution vs. Carelessness

Bear is a powerful mentor to many who carry Counselor and Healer Medicines.
This Teacher echoes the deepest and most primal memories of humanity's past
(the oldest found evidence of religious worship at the dawn of our species
involved honoring cave bears).

Bear enters the Moon Lodge of dreams as he hibernates, and thus has
(along with all who carry his Medicine)
the opportunity to engage in introspection and clarification of personal truth,
then to share that clarity with others, allowing them to realize
and remember their own truths for themselves.

Bear appears ferocious and intimidating in size and strength
But to him, it seems like only yesterday he was known as Mahtociqala (small bear)
and prefers to avoid conflict, and simply walk away from it, following the teachings
of sister owl and (Mahto) the Great Grizzly Bear
Bear is solitude and a peacekeeper and great hunter, taking only
what is needed to survive

Bear people like the Owl, possess the wisdom and teaching of the Great Spirits
Listening to the winds they interpret the whispered words left behind,
often accompanied by Owl, (protectors of the bear)
he is safe in his journey upon Mother Earth
and learns much in the watchful eyes and teaching's of the Owl

Bear is not only a Mentor Totem, but carries with him the wisdom and teaching
of the Owl, as he to feels the peace and turns to the winds for guidance
(Owl often sits above the Bear on totems, thus watching over the Bear)
and follows with deep conviction and devotion the teachings
brought forth from Owl
(Bears Spiritual Guide and Guardian)

Bear is also associated with the secrets of healing.
Bear people (my own father among them) are often very different from what they seem
their inner and outer lives are often in very sharp contrast,
Bear has walked these paths many times within his life, often in solitude
(and conflict, when they are out of balance),
they are very easy to underestimate because of this.

Anthony

For Little Owl and the Bear
And
The Spirit Coat that he wears

Written for: All Stars Phrase Challenge
Host: OnePurpleCrayon
Phrase: it seems like only yesterday


By WinterWolf

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This Poem is part of a Challenge: - All Stars Challenge with OnePurpleCrayon (Sharon) -read page for rules, info, and REQUIRED PHRASE (challenge has been closed)


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This Poem is part of a Challenge: - All Stars Challenge with OnePurpleCrayon (Sharon) -read page for rules, info, and REQUIRED PHRASE (challenge has been closed)


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