Animal Spirits: The Bear

Bears, it seems, everywhere these days! Enjoy! 🙂

Through the Peacock's Eyes

The bear, a powerful creature we fear coming                                                                     across on a peaceful hike but also a symbolimages4 of cuteness and security, the Teddy Bear. Bears exhibit some contrasting behaviors: blissfully munching on berries or lounging peacefully in the sun while listening to the song of a flowing river versus being frightfully defensive or angrily attacking anyone that comes near its space or young. This ferocity of the bear made them a symbol of bravery and warriors from Native American cultures to the Celts. Even Viking Berserkers were named after the bearskins they wore to enhance their viciousness in battle.

The bear is also a strong symbol of protectiveness and motherhood. This motherhood-ness and its ability to…

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About Running Elk

My given native name, Running Elk, was bestowed in 2008 as I took my first steps as a fully fledged Medicine Man of the Zuni tradition. A most unlikely candidate for the role, my journey as a healer began some four years prior. The detour onto the shamanic way was most unexpected, yet has been one of the most rewarding challenges to date.
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3 Responses to Animal Spirits: The Bear

  1. Pingback: Free Spirit | Running Naked With Scissors

  2. WordsFallFromMyEyes says:

    Is there a way to find out which is your animal spirit? Do we all have one connected to us? Was just wondering. Like, if people have an affinity with cats (not simply because they’re cute, fluffy), or dogs – does that tell anything? I remember when I used to do filming, one of the crew had a pet rat. I was very intrigued!

    • Running Elk says:

      That’s a much bigger question than I can hope to answer sensibly at 2am… 🙂 Give me a couple of days (mainly to get through the pre-Christmas MADNESS) and I’ll come back to it. xx

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