Grandmother’s Story of the Bear
I have been feeling the urge to do a long shamanic journey and found the perfect opportunity to do so this morning. I wanted to share with you what I learned.
As I settled into the hypnotic drum beat, I found myself on a familiar road walking towards an area where I knew I would find the one I call grandmother. As I came upon her fire circle I saw that there were little ones sitting around, they looked to be 4 to 6 years of age and they were settling down to hear a story.
The grandmother asked me to join them as the story was important for me too. She went on to tell about a large grizzly bear who was gifted with the ability to know when the seasons would change, what the weather would be, where the herds had migrated and when there was imbalance in their world and how to fix it. This bear would meet with the village Wise Man and share what he had learned and it helped the village be abundant and joyous. Everyone praised the wise one for the ability to speak with the bear, but he knew that it was the bear that had done the amazing thing, as the bear had moved out of his comfort zone. Though the bear was doing great work and helping many, the other bears shunned him, judged him and did not understand. The Wise One knew that for the bear to continue sharing his knowledge was an act of love.
The grandmother went on to say how each person has their own gift, their own ability that should be honored and not compared against another. This little boy pipes up and shows us how his tongue can move in so many different ways. The grandmother smiled and said “You will use that to communicate with many and bring honor to your people” The little boy was beaming with pride. Then this little girl next to me twists her body into a position that would make any yogi proud and says “I can do this, but when I do, my sister’s make fun of me” as she looked down, you could see that she was expecting to be told she was strange. Instead the grandmother says “That is a beautiful gift, flexibility will serve you well in all areas of your life, stay bendable, never rigid and hard. Do not allow another who does not have your abilities to make you feel bad. For you are just as special as are they in the eyes of the creator.”
Not long after this she dismisses the children and we begin to walk in a field of flowers. She asks what is on my mind, why do I feel so troubled. I told her how I had been seeing in multiple groups and posts about how it is wrong for people to charge for spiritual services. It has left me frustrated, frustrated by the judgement I feel from the ones that believe this and frustrated for the healers, shamans and guides that buy into it and give all of themselves away, creating deep lack, even physical sickness. She looks at me and says “Do you not think the bear was given meat, berries and treats? The Wise One knew that to not have an equal exchange would bring dishonor onto himself, his village, and the bear.”
She continued “It use to be that your shamans, healers, wise men and woman were well cared for by the people. All they had was provided for by the ones they served. It was an honor for the shaman to eat the food, wear the furs hunted, and to live in a home fashioned by the people. Today your society, does not provide for its sages yet begrudges them when they provide for themselves. It has created quite an imbalance.”
I agreed and asked “what about energy exchanges?” She answered by saying “These can be beautiful and wonderful. However, until humans are able to turn energy into something tangible, money will always be part of your world. To learn this alchemy is possible but how does one eat while learning?” she said smiling.
I asked her when she thought a time was coming when humans would no longer need money her response was “When humans learn to not hate money, nor begrudge the exchange, but instead give and receive in gratitude.” She went onto explain that due to our belief systems we are not in the flow of giving and receiving. In the flow where money is simply a tool. That instead we have constructed many false thoughts and constructs that keep us out of this flow and it is in this flow where all potential resides.
She looked at me and said – “Be the bear, do not worry what others think or do, for you know your gifts.” She grabbed both my hands, turning me to her and says “What a shame it would be for the bear to not have shared his knowing because he allowed the other bears to make him feel bad, unworthy or selfish.”
I thanked her again for her wisdom and allowing me to partake in the sharing of the story. It was a treat to see those young children, as I saw myself in each one.
It is with this understanding that I say to you now: BE THE BEAR.
However, that looks for you is perfect. Be the bear. Allow your gifts and talents to shine through. Don’t allow yourself or others to discount them, put them in a box, or make you feel less them for them. When you share your gifts, be open to receive in return, as that is the natural order of things. For what a shame it would be for you to hide your gifts, your talents, your light too.
I don’t think there is any coincidences that this message came through on my country’s “Independence Day”. As we all work to gain independence from belief systems, judgement and lack.
Sending you all lots of love,
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