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November 17, 2021

Bear Food for Thought

What is the meaning of the protruding tongue? It is common in the Native Tlingit style of bear imagery. Below is the blue-eyed bear version of the Native bear as portrayed by Alaskan artist Julie Thompson.

There are many cultural meanings to the protruding tongue from just plain silliness to the rude or erotic in western culture. For the Maori People of New Zealand the gesture reflects strength and ferocity as part of their war chant. In Tibet it functions as a greeting and a sign of respect. The gesture is definitely an attention grabbing nonverbal display. A bear’s open maw can be intimidating but with no teeth showing the Bear suggests it can be a gesture of imparting wisdom.

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The Cosmic Dance

October 23, 2021

Next time your out dancing Bear, look behind you! Ganesha the Lord of Beginnings and Remover of Obstacles is is following!

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Dreaming

September 26, 2021

Last Night While I Was Sleeping. A Poem by Antonio Machado (translated by Willis Barnstone and Coleman Barks). Illustrated by the Blue-eyed Bear as perspective on her spiritual journey.

Last night while I was sleeping
I dreamt -blessed illusion-
a fountain flowed inside my heart.
Water, tell me by what hidden channel you came to me
with a spring of new life
I never drank?

Last night while I was sleeping
I dreamt -blessed illusion-
I had a beehive inside my heart,
and from my old failures
the golden bees
were contriving white combs 
and sweet honey.
Last night while I was sleeping
I dreamt -blessed illusion-
a fiery sun glowed inside my heart.
It was fire, giving off heat
from a red hearth.
It was the sun throwing out light
and made me weep.
Last night while I was sleeping
I dreamed -blessed illusion-
that it was God I held
inside my heart.
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No Where to Run, Bear Run Run Run

September 16, 2020

The Blue-eyed Bear and all that she represents are running for their lives again. This time its the American West. Humans just won’t admit that they are the cause of this warming world, the fire storms, the deluges, the melting ice, and the virus, so all beings must suffer.


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January 12, 2020

You Humans Stop ow

The Blue-Eyed Bear points a claw at all Humans because only they (YOU) can stop this Climate Crisis!!!!! Become informed, speak out, make small changes, and make big changes. Vote as if lives depended on it, cause they do!!!!!  Australia will never be the same; its biosphere will be much diminished and similar loss is coming to your neighborhood, if it isn’t there already. So don’t get too comfortable or think you’re immune. Fire, flood, pollution, food shortages, homelessness are coming for you!

P.S. Thank you to all who are trying to make a difference.

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Swimming for Survival

January 6, 2020

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Swimming North with the aid of Friends

The Blue-eyed Bear and Koala are swimming north along the east coast of Australia. The bear wants to get the Koala to the Port Macquarie Koala Hospital, but that’s way north of Sydney. So the B-E Bear has enlisted the help of a few of her friends that frequent the Aussie coast. Every now and then the Humpbacks give the bear a boost.

The Port Macquarie Koala Hospital is treating burned and dehydrated Koalas and has raised over $ 2 million through a go fund me site. The money is being spent for watering stations for Koalas and other wild life. And once the crisis abates they may start a captive breading center for Koalas.  The B-E Bear says “all of you humans are responsible for this, so start the change that is need to fix it now”.

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Australia, Climate Crisis or Armageddon

January 4, 2020

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Blue-eyed Bear says “time to move Koala”!!!

The B-E Bear wants to help, but the fires in Australia seem way beyond anything the bear can do in this climate armageddon.

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No where to go?!

Run for the ocean you two, run, run, run!!!! The B-E Bear can swim even if the Koala can’t! Will they make it??? Stay tuned.

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Searching For Heart

April 22, 2017

The Blue-eyed Bear is searching the cloud forests for signs of the glass frog and its visible heart. Hoping against hope that it too has not succumbed to the terrible chytrid fungus that has choked the life out of many little amphibians across the Americans and beyond. The B-e Bear asks. Please support the efforts of herpetologists to save these creatures. Go to FrogRescue.com

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Great Merit

January 1, 2015

BearYeti3 The Blue-Eyed Bear has made her way around Mt Kailash completing the circumambulation of the sacred Mountain. She stated between the two sacred Lakes Manasaraowar and Raksas Tal at 14,950 ft in elevation.  From Tarchen chorten (No.1) she proceeded on a clock-wise path on the great Mountain Kora, a 32 mile trek. Tarchen chorten or Buddhist monument sits at 15,100 ft. Next major stop was Dirapuk Gompa (No.6) at 16,200 ft. A Gompa is a Buddhist monastery of which there are three (No 5,6,8) on the main circuit serving as way stations for pilgrims. On to the highest point in the trek the beautiful Dolma La pass (No 7) is at 18,600 ft. This pass is dedicated to Tara, Dolma in Tibetan, the Goddess of Compassion. 

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Photo Credit: Dimitry Arkhipov 2014

Just southeast of the Dolma La pass the Bear stopped to drink from the highest fresh water lake Gaurikund, Thugje Chenpo Tso in Tibetan, at 18,264 ft, it is pictured here still iced over.  BearYeti4 Upon finishing her trek around sacred Kailash the Blue-eyed Bear left this Bear carved offering on the Mountain. It says Om Mani Padme Hum, Hail to the Jewel in the Lotus. Because the Bear did this trek in the Year of the Horse sacred for pilgrimage to Tibetans (the Tibetan New Year doesn’t start until Feb.21, 2015 it is a wood sheep year) the Bear gains the merit of 12 circumambulations of the Mountain allowing her proceeded on a inner trek or Kora to Mt Nandi (Map No.1, 2, 3). Nandi is Shiva’s riding bull and servant and a deity in his own right. What other adventures await the Bear on the Tibetan plateau? 

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Journey to the Center of the World

December 27, 2014

The Blue-eyed Bear is on her way to Mt. Kailash in western Tibet. the mountain standing some 22,028 ft is the axis mundi of the center of the world for Tibetan Bonpo, Tibetan Buddhists, Hindus, and Jains.  One does not climb this mountain one circles its base on foot to gain great spiritual merit. 

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Along the way the Bear is meeting some of the locals and making new Friends.

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The Bear’s new fiend is also a helpful guide on this spiritual quest. Will the Blue-eyed Bear make it al the way around Kailash before the New Year breaks? Stay tuned!