Archive for the ‘Bear Reflections’ Category

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The Kells Adventure Continues

December 9, 2010

Fisher Bear

The Blue-eyed Bear is hungry for salmon and she has found them in abundance in the Book of Kells. The Greek word for fish icthus is an anagram for Jesus Christ, Son of God, Savior. And the fish symbolic of the Christ has been used since the 2nd century. The Kells serpents too, are thought to be a symbol of the resurrection as the snake is renewed to life by shedding its skin or physical body . The BE Bear just finds the Kells serpents supportive and the fish tasty! What more could a bear want!

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Exploring Kells

November 22, 2010

Ubi mel ibi Ursa

The Blue-eyed Bear is exploring the wildness within the Book of Kells a 9th century Irish/Celtic illuminated Gospel. There is a whole bestiary within the pages of the book, but no bears. So the B-E Bear created her own illuminated passage. It states “where there is honey there are bears.”

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Night Boat

July 18, 2010

The Arctic Hare paddles the Night Boat Moon across the sky bringing joy to Bears everywhere!

The Blue-eyed Bear looks up at the Moon and sees her friend the Arctic Hare taking the night boat across the sky. It is a hopeful sign that the natural order of this creation continues at the most basic of level no matter how many disasters be fall it. Life finds a way to flourish. The B-E Bear believes that life is the meaning of this creation, this world, this Earth.

A Rabbit, or for the B-E Bear’s mythology the Hare, in the Moon has a deep tradition in many human cultures. The rabbit is seen by the Japanese  and by the Maya for whom it was associated with the Moon goddess.

The night boat  or celestial boat is an old motif that comes out of ancient Egypt as that boat carried Ra the Sun through the underworld it was called the “boat of the Millions” because it carried the millions of the dead. The celestial boat was also important to the ancients of Europe and it appears on the Mittelberg disk the oldest known depiction of the night sky (ca. 1600 BC) found in central Germany.

A night boat, a celestial boat,  a chariot, or  a sleigh carrying a  god from the North Pole and pulled by reindeer are all one and the same. They bestow generous gifts (fertility) on those that believe. Today this myth is relegated to a child’s tale that is told only at the Winter Solstice to spur commerce. The B-E Bear believes that Arctic Hare’s moon boat bestows gifts all year long or at least reminds us of the gifts we already hold!

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Bear Reflections

July 6, 2010

The bear is clearly reflected when the water is calm.

The Blue-eyed Bear was reminded yesterday how important it is to take time to check-in and take stock of how she is feeling, both on the inside and the out. Only in this way can she maintain a open and loving connection to all creation. Borrowing from and altering just a bit one of the Ki Aikido sayings of Koichi Tohei Sensei “The bear is clearly reflected in the water when the water is calm. In this same way when her mind and body are unified and calm her Universal Mind manifests itself completely. Once this happens all suffering and conflict fall away and the Spirit of love and protection for all things appears in her.”

This post starts a the new Category of Bear Reflections that is a way for the B-E Bear to better explore her inner world as well as her physical world.