Hibernate Like a Bear-Enter the Stillness
by Barbara F Steinberg, PhD, Certified SoulPath Alchemy™ Facilitator.
Bears symbolize introspection and intuition blended with instinct. In ancient times bears were thought to die each Fall, to be reborn each Spring, verifying their spiritual power over death. Their emergence in the Spring was proof that bears were given the power of resurrection through rebirth.
What is Hibernation? How can it serve humans?
Hibernation, the great sleep means entering into the spiritual world for spiritual realignment and emerging in the Spring as a changed balanced being. Bears awaken from their long journey in the spirit world, having become greater in spirit, smaller in body. We see this metaphor as symbolizing the shedding of the worries and concerns of the real world to be reborn.
Great healers, like the Bear, restore balance and harmony. The Bear is the keeper of the dream time and stores the teaching of dreams until the dreamer wakes up to them. Many tribes have called the space of inner-knowing the Dream Lodge where the death of the illusion of physical reality is overlaid by the expansiveness of eternity.
For the shaman or medicine person, it is in the Dream Lodge where our Ancient Ones sit in council and advise us regarding alternative pathways that lead to our goals.
Enter the Stillness
When I enter the stillness, the cave of darkness, I seek my inner silence and peace as I sit with our Ancient Ones. Bear, the Spirit who walks between all worlds, stands over me. Together we have looked into the great valleys of dreams. Together we see the truth of who I am and how I can express that truth in reality.
- If you gaze at this Glyph while asking Bear to assist you in bringing in the PAUSE of hibernation, you are likely to have a deeper experience.
- During the time of Winter Solstice, Bear can bring his/her energy of trust to help you re-calibrate.
- Create a ceremonial space for winter solstice: More info here
- Visit our Course portal and see what calls to you: Link here
- Connect in the Cosmic Tea Room (our private Facebook group)
May the wisdom of the bear serve you in the time of Winter Solstice, or whenever you are choosing to drop in to the Stillness.