I recently got food poisoning and found myself stuck in debilitating nausea that lasted for hours. During those hours I wrestled with a reluctance to vomit until finally that fate inevitably came. Relief soon followed and after a day of exhaustion, health was restored. A few weeks later I found myself in a debilitating state […]
When is it useful to address a situation directly, and when would a direct approach cause more problems? To discover the best strategy for every unique situation you may encounter, Opposum suggests you take note of how much fear is involved in your decision making process.
Deer Medicine Wisdom Deer lives in the forest with lions, an ever looming menace to her well-being. Instead of worrying about pending threats, Deer focus on her personal interests, only taking note of the lion if it encroaches too close. When lion comes into range, Deer takes action. She creates distance or charges the threat and […]
Swan journeys from awkward adolescence into captivating adulthood through a process of surrender. Many people feel that surrender signifies defeat. If we stop protesting and yield to the conflict at hand, are we compromising noble truths? Are we turning away from our core values?
This little robber-barron of the woods is comfortable in disguises and teaches us how to relate to ourselves and others with an air of mystery rather than certainty.
Behind the big and obvious, there is always something small and underestimated. How close do you need to get in order to know something? How far away can you get before you lose sight of the situation?
Could there be a more monster-like creature? Bats are the very symbol of monster in all of our story-telling traditions. But what is a monster? A monster is an unexamined power within our selves that chases us and riddles us with fear until we face whatever it is about reality we do not want to face.
This little warty creature thrives in the wetlands of life. With his hypnotic ribbit, Frog cleans the pond that beaver built and calls the rain to wash away the stagnant energy of frustration and disappointment that accumulates in our daily struggles. Weeping is the rainy weather of the soul that frees our body and mind […]
If animals are living symbols of the cosmic design, snake, with it’s exclamation point body is the very image of a symbol. She is a gliding hieroglyph speaking volumes to the psyche about our most primal abilities to heal and renew.
Everything we do today weaves a path of intricate connection to what will be possible for us tomorrow and beyond. This moment now is connected to infinite opportunities. Spider speaks of finding options from within and creating paths that will pull our desires to us. She lives simultaneously in the horizontal dimension of time and […]
The hawk sees the mountains and the mouse at once with unnerving vision and a singular clarity. This predator medicine teaches how to clear away all distractions and hone in on the root of a matter. It is a lesson in the exquisite tension of conflict which teaches how to engage a challenge without causing […]
This master architect builds with precision, repairs with vigilance, and creates with an inextricable connection to the surrounding forest. Her seemingly selfish home-making endeavors produce unforeseen resources for countless neighbors who gather at the new waters to drink and grow. Beaver medicine sets aside grand delusions of importance and settles down to gnaw away at […]
“Rabbit, Rabbit, Rabbit!”, if exclaimed on the first of every month is said to bring good luck. But a Chinese proverb warns not to depend on a lucky rabbits foot for fortune, as ‘it didn’t turn out so well for the rabbit, did it?’ The collective archetype found in the symbol of the Rabbit around […]
The ambition of evolution shows a most noble grace in the grandeur and subtlety of Elephant. The oldest surviving matriarch on Earth is a walking library of personal Earth records. She teaches us how to heal past trauma and use our experiences as tool to expand into more freedom. Weighing over 16,000 lbs and reaching […]
“Sometimes we’re sacred, sometimes we’re not. But we’re always Indians.” –Neither Wolf Nor Dog by Kent Nerburn The wisdom of the Sacred Fool is a tricky, uncanny medicine that can neither be sought nor avoided. It trips you when you think your steady and deserts you as you wobble for support. As we expound and […]
The romance between Wind and Water catches fire in the beauty of Dragonfly, quickening our sense of the ever shifting nature of reality. All is seeming and all is change. The journey of Dragonfly teaches how to navigate the the dream stuff we call life. Her medicine is inherent in her name. Is she a […]
The modern day Buffalo evolved into its current form around 7,000 years ago and is a smaller descendant of the Woolly Mammoth. So abundant and successful were these giant herds that there roaming’s darkened the Western horizon line for miles and miles as far as the eye could see. An 18th century observer noted that, […]
Life is a cycle round and round. There are times of productivity and there are times of rest. Bear Medicine is the vital practice of deep rest and rejuvenation. This medicine involves minimizing action, conserving energy, and retreating into the cave. It is a time to pad around the house in socks and grubbies and […]
The whale is the world’s largest mammal and teaches lessons in vibration and sound, hearing what is really being said, hearing the faint soft voices, the low frequency messages and remote bonds that are real and strong, though far away. Whales are able to communicate across vast oceanic distances via low frequency sound vibrations […]