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Welcome to the Bear Spirit Medicine Lodge web page.
Bear Spirit Medicine Lodge offers rituals, ceremony, gatherings, educational workshops, seminars and training that speak with traditional and distinctive Blackfoot Indian voices. We offer experiences reflective of traditional American Indian ways of addressing your life and your community's needs.
You are welcome to share in our gatherings. Check us out and join us when we gather in your area. you will find us good people doing things in a good way.
BUILDING THE CHICAGO
Spirits of the North, I call you here,
we want you here,
we need you here.
Come to us in the color white, the midnight sun,
Winter- the cold country, the place of the elder,
where Blessing and Healing and Death
[letting go of that which doesn’t work for us] reside,
the place of peace.
The place and the power of Earth where Buffalo gives us all we need.
Spirit of the North, I call you here,
we want you here,
we need you here,
be with us here.
Bear Spirit Medicine Lodge
is always free as the wind is free.
We do not sell or rent our members' or site visitors' personal information and have no intention of doing so in the future.
The articles and quotes in this web site are
for informational purposes only.
"Embracing the mystery of love
in its broadest sense
is the beginning of healing.
Love throws you into the fierce liberation
of accepting all of life as your companion
and all things as your ever present, living support.
By risking an open heart
and trusting that pain is growth,
there is no battle in life that can not be overcome
and overwhelmed with the deep joy of life lived.
Look to that which is heart felt, no matter the cost,
and the reward will lead to a peaceful spirit
and to relationships that are rich
in texture and depth.
A life of joy is found in living each moment
in good relationship."
~ Chuck Skelton
"... [T]he loss of this is one of the disasters of the conquest of the Americas by Western powers. They didn't respect the mystical dimension of the cultures of this land. They didn't respect the land itself. As a result, there is this quality in America of a concrete highway laid across the land. We are just now — especially among the young people with their ecological awareness — just now beginning to have a sense of what the land can tell us, and along with this has come a respect for the American Indians and their myths and teachings and religious rites."
Joseph Campbell, interviewed by Cate Miodini in the Fall, 1986 issue of "Anima: An Experiential Journal.
THE SPIRIT OF WINTER
The season of winter on the medicine wheel of life is the time of the North. It ushers in a time of reflection and preparation. This period of Winter challenges us to reflect on our existence and embrace our fragile nature. We live in life and life is not about us but about living in a good way.
Winter is the time to enter the depth of existence and embrace the equality of all life.
Buffalo reflects the power of Winter. Buffalo is the essence of humble life. As such, Buffalo is the reflection of Creator moving within present life reminding us that life is purposeful and fulfilling when lived purposefully.
Buffalo brings to
us the reflection and hope in the essence of life. Buffalo is divine presence made manifest.
Tobacco confronts the healer to remember that his task is to bless and stand his brothers and sisters with life and memory that they may not disconnect.. Tobacco is not to be taken into the lungs but to be offered reverently to all that exists with deep humility and prayers. Tobacco without all of the modern chemical additives, in its pure forms is the desired plant of ceremony and reverence.
Tobacco, when used in a good way, spiritually connects the body,
the mind and the spirit with the Divine elements of life. Tobacco is integral to the life of the plains Indian.
Pipe Prayer in the park
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