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Bear Animal Totem: The Dreamers

Happy birthday to the Bear! For those not familiar with SunBear’s Earth Astrology, those born from August 23 to September 22 have the brown bear as their birth animal totem, which includes the black bear and various shades of brown including blonde and cinnamon.

We can learn so much about our natural selves from the animal world, including how to be more efficient and balanced with our every day energy.

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Did you know? Bears are curious animals and lead a slow, methodical life while enjoying it as well. They take time to critically observe their surroundings and things that occur and learn from them. The only time they speed up their pace is in the fall in preparation for winter hibernation. Contrary to popular belief, the bear does not sleep the entire way through, sometimes taking breaks to wake up and enjoy the warmer days of winter. Their sleep is a “half sleep.” Hence, the correlation of bears as dreamers, dreaming their everyday, personal dream awake. They can teach you to step into the silence of your inner stillness and introspection.

What do you think? Where can you add a little bear medicine to your life?

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A Movement To Fall

In the Northern Hemisphere, fall is here marked by today’s Fall Equinox. On this day, day and night are almost of equal length. The sun crosses the Earth’s equator while moving southwards. The winds of change toss us about to test our flexibility and willingness to surrender to death, change and transformation. Are you ready for change in the air?

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An Exercise for Gaining Balanced Choreography of Energy

You’ve read our past posts on what is Balanced Choreography of Energy and what is Imbalanced Choreography. Most of us experience times of imbalance, lost or even harmful energy. What can we do about it?

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The following exercise is meant to help you identify when you’re out of balance with your choreography of energy, and what you can do to regain balance.

  1. Choose a duration of time. whether it be a day or a week. Decide to step into an objective observer/witness place with yourself. In other words, you are going to step back or away from yourself to observe without judgment or criticism how you balance or don’t balance energy improper alignment.
  1. Observe! It’s often easier to observe others than ourselves. If you observe something in others, make sure you relate it to yourself, or to a time when you did the same.
  1. Write what you observe in a journal. In the process, ask yourself the following questions:

Am I staying in the moment with the expression of my emotions and giving with them? Or am I creating an imbalance? If there is an imbalance, identify the direction. For example, am I holding with my emotions in the West or receiving with my emotions in the North? State specifically how you are out of balance with your emotions. Click to review imbalances with emotions.

Am I allowing energy to move through my body? Do I have plenty of energy to move through my day? Or am I draining energy through improper choreography? If I am out of balance with my physical body, in what direction? And I giving with my body in the South, or determining with it in the East? State specifically how your body is out of balance. Click to review imbalances with the physical body.

Do I see a minimum of three different viewing points or options when receiving input in my mind? Or do I have tunnel and see only one way to do something? If so, identify the direction and aspect of its imbalance. Click to review imbalances with the mind.

Am I passionate about my life? Do I have hope? Or do I lack spirit and feel hopeless and helpless? If so, name the direction and aspect of its imbalance. Click to review imbalances with spirit.

Am I openhearted? Or do I feel shutdown and lifeless? Click to review imbalances with sexual life force energy.

  1. Keep an inventory. Look for patterns that occur time and time again. For each pattern you discover, make an affirmation about what you are going to do differently to bring yourself and your energy into balance in that area.

Examples of Imbalanced Choreography of Energy Recap

During the last weeks, we’ve shared with you both the essential teachings of the Balanced Choreography of Energy wheel from the Sweet Medicine Sundance Path perspective as well as examples of imbalanced choreography of energy. Do you know what each of your aspects need to be in natural balance everyday for greater vibrancy and gain in your life? Do you know where and how you tend to fall out of balance? Check out or re-read the posts here:

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South Examples of Imbalanced Choreography of Energy

West Examples of Imbalanced Choreography of Energy

North Examples of Imbalanced Choreography of Energy

East Examples of Imbalanced Choreography of Energy

Center Examples of Imbalanced Choreography of Energy

 

To review what is properly balanced choreography of energy, click below.

Balanced Choreography of Energy Wheel Recap

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Sturgeon Animal Totem: Deep Diving

Oh ancient, royal fishes … we didn’t forget about you! Happy birthday to the Sturgeon! For those not familiar with SunBear’s Earth Astrology, those born from July 23 to August 22 have the sturgeon as their birth animal totem.

We can learn so much about our natural selves from the animal world, including how to be more efficient and balanced with our every day energy.

Did you know? The sturgeon is among the most ancient fish, dating back to dinosaurs roaming the earth; hence, their thorny, prehistoric physical bodies, strength and ability to survive. Although a deep swimmer, the sturgeon will occasionally breach the water, jumping into the air before going back to its low depths.

As such, people born with sturgeon as their sitting place animal totem likewise tend to show an aggressive thorny exterior to hide their true feelings while being easily hurt on the inside from their soft, sensitive hearts. If in balance, they can spin this medicine in the light to easily feel what others are feeling without it affecting themselves. They know how to dance in the memories of water and be in clear, deep emotions.

What do you think? Where can you add a little sturgeon medicine to your life?

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