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Hey Why Papa Joe, Why the Bear?

August 22, 2017


My journey began over 20 years ago. Many paths, much healing. 

As some point, I found my heart's path in the study of shamanism. 

In some forms of shamanism, they speak of totem animals. Just symbols that reflect energy. My first experience with this energy

was when I was 3-4 years old. Over time it has come to represent

many things:


Bears symbolize introspection and intuition blended with instinct. To both European and Native American Shamanic people, Bear symbolizes awakening the strong force of the unconscious. The strength of bear medicine is the power to restore happiness and joy – to heal. The Bear Spirit is known to many cultures as the Great Healer. Bears are considered the embodiment of spiritual power and physical strength.


So just like those thoughts that empower you during the day, the favorite song you listen to when you want to be in a good place, I attach to the energy of bear to bring out the best in me. What positive reinforcements can you attach too? 


As far as Papa Joe...That's what people call me and I find it an honor. 

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