As I've talked about in many of the videos I create in my FB Group, Inspired Intuitive Art & Action, sometimes a piece gets layered and layered until an image just JUMPS out of the page.
That's what finally happened with this spread in my sketchbook this morning. I splattered some crimson india ink on my pages, folded the book to get a mirror image (as I LOVE to do for the playful exploration and surprises), and a bear face emerged. So I followed that nudge and drew her out of the haze into form...
Bear medicine teaches us introspection, aiding us to digest our experiences and to discover that we have within ourselves the answers to all our questions. We all have bags of wisdom, if only we slow down and listen to what our intuition, our inner knowing voice is telling us. It is useful to be with yourself at times, so you can be yourself and are able to uncover your own answers to whatever challenge you are facing. On the other hand, just like Bear you need to know when to come out of ‘hibernation’ and to interact with others.
The female bear gives birth to the cubs while asleep. Due to this Bear is regarded as a symbol of the deepest inner wisdom, of the dreamtime and transformation. When giving ourselves over to sleep we become receptive to the Great Mother who nurtures us. As we delve deep into our identities and lose our egos, going back to our primal and elemental natures, we find we are part of Infinity and of All That Is/The Universe/One.
This message was absolutely perfect for me today, and I hope it gives you some insight, as well! The artwork is encoded with layers of channeled energies, so feel free to relax your gaze and sit with her awhile, to see what she activates in YOU.