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Power Animals in Healing Discussion
By Coyote Moon
Quickie question here. (Gotta head to work here quickly.)
Is there any animal in particular that
is associated with healing or the healing arts? I know some
elements are generally used more, but
what about as far as power animals?
I believe that they are all able to assist us with healing,
but for me, Bear is the great healer.
She's the one that has done healing work on my physical body,
and she has shown me how to do
some of the more intricate methods of healing that I use.
All animals are powerful in their own way but like Ghostkatt
I also use Bear medicine. It is very
powerful and helps to bolster myself or the client when there
are weaknesses such as in resolve
or illness. I would suggest you search google for Animal Medicine,
Animal Spirit Guides,
Animal Totems and specific animals followed by the word Medicine.
I also use Crow Medicine
which bridges physical and spiritual worlds. The crow can sometimes
bring back those that are
losing their connection to this world.
Thanks for the input. The main thrust of my question was to
find out if there were any Animals
that seemed to be more suited to healing than others. I couldn't
think of any and didn't think
there were but I thought I'd ask. The point about Crow brings
up another point though. Some
Animals may be better suited for dealing with certain types
of healing, the mind, heart, muscles,
etc. than others as we associate some Animals more with certain
attributes than others.
Sorry Coyote, I wasn't clear enough with my last answer to you.
Bear is known as the great
healer, and there are many legends out there telling you about
Bear and his healing abilities. (A
quick Goggle search will bring up lots to look through) Here's
one I found for you:
How Bear came to be a Great Healer as told by Bearpaw
A long time ago when the Great Spirits created all the creatures
of the world they decided to
grant special powers to all those that they had created. Wind
gave flight to all the birds and
insects. Water gave the power to move about in its domain to
the fish and crocodiles and turtles
and the crabs and all the other creatures that live under water.
As for all the other animals, they
each learned their own secrets which are far too numerous to
Then the plants and stones called out and said "Great Spirits,
how come we did not receive any
The Great Spirits were very ashamed that they had forgotten
them. Finally the Great Water Spirit
spoke up, "We have not given anybody the power to heal,
and it is a very important power.
Honestly, we did not think anybody deserved such great power,
but it seems that we have already
given you great responsibility in making the environment for
everybody else to live in; if you
would not mind taking on another responsibility, you can have
the power of healing."
And so each and every plant and stone was given a magic healing
power and they were happy to
keep the greatest secret of life.
One day, Bear was wandering around the woods, and he was very
hungry. Bear had been
declared one of the great hunters, so all the animals stayed
away from him. But Bear only liked
to eat fish, so he thought all the other animals were quite
foolish to run from him.
However, he was indeed hungry today because he could find no
fish. All the fish were either
scared and were hiding or had already been picked up by other
animals. Bear had tried hunting a
few fish earlier in the day, but they had all gotten away except
two or three that were not nearly
enough to satiate his appetite. Finally bear became saddened
and sat down on the ground to rest.
A bee came by and sat down on an aster to eat. Bear thought
to himself, "I have been able to
follow bees to good food in their hives before, maybe this bee
knows where there is food." While
Bear was thinking, the bee flew away. So Bear decided to eat
"No Bear please don't eat me!" cried the little flower,
"I'll tell you a secret if you promise not to eat me!"
"What kind of secret?" inquired Bear.
"I will tell you the secret of healing."
"And how would a flower like you know that?"
"Don't you know, all flowers have the power to heal. And
stones do too." And so the aster gave
all its power to Bear so that he would know how to heal with
a touch of his paw or his
tongue(although nobody has ever trusted Bear enough to find
out if he actually has such power).
The aster also told him about the other plants and stones and
what their healing powers were.
Then Bear said, "But what will I do for food, I am still
hungry but I will not eat any animals but
fish and now that I know your secrets, I would not dare eat
you or your brethren."
So Aster replied, "I have one more secret for you; some
plants can give you food. They are
called the fruit-bearers. You will know them because of the
fruit that you can eat, and you should
not feel bad about it. You see, the fruit-bearers knew that
animals would try to feed on them
anyway, so they made sweet delicious fruits and berries that
they hide their seeds in. That way
when the animals try to eat them, they will take the seeds away
and they will end up being
planted elsewhere, and the animals get food, so everybody wins!"
Bear thanked the aster, and to this day, Bear is still a great
healer and still eats only fish, honey,
fruits, and berries out of respect to plants and animals (except
the fish of course!)
From the Archives of Blue Panther
Badger teaches healing too through the knowledge of the roots
and herbs (living below ground).
With the Badgers aggressive nature it teaches aggressive
action and methods wherein it would
take risks to heal that others would fear taking. Just FYI.
As others have indicated, all animals
have some knowledge to share in this arena, but Bear is the
Keeper of the healing arts.
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