This little sculpture of mukwa (the Ojibwa word for “bear”) with a Dalmatian dacite fish in its mouth can guide the student of spiritual pursuits in two ways: first, through the totem teacher it represents (Bear), and second, through the healing vibrations of the gemstone from which the image has been carved (Rhodonite).
Some of the spiritual lessons that Bear teaches are:
- Nurturance and maternal instinct and protection.
- Focusing on the practical side of life without distraction.
- Return to “the womb of Earth Mother” for rejuvenation and revitalization.
- Strength in the face of adversity.
- Discovery of healing medicine.
“Grandmother Mukwa has much to teach us,” our tribal elders tell us. Lesson one: Be focused on your task as she is when she stands patiently in a stream trying to catch fish. Lesson two: Be alert to those things that threaten the welfare of your children and family. Lesson three: Find what heals you as she does when she roots for medicinal herbs before her seasonal Great Sleep. Lesson four: Return to a place that provides quiet contemplation and hibernate there for a time to rejuvenate your life energies.
Deriving its name from the Greek word meaning “rose red,” which is usually its color, rhodonite has been known for centuries as a stone that promotes universal love. Some of its healing properties include:
- Generosity and altruism.
- Encouragement and expansion of one’s inherent skills and gifts.
- Daily application of one’s medicines (i.e., skills, talents, insights, ideas, perceptions, knowledge, wisdom, etc) for the well-being of community and the Circle of Life.
- Enhancement of the depth, clarity and meaning of one’s dreamtime, shamanic or psychic experiences.
- Compassion and kindness.
When meditating with this potent totem carving, the challenge, of course, is to blend the universal teachings of the Bear with the healing energies of the Rhodonite. We recommend exploring the vibrations of this carving with a group of family members and/or close friends, passing the carving from person to person so each can speak her/his truth of what she/he brings to the Circle of Life and her/his gratitude for what has been shared by others.
This rhodonite bear would make an ideal gift for a loved one in need of its teachings and healing properties, for someone who has created a prayer wheel in her/his special meditation space or room, or for a collector of gemstones or tribal artifacts.