Come out of hibernation.

It's time to come out of hibernation.

Well, there's some big energy waking up and coming out of hibernation- and it's insisting we do the same. In the last few weeks, a lot of our clients have been in direct contact with big, powerful and very insistent new totem animals, most notably the Bear.

I've always wanted to have my own moment with Bear Medicine, generally considered to be the most powerful of all totemic energies among many Native American tribes. And, this past week, I got my wish....and it was a bit of a bumpy ride.

While I frequently explain that "attacks" and "dismemberments" with our spirit animals in dreams and shamanic journeys are a positive sign of "integration", I have to admit that it was a bit different when personally experiencing it (at least this time). Of course, Bear got the better of me and unceremoniously ripped open my right rib cage. The memory of the physical sensation, of the raw fear, and of the astonishing speed and strength of the animal in the dream will always be with me. But there's a major silver lining: Bear totally hooked me up with some big, new and very awesome "berserker" energy!

March is all about Soul Part Work and, instead of reincorporating something dormant or healing something damaged, Bear came to me to open something wide open. To unleash it for the better. I immediately started to notice the positive effects of this interaction and clients and fellow practitioners have all had their own incredible totem animal encounters. I've been working to harness my new Bear Medicine in part by meditating on the beautiful image Emma Cook created for the Berserker card- in this email- for our in progress Tarot Deck (yep, we're making one of those!).

If you're interested in learning more about totem animals, soul part work or shamanism in general, email me anytime at:

And if recent experiences indicate a broader trend, I think our upcoming Soul Part Recollection Shamanic Journey Workshop (details below) will have a LOT of totem animal energy to it!

Workshop Details

Workshop: Soul Part Recollection: Shamanic Journey

Location: One Key Yoga @ 4845 North Damen in Chicago, IL

Contact and registration:

Price: $50

Time: 3:00-4:30 PM CST

Date: Saturday, March 31st