Dream Gates

Dream Gates


Dancing and drawing with the Bear

posted by Robert Moss

I am reading a stream of dream reports this morning involving bears. A woman dreamer is nervous when she sees huge brown bears on her lawn, and rushes around trying to secure windows and doors. Then she finds two sweet bear cubs right inside her home and cuddles with them. This denouement pleased me a lot, since I have learned from experience that Bear is the great medicine animal of North America, and that when we run away from bears or try to shut them out in our dreams, we may be seeking to avoid our own healing.

As I continue to scan old journals, I find hundreds of images of the bear among my drawings. The sketch below honors four scenes from a dream reentry, in which I went back inside a dream in which I had been scared by a giant bear  who turned up inside my living space.  When I reentered the dream wide awake and conscious, I found a powerful ally for healing. To enlist such allies, we are of course required to brave up.

Titled, “Visions of the Bear”, this drawing appears in my journal for January, 1995.

Text in “Visions of the Bear”

At the top: “Don’t cry little one, the bear is coming to dance for you (Mohawk cradle song)”

1. “Bear comes and we hug. We are joined at the heart by a glowing pink cord. This feels good! I know it is a true power of healing.”

2. “Now I can step into Bear’s skin, and he into mine.”

3. “We stomp-dance together, making thunder in the earth.”

4. “I burn sage for him.”

 

 



  • http://www.wandaburch.com Wanda Burch

    This is a story you have shared so many times and each time it reveals itself with even more power and healing in so many people’s lives. Seeing your drawings with the story make it more real, more alive, and more personal, a gift from the heart.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment valerie

    This certainly tells the story. The hand holding the sage is great..I can smell the sage burning…see the heart to heart connection and feel movement in the dance..great work…

    • http://www.mossdreams.com Robert Moss

      Valerie – Thanks so much. I admire your own dream-inspired art very much.

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment Nina

    Thank you for delightful bear-drawings and other pieces as well. Pictures always seem to show from our inner world far more than mere words can express.
    I am not sure but I guess if Chagall had examined your dream illustrations he would have been pleased to find another story-teller who has a gift to convey the most important heart revelations to human beings in such a charming and fairy-tale way, like a movie suited to all age categories, from babies to sages.
    Best of all in all your works.

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