In the back of each of the Sarah’s Gift books, there is a description of the spirit animal that played a role in the story. Remember, Sarah’s Gift was inspired by Dr. Steven Farmer’s Children’s Spirit Animal Cards, so each book conveys the message of the associated animal.
In Standing Up for Yourself, Bear was the spirit animal that helped Sarah learn to believe in herself and to use her gift of vision to overcome the challenges that she faced at school and with her peers.
Bear’s messages, like all spirit animals’ messages, are ones that each and every one of us should heed in different life circumstances. Below are Bear’s messages and guidance on how we might use them in appropriate ways.
Because Bear is strong and powerful, it teaches you to stand up for yourself – Think of a time when you could have used Bear’s message of strength and power. We are talking about inner strength and power, not physical strength and power. Perhaps like Sarah when she dealt with Tom, a school bully. She knew that he didn’t believe that she could see and speak to ghosts. Remember, he called her a “witch” and thought she would curse him. But that didn’t deter her from continuing to use her gift of vision. And in the end, her vision saved his life. She did this from the underlying belief in herself and the inner strength to persevere in the midst of disbelief. So, now it’s your turn to think back in your life. What circumstance did you face where you might have done things differently if you had used your inner strength and power?
Bear teaches you to be cautious how you think, act or interact with others – Do you think before you act or say something to someone? Think of a time when you may have said something to someone that was hurtful. Did you think about what you were going to say before you actually spoke, or did you just blurt it out without thinking? What were the consequences? How did you feel afterward? What could you have done differently?
Bear also teaches you how to quiet your mind in a meditative way, much like it is when it goes into hibernation – Do you find time each day when you can just take a break from all your activities? Where you can quiet your mind of all the chatter inside your head? Have you ever tried meditating for a few minutes? If not, try this simple meditation. Find a quiet space where no one will disturb you. Sit in a comfortable position and close your eyes. Breathe slowly. Concentrate on your breathing. If thoughts come into your mind, simply let them come, but continue to focus on your breathing. Do this for a few minutes at least. Then take a minute or two afterward to come out of the meditation. Start wiggling your toes and your fingers. Move your head left to right and in a circle both ways. Shake your shoulders gently. Then slowly open your eyes. How did that feel? Did you have any sensations in your body? Or any images or thoughts? Write them down in a journal.
Bear’s fondness for honey reminds you to enjoy the sweetness of life – List as many times in your life where you felt happy with the way your life was going. Was there anyone with you? Family or friends? How is your life now? Is it sweet? If not, what would make it sweet? What do you think you could do to make it sweet? If it is something reasonable, then perhaps you can put a plan in place to bring sweetness into your life. You might like to talk to your parents or another adult about how you can do it.
Bear is very protective mother, telling you to take good care of yourself – Taking good care of yourself entails several things, some of which are eating right, getting enough sleep, exercising, hanging around good people, having good relationships with your family, enjoying the outdoors. How do you take care of yourself? What other ways could you take better care of yourself?
Bear also wants you to seek your inner wisdom and strength so that you believe in yourself – Do you rely on other people’s opinions about how you should be or act or dress or look or … or … or? Although you may want to be well liked by others, what’s really important is how you feel about yourself. When you have a good opinion about yourself, you will radiate this positive feeling outward and others will feel it and they will be attracted to you. Believe in yourself and others will believe in you. Write down in a journal all your positive attributes in the form ‘I am ___’ or ‘I have ___’ or ‘I can (do) ___’ or whatever way you can affirm the greatness you have inside. Then whenever you start questioning your worth, repeat whichever attributes are called for at that moment.”
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ERICA TUCCI had a full life as a corporate manager of a Fortune 500 company, a healing arts business owner and an author. It all came to a screeching halt in June 2011 when she had a stroke. During her recovery, she gained much wisdom about what’s really important in life. Although she was a Reiki master, massage therapist and life coach as well as a corporate cog for many years, she realized that her passion was her books. Her hope now is that the messages of her books will be an inspiration for others, young and old. Visit her websites at www.ericatucci.com, www.sarahsgiftseries.com and www.radiantsurvivor.com.