This is something I learned from Havi and it’s amazing.
There are clues everywhere and they are here to help you. To find them all you have to do is stop and look and for them. Look around – whatever catches your eye – that’s a clue, or even a cleeeeewwwwww.
Keep track of the clues. Follow the clues. Talk to the clues. They can tell you a lot.
So about five mornings in a row, I woke up imagining I was a bear.
A very soft, silky bear. In a soft, cushy cave. Having a gorgeous winter hibernation.
And I’d wake up, imagine I was this bear, I say to myself “No need to get up, you’ve got a few months of hibernating to do still!” and smile and snuggle in to my soft cozy cushy bed.
I have no idea where this came from. I don’t normally even think about bears.
But I was just loving this new way of waking up and becoming more and more fascinated with bears.
I read wikipedia to find out that bears don’t actually hibernate, technically they just sleep a lot. And I thought “Wow! I’m closer to being a bear than I knew!”
This must be a clue.
I was inspired to do old school style research to learn more about this clue. At the library.
There were a lot of wonderful and inspiring and adorable bear books at the library, but I got most of my information from the Great Bear Almanac by Gary Brown.
The first item of interest being:
Early discovery of bear skeletal material, found in the caves of central Europe, were thought to be from unicorns and dragons, as well as bears. Considered of medicinal value, the material was pulverized and utilized in medieval pharmacies…
Magic! Bears are Magic!
And yes, bears have long been considered magical beings.
They have been thought to: be half-human, have mystical powers, be able to tell the future and be able to determine patterns of life. They are associated with healing and shamanism and initiation into secret societies. Specifically, initiation rites are associated with hibernation.
Which makes sense, hibernation = to die and be reborn.
Hibernation (I know wikipedia said it’s not true but in the almanac, bears do hibernate) is also dangerous. Weakened, diseased or elderly bears may not survive. Also juvenile bears who don’t have enough experience to understand what preparations are needed in order to survive may not survive.
Of course, I’m not giving you the whole bear story here, I’m sharing the parts that leaped off the pages and felt like clues for me.
This gives me a fun, magical framework for understanding and relating to this time period where I kind of am hibernating and also for seeing how valuable this transition period can be for me.
So it feels less like I am waiting for my dream loft to be built and more like I am being initiated into a magical secret society.
Which changes everything about everything I am doing right now.
Clues can tell you a lot.
The clues I see in the bear books can be completely different from the clues you’ll see.
That’s the magic of the cleeeewwwwws.
It’s just for you and it will lead you to exactly what you need, right now.
Look around you. What stands out?
That’s a clue. Explore it.
It doesn’t have to be something you dreamed about like in my story.
And you don’t have research it, either.
You can look around and just notice what seems important, or notice there your eyes are drawn to.
That’s your clue. Let it speak to you.