Working with Bear Spirit

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The Kermode or Spirit Bear looms large at the Opening Ceremony of the XXI Olympic Winter Games 2006

12-14-16 The Spirit of the Bear with Rose Starwind

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Please join Tchipakkan and her guest on the New Normal 8 pm Wednesday, 12-14-16 , 8-9 p.m. est.

In recent times, many people have come to embrace the indigenous concept of the totem, the spirit guide, animal guide, guardian.  a common association is with the bear.  Bear is understood in many cultures to be kindred to humanity, one of the reasons being it can stand on two legs!  But what does it mean to have spirit kinship with the bear?  how does this relationship inform our choices, move our emotions, affect our relationships?  We’ll talk about the practical and pragmatic as well as the magickal and spiritual implications of this relationship.

Rose Starwind is a mother, green witch and shaman (last time she was on New Normal, she talked about her work helping ghosts on old battlefields).  Blending her livelihood as an environmental biologist with her duties as a shaman, she brings a practical, earthy power to her workings and teaching.

I’ll be asking Rose about common attributes of bear folk, different cultures who honor bear, aspects of Working with Bear, with personal stories as well as social, physical, & emotional implications. Do you work with Bear? Is Bear calling you? We’d love you to call in with stories or questions! 619-639-4606

If you can listen live, and want to join the conversation (otherwise it will be a monologe) Please call in with any stories or questions: 619-639-4606  The New Normal “airs” Wednesdays at 8-(nearly) 9 eastern time on

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Speaker Spotlight: Maryalyce Merrit

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MAryalyce Merrit“She changes everything she touches and everything she touches changes”

Maryalyce is a mainstay of the CTCW conference. For several years she has taught Reiki II and III, but this year we’ve asked her to pass on that so she can show some of her other skills. This year her classes will be Angel Allies, Rock my World! (crystals), Good Vibrations (sound healing), and Tea Therapy. (Do follow the links to find out more about those.)

Besides that she’s also running the Healing Room, where folks can go to give and receive healing, or just get away from all that’s going on and absorb (digest?) everything they’ve taken in so far. She’s also brought her stock from her healing center: Akasha’s Journey where you’ll be able to buy crystals, divination tools like pendulums or rune sets, get an aura phBearoto taken, or get a “fuzz therapy” fix. Maryalyce travels with Bear, her service dog, a rescue Bouvier des Flandres, a really charming boy although sometimes shy. Maryalyce is an advocate for both healing animals and helping rescue those who need homes.

Maryalyce (aka Akasha’s Heart on facebook) has been practicing witchcraft and the magickal arts since 1994.  She is an ordained minister, priestess, ritualist, writer, teacher, and healer.  She is a member of the Hands On Trade Association, is a Reiki Master Instructor and Practitioner, Advanced Level IET Practitioner, Run Valdr Instructor and Practitioner, and teacher of such things like reading Tarot and Medicine Cards, Introduction to Wicca, Introduction to Witchcraft, Witch-Crafting (making magickal tools), How to Organize/Construct/Lead Rituals, and others.  With her passion for just about all things esoteric, metaphysical, astrological, and deeply spiritual, she decided to follow her soul’s journey to feed, educate, and empower the world community.  This may be in the form of oracle readings for seekers, healing sessions, healing circles, or Reiki instruction among others.  As a dog lover, she extends this healing to not only dogs, but other animals and familiars as well.  Maryalyce is an ABCDT Certified Dog Trainer, and she and her rescued dog, Bear, are a registered Delta Society Pet Partner therapy team.  Akasha’s Journey has evolved from the same passion for magickal living and Akasha's Journey shelvescrafting tools and items for people and their pets to assist them on their own journeys.  Part of Maryalyce’s dream is to make healing & learning how to heal accessible to the community and the people who truly desire it, and of course, the beautiful animals who cannot ask for it themselves.
Come visit me and begin your transformation.  The joy is in the journey.

Previous years

2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2014

Reiki II, Reiki III, as well as Open Healing/ Healing Practice sessions

as well as Advanced Masters Workshop 2011

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