Native American Incense

Totem Spirit Bear Incense Sticks - Truth

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    They Say: To native Americans, all animals were part of the spirit world - beings whose knowledge and wisdom deserved respect and appreciation. Totem Animals help us to understand the lessons of the Medicine Wheel. You will recognize your power animal by a special connection. The creature holds special teaching for you. Let the power animal come into your dreams to answer your questions and expand your awareness.

    Naturally handmade with a bamboo centre, a charcoal based coating essential oils. Contains no hydrocarbons or petroleum distillates. Results in a slow burning and low smoke incense.

    Approximate Number of Sticks: 12
    Stick Length: Approx 25cm
    Approximate Burn Time: 45 minutes

    Country of Origin: New Mexico

    What Holisticshop staff think

    "The first word that sprung to mind when I burnt this incense was 'autumnal'. It was quite difficult to pick out specific scents I could use to describe the aroma, but to me it was a very deep and earthy. Strangely, I wouldn't say it was actually the fragrance that I noticed; it was the effect it had. It was comforting, and after burning a stick for only 10 minutes I felt more focused.

    Because the incense in this range are natural and handmade, they only give a low smoke and are slow burning but I haven't found this to affect the aroma.

    The Bear totem spirit represents getting in touch with yourself, to be introspective and to reflect on the qualities of inner strength. You may choose to burn this incense to feel more connected with the energy of the bear and to bring the qualities of the animal into your life. It could also be used during meditation, for those moments in which you need to find time for yourself, to reflect and find time away from the crowd."

    By Mel Hurst

    Dictionary Terms Explained

    Bear - Going within, sweetness of life
    The bear hibernates and goes within. Bear energy is the energy that seeks your deepest truths. And with the finding of your truth comes the honey of life - the sweetness that comes with knowing who you truly are. Bear energy helps you to go within and touch the great void where creation and you come from. By entering silence we give ourselves the opportunity to return to the world stronger and wiser. Bear energy is also about taking the courage that to stop thinking is not to die because we are so much more than our thoughts. So take a break, go within yourself and introspect. From the true place of bear we can see that life is like a dream to us and that our deeper self is not so tied with earthly concerns.

    To have with you the symbol of bear is to state your intention to travel within and connect with the places where intuition and "knowing without thinking" are the rulers. Some activities that can help support this connection are meditation, dreaming, long walks by yourself and switching off the television.

    Medicine Wheel - Wheel of life
    The medicine wheel is an all encompassing system of life common to most Native American traditions. It has four directions: the East, South, West and the North. Here is one simple interpretation of what each direction represents:

  • East: yellow / mental / air / birth / eagle
  • South: white / emotional / water / childhood / coyote
  • West: black / physical / earth / adulthood / bear
  • North: red / spiritual / fire / elder / buffalo

    Whole books have been written about the medicine wheel and what each direction represents and the exact colours and positions of the various elements can vary between tribes and teachers but this does not matter too much (as long as you stick with the system you become familiar with) as the basic message is that to live to your highest potential and happiness you must put all four aspects into balance. This is a system (like the Kaballah is a system) that can be studied and applied to daily living. The medicine wheel as a symbol is a symbol of balance and reconciliation with yourself. To wear or have around you this symbol states your intention to live in balance and manifest the joy and peace this balance will bring. The four colours also represent the Asian people / white people / black people / and the native people so in this way the medicine wheel is also a symbol of world peace as well as inner peace.

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    What Holisticshop staff think

    "The first word that sprung to mind when I burnt this incense was 'autumnal'. It was quite difficult to pick out specific scents I could use to describe the aroma, but to me it was a very deep and earthy. Strangely, I wouldn't say it was actually the fragrance that I noticed; it was the effect it had. It was comforting, and after burning a stick for only 10 minutes I felt more focused.

    Because the incense in this range are natural and handmade, they only give a low smoke and are slow burning but I haven't found this to affect the aroma.

    The Bear totem spirit represents getting in touch with yourself, to be introspective and to reflect on the qualities of inner strength. You may choose to burn this incense to feel more connected with the energy of the bear and to bring the qualities of the animal into your life. It could also be used during meditation, for those moments in which you need to find time for yourself, to reflect and find time away from the crowd."

    By Mel Hurst

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