Beauty Within ~ A poetic discussion of Creature Teachers

Scarlet and gold cover the land
warm spicy scents fill the air,
mountain laurel and rich earth,
as Bounty spills forth and fills waiting hands.
Singing, her bassoon voice
drifts, like morning mist,
ripe with meaning…
full of choice…

“We cradle creation
within our souls!
In harmony,
we dance in silence…
unseen…
unheard
by the watchful hunters,
Graceful we pass through thickest wild.

We appear,
Caught by someones roving eye,
Ungainly and awkward.
A face only Mother could love
is just as beautiful to a loving heart,
and every woman is Mother to someone
if only herself.
A brave crown adorns Father’s brow
but Mother intuition needs
nothing more than
“hear!” and “now!”

Born with open eyes,
we see with an open heart
we will teach you how to start
when to cling and when to part..
when to be gentle
when to be bold
when to be silent and
do as you’re told!

Find within
thy endless grace,
Be proud!
Be humble!
And with steady pace
thou shalt never stumble.
Strength unguessed you carry
run to yourself and do not tarry!"
Wisdom shining from every brow…
Who sings now?

“Nobody can make you feel inferior without your consent.” Eleanor Roosevelt

“Gracefulness has been defined to be the outward expression of the inward harmony of the soul.” William Hazlitt

“Of all the wonders of nature, a tree in summer is perhaps the most remarkable; with the possible exception of a moose singing “Embraceable You” in spats." Woody Allen

Moose is one of the most ancient Totems, and the Wisdom she carries is equally as vital today for women and men. Moose is the largest member of the Deer family, so they share a lot of the same lessons. Rapid healing, Universal Love, Kindness, and Compassion for self and others are all Deer lessons shared by Moose, along with being careful how you move through life as our actions and reactions affect more than just ourselves. Moose, however, speaks most often about reaching a state of perfect understanding

“We’re all stumbling towards the light with varying degrees of grace at any given moment.” Bo Lozoffof self, a blossoming of confidence, so that we may move through life as the best example of a nuturing and compassionate individual. Every member of this family should be examined by those who feel called by Moose as they are inter-related. Confidence in all it’s facets is the Wisdom of Moose.

“Great tranquility of heart is his who cares for neither praise nor blame.” Thomas a Kempis

Adult Moose cows weigh 800 to 1,300 pounds and bulls weigh 1,200 to 1,600 pounds. Larger even than their cousins Ek, a small adult Moose can easily stand about 6 feet at the shoulder. When you add the impressive rack of antlers of the bulls that can stretch five feet across, it is instantly apparent what powerful creatures Moose are, and yet they can move with such uncanny grace and self-assurance that they can pass right by you in the forest and you might never know they were there! Antlers are a Totem’s reminder that we have unseen “antennas” that act as conduits between ourselves and Divine energy. Listen to your intuition and keep a dream journal to better understand your abilities.

Especially as calves, Moose have an out-of-proportion ungainly look that belies their surey of movement. They are known for being a curious and rather amusing blend of awkwardness and grace, beauty and homeliness, strength and gentleness. Through this, Moose teaches us that we all have moments where we feel hopelessly unattractive, clumsy and gauche. And yet, the truth is that we are also powerful beings that become graceful, inside and out, when we truly know our strengths and weakness, relax into a state of confidence, and can then finally allow ourselves to move through life without hesitation or doubt exactly as Creator intended us to be; joyous and compassionate worker’s for Divine will. Imagine for a moment how wonderful life would be if we all had the confidence to be who we are and allow others the same right freely!

Moose people either get this lesson early and quickly, or struggle with finding their balance here from an early age. So, a Moose person could be one of those rare supremely confident, self-assured people who are at perfect peace with who they are, or they one of the many who wrestle with their own self-worth. Vanity or low self esteem can both be signs of an unbalanced Moose person. If you find yourself repeatatively dealing with strange rashes, pimples, or other conditions that make you feel self-conscious or overly-worried about your appearance, Moose may be sending you a message. Look beyond the surface, stop getting caught up by your own shallow reflection and get busy living!

I’ve known several Moose people in the course of my life who are so concerned with appearances that they are convinced that they are “ugly” or “unlovable”. This is a highly destructive notion that will eventually destroy who you really are, and tear apart your entire life, most likely hurting others in the process! Appearances really don’t count for much in the long run. In fact, no matter how plain or marred our exterior, the Beauty of a serene, balanced and compassionate soul will shine through our shell and we will become inexplicably attractive to those around us. True Beauty really has nothing to do with appearance or surface, and is all about what we radiate from the core of our being.

“Confidence comes not from always being right but from not fearing to be wrong. " Peter T. Mcintyre

“When there is no enemy within, the enemies outside cannot hurt you.” African Proverb

From Disney’s Brother Bear 2
Rutt:You wouldn’t like us, eh. We’re really gamey.
Tuke:Ya… eat hoof-for-brains over there.
Rutt: Oh nice, eh. pine-cone breath!
Tuke: Crusty tail!
Rutt:Twig legs!
Tuke: Big nose!
[Rutt gasps]
Tuke: … sorry.
Rutt: You went too far that time!

Like Deer, Moose people need to be mindful of how we speak to both ourselves and others. We should no more pick on ourselves for our perceived flaws than we should anyone else. Every action we take sends signals to the World around us and causes reactions in the people around us whether we, or they, realize it or not. Like a stone dropped in still water, ripples are inevitable, but we can do our best to lessen the impact if we are aware and take steps to train ourselves. Moose also need to be mindful how they move through life, how they react, and most especially remember to treat themselves with the same respect and love they would offer to others.

Moose reminds us that it is unkind and unwise to judge, whether we are coming down on someone else, or ourselves. Their hanging mobile lips enable them to skillfully remove food from a thorny source, but also serve to remind us to be especially mindful about how we speak as we shape our worlds through our words and actions. Moose’s attractiveness and charisma are powerful forces, and like cousin Elk, it is believed that once such a person sets their sites on you they are virtually irresistable! One can hear Moose’s song of love for aproximately 6 miles, and you better get out of the way as the potential mates charge single-mindedly towards their siren call. Bulls have been known to charge cars that have gotten between them and a potential mate!

Moose are excellent swimmers, and can swim as fast as six miles an hour in the water. They can most often be found standing in water browsing on water lillies or other aquatic plants. “Moose” is an Algonquin term which translates as “twig-eater”, a sound oberservation of Moose’s eating habits as they eat the leaves, twigs and buds of hardwood and softwood trees and shrubs. In winter months they also like the twigs and bark of willow, balsam, birch, aspen and dogwood trees. Like Polar Bear, Moose hairs are hollow, giving them an exceptionally insulating and protective hide.

In fact, Moose are found in only Northern climates because of this and can’t really survive well anywhere that temperatures normally exceed about 80 degrees Farenheit. Through this, Moose reminds us to have a thick hide, and not be so concerned with the words and opinions of others. Neither praise nor blame should have a place in our lives. Moose also teaches us that our emotions and emotional situations should be approached like a leisurely swim across a river. We should be refreshed and cleansed through the outlet of emotions as much of what feeds our souls in life will grow there. Most importantly, keep cool! We are at our most dangerous when we loose our cool.

Moose’s shoulder hump reminds us of Buffalo’s lesson to put our dreams into action through hard work. We have the reserves necessary for the effort. All of these things combined make Moose a powerful and versatile Totem whose lessons are especially important to those who feel called by this Teacher. How does this amazing Creature Teacher appear in your life?

“I can live for two months on a good compliment.” ~Mark Twain

“Always act like you’re wearing an invisible crown.”Unknown

“People are like stained-glass windows. They sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in their true beauty is revealed only if there is light from within.” Elisabeth Kübler-Ross

Bullwinkle: I’d like to apply for a job as an usher?
Boris: What experience have you had?
Bullwinkle: I’ve been in the dark for most of my life!

Potential Balancing Energies: Bear, Wolf, Trees of all kinds like Pine, Elderberry, Willow, Cottonwood, or Alder, vuture, crow, other antlered Teachers like Deer or Elk, various Plants like Cranberry, Blueberry, Currant, Sedge, Alaskan Wild Rose, or Reeds, Grasses, Lichens, Moss, and various Fungi, Water

Key Concepts: Primal Feminine energy, nuturing self, Self Esteem (especially not looking beyond self for approval), Fruition/Harvest, the Power of Prescence, Balanced Power (knowing when to be gentle, when to be forceful), Shapeshifting, Courage, Creation/Destruction, Receptivity

Associations, Gods/Goddesses, Mythic or Popular figures: Bullwinkle the Moose, Rutt and Took from Disney’s Brother Bear, Thidwich the Big-hearted Moose (Dr. Seuss), Autumn, Crown chakra, North and Grandmother energy

Beauty Within ~ A poetic discussion of Creature Teachers

Quinn Blackburn

Bethel Park, United States

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Each Who Sings Now? poem I have written is inspired by a Teacher found in Nature; a tree, star, animal, stone, etc. from which we can learn so many priceless lessons… if we only take the time to listen. Many people enjoy trying to guess which Teacher inspired the poem before going on to read about them in detail. Can you guess who is singing?

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