Thursday, October 6, 2011
Putting the Sealskin Back On
I told this story to my students today. I mentioned that animal pelts have been highly symbolic for a long time, as each animal hair tends to raise up all by itself whenever there is the remotest sense of danger nearby. In this way, an animal pelt is equipped with millions of 'eyes' to spot things not seen by the natural eye. For a human to wear the animal pelt meant that he or she was able to use the 6th sense 'animal' power, elevating him/herself into a supreme state of knowing. Shamans were therefore garbed in many overlapping pelts.
Losing one's skin means losing touch with this deeper sense of knowing; regaining it means becoming reacquainted with the soul.
As fall comes and the days are sheltered with cloud cover, I am getting ready for big dreams, dreams which will show me the way.