My entire @Sea_Legacy team was pushing through their tears and emotions while documenting this dying polar bear. It’s a soul-crushing scene that still haunts me, but I know we need to share both the beautiful and the heartbreaking if we are going to break down the walls of apathy. This is what starvation looks like. The muscles atrophy. No energy. It’s a slow, painful death. When scientists say polar bears will be extinct in the next 100 years, I think of the global population of 25,000 bears dying in this manner. There is no band aid solution. There was no saving this individual bear. People think that we can put platforms in the ocean or we can feed the odd starving bear. The simple truth is this—if the Earth continues to warm, we will lose bears and entire polar ecosystems. This large male bear was not old, and he certainly died within hours or days of this moment. But there are solutions. We must reduce our carbon footprint, eat the right food, stop cutting down our forests, and begin putting the Earth—our home—first. Please join us at @sea_legacy as we search for and implement solutions for the oceans and the animals that rely on them—including us humans. Thank you your support in keeping my @sea_legacy team in the field. With @CristinaMittermeier #turningthetide with @Sea_Legacy #bethechange #nature #naturelovers This video is exclusively managed by Caters News. To license or use in a commercial player please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call +44 121 616 1100 / +1 646 380 1615”
A video and photo of a dying polar bear has been circling the internet over the last few days (here in December 2017) and as I opened the local newspaper, I saw an image of the dying polar bear again. As I looked at the heartbreaking photo of the polar bear, I felt in my heart that the polar bear was calling out to me to be connected with. That there was a message that needed to be shared.
My spirit guide is with me. He has a lit candle that he is carrying.
“We bring the light”, my spirit guide says.
It is dark around us, but we bring the light. The light that is needed in the world comes from within. From the hearts of each person who reaches out to another living being from their heart.
The light that we carry, we send down in the Earth along with our deep gratitude. We are part of the Earth; and what happens to the Earth, happens to us.
As we send down light, gratitude and love into the Earth, the web of light expands deep and wide, blessing all beings we meet. As we move our awareness up again, we do so with the energy and gifts of the Earth, holding it with love in our heart, and then sending it up, high up, in a huge tree crown shape of light and awareness.
The light and energy from the universe comes down through us – the energy of the Earth and the sky blending, merging within us, with the center in our hearts.
From there, we find ourselves in a landscape, sitting on the ground.
The skinny polar bear from the photo/video, approaches us. My spirit guide has put out a big bowl of his healing, energizing water. The polar bear spirit drinks and looks better and stronger afterwards.
Polar bear says:
Throughout centuries, I have been the symbol of great power, willingly teaching anyone with an open heart how to find the strength within and how to survive in challenging environments of all kinds. I hold those gifts within me still, in spirit, but without the respect and heightened awareness of humans and a drastic change in priorities, a fellow Earth being, relative and guide will vanish, causing your souls to lose part of your light – and a star in the night sky that has always been shining brightly will die and darkness take its place.
I represent a call to awareness.
My fate speaks of the urgency of returning to a life lived from the heart; a life where all beings are seen as related – as equal parts of the web.
All come from and return to The One Light – the light which shines in all.
We are not separate, you and I.
When you hurt me, you hurt yourself.”
Marianne: “What steps can we take?”
Polar bear says:
It also means a daily return to living a life of gratitude and appreciation of all the little things you take for granted in your life.
Move out of your mind and away from a way of thinking that expresses and represents separation and limitations, and move back into the heart where wonder, connectedness and true inner strength lives.
If you do, you will find me there.
Although I’m not in physical form anymore, I am connected to the whole and will gladly help and guide anyone with a pure heart who walks the path of peace and heart.
Let my passing and fate be an awakening and a lesson.
Return to the lessons and teachings of old. They can help you make yourselves and the Earth whole again.
We thank polar bear, say goodbye and see the bear walk away. I end the journey.
There’s hope if we wake up; if we reach out and see the whole instead of only the parts.
May polar bear’s message inspire and guide you today.
This is a blog in my ‘Widening the circle of compassion series. Here are links to the other blogs in the series:Like a true king – Cecil the Lion speaks
A Meeting with Fox
A meeting with Deer
Polar Bear Wisdom – A call to awakening
Below is a selection of articles where you can read more examples of wisdom and guidance from animals:Reclaim your power: Life wisdom from horse
Horse wisdom: Walking in power and grace
Bear wisdom: On self-care and taking charge of your life
How opening to wonder and imagination can help you manifest your dream
Butterfly dreams – A Sacred Spirit Journey