Beyond the Fears

Beyond the Fears

Remembering What Lives Beyond the Fears

With the escalation of fears, we often get lost in overwhelm and powerlessness, blaming and judging, and the survival mode patterns of fight or flight or freeze.

While tending to physical health in our personal and collective lives, there is so much more to remember and claim about who we are, where we are, where we are heading, and how we’re going about getting there.

Soak in the healing guidance from the spirits…

Vulture is an ancient carrier of unconditional love. Vulture shows us that love has no need to judge or to see anyone or anything through the lens of better-than or less, worthy of love or not. Love and acceptance honor and acknowledge what exists. Seeing what-is just as it is frees us from the harm of judgments and disrespect.

Love often gets buried beneath our fears. Fear distracts us from the passion of our creativity and aliveness. Fear builds walls around our hearts. We withhold our caring and resist the love we’re being given. We stamp down our own and others’ innovations and dreams.

While we seek to end the epidemic spread of germs and illness, we also need to focus on what we want to share, nourish, birth, and bring to life.

There is plenty of room to seed and grow love. Love is spacious. Love discerns. Love chooses with keen awareness. Love doesn’t fear death. Love is not episodic in it’s natural, all-encompassing flow.

Love heals. Love listens deeply and sees with clear vision. Love is freeing, allowing everyone and everything to be true to their unique existence. Love weaves and connects, soothes and protects. Love learns and expands, widening the embrace as life itself changes and grows.

It’s possible to step into this particular moment in our lives with the intent to remember love. Rather than shutting down, disconnecting, and numbing out, we can allow the opening and awakening of our hearts. We are in this together. All of us. You and me. Our families and communities in diverse lands and cultures. And each and every being, all the seasons and cycles, in the extraordinary web of life.

As Vulture gracefully coasts through the sky, Love rains down from her wings. Soak in and share the showering of Love. Care for your own well-being. Listen, understand, and respect others. Tend to animals, trees, and waters. Receive the offerings of connection and support. Sense the generous love flowing through the cosmos and on earth in our web of life.

Love is powerful healing medicine. Let Love be the great contagion and intentionally pass it on.


Bear is a teacher about Gratitude. Gratitude, according to Bear, is the wide-open welcoming of the gifts. Genuine gratitude, like genuine love, is unconditional.

Gratitude is an antidote to fear. Gratitude directs our attention away from the worry and stress and into empowering ways of feeling, thinking, taking actions, and relating.

Bear Medicine calls us to hunt for the gifts we’re being offered in this moment on earth, personally and collectively. What do we have the opportunity to hear, see, and learn? What is this little bug – who has the ability to disrupt massive human-made systems – showing us about ourselves and our fibers of connection?

Bear Medicine nudges us to reach beyond fears and see what we are being given, the opportunities that are here for us, even in the midst of unexpected challenges, grief, loss, and change. We’re being called back to the basics. Yes, washing our hands. And rediscovering our organic interconnectedness. We are co-creators in the web of life, minute by minute and day by day. We are giving and receiving in all kinds of ways, seen and unseen.

How are we shaping the web of life with the words we speak and the actions we take? What are we infusing into the intricate fibers of connection, energetically and emotionally? We have the power, and responsibility, to choose.

As the activity level of our societies is being quieted, Bear Medicine calls us to search for the gifts that live inside this pause. What does the brief reprieve in our perpetual busyness and habitual disregard of our planet offer for us and the web of life?

It just may be that getting everything back to the way it was, reasserting the status quo, is not the path of well-being for humans and others on our earth. I’m curious what will emerge out of the stillness and chaos. I’m excited to see how our ingenuity and collaboration come alive.

My dream is that we garner the power of making changes, with the fervor and far-reaching effects of this microscopic bug, in the direction of healing, love and respect, harmony and well-being for ourselves, one another, and our beautiful web of life.

Bear Medicine, the wide-open welcoming of the gifts, is something we can choose to share and pass along. Gratitude is contagious too.


27 Responses to Beyond the Fears

  1. Oh, my dearest Joanne ???? thank you so very much for these sharings! as always I’m delighted to hear what comes through you especially right now during these times. I have shared this email with so many of my friends now thank you again and blessed be ????

  2. Wow, Joanne. This a timely, appropriate, and much needed post. It is exactly what I needed to hear, and it perfectly captures the internal battle between love and fear, distancing and connection that I’ve been experiencing. Thank you so much for the reminder to choose love every day no matter what.

    • Hi Sarah. I’m grateful too for the guidance to remember who we really are and how we can be…choosing Love.

      Manaole U Manaole,

  3. Thank you, JoAnne. At a time when this fear is strong and especially hard on some of us with PTSD, your words and those of your “friends” are much welcomed. Seems I have been concentrating on my physical healing and completely forgot the mental and emotional healing. You words have enlarged my heart and deepened my breath.

    Bless you.

    • Thank you, Karen, for reminding us that we can open our hearts and remember to breath. The gifts of your healing ripple out far beyond, touching all life.

      Manaole U Manaole,

  4. Just perfect! Tuning, content, sentiment! Feel the truth of this medicine through your writing! Thank you for using your gifts in this way to reach at this time!

  5. Thank you JoAnne, having had the opportunity to learn, watch, and be around you. When you speak of love, energy flow, and gratitude. I feel you speaking from a deep personal experience of this. Thanks for reminding me of this. Keep getting out there and sharing your wisdom and presence.

    • Thank you, Doug. Your words are a beautiful gift. Here’s to all of our hearts opening…

      Manaole U Manaole,

  6. I have always loved vultures, and this spirit transmission of Love from Vulture has opened my heart even more! and Bear, well, how much more can I love Bear?…apparently even more.
    I especially quicken to your question of how we can learn from this little bug. Indeed. This time of Pause has many blessing awaiting us. so grateful for you in my life!

  7. Thank JoAnne for inspirationally sharing love in a time of fear and panic.

    The power of love, our common humanity and spiritual possibility has touched me deeply watching this YouTube video of thousands of quarantined people in Wuhan China shout encouragement and sing songs from the the windows of their homes:

    I also recd this poem titled “Pandemic”:

    What if you thought of it
    as the Jews consider the Sabbath—
    the most sacred of times?
    Cease from travel.
    Cease from buying and selling.
    Give up, just for now,
    on trying to make the world
    different than it is.
    Sing. Pray. Touch only those
    to whom you commit your life.
    Center down.
    And when your body has become still,
    reach out with your heart.
    Know that we are connected
    in ways that are terrifying and beautiful.
    (You could hardly deny it now.)
    Know that our lives
    are in one another’s hands.
    (Surely, that has come clear.)
    Do not reach out your hands.
    Reach out your heart.
    Reach out your words.
    Reach out all the tendrils
    of compassion that move, invisibly,
    where we cannot touch.
    Promise this world your love–
    for better or for worse,
    in sickness and in health,
    so long as we all shall live.

    ~ Lynn Ungar ~ 11 March, 2020

    • Thank you, Mark, for your sharings. There are beautiful, loving ways we are connecting heart to heart around the world.
      Manaole U Manaole,

  8. Thank you JoAnne for the lovely peace-filled, nourishing words!
    Have been sharing it with family and friends and posted it on my facebook page.
    Needs to be sung from the ‘rooftops’, like a lot of Italians are doing at the moment.
    A calming message for a panicky world!

    • Hi Rita. Thank you so much. Here’s to singing love from the rooftops!
      Manaole U Manaole,

  9. ohhhh. Thank You JoAnne. this is a world wide event, all are joined in this experience. yes, what choices do we want to make, choosing love and gratitude over fear makes me breathe deeply….and a feeling of Trust appears and…..curiosity is peaked. WHAT IF this is a NEW DOORWAY leading to a whole new beautiful experience. What IF systems that no longer serve the highest good for our Earth and All Life upon her, fold or fall away as the New Ways are sprouting to take their place. What If our responses, our emotions are elevated and help this Shift to take place. lets see together how this all unfolds. Already the skies over China have less pollution. Again, Thank You JoAnne

  10. Dear JoAnne thank you once more for the beautiful gifts of healing that come through your gentle words. As I read this beautiful piece I totally knew the message of a recent bear dream. “I saw a fire burning in my backyard. As I looked closer I saw bear, radiant golden bear. Next I was in my front yard, in a golden softly lite courtyard. My brother was there and a fire burned in the kiva fireplace. I was holding a partially filled packet of watermelon seeds. He said throw them in the fire. I couldn’t imagine doing that but he insisted. I threw the seeds in the fire.” I see now how bear was showing me how to move past fear to transformation.
    Such a blessing. Thank you dear heart.

    • Hi Jacqueline. Thank you for sharing your magical dream. The power of bear, fire, and seeds…beautiful gifts.
      Heart to Heart,

  11. Love is an allowing not a doing. It is about experiencing the divinity in another being. Fear will not allow the energy of love in. Love is relaxing into your true nature. Everything is made of God stuff SO LOVE IT ALL

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