In Memory of Bear Heart (1918-2008). Part 1.

June 20, 2013 by Jerry Alatalo

ranier-1He was born Marcellus Williams in 1918 in the state of Oklahoma. He was to become known as Bear Heart. He was a Native American medicine man.

We are going to share with you the story of this generous soul who transitioned to the spirit world in 2008 because it is a valuable story. The Wind Is My Mother is the title of Bear Heart’s autobiography and he collaborated with Molly Larkin to produce the book.

Molly fell in love with a man named Cougar who was a man of white and Native American descent. He committed suicide in 1987 and it was at his memorial service that she first met Bear Heart. Bear Heart said to her, “There are many kinds of death. It isn’t necessary to leave the physical body in order to let a part of you die that doesn’t serve you any longer. When you allow that to happen, you can be reborn into a new and better life.”

The medicine man named Bear Heart gave Molly renewed hope and the willingness to embrace life instead of running from it. She no longer would judge herself by comparing her accomplishments and possessions to others. Because of her relationship with Bear Heart Molly experienced a major transformation which allowed for serenity and peace of mind.

When Molly wrote the book she said “…it is my sincere hope that readers of this book will receive the same kind of inspiration from Bear Heart’s words.”

I am grateful to come to wise words in the form of books. We will share the words of Bear Heart here and in posts to follow.

His mother introduced him to the Four Directions: East, South, North and West when he was three days old. “I’m asking special blessings for this child. You surround our lives and keep us going. Please protect him and bring balance into his life.”

She touched his feet to Mother Earth. “Dear Mother and Grandmother Earth, one day this child will walk, play and run on you. I will try to teach him to have respect for you as he grows up. Wherever he may go, please be there supporting and taking care of him.”

And the sun… “Grandfather Sun, shine upon this child as he grows. Let every portion of his body be normal and strong in every way, not only physically but mentally. Wherever he is, surround him with your warm, loving energy. We know there will be cloudy days in his life, but you are always constant and shining-please shine through to this child and keep him safe at all times.”

And the wind… “Please recognize this child. Sometimes you will blow strong, sometimes you will be very gentle, but let him grow up knowing the value of your presence at all times as he lives upon this planet.”

And the water… “Water, we do not live without you. Water is life. I ask that this child never know thirst.”

And fire… “Fire, burn away the obstacles of life for this child. Make the way clear so that he will not stumble in walking a path of learning to love and respect all of life.”

Bear Heart shared that “…as children we were introduced to the elements so as we grew up we were not looking down upon nature or looking up to nature. We felt a part of nature, on the same level. We respected each blade of grass, one leaf on a tree among many other leaves, everything.”

Continued in Part 2…


Neil Young / Farmaid 2011 / “Heart Of Gold”