The teaching of Wisdom is the gift from the Beaver. It is important to note that Wisdom is not to be confused with knowledge. The biggest difference between Wisdom and Knowledge is Wisdom is gained through life experience whereas knowledge is to know the difference and accept responsibility and accountability. To use your own inner knowledge to acknowledge and respect your own limitations as well as those around you. The Beaver reminds us to always use sound judgment and discernment along with the ability to separate our own inner qualities and relationships. And to recognize your differences and those of others in a kind and respectful way.  The Beaver reminds us to continuously observe the life of all things around you and to listen with clarity and a sound mind and use your own inner wisdom to discern that may be true for you.  We are living in a day and age where we are constantly being bombarded with information and being presented with many different points of views. It is important to remember to use your own intrinsic intuition and intelligence to ask questions and never accept anything as absolute truth unless it feels right for you. Always allow yourself to learn and live by your wisdom.

We must also remember to listen and use the wisdom that has been provided by our Elders, Tribal leadership, and our Spiritual leaders as this wisdom has been acquired over a long period of time and contains a great deal of wisdom. We must also always remember that Wisdom comes in all shapes, sizes, forms, and ages so to remain open.


The Beaver shows us to use our gifts that are given to each of us to help contribute to the building of a community. The beaver represents wisdom because he uses his natural gift he has been given wisely for his survival. The Beaver's example of using his sharp teeth for cutting trees and branches to build his dams and lodges expresses this teaching. If he did not use his teeth, the teeth would continue to grow until they became useless, ultimately making it impossible for him to sustain himself. The same can be said for human beings. One's spirit will grow weak if it is not fulfilling its use. When used properly, however, these gifts contribute to the development of a peaceful and healthy community.


The beaver also uses its gifts to help alter his environment in an environmentally friendly and sustainable way for the benefit of his family. The Beaver reminds us that when one pollutes the water, one does not break a human law, but the law of nature, which states that to poison the water, is to destroy oneself.

There is so much that the Beaver has to teach us. It is important to remember that each of your life’s experiences have provided you with wisdom needed to get you where you are today. May the Beaver help remind you to stay connected to your own inner wisdom and to always remain open to gaining more knowledge.


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