NJ Libraries Summer Reading Program
Secrets of the Animal Powers
YOU are the Hero!
People sometimes don’t realize this until they are very old, yet it is a concept that should be taught to children. To become the Hero in your own life isn’t hard, it just requires remembering.
Heroes are who they are because they act when and how others do not. They have attributes like courage, determination or compassion that we admire in them. But these attributes can be difficult to hold in the mind since they have no real physical form. Peoples from many cultures, all over the world, assigned these attributes to animals they saw in their everyday lives. They felt the bear was courageous and so held the image of the bear in their minds when they wished to be courageous. Science shows us the bear isn’t being courageous, he’s being a bear. He’s doing what is natural for him.
To assist the Hero to think of the bear, and act in a courageous manner, he would often carry a claw or piece of bear fur. This part of the animal is called a “totem.” It helps his mind remember what courage “looks” like in his mind and allows him to act it in his day to day life.
The Secrets of the Animal Heroes presentation will discuss what a hero is, his or her attributes and how to bring to mind those heroic attributes using animal totems as reminders. Wild animals have no heroic attributes, they are what they are and do not strive for more, but people can see what they wish to see in these animals, so we help draw a few comparisons.
A king snake hunts rattlesnakes because it has evolved over millions of years to do so, not because it’s courageous. But if thinking of a king snake will help you remember how to be courageous, why not use that?
All these animals could make wonderful totems for each us to help us visualize the best attributes of the Hero.
That Hero, that is each of us, in our own lives!
All the animals except the shark, will be alive.
All children will receive a totem they may keep at the end of the presentation.
If this presentation is not to your liking, we are also offering our SNAKES! presentation for the same price.
All Presentations are $300
However, if your library is small or you can arrange multiple programs with close associates, we are willing to discuss a discount.
To book this show
Call Bill at 973-248-9964