"Bear Speaks" is a marvelous, fantastical teaching tale in the tradition of "The Celestine Prophecy." A young professional woman from Los Angeles goes camping in the Montana wilderness to "find herself" and escape the pressures of family and fiance, about whom she's having some doubts. Once in the forest, she discovers that she is anything but alone. As she explores the natural world around her, she encounters the trickster coyote, a wise old spider and an adventurous raven, all of whom have the ability to shape shift and communicate with her, mind to mind. And soon she finds herself falling in love with a magnificent bear named Ishmel. As she gets to know Ishmel, he transmits to her seven sacred lessons: 1) All your needs will be met. 2) Time is an illusion. 3) Have no fear. 4) Release into love. 5) Create a loving reality. 6) Connect energy lines to heal the world. 7) Vibrate with joy. These lessons are both familiar and new, with the ring of truth from various spiritual traditions. Above all she learns, and teaches us, that the source of your fear can become the guide for your life. "Bear Speaks" tells an enchanted tale about trusting what life presents us.