Bear Spirit Animal2018-06-20T14:05:37+00:00

Bear Spirit Animal

Bear Spirit Animal

By Elena Harris, Editor

In the kingdom of spirit animals, the bear is emblematic of grounding forces and strength. This animal has been worshiped throughout time as a powerful totem, inspiring those who need it the courage to stand up against adversity. As a spirit animal in touch with the earth and the cycles of nature, it is a powerful guide to support physical and emotional healing.

Bear Meaning

The bear has several meanings that will inspire those who have this animal as totem:

  • The primary meaning of the bear spirit animal is strength and confidence
  • Standing against adversity; taking action and leadership
  • The spirit of the the bear indicates it’s time for healing or using healing abilities to help self or others
  • The bear medicine emphasizes the importance of solitude, quiet time, rest
  • The spirit of the bear provides strong grounding forces

The bear, a spirit animal symbolic of strength and courage

The spirit of the bear is a strong source of support in times of difficulty. It provides courage and a stable foundation to face challenges. When the bear shows up as a spirit guide in your life, it’s perhaps time to stand for your beliefs or your truth. This power animal will provide for support and strength.

The bear is also a guide to take leadership in your life or in other people’s lives. This animal is feared and admired for its strength. Its presence inspires respect. Its strength and powerful stature will inspire you to step into a leadership role in your life and take action without fear.

When you invoke the power of the bear totem, reflect on the qualities of inner strength, fearlessness, and confidence in yourself and how you can project them in your world.

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Alive, the grizzly is a symbol of freedom and understanding….

~ Frank Craighead

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The spirit of the bear as healer and teacher

Interestingly, in Siberia, the name used to designate women shaman is the same as the word “bear”. In Northern America, in the Inuit tradition, the bear spirit animal is also connected to the shamanic tradition and women.

For the Inuit people, the bear is a strong power or totem animal. In some beliefs, it is said that if an Inuit hunter accepts to be eaten by a bear, he may reincarnate as a shaman and carry the spirit of this animal. The polar bear is considered as the “Wise Teacher” as it shows how to survive in harsh conditions.

Bear Spirit Animal

The bear, an ancient spirit animal worshiped in many traditions

The bear as a spirit animal or totem is one of the most ancient worshiped animals. Remains of bears have been found in many archeological sites in Europe especially, where bear bones and skulls were found together with human bones dating back to the Neanderthals.

It is said that the Vikings would wear bear skins in times of war to scare off their enemies. They would appear as powerful as these wild animals. Bears symbolize warrior spirit and courage to fight. The bear’s spirit would be invoked to help the warriors in the battle.

In ancient Greece and Rome, the bear was a totem animal associated with the Goddess Artemis and Diana, goddesses of fertility. In contrast, for the Celts, the bear would represent the sun.

The spirit of the bear and healing

Since the bear is often associated with shamans in many traditions, this spirit animal can symbolize healing abilities and stepping into the role of the healer. If the bear shows up in your life, it may also be time to take care of your own needs for healing, whether it’s at the physical, emotional or spiritual level.

Be sensitive to where you are at and reflect on where you would most need healing. You can call on the bear spirit guidance to direct your energy in a more conservative or focused way.

Bear spirit animal and grounding forces

The bear is an animal that lives a solitary life. Having a bear as a spirit animal can mean that you find balance and comfort in solitude. The presence of this power animal could point to the need to “regroup” and set up boundaries, so you feel comfortable in your own space. It may be a call to find time away from the crowd or busyness and favor quiet time and rest.

The bear spirit can also be a great helper to dedicate time and energy to more introspective practices, such as self-inquiry or meditation. Call on the spirit of the bear to help you find your center and ground yourself in a strong foundation that will support you in more busy and noisy times.

Dreaming About Bears

Dreams are our subconscious minds communicating to us using the language of symbols. Dreaming of bears (or a bear) symbolizes power, strength and protection of yourself or possibly your family. If the bear in your dream is hibernating, it may indicate a need for solitude and to get away. If the bear is dancing, it indicates good luck (or you are having flashbacks of one of those many past Grateful Dead shows you went to). If a bear is chasing you, it may mean that you are avoiding a big situation in your life and it is time to take a stand and deal with it. Bear showing up in your dream may also be a message that it is time to show your power to the world.

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  1. Valerie September 16, 2018 at 11:38 pm - Reply

    I don’t hate bears but in my dreams they surround my house they try to come in but being a lucid dreamer I can make sure they don’t and usually they just prowl around I don’t know if they’re trying to I don’t know help me secure my land or my property or my family I was very surprised I got the bear in life I always say watch out for Bears they will eat your face off

  2. Cheryl Henninger September 13, 2018 at 4:25 pm - Reply

    im the bear i believe in healing with herbs and natural products i grow everything myself and either dry or can everything im all about self healing and living off the land

  3. andrea July 25, 2018 at 5:29 pm - Reply

    I had a dream last night I was walking through the woods on trail a grizzly bear appeared to me. The bear kept making noises to me as to follow him so I did he showed me the way and brought me to a cliff that overlooked the most beautiful mountains and scenery. I remember sitting down and looking at the view the bear followed me and sat right beside me as to let me know almost everything would be alright.

  4. Bluebelle July 17, 2018 at 3:50 pm - Reply

    I’ve had two dreams in which I am fleeing from an angry bear. He is angry and chasing everyone in its path which usually is me front and center. I am always scared, frenetic and looking around to see what I can do. In both dreams, I am always protecting people that are running along with me. In the first one, I pushed some family members to an unknown house whose owner was irritated that we had invaded his home. In the second one, I ran far along as I could to a house with an unknown man who began to walk along with me to a wide wooden outhouse that he used as storage. In there, he had a gun. He was teaching me how and where to point it to when the bear burst in, I pointed and then woke up. I always dream events in advance, and certain specific animals have meanings that I have learned their meanings as time goes by. But this bear, always with black fur, has me dumbfounded. Any kind of input is greatly appreciated.

    • Lene August 3, 2018 at 1:07 am - Reply

      I dont know how youve identfied your pov but your the bear

  5. Denali July 14, 2018 at 8:19 pm - Reply

    I recently had some serious emotional, physical and pych setbacks in the last 7 months. The last three times I was out hiking I have seen a bear. I”ve lived here for 38 years and only ever seen one once before this. I’m claiming it for strength, healing and grounding. WAY to coincidental.

  6. Wendy July 9, 2018 at 5:37 am - Reply

    Hi all
    I’m thrilled the bear is my spirit guide, and it makes a lot of sense, and even as an adult I have always adored teddy bears lol so this is why !!
    I love bear hugs of humans too, thank you for enlightening me xx

  7. Jynderyl May 20, 2018 at 5:14 am - Reply

    I was dreaming about being on a road trip. The school bus was filled with kids. I don’t know if I was a child or an adult. I had to use the washroom urgently, so we stopped at one of those sites on the side of the road with the outhouses, but this one was as big as a log cabin. There were so many children getting out, that I thought ‘this is going to take too long’ so I thought to find a tree. Two girls ran past me, crossed over a stream that had a dirt path bridge and ran into a field filled with bright sunshine. I was still on the other side when I looked around to make sure it was safe. I looked over to a golden brown lump at the base of a tree. I kept squinting because I knew it was a grizzly but I couldn’t be sure that it wasn’t the tree. The lump then moved. I could hear the girls laughing and talking and wanted to tell them to be quiet, but then the grizzly raised its head because they had woken it up. I don’t recall if it was male or female. The girls continued to be loud, so the grizzly got angry, but it didn’t seem to be looking at them. It seemed to keep focusing on me. It finally got up with a roar and began running towards me. I was scared but i kept trying to think ‘how do I protect the girls and not get hurt?’ My fear felt more directed towards the girls than towards myself. The grizzly got to about 20 feet from the stream and just stopped to stare at me. It didn’t stand. It almost seemed to chrouch like a cat.

    That is when I woke up.

    I can see the obvious symbolic meaning in this dream. But there is something not clear. The kids, I get as the path towards helping children has always felt like what I should do. I grew up in an abusive environment. When I connect with adults who were sexually abused, and I am not mindful of my energy, all I see is what happened to them. It is not fun to see it because I also feel everything they feel. I even dreamt one time about pulling a girls spirit out of her body so that she wouldn’t feel what happened to her physical form. But I felt it. I woke up in a panic, of course. Totally creepy feeling being in a dream that felt real! Not sure why I mentioned it.

    Not entirely sure how I go about changing careers at 50 from helping people clean up their lives to connecting with children. I see the path in the dream but I feel like I am so focused on the bear charging me to connect crossing the dirt path to reach the girls. I also recall feeling scared to cross to get to them because I might get hurt if I do.

    I am not fond of journaling, so writing these posts are rather funny to me because it feels like it is my spirit guides ‘pushing’ me to journal. Lol. It does work for me as I can see obvious answers about this dream.

    But, why is the grizzly angry at me?

  8. Alice March 23, 2018 at 1:19 am - Reply

    Im very interested I got A Bear! I love bears and its so amazing as I just ordered a new bear after many many years! also my daughter brought my long lost knitted bear home this week!!
    I had a son Called Arthur and Arthur means bear, and once i dreamed i was riding on a polar bear! I am 53 and a devoted mother and all the symbolism of The Bear Totem really resonates with me! Thankyou sk much! My new bear is due in the post today!!! 😃😃👍🌈🐻🐻

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