Bear Spirit Animal 2018-01-16T10:45:19+00:00

Bear Spirit Animal

Bear Spirit Animal

By Elena Harris, SpiritAnimal.info 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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157 Comments

  1. Bugs February 11, 2018 at 7:41 pm - Reply

    I like to go into my backyard at night and lie down and pretend I’m a carrot

  2. Mitchelle M. Selman February 10, 2018 at 10:43 am - Reply

    I took the quiz and got the bear. That doesn’t really resonate with me for some reason. I would really like to know how to find out my spirit animal. Any suggestions would be much appreciated. Thank you. Mitchelle

    • Anonymous February 11, 2018 at 7:39 pm - Reply

      That the quiz again and get an animal that you like

    • Hannah February 13, 2018 at 9:08 am - Reply

      Past life regression meditation, any form of meditation, and try to remember your dreams, if you pay attention there may already be animals in your dreams giving you messages. You can ask spirit to show you your guide through dream.

  3. Shellie January 29, 2018 at 7:43 pm - Reply

    The Great White Bear, the Polar Bear is my Spirit Guide.

  4. G Justice January 27, 2018 at 5:56 pm - Reply

    When I was in second grade my classmates began to call me Grizzly Girl. I’ve always believed bears to be the noblest of creatures. A couple of years ago I had a very big decision to make in my life. I was offered a promotion which would mean a lot more hours. I prayed for two days and the second night I dreamed of bears. I was walking through a clearing on the edge of a forest when I saw two baby brown bears. I stopped to watch them play knowing that the mother must be nearby. Then the mother stepped out into the clearing blocking my path. I was not afraid, but i knew that i could not procede forward. When I awoke, I had my answer and I declined the promotion. Very shortly after, my spouse unexpectedly got a job offer and we ended up moving from Houston, TX to Syracuse, NY.

  5. Cory Chambers January 19, 2018 at 2:31 pm - Reply

    I am the bear. And native don’t say shamans. We are a holy person. And medicine people. Sundacers. I relate to everything that the bear stsnd for. A’ho

  6. Anonymous December 23, 2017 at 4:36 pm - Reply

    Jonathan

  7. Susan December 23, 2017 at 2:35 pm - Reply

    I wasn’t going to comment at all until I read the above story. As a child I was approached by a bear while making a visit to the dump. We referred to this dump as the Holberg Zoo as many went there to see the bears who lived in the nearby woods. I can still see the zoo in my mind over 45 years later. The bear has returned to my life both the polar bear and the black bear. Both have called on me to surrender a toxic relationship and a toxic habit…smoking cigarettes. The bear walks with me today as I walk through the city, pointing to the garbage on the ground especially the cigarette butts so carelessly thrown away. The toxic nature of this particular habit the bear tells me is not only polluting my body but the entire body of Mother Earth from the air to the water to the land. This particular habit has no benefit and is a symbol of the destructive force of man on our environment. Thank you Bear for your courage and strength 🙏💕✨😇 🐾🐾

  8. Anonymous December 23, 2017 at 2:34 pm - Reply

    I wasn’t going to comment at all until I read the above story. As a child I was approached by a bear while making a visit to the dump. We referred to this dump as the Holberg Zoo as many went there to see the bears who lived in the nearby woods. I can still see the zoo in my mind over 45 years later. The bear has returned to my life both the polar bear and the black bear. Both have called on me to surrender a toxic relationship and a toxic habit…smoking cigarettes. The bear walks with me today as I walk through the city, pointing to the garbage on the ground especially the cigarette butts so carelessly thrown away. The toxic nature of this particular habit the bear tells me is not only polluting my body but the entire body of Mother Earth from the air to the water to the land. This particular habit has no benefit and is a symbol of the destructive force of man on our environment. Thank you Bear for your courage and strength 🙏💕✨😇 🐾🐾

  9. Katherine Renee Meyers December 4, 2017 at 3:43 pm - Reply

    My Great Aunt Mary believed that I was born with Bear power spirit animal. The reason she believed so was, she took me to Memphis Zoo when I was near 2 years old . I was just n my stroller of course, and when we came to the Grizzly Bear s enclosure, I stood up and started waving at a Bear, the Bear stood and waved back to me. She has pictures. Any thoughts on this?

  10. ????????? November 29, 2017 at 8:14 am - Reply

    bears are feirce and represent leadership like me

  11. The Bear August 26, 2017 at 3:48 pm - Reply

    My nickname in prep school and college was The Bear. Someone said ,” Why do you want to known as The Bear ? Bears are big dumb stupid animals” my answer to a very desireable women “You don’t know much about Bears” I met Owsley once a very famous Bear and a physically small n man. He gave me some good advice on how to not use chemistry. The hard thing to learn not to distrust others. Not all are enemies.

  12. Barbara August 20, 2017 at 7:41 pm - Reply

    My spirit animal totem is the bear. It has walked with me since I was a young girl.
    I have many bear statues in my house.

  13. Frances July 26, 2017 at 10:54 pm - Reply

    I also had a dream of 4 baby bears but I believe they were dark hunter green…..left in my care also I held 2, does anyone know what this dream means?

    • Sh'mal August 4, 2017 at 9:37 am - Reply

      A short, short writing at Honey Bear in Seattle where my son manages this restaurant. This story just came out of me and I thought it was appropriate and after reading about the Bear as a Spirit Animal and this very spontaneous story I realized the Bear is my Spirit Animals. Thank you, Sh’mal

      A hillside slopping down to a small pond. The birds, the bees, the fish all shared the space enjoying the water as it gently came streaming down from the hillside. Of course the deer and the raccoons were also regular visitors to the sandy shore. There was time though when all wasn’t so idyllic on the pond. A nearby factory began to spew toxic fumes and chemicals that caused a dire devastation to the fun loving and peaceful serenity in the pond and its wild life. After a short time many of the ponds guests began to demise from the spewing toxins.
      One lady bear that sometimes, but occasionally, would come and enjoy herself to bath and splash around in the pond was devastated to see the demise of the ponds residents. She knew she could do something. She showed up at the town’s commission meeting expressing her dismay and anger that the city allowed such an injustice to happen to the pond and its residents. She didn’t like to get angry but felt the wrath swelling up inside of her and knew she had to get the attention of the commissioners. She did. They listened and showed remorse for their neglectful attention to the pond and those who lived in it and ordered the factory either to shut down or fix the toxins which came out of its smokestack.

      After writing this I thought of the bear being me. Odd how sometimes writing takes absolutely no thought, just a flow of words coming from some place inside the writer.

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