Land Animals

Bear

You are being guided into a leadership role. You must be fearless in defending your beliefs.
-Bear

Bear Meaning, and Messages

For the most part, Black Bear symbolism is about introspection. In particular, the Bear meaning is letting you know that it is time to go inward and explore the notion of your very existence. Therefore, with this spirit animal, you must delve deep into your heart to find the significance of your path and journey. In essence, Bear symbolism is notifying you that you are free to roam at will and follow your path.

If this mammal has Cubs close at hand or a Cub visits you, the message is to make sure that you bring your children closer to you. In other words, Bear symbolism signifies that you need to connect with the kids around you and ensure that they are safe, free of fear, and free from harm.

On the other hand, the Grizzly Bear symbolism recognizes that perhaps you are overly sensitive to perceived invasions and threats. Protecting your space is a good thing. However, you may be overreacting to the situation.

In contrast, Kermode or Spirit Bear meaning reminds you that we are all stewards of our environment. Everyone must do their part to stop the progressive destruction of this once pristine planet. Spirit is advising us that every little bit is a part of the whole.

Comparatively, the Brown Bear meaning inspires us to bring balance and integrity to the physical world. It is your mission to generate harmony in the world and the ecology of this planet.

Also, see Panda and the Polar version of this species.

Bear Totem, Spirit Animal

People with the Black Bear totem have a great deal of patience in manifesting their ideas and projects. They excel in waiting for just the right moment to spring them on the universe. Additionally, they have a great deal of confidence in who they are and where they are going in life. For the most part, they are an authority figure. Also, they are nurturing and protect all children well.

Folks with the Brown Bear totem have an excellent understanding of their destiny. They know their direction, purpose, and are great facilitators in helping others find their way. Besides, people with this totem are very mission-oriented.

People that have the Grizzly Bear as their spirit animal totem are fiercely competitive can be highly aggressive in attaining their goals, independent thinkers, and generally wish to be left alone.

Conversely, people with the Kermode or Spirit Bear totem as their guide in life are deeply devoted to the planet. They walk this planet on a mission of restoring its balance. Their focus can be so intense that they will occasionally forget to nurture themselves in the process.

A Quick Message from Brown Bear

Bear Dream Interpretation

When you have a Bear dream, it could signify that it is time to explore your thoughts. Thinking the same thing over and over may be creating an undesired reality. Perhaps you have allowed others to do your thinking for you! Step back and reassess things. Go inward and find your precise feeling on this matter and follow what you know is right in your heart.

Alternatively, if this mammal is cinnamon in colour, it represents the need for you to return to those things that give you comfort in life. Being a martyr has its values, but in this case, the cost to yourself is more than you should carry.

If your Bear dream includes a grizzly, it is a warning that there are destructive and terrifying processes such as earth changes (global warming) and earthquakes coming. It forewarns of a natural disaster of some type in your vicinity. In this case, the message is clear that the force of nature is far more potent than humankind.

To see a cub in your dream vision indicates the need for you to connect with your inner child to heal past trauma. It is not wise for you to ignore this episode in your life, and it needs to recover so that you can move on. The white Kermode indicates that new wisdom and knowledge are forthcoming shortly. Conversely, if one of these mammals is seen in the colour green, it announces the transformation of past traumas, and regeneration of growth within yourself.

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  • I've been dream bears alot past two months not same thing thou so please message me I'd like to know what these dreams mean

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  • I have had this dream twice now and I'm really curious to find out what it means. I dreamt I was on a battlefield in the mountains, fighting from the air. This is where it becomes a video-game kind of scenario. The plane I was in crash-landed. When I woke up, I was told (do not remember how I was told) to escape a large bear lurking on that peak. I had to go into a cave and find a safe passage. I turn around and this large brown-white bear starts chasing me kind of slowly but still able to keep up with me. I go into the cave and try to find the passage multiple times, but I keep dying to the bear. The first time I had this dream, I took the wrong path and ended captured by some weird alien army. The second time I had the dream, I found the right path and ended up at a dead end in some pipe system. Any insights on its meaning? Thank you!

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  • Three thin, starving grizzly bears broke through my office window as I ran and hid my coworkers. The bears started to follow but heard my dog barking downstairs and decided she'd be their target. I feared for my dog and felt the need to protect but also helpless. I perceive this dream as protective against empty threats and to maintain calm in looking at all sides. Any other insight or ideas? Thank you.

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    • From what I gather, I perceive your dream that particularly in your workplace, you are having to survive in a tough environment where many people act overly competitive towards you out of envy and a need to be number one with everything. If you feel people need to one up you with everything, then it's a sign to keep your distance from them or make sure your boundaries from them are secure. Also look up information online on "workplace bullying," if this applies.

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  • "Everyone is still alive" started with getting my eyes swabbed at some club with some type of drug from a friend "never did drugs" then my uncle asked if I took something in my eyes but I lied "in which I was at my grams all a sudden" then was effected and quickly admitted I did. Next I'm with my parents and grandparents but somehow mom made a mess with flour and it was caked all over her face as my parents were wanting to leave when I thought the night was young. But I stepped in flour and tracked it around so I helped pap clean it up after he yelled at me for tracking flour through the house but a baby black bear was there. Leaving was going upstairs in a castle type spiral case like in a rook "never have done and live separate" in which I overheard my grandparents being sad I didn't trust them to watch over what sounded like a child but this baby black bear was following me up the staircase but as I went down it couldn't follow anymore because it was chained. Was a small chain but when I looked for the source the links were about the size of a 2 by 4 piece of wood on a reel. I put it on my shoulder and charged to give the bear slack so it could come down stairs with me and see everyone but it was adorable as it pulled too. Then once we got to my grandparents room it was daylight and I sat the adorable black cub on a chair and took the chain off it's collar in which it's eyes narrowed in the happiest yet grateful face you could imagine with it's brown eyebrows and I squeezed and kissed it's face! Asked dad "randomly there" if he seen it's face because of how odd it was to see and he said just looks like a dog to me "it was a bear" as my grandparents started happily approaching the cub.
    "Within seconds"
    Heavy fog, daylight, full grown black bear side profile which was about 500 yds away in the center of 3 large stones "placed like stonehenge" which was about 300 yards away... to wake up confused.
    Hope you enjoyed the ride!

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    • The symbolism of flour in dreams means that you need to add something to your life to make it work, just as you add flour to your recipe. Now the black bear represents introspection and reflection, and notice that the beginning of your dream had to do with inspecting your eyes for something wrong, which might represent that there is something blurry about your perspective in life. Perhaps you are trying to change everything, but it will never fully change until you reexamine if your beliefs around it are actually true or not in the first place. The black bear being chained might represent that you are unable to take time to pause and reflect in your life anymore due to all the rushing and panic. You showing affection to the baby black bear might mean that a part of you is seeking the comfort of being able to take time in the quiet to think about your decisions without having to rush through it all at once.

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  • Dreamt i was waiting in front of a bank of elevators. Waiting for a set of doors to open. Bell rings, doors open only to be met by a grizzly bear. The Bear roared and stamped its front feet. I let out some yells that woke my wife who in turn woke me. I was absolutely terrified...... so much that the emotion turned to laughter!

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    • It seems that this dream represents you waiting for the day where you can express your own boundaries, needs and wants, as the grizzly bear represents. You might be waiting for a chance to be given the permission to set down boundaries, but you don't have to ask permission to ask for strict boundaries in your life.

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  • Well that's my Spirit Animal. 👦

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    • After I got home from work I was taking my shoes off and my security camera flashed twice! As I played back the footage a bear is seen coming out of me and I'm having constant dreams about bears! I had another dream about bears today! Seeing a bear coming out of me is something I've never seen before and I sent that video to a person who can hopefully shed some light on this!

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  • What if the dream is of a curious gold bear?

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    • Reminds me of Winnie the Pooh, which represents our cultural image of golden bears in a cartoon. You can look up "Winnie the Pooh wisdom," or "Winnie the Pooh quotes," for example.

      Here are some examples.

      “If there ever comes a day when we can’t be together, keep me in your heart, I’ll stay there forever.” —Winnie the Pooh

      “You’re braver than you believe, stronger than you seem and smarter than you think.” – Winnie the Pooh

      “A day without a friend is like a pot without a single drop of honey left inside.” —Winnie the Pooh

      ”Just because an animal is large, it doesn’t mean he doesn’t want kindness; however big Tigger seems to be, remember that he wants as much kindness as Roo.”― Winnie the Pooh

      “How lucky I am to have something that makes saying goodbye so hard.” — Winnie the Pooh

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  • I always have dreams of brown bears, but it’s been a while until last night. I was camping with some friends and we had a great day. Then it got dark and we started a fire and were sitting around it with blankets. Then close by we hear a growl, all headlamps turn that direction and the bears eyes lit up and it was huge. I text my dad first. We begin packing thinking we are okay in such a large group, I wanted to each drive away together but cars began to leave. Then it was just mine and another girls car. She asked me to run and get it but as I started the bear came running at me so I turned around and ran back to barely make it in the back seat. Then I woke up.

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    • It seems that if you're running away from the brown bear, then you are running away from your sense of purpose, calling and mission in life.

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  • I had a dream last night that I was in an old child hood home. A Big Black bear scratched at the front window which my small dog alerted me too. Then it tried to open the front door. Then went to the back door and tried it. But did not get in. So then I am going from wimdow to window watching it. And it is in the yard with three baby bears. Also at ine point I saw a tiger in the yard. Never came back to door but stayed around in yard for a while until going into the woods across the street.

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    • Since the black bear represents introspection, perhaps one in your childhood home represents how you have some unresolved issues knocking at your door (as the black bear scratches the front window), yet you've been avoiding your past issues out of fear. There is something in your past that affects your present, and you won't start to heal the present without healing the past, no matter how much you wait. The tiger in the yard seems to represent a need for courage, charisma and confidence to make the changes you want in life in regards to what has badly affected you since childhood.

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  • I dreamed that I worked as a counselor for the a producer of a matchmaking TV show. The producer had a few difficult matches to make since the participants were either troubled people or in the process of sexually transitioning. The show had just broadcast. The producer was annoyed that one of the couples never followed through with her on their progress. Suddenly the man from this match appears at the studio office very angry. He is as an introverted, plain looking small man. He wants to talk to the producer because the woman he was matched with didn't love him. His match was a woman who had feminine features but dressed as a man. The dream environment changes to a wooded area outdoors and the producer, another staff person and I are now talking bears. The man is still human and he's upset with the producer. He complains that she (the producer) did not find him someone who could love him. The other staff person and I are about 800 feet from them. I call out to the man that we will do our best to find him someone because everyone deserves love. He walks away from the producer/bear and crosses the dirt road, past a car and walks into the brush. He takes out a gun which the producer does not see but I do. I have a small pistol and try to shoot at the man but it is ineffective. The man shoots himself in the head, calls out, then a group of several men in farmer's attire carrying guns come out of the brush. They ask the producer/bear is she is Mrs. Powers (name?). She says yes and they all start shooting at her. Alarmed and frightened, I tell the staff member that we have to run and hide in the woods. End of dream.

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    • Bears in general represents introspection, and it seems that since you turned into a bear in your dream, it means you need to reflect around the topic at hand. It seems clearly that you are thinking of romance somehow, and most likely it describes your own romantic life rather than others. It seems to point to dreams that you fear not being able to find love because you're too masculine as a woman, and some paranoid part of you believes some people out there hate masculine strong and independent women so much that they want to kill them or harm them in some way, which might mean you grew up in a very strict traditional setting. There might also be potentially LGBT themes here, though know a masculine woman is not necessarily a lesbian, and neither is a masculine woman necessarily someone who wants to transition into a man, if that is what your traditional community keeps accusing you of. Though if you're either of these things, there's nothing wrong with that.

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  • So, I just had this dream where I was with loved ones walking down a path. Idk what animals we were except my friend the white duck. Well, we're walking down this path and we had taken this way before and usually theres a white and brown moose that we would let go in front of us on the trail but this time we went ahead of them. Which im return made me pretty nervous. We continue walking fowm this path passed a flooded subway kind railwood track. Where i was, it seemed like an abandoned wild life education place. Anyway, we keep walking till we reach this cave. I go to walk in but hear something eating. The group I was in suggested we throw an apple Grenade. (Which doesn't exist) and im like NO lets use this real grenade. But one of my friends told me to stop. To find out what's in there before we do anything. So I chucked an empty loud can in there in hopes to scare out whatever was in the cave and out shot this informative paper on endangered bears. I never saw the bears I don't know what kind of bears they were. But I knew after that happened bears were inside the cave eating. What could this dream mean. Ive been trying yo intterpret it.

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    • Perhaps this points out how your friend is trying to show you an opportunity (since ducks represent opportunity), but you are deciding to harm the opportunity itself that is in the form of a bear. Since a bear represents introspection, perhaps the opportunity is the chance to reflect in quiet a lot of issues you never had the time to think about in depth. Though instead of making use of this opportunity, you feel annoyed at having to slow down rather than impulsively making decisions that keep having consequences later on, until you find out the bears are endangered. That is, that your time to reflect on your own decisions, rather than have everyone tell you what to make as a decision without thinking on your own, is limited.

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  • In my dream, I was sleeping in the back of the truck with my boyfriend and I wake up to this sound of something outside making noises as if it’s running back and forth from side to side.
    I feel afraid and my heart races.
    Sitting up and looking at the door, I see a bear come out from under the end of the tent where the tailgate is. My boyfriend sits there next to me and he backs away.
    I tell him not to move and the bear just sits there with one paw on the tailgate and she turns her head as if she’s trying to get me to follow.

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    • It seems that the bear wants you to follow her, meaning that you need to find inspiration from the bear's characteristics to figure out whatever problems you have right now. You also might want to look up multiple spirit animal pages on the bear all over the internet for this.

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  • At the end of September, at the end of an annual trip in Tibet I dreamed that I was at home in my English village, in front of my house, and a very disheveled Grizzly Bear was wandering in the road. Cars were fearfully driving around him or her. I felt both afraid of and very worried and concerned for the bear, and I was trying to call the "authorities" so they could come and take it to a safe and appropriate place.

    Grizzly Bears do live in Tibet and Tibetans say that people are afraid of them but that they are afraid of us too. They do attack people but I suspect it is either out of fear or people have inadvertently got between a mother bear and her cubs.

    Maybe I'm feeling "grizzly" (my mum used to tell me off for "grizzling" as a child), or is it to do with the mother, or even hibernating? Or, I see above, Climate Change which is pertinent to us all now. I'm not sure what it means.

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  • In my dream I was swimming in a warm lake. I looked to my left and a brown bear was swimming beside me. I had a thought to be afraid but choose not to. I held in to the bear and let her do the swimming. Two cubs showed up and greeted me with their noses. We swam for a while then two beaver showed up on my right and we all swam together. I was content and happy to live in the water with the bears and beaver. Then a giraffe head popped up in the water we greeted with nose touching again and we all swam together. I woke up shortly after.

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  • In my dream, I was walking in a park near my house. I turned a corner and saw a mama brown bear with 2 cubs. I panicked for a half second. Then, I realized that they were calm. I stayed calm and turned to walk away. The cubs started chasing me, playfully. Mama bear followed. I continued to walk away to try and get away before mama changed her mind about being peaceful. I turned into some dumpsters. (No dumpsters are in this park IRL.) There is a mountain cat between the dumpsters. The cat goes to attack the bear cubs. Mama bear and I jump in to protect them....I wake up.

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  • I had a dream recently about a mamma grizzly bear...she seemed to be restrained and agitated...I have 4 kids but in my dream my youngest (boy) innocently took one of the mamas cubs to play with...the bear then came unrestrained and protecting her cub she killed my son with a bite to the back of his head/neck....I witnessed him laying there dead. Any ideas on what this may symbolize?

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    • That bear could be a reflection of yourself. It could be the bear totem reminding you to treat others the way you want to be treated, and giving you a reminder not to go rushing in with anger as your first approach. What would you do if you saw a Grizzly bear holding your son? I’m guessing you would quickly grab a gun, anything for your loved ones. Protectiveness is good, but I personally think this dream is reminding you that it’s a wise thing to be more perceptive into a story or situation, to always look at stories from both sides before you make a judgement call.

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  • In my dream i saw a brown bear I quickly alerted others we tried blocking it's path in other for it no to get to us but we couldn't so we ran, I was with a guy we ran together before the but the bear never gave up we then splited it followed me alone I had to take a motorcycle,but I was still not comfortable I felt like it was still following me

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  • I had a dream a couple nights ago that I can't seem to figure out...and even though it was all over the place it felt so meaningful.

    If anyone has any thoughts on it that would be great!

    There was a bunch of flooding on the road right before the town I grew up in. So much so that somehow my family and I ended up in a floating house. For some reason I had to get across the road and into the town. I decided to use a blow up pool toy and a large stick as a paddle to row my way across. I ended up not being able to go past a huge unknown obstical on my way over. I looked down and could t see anything under me and panicked. I fell in the water. The next thing I knew a brown bear swam over to me and took me under water (under this obstical). As soon as I grabbed the scruff of its neck the water became clear and I could see everything within the water. We swam under this obstical and the bear brought me to the entrance of my home town (we were still under water). I reached out and stroked its head and then looked over to the entrance. There was a beautiful woman (still under water) surrounded by light and flowers. The dream ended with me in between her and the bear.

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    • My first thought: something feels wrong about something that once made you feel safe. You feel the need to confront this uneasiness alone. You find the source (the obstacle) but can't understand how to navigate it. You panic and are taken by it (the bear). You take ahold of the problem (the bear) and it guides you to your goal (your old town). At your crossroad, there is a temptation (the woman) that will distract you from your resolution. A choice must be made.

      Maybe?

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  • Little Okwari, Little Bear
    (For my newborn great nephew Hudson...)

    You were born under the sign of your Great Grandmother’s Clan
    The sign of Okwari, the Bear
    She, Okwari, is a great protector
    and will always keep you safe
    Your Great Great Grandmother, your Great Tóta
    Who, like Okwari, had great Ka'shatsténhshera,
    great Power
    and great Atonhnhetshera
    great Spirit
    She will always keep you strong and safe
    Welcome to this earth, little Okwari
    Little Dancer of Joy
    You have come surrounded by great Love
    Those who are here
    And those who walked before us
    You are loved
    You are made of Love
    Welcome, Welcome
    Little Okwari
    Little Dancer of Joy
    You will always walk
    a protected and a welcome path
    This is the sign that came to me on the day that my great nephew, Hudson, came into this world, on the day that my lovely, strong and so brave niece, Tabitha, along with her wonderful husband, Mike, gave their first birth. Okwari was my Tóta, my Grandmother, their Great Grandmother, and Hudson’s Great Great Grandmother’s Clan. For the Kanien'keha:ka, the Mohawk, you belong to the Clan of your female line. I am glad, I am filled with great joy that Okwari chose to show herself on the day of Hudson’s birth. It means that he will always walk with his Great Great Tóta, and under the protection and guidance of the Great Bear.

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  • Bears have appeared several times in my dreams over the past year. They’re usually brown bears and have been non-threatening. Until last night. Last night I dreamt that I was walking down a path in the woods and a very large brown bear came out from behind a tree and swatted me down to the ground. It seemed I was going to be attacked, but before I knew it, I had rotated myself around to the bear’s back and effortlessly snapped it neck. I then climbed off and headed back up the path from the direction I had come. On my way out of the woods, I passed a small rocky outcropping with a cave and saw a bear cub standing at the edge. I realized that it was it’s mother I had killed and she was just trying to protect it. I’m very curious about any insight anyone may have to offer about this.

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    • Your dream seems to be a message to tell you that you are perhaps going through life and making decisions or choices with little or no awareness about the consequences for others. Start paying closer details to who is around in real life and look further than the immediate. Also, if you have a child or sibling or young person in your life, pay more attention to them...

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