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Sometimes said to represent a possessive mother, and the feelings this has aroused. But in many cases the bear will represent a meeting with dangerous emotions such as fear, anger or being easily aroused. There might also be associations with independence, or strength. See: Dreams are Like a Computer Game; Animal.

Through television and the many ‘nature’ films which are now a part of our wider education, we can see that the bear is largely a solitary creature, capable of living alone and surviving. This, and its human way of standing and holding its arms out in a hugging posture, may be the major factors from which a ‘bear’ dream arises. In many dreams the bear is not at all harmful, and can be treated as a friend.

Through these we can also see the bear as a wonderful mother and protector.

We may therefore associate the bear with feelings about living alone or surviving by our own strength; it can refer to the confrontation with feelings we have about independence, or the meeting with strength and independence in someone else. It can confront us with massive or dangerous rage, such as ‘the bear with a sore head’. The bear can also depict your massive or dangerous rage, such as ‘the bear with a sore head’. In this case it might represent your relationship with someone who is touchy or grouchy, powerful, possessiveness or smothering, as a parent or lover might be.

In this case it might represent your relationship with someone who is touchy or grouchy; powerful, possessiveness or a smothering relationship, as or by a parent or lover; it could suggest a desire to withdraw or hibernate; the ‘animal’ side of our relationship with our parents; a play on words, such as ‘bare’, bare facts, bearing with something or someone, ‘bearing’ ones soul, bearing in mind, a ‘bearer’ of tidings, come to bear, overbearing, getting ones bearings, bear fruit or bear-hug.

But the bear can also be like the Beauty and the Beast, in which the dangerous beast is tame with the influence of kindness. So the bear relate to person who can be tamed by kindness, but could also be a dangerous when roused.

It could suggest a desire to withdraw or hibernate. Because of traditional cultural associations, and its ability to hibernate, the bear can represent the ability to die and be reborn.

In some dreams it is powerful, possessiveness or represents a smothering relationship, as or by a parent or lover. So it could suggest a desire to withdraw or hibernate. As such it is often a mother figure, and can be the ‘animal’ side of our relationship with our parents.

There can be a play on words, such as ‘bare’, bare facts, bearing with something or someone, ‘bearing’ ones soul, bearing in mind, a ‘bearer’ of tidings, come to bear, overbearing, getting ones bearings, bear fruit or bear-hug. Because of traditional cultural associations, and its ability to hibernate, the bear can represent the ability to die and be reborn.

Bear attacking: It could mean that you are feeling or dealing with anger in yourself or another.

But many people dream of being chased by a bear and maybe run in fear or terror from the bear. Not only in your own dreams, but other people’s, it is obvious that we take into our sleep and dreams all the fears, terrors we carry within us. The huge bear, tiger or frightening person they are terrified of is actually fears either inherited or are frightening experiences from the past. They are purely mental things that you haven’t faced, and are therefore the victims of – victims of your own fears. But in dreams in you cannot die – or drown, or burn or any other threatening thing. We make the mistake of taking our very real values from our outer life into our inner life of dreams. If a bear or critter is chasing you, it is only a dream image and so what are you running from? If you drop the image if the bear/critter what you have is a feeling or emotion such as fear. And why are you running like crazy from an emotion? Remember that nothing can hurt you in your dreams, but you can feel fear. See The animal in my dream

And do not think, “That monster is bigger and stronger than I am, and it is frightening!!” It is our thoughts and fears that create the monsters inside us. So of course you are stronger unless you cower in fear.

But that only refers to outer bears, not dream bears. In some northern towns a bear or polar bear can be a real danger, so in your dreams it may be about a threat you need to keep watch for – although it is a bear in your dream, it could be any threat.

It can also, like the following dream, show a fight against disease.

 Example: I dreamt that I was my older brother. As him, and yet at the same time myself, I was trying to fight off an attacking bear. I was doing all I could to defeat it but there was no let up.

Two days later my brother suddenly died from a vicious virus he had contracted while doing his job as a taxi driver. I feel as if I were fighting the disease with him in the dream, but we both lost the battle.

Baby or toy bear: Often represents a child or a young dreamer.

Tame or loving bear: Many people have no fear of animals in their dreams but are like the examples below. Fear is caused because we mix  up our dream life with our outer life.

Example:  In my dream I was actually happy to see bears lying down at the entrance of my parent’s old house. They were all lying down there as it waiting for me. When they felt my presence they woke up. They were happy and groaning amicably when they saw me approaching them. And there were babies too! I never felt fear or any threat but happiness to see them … and I knew it was mutual.

Example: My dream was not frightful. My Bear dream and I were walking, he put his nose in my hand and nuzzled, we walked home, I went up to my door and Bear went next door and rolled around in the neighbors driveway and rested.

But as people are educated in the modern paradigm, many of us are totally out of touch with the animal that we are, and have never been able to raise it to love and protect us, and instead are often frightened of it when it appears on their dreams. As a child we are often told not to do things – such as do not get angry, or told to be nice to everyone, but the intuitive animal side of us feels and act on its superior insight – that would allow them to mature with our animal self intact so we grow up repressing it, and often miss the natural curiosity of our inner mammal.

So if you have a loving animal dream you have a very good and healthy relationship with your inner animal. See Levels of the Brain and Summing Up

Three bears as with father bear, mother bear etc.: Family situation or parental relationship.

If hint of money in the dream: might refer to ‘bear market’.

Useful Questions and Hints:

What were your feelings and interactions with the bear? (For instance were you avoiding, running from cooperating with, watching from a distance – and where does ‘avoiding’, ‘running from’, ‘cooperating’, or ‘observing’ enter your life at the moment?)

If you imagine yourself as the bear in your dream, what do you feel and experience?

See Stand in RoleProcessing DreamsSumming Up




-Yvonne H 2015-12-19 15:28:26

I really need to know. I have been having the same recurring dream for over 20 years. Sometime I can go a few years not having it, but I just had another. I am in the process of studying the conscious/ unconscious for a thesis and wonder if I am bringing forth what’s embedded deep inside. My dream is seeing loved ones being attacked and killed by bears. Sometimes my children, mom and my pets. I am always watching it happen, but from afar. The other night, my mom & dog were killed. While looking out windows of a house, I watched 2 dirty wet polar bears walk past me. They looked right at me, but just kept walking as I listened to a grizzly bear attack my dog. I ran into the house but noticed all the windows in the house were gone leaving the house wide open for the bears to get in. I wake up very frightened and it affects me for days. What do I need to recognize from these terrible dreams? Thank you so much for any insite.


-Kells 2016-01-04 4:47:24

My dream 2 nights ago has been on my mind and I want to know what it might mean….the part/end of my dream is of me and my mom’s ex husband who I still consider my stepdad. I am holding his hand navigating down a dry creek bed in a mountainous green lush area…looks like the foothills of the Chugach Mountians in Anchorage, Alaska in July. We are hoping from rock to rock and keeping a watch out for bears. We see many bears along the way down the creek, but I’m able to guide him behind me and pause and hide behind tall pompous grass. We get to a place where the creek bed opens up and looks more like a dry river bed…there’s many bears around but I know they can’t see me. My instincts tell me there are tigers in the area too. I know if they see me for even a second they’ll run up on me and pounce. It’s not like the bears where if I just stop moving and freeze that we can go unnoticed. So I see a tiger and I let go of my stepdads hand and leave him where it’s safe and jump from where I leave him to a rock to the right and duck behind it. Although I know at that moment there was a tiger I didn’t see that watched me and saw me duck behind the rock. It leaps over to the side of me and I curl up into a ball and breath out a long slow breath…the tiger bows it’s head and comes close to my head with its face…curious and I only can assume it will bite me or attack me. With my breath I let go of all the fear and I say a prayer simple yet asking for help and for there to be no pain. I feel numb within the long breath out and in the moment of prayer. I wake up from my dream before the tiger makes a move and after my short prayer for help. What could this mean?


-Shannon 2016-01-06 4:52:48

I dreamed of a mother bear and her cub… They could speak or somehow we communicated. In the beginning of the dream we seemed to be friends, but for a reason I cannot remember, I had to kill the mother bear. Knowing I had to kill her hurt, it made me sad and angry and guilty. Then, I accidentally killed her cub somehow. That absolutely devastated me which is why I was driven to look into the meaning behind this dream. After the mother bear found what I had done, she charged me and fell on top of me, plunging my knife deep into her heart. As she died I cried to her “I’m so sorry I’m so sorry” and woke up very upset. What is the relevance of the bears??”


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