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Bear

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

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-niesha 2014-11-10 13:50:02

I just had the weirdest dream about a big grizzly bear that was my friend. There were two killers one who was trying to keep me safe and the other one was trying to kill me. Both strangers… anyway the one who was trying to save me followed me back to my house where I ran and snuggled and pet this massive grizzly bear and waited for the bad guy to come. It’s fur was soft and when the light hit it’s fur just right it would shine golden from brown. I knew the bear trusted me but i could sence his wildness. When the guy who was trying to save me showed up he laughed at the other killer on the way to my house. When the killer got there my bear attacked him but didn’t kill him. Then the bear came back and snuggled me. The guy who was trying to kill me stopped trying to kill me and ordered take out and feed most of it to the bear. And the rest to the good guy and myself. And the hole time I felt like the bear was wild and only liked me. The most memorable part wasn’t the 2 killers but the way I felt so protected by this magical bear who new I was worth protecting.

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-Phyllis Tipton 2014-11-13 15:03:21

IN my vivid dream, a tiger and a bear were wrestling. I had no fear of either, I had a close feeling and concern for both. I called out to them with concern. The tiger mentally said to me “don’t worry.. I’m simply making a point” I walked away and momentarily returned. The bear had left, the Tiger was lying on his back with his paws behind his head in a shallow part of a body of water. He had his chest poofed out.. obviously quite pleased with himself.. looked at me and said (mentally) “everything worked out, I made my point” this somewhat annoyed me… a toucan and another large bird came into the area.. I wanted them to be friends with me.. and they were. . Someone told me I couldn’t be and took them away.. the Tiger still basking in the water.. and observing the situation.. this was so real and tangible. . Can you help me? I am 54 & do love all animals and have many rescues (none of the ones in my dream)… but that’s all I have in common with this dream

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    -Tony Crisp 2014-11-14 10:27:22

    Phyllis – I worked with the observation that dreams take place within us while we are alone without any disturbances except those created by our anxieties, fears, attitudes, talents, beliefs and thoughts. So in that sense I see that you have a sort of disagreement going on in you. It probably arises from your instinctive self, your mammalian heritage. See http://dreamhawk.com/dream-encyclopedia/brain-levels-and-dreams/#mammalbrain

    I do not know what you personally associate with the bear and the tiger, so will go with common feelings people have. The tiger often represents you female strength and protective feelings about people and things you care about. But if you can remember the last time you ‘made your point’ it might clarify for you.

    The two animals are not trying to kill each other but just standing their ground and the tiger won. You simply watching what takes place in you that is almost beneath consciousness. To find out more please use http://dreamhawk.com/dream-encyclopedia/acting-on-your-dream/#BeingPerson

    And who told you that you ‘couldn’t’ have or be something you wanted? Was it your mother that you had to fight with to attain your own independence?

    Tony

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-Anna 2014-12-04 10:59:03

This is interesting and I would appreciate some feedback on my dream that woke me. I am not sure exactly how it was going but I remember laying on my side on the ground outside when a bear urinated on me. (I may have observed the bear and laid down or may have been woken from sleeping…I was aware of the bear before urination.). The urination was more like a dump of liquid. It was a surprise and I stated still but when I started to get fearful about what to do with a bear, I woke up. I’m not sure the urination is the main thing of the dream, but that I remembered strongest when I woke up. Any insight out there? Thank you!

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-karly 2014-12-08 13:51:33

Just last night I had a bear dream. I was at a childhood beach, flying up above the water. When I looked down, and old man was walking along the bear with a huge bear coming up behing him. As the bear got closer I realised it was at least twice as tall as the man. I felt an initial panic and then I understood that the bear wasn’t dangerous, however by this point other people down on the beach and in the water were yelling and telling the man to run. I was worried that this might upset the bear, that people thought he was dangerous. As I came down to the beach the bear got smaller and smaller, and by the time I got to him he was just a tiny baby, wrapped in a type of envelope, like a baby’s bunny rug. Someone told me he will get bigger again if he’s taken out of the envelope. I got him out and held him but he didn’t grow bigger again. I was disappointed. Then I spoke to a young woman who I didn’t recognise, but she was a friend. Then strangely I had an overwhelming feeling of wanting my sister to know I had such a good friend.

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