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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.

If the bear is felt as aggressive and dangerous, ask yourself what in your own inner feelings do you feel is aggressive and you don’t want to let it get out into what you express. In other words. what is it that you habitually repress from being expressed –  your anger?

It is best to let the angry bear be expressed in you imagination. You can do this by being the angry bear and let  it loose – see - Being the Person or Thing

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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-Robin Brown 2016-06-09 9:23:16

Last night I had a dream of being with a friend who was going to show me a wild bear. As we came over a hill there were more then one bear. It was night and you could see their eyes reflecting light. We ducked back behind the hilll in hope they did not see us. as we looked back up to the the top of the hill. which was most likely 100 yards away. we saw glowing eyes coming over the top looking down at us. I wanted to run but my friend told me that would make them want to chase. we backed off slowly. Then they charged. we split up and all the bears went after him. Then I was in a parking lot were my old truck use to be. I grabbed my shot gun that had turkey loads in it and my framing hammer and started back toward the dirction were the bears chasing my friend.
We I arrived there were no more bears but there was a lot of people hurt. Some were mauled and some were only scrapped up. I looked for my friend and was not able to find him.

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-Richly 2016-06-25 17:00:55

This is the third time I dream I am being chased by a bear(s). The first time I dreamt I was skiing down a big long hill and out behind one of the trees I see a big brown bear started chasing me so I kept going to get faster and away amd I would get far ahead and then look and the bear was very close again again till I continues skiing not trying to think of the bear and get away and was successful. The second dream I was with my brother in his car and we were in the highway and I noticed a brown bear started running after the car and we were freaking out a little and then saw tins of bears chasing us all around some were just running there was only one trying to get to the car and hit it we couldn’t call anyone and then they started exiting the highway. The third dream was very similar almost the same I was with a friend in a car in the highway when a brown bear was chasing us we were freaking out and I kept shouting to drive or move to the right like the previous dream I was also in the passengers seat.

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    -Richly 2016-06-25 21:12:23

    Still not sure the meaning behind them

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      -Anna - Tony's Assistant 2016-06-27 9:34:56

      Dear Richly – Please also read http://dreamhawk.com/inner-life/the-driving-seat/
      Anything moving toward you in a dream usually signifies that you are becoming more aware of it, feeling it more intensely. So being chased in a dream usually denotes that you are feeling something you fear more intensely and are trying to avoid confronting it. This is not usually a good policy, as you can never get away from yourself.
      We can be pursued by fears or emotions, and can either continue to avoid them or face them. We are, in a real sense, pursued by what we have created with our thoughts, emotions, action and inaction. What we are avoiding might be sexual feelings; responsibility; expressing what we really feel in public; our fear of death; sense of failure; guilt; emotional pain; childhood trauma; grief – but it might be our creativity; our love; our passionate response to living; our strength; our independence; our deepest wisdom and oneness with things; the ancient power of life in us. You can never escape from yourself however much you try, so such feelings may pursue you throughout your life unless you turn and meet them; http://dreamhawk.com/dream-encyclopedia/secrets-power-dreaming/
      Anna :-)

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        -Richly 2016-07-23 5:12:12

        Thank you very much. I truly appreciate it:)

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          -Anna - Tony's Assistant 2016-07-23 8:57:44

          :-)

-belinda 2016-07-05 5:39:13

in my dream i was at a house and i saw two bears sitting one had a short pink t shirt , the male bear charged at me and bit my finger i began running then found a bear rug and i wrapped it in the bear rug so it couldnt get at me and he kept being able to get to me and i was running then decided to help him find somewhere to go to help the bear so i went back to look for the other bear and she was gone , so i flew with the bear and he was still angry at me and i flew past lots of tree to find him a good place to drop him off so he will leave me alone .

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-Kimmie 2016-07-23 17:25:37

I had a dream about a bear. I was with my husband and we were walking in Alaska of course casually checking surroundings for safety. We saw a bear. Relieved it was a cub we were careful not to startle it or alert it’s mother. The sow came charging claiming her territory anyway chasing us into an unfamiliar abandoned cabin. Frightened yet focused on a good escape plan we flee from room to room temporarily trapping the bear behind a heavy object blocking the door. We didn’t harm her she’s a mother and wild animal that doesn’t understand we were minding our business until we crossed paths with her youngin which instinctively initiated her response to a mothers natural defense of protecting her responsibility. We did get away that time.

However this dream looped twice during the night and I always pay attention to what my subconscious is trying to relay to my conscious. Even in my dream I understood where I was emotionally yet empathized with mother bear chasing us off. I didn’t understand my husbands fear that’s uncharacteristic I find comfort in knowing he’s a protective figure in my life during all of our real life bear encounters here in Alaska.

We are first time parents of a 1 year old but our baby wasn’t with us in the dream but I know she was somewhere safe because I wasn’t worried about her while this was going on.

Hmm…

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-C. Love 2016-08-18 12:34:30

For the third time in the past couple weeks, I’ve had a dream that is the same but changes. The dream always starts the same; I visit my parents house & am playing with a baby (don’t know whos baby it is) when a bear roaring outside gets everyone to the door. We are all afraid. Then that’s where things change. First dream, it fights with my mothers dogs but they chase it off. Second dream, bear fights with them but makes it to the door & attempts to open it. The last dream, which actually just happened had confused me. The bear opens the door, & waves at me. Almost as if saying hello, but I’m still afraid & I close the door, lock it & back away. My father gets his shotgun & heads out back & the bear runs around the house. I exit from the front & is standing near the house when my father shoots the bear which is not in view but somehow, I am splattered with its blood. The bears body rolls into the yard & I suddenly feel grief & feel sad for the bear & feel that we’ve made a mistake. I woke up crying, checking for blood on my hands & face. I’m so confused…

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    -Anna - Tony's Assistant 2016-08-23 8:21:43

    Dear C. Love – The baby you are playing with in your dream is your baby; the vulnerable self that is part of your inner world.
    In vulnerability, we can learn to allow our inner, most personal thoughts and feelings; let them in; “The bear opens the door, & waves at me.”
    From our parents we learn consciously and absorb unconsciously strategies in how to deal with feelings that may feel threatening at first; “First dream, it fights with my mother’s dogs but they chase it off” and “my father shoots the bear.”
    Just as a fox cub ‘learns’ how to hunt from its parents, so we absorb the deeply etched (emotional) survival strategies of our parents simply by being around them.
    See http://dreamhawk.com/dream-encyclopedia/the-conjuring-trick/ and http://dreamhawk.com/dream-dictionary/mother-mum-ma/#InnerMother and http://dreamhawk.com/dream-dictionary/father-dad/#InnerFather
    Becoming aware of these strategies opens the door to choose for a different approach;
    Most of the time we edit or control what we allow ourselves to think or feel and dropping this form of judgment, if only for short periods while you open to the mystery you are, is important. At first it may cause some concern because you are unblocking part of the flow, and it may start pushing out some of the attitudes, past experiences and habits that have been blocking your greater flow. Usually those things would have been cleansed in the normal LifeStream, but unconscious tensions and resistances prevent the healing. This is why we have to consciously take in hand the work of dropping our self-control for periods of time;
    http://dreamhawk.com/approaches-to-being/opening-to-life/
    See also https://www.ted.com/talks/brene_brown_on_vulnerability?language=en
    Anna :-)

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-Elyse 2016-08-22 16:16:28

I’m hoping you can help me with my dream.
It was a rainy evening, my husband and I were waiting in our car at a stoplight. As we were waiting, there was a black bear wandering the streets. The bear was close to our car and stayed near. I was trying to get my husband’s attention to let him know that the bear was lurking and to be careful with that bear. He brushed it off. In the next scene, we are walking the same stoplight in the previous scene. As my husband was walking ahead, I saw the bear not too far from my husbands premises. I tried to let him know that the bear was ahead but I didn’t want to yell too loud since the bear was near. As I continued to try to get his attention, he was oblivious to my voice and the moment the bear saw him, it went after him to attack. There were people around so we began to run and yell for help. Soon enough when I looked back, I saw the bear grab my husband and kill him. We have always had issues, even before getting married. We are taking counseling now. I wanted out of the marriage but I really want to try to make it work. I woke up with such fear.
Hope you can help. Thank you!

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-Yerelin 2016-08-25 18:43:59

This morning I had a dream that I woke up in my room and my bed was at a different direction as it is right now. When I open my eyes I see a huge grizly bear (which in the dream was my pet) I smiled and extended my hand to pet my bear. We woke up at the same time. So he walks towards me and I sweetly put my fist on his nose (which was bigger than my fist) and he started to gently nibble at it. So we had a very sweet relationship. I noticed that there was also a German Shepherd and my black cat Sam (which was desperately trying to get out of the room). I get up and open the door, the cat and the dog run recklessly out of my room and my bear tried to run with them but I grabbed his collar and he stoped. We walked towards the back door but it was blocked with chairs and ladders because my mom was cleaning and moving things around. So I started to move those things to clear the door and my bear was sitting, waiting. Suddenly he looked at me and revealed his teeth, I felt kind of intimidated. So I started to talk to him and move slowly so that I wouldnt appear deffensive. After a few seconds he closed his mouth so I moved the things that where next to him and opened the door. He walked to the back yard and suddenly, he turned into a woman. She was fully clothed and I told her “Hey before you turn into a bear please take the clothes off and place them in the chair here so that I can wash them for you” She said ok.
I went to my room and heard the bear making noises in my back yard. I immediately started thinking “Am I allowed to have a pet bear in this neighborhood?” “What if they find out and call animal control?” “I don’t want to lose my bear”
The I woke up, still worried for my bear.

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    -Yerelin 2016-08-25 18:47:18

    Opinions are very welcome.

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-Megan 2016-08-26 12:27:24

I had a dream I was afraid of a bear but no one else was afraid like I was afraid. I kept going from room to room closing the doors. I eventually came to a room that there was no handle inside of it so I locked myself in the room. Everyone else eventually became unafraid of the bear and continued on with their day but I remained terrified. What could this represent?

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-John Ceperich 2016-09-07 10:15:19

The tail end of my dream had to do with a big old black bear gracefully jumping on my bed. I was a little afraid at first as to being it’s lunch but it seemed very patient though distant as I couldn’t know what for sure it was thinking. A smaller tiger or such jumped on the bed too.
I did go to sleep worried about not having heard from my mom that night. The tiger reminds me of my little cat who died several years ago. Still think we’re in for a Bear Market.

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-Katarina 2016-09-16 16:31:09

I had a weird dream last night. My boyfriend and i live with his mom currently so it wasnt unusual to me to be at her house in the dream. But the front yard was different. It was like a beach but wasnt. Like a flood or rising waters. We panicked, grabbed our animals and a few material possessions and ran. We found safety at an inn in a small town and the people there were really nice, a few problems there (but i know the reason that popped into my dream so it’s all good). At some point i was standing on a sidewalk fishing (ive never fished before), about 50-70 feet from the water, and when i pulled up the line, there were 3 perfectly dry grizzly cubs curled up. One was slightly bigger and they just looked at me. My first thought was to tell my mom bc ive always been close with animals and have a lot of stories about animals following me. The dream then drifted off and we were back at the first house. We are currently moving out with 2 other people and it’ll be our first “adult steps” to live on our own. Just was weird to me. But i did cleanse my healing crystals last night, and asked that the goddesses cleanse and charge them with peace, harmony, order, and healing. Just curious as to wat the cubs meant?

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    -Tony Crisp 2016-09-18 12:54:55

    Katarina – You start the dream in your boyfriend’s mums house – the starting place for your inner adventure if independence. The front yard was different because you are experiencing a big change, for the rising water is simply the increased aware of the big change you are about to meet. It was like a beach because a beach is the meeting place of the ocean of life, the giver of life the sun, the mother of us all the Earth, and the breath of life the air. Also a beach is always constantly changing and so represent change.

    The village was representing your ability to make changes which you dealt well wife.

    The animals are an important part of you, and many people do not understand their significance. Please read http://dreamhawk.com/dream-encyclopedia/brain-levels-and-dreams/

    You obviously love animals, and that they follow you shows you are known by them and also that Life loves you too. So you are blessed, that is why you caught little grizzly cubs. Fishing in dreams shows how you dropped your line deep inside you, in a level where you are in touch with everything. It may be showing that you will have three children – but also that you have fished and caught joy. The Native Americans saw grizzlies as god like creatures, and wearing any claws from them was seen to mean protection and good health to wearer.

    So wear a necklace representing your three cubs, for your dream is showing great fortune on you steps toward independence, and your cubs will grow with you.

    Tony

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