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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




-Lindsay Martin 2015-08-20 20:09:09

The night before last I had the worst dream. I don’t remember how it started but I remember seeing a young bear, just a little baby. I tried to pet it and it bit me. It didn’t just bite my hand a little, it literally engulfed my hand and arm, mid-way to my elbow. I remember the terror I felt. I used one hand to pry the top of the Bears mouth open and for some reason I didn’t stop there. I remember thinking I should just run and leave it. But I got angry and I hurt the bear.. I pulled its jaw apart with my hands and at first I was satisfied, happy even. Then I felt pain, emotional pain. My heart began to ache as I realized what an awful thing I had done. The bear was probably defending himself and I could have just ran and left it. I don’t know by I felt the need to hurt the bear so badly. As I contemplated why I had done something so horrible, I heard large running footsteps. Not like a human. I turned and it was the mother. I don’t know how but I just knew. And I knew that she knew I had hurt her baby. I ran. I ran as fast as I could and she chased me. I remember being so scared and hurting so much for what I had done. I woke up before the bear caught me and I was crying. I immediately felt wrong. I just didn’t feel right. Like something was wrong and I didn’t know what. I felt like that all day and didn’t want to get out of bed or even eat. I had the dream once more before I got up for the rest of the day. By then it was nearly 8:00 p.m. and I still didn’t want to leave my bed. I went to my mother and she comforted me but the feeling still wouldn’t go. Today I woke up and still had the same feeling as yesterday, just not as strong. My mother went sent me this link but I still don’t understand. If anyone can interpret this dream and help me I’d greatly appreciate it.


    -Anna - Tony's Assistant 2015-08-26 13:17:10

    Dear Lindsay – Thank you for sharing your dream and what your reaction was when you woke up.
    You wrote “I immediately felt wrong. I just didn’t feel right. Like something was wrong and I didn’t know what”.
    I believe it is okay to learn to become aware of what does not feel good inside yourself AND to learn to be gentle with yourself while you are exploring a way to approach your fears/terror, which is what you did in your dream when the baby bear took your arm in its mouth.
    When you can learn to give yourself that much inner space and freedom to explore, then I believe that you do not have to deal with this inner conflict anymore where you are chased by what I see as feelings of guilt; symbolised by the mother bear coming after you in your dream.
    As far as the baby bear is concerned and your relationship with it, I feel it will be more helpful to you if you try to explore that for yourself.
    A way to do that is to imagine yourself back in the dream while you are awake and to explore both the young bear and your own dream figure as she appears in the dream by using “Being the person or thing” and/or “Talking as the dream character”.
    See and
    The baby bear is probably a symbol of inner (sexual?) drives that still need to grow and develop and exploring this part of your dream can help you to move beyond your fears and will enable you to develop a working relationship with this part of your unconscious mind (too).
    Try to think of your unconscious mind as an area of yourself that for one reason or another you cannot yet see.
    Another helpful approach to explore your dream and to play with it, without taking it all too seriously, is to use Power Dreaming.
    Your dreams are a unique area of self-expression and a safe area to experiment and experience things in ANY way you wish.
    While doing so try to observe your feelings without judging them as “wrong” or “right”. Learning to recognise and stay with your feelings can be a valuable experience. You can learn that you do not have to act on something just because you feel it. Or that you can be angry and choose how to respond, rather than let the anger control you.
    Does that give you a start?
    Anna :-)


-Jamie 2015-08-27 17:10:32

I had this dream of a bear and a baby bear both were brownish/black bears . In my dream we heard someone knocking on the dooropen the door it was a bear and it was snowing . The was knocking hard enough the screen door opened .so my mother in law went out to close the door . I went to close the sliding glass door and a baby bear was there eating cat food . I looked out and all the roads were full of snow . I was thinking to my self in my head man mom is stuck at work cause of the snow . My mother in law was saying the bear is gunna get in . I said no it wont its just cold and wants to be warm and feed .The big made its way to the back of the house and was knocking on the glass sliding door. It stopped snowing and i opened the door and all the bears and the baby ones went walking back towards the tress. I left with a family member to go pick up her income tax return and they were promoting i think it was if you had $5000 and paid a$1000 you could a extra $5000 . She did it and got like $10,000 dollars in income tax return . But in my dream I was with my mom and my family and my husband family.


-Anna 2015-10-07 4:49:12

I had a bear dream last night, I was delivering the mail and all of a sudden a bear came out from under one of the front steps of the houses I delivered to, somehow in a town I used to live in but I have never seen these houses as was in my dream, the bear started chasing me and I was trying to hide from it, it saw me hiding in one of the houses and the house had a glass wall, so the bear was watching me intently, I saw it’s pupils watching me like, when I get uou, it’s so over, like it wanted revenge on me, it knew how to open doors so I found myself hiding in a bathroom with only a cupboard door, I was thinking that here is no way for it to get at me, and I managed to grab a big kitchen knife, but before it could try and get to me, I woke up, this has bothered me only when I’m at home…….I am confused
Anna, Edmonton, AB, Canada


    -Anna - Tony's Assistant 2015-10-21 13:24:54

    Dear Anna – The way I see your dream is that it starts with bringing something to your attention and it turns out that this is about meeting an aspect of your (inner) life that you have not faced yet and that you are not willing to “let in” because of fear.
    So this could be about some unconscious content (and/or the memory of an exterior situation) that you feel threatened by.
    Being chased usually signifies that you are becoming more aware of it, feeling it more intensely. So being chased by the bear 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.
    I believe it will be a good idea to explore the last part of this dream for yourself: for instance what does it feel like to live behind a glass wall; what does it feel like to be defensive – ; what does it feel like if you open up the door and let the bear in –
    You wrote “when I get to you, it’s so over.” It will be over if you make friends with your inner bear, for it is a wonderful strength inside you too.
    Anna :-)


-Jackie 2015-10-20 14:21:12

I hope you can help me. I’ve had a recurring dream.
It starts with being at an abandond house deep in the bush. (My dream house in reality) we are standing in the woodshed looking at the house. I was beying it. Inside my head I was thinking I can’t believe I could afford this. That’s when a BIG grizzly comes out of the bush and down the hill. He is walking slowly and magesticly. I look at the house. Then back at my van. I quickly grab my boys and get to the van. The doors are locked but the window is down on the drivers side. I threw my youngest in no problem. My oldest runs to the pass anger side and is waiting for the door to be unlocked. When I turn to grab my middle son he is wandering away from me. Fascinated by the bear. I don’t see the bear again in my dream but I feel his presence. I scramble to get my middle son in threw the window.
I wake-up feeling panicked.
Please help with some clarity on this.


-Amanda Henslee 2015-11-02 2:57:27

Hey, I was just wondering about a dream I had a few years ago. Everyone talks about friendly bears or bears attacking the dreamer, but no one talks about the dreamer attacking the bear.

In this dream I was at some nursing home I had never seen or been at before which housed elders that apparently all looked the same, even the women looked like the men.

Suddenly a polar bear started attacking everyone and I ran into the kitchen, trying to find a weapon to protect myself and save the elderly being attack. However the bear didn’t seem to be hurting them even though they were horribly mauled. I somehow found a sword and ran off to find the bear. However, when I did the bear kept running away from me instead of attacking me. I kept chasing it until I woke up.

It sounds like a silly dream, but my mom told me that animals are significant in dreams and I wanted to know what the dreamer attacking a hostile bear means since there doesn’t seem to be sources on this.


    -Tony Crisp 2015-11-02 10:12:10

    Amanda – There is so much that you need to know about the inner world of dreams. To start with whenever we dream its images are not like real life, because a dream is nothing like outer life where things could hurt you, but is an image like on a cinema screen that even if a gun is pointed at you and fired it can do no damage – except if you run in fear; so all the things that scare you are simply your own fears projected onto the screen of your sleeping mind.

    It is also important to realise that every image, every scary or terrifying thing, is taken place inside you, in your mind, as you sleep. This means that every awful animal, every scary thing or person, is created out of your own fears and must not be seen as outside you as happens in waking awareness. The problem is that we are often scared of or frightened of actually experiencing our emotions and so they confront us in our dreams. Avoiding them, killing them or controlling them is like running away from oneself – there is no escape.

    As you said, the bear didn’t seem to be hurting them even though they were horribly mauled. Of course not, but you probably added the terribly mauled because of your fears. But you yourself have an animal inside you – it is known as the mammalian brain and is part every human being. The functions of the Mammalian brain MacLean likened to the skills shown in mammals such as wild dogs and apes.

    Our brain developed its sections over the long span of evolutionary history. Because of this it has, within and also separate from the two hemispheres, a number of levels. As our present brain evolved it developed four separate ‘brains’ or levels, each with its own memory, motor and other functions (David J Mahoney, 1991). Each new level, as it developed, elaborated on and extended the function of the preceding levels.

    So your bear is probably an expression of your own animal fears that you have not actually dealt with – instead you exhibited the old animal aggression yourself which arises from fear. See and



-Barb 2015-11-03 20:01:53

I had the strangest dream last night.

I was in a hospital and a killer bear got in – so I ran around to all the wards and closed these big metal barn style doors and latched them closed. the bear was destroying everything and killing everyone. You could hear the screams to know where the bear was.

I then was in a room I locked myself into with some guy I didn’t recognize. We both were laying on separate gurneys that were beside each other and I was swaddling a baby. Then some lady came in, looked at the guy who shook his head no, then she hugged me and said I did a good thing (meaning I saved people by closing all the metal doors). My face and hands were covered in scratches and blood. I looked at my (or the) baby and it was no longer alive. I just held it really close and then I woke up!


-Cham 2015-11-06 11:59:47

Hi if you could interpret this dream of mine would really appreciate it :)

It was a part of the dream that I remember… I was asked to come out of where i was (house/cabin not sure) and when I stepped outside I could see these big trees and it was quite dark. But I saw a big furry animal inside a big tub or pond playing around with water. I realized it was a bear and was thrilled to see one and said it out loud to my friend beside me. The bear saw us and started growling but when it noticed me looking at it smiling it stopped growling and changed in to a smiling man.

Could you please tel me what this could mean? I don’t really recognize the man as well.


-Christina 2015-11-08 18:40:20

I have a recurring dream where i carry a little grizzly bear in my shirt pocket – he goes with me everywhere – he roars at me and I pet him on his head.


-alicia marie 2015-11-13 7:31:36

I just woke up from a NIGHTMARE I was dreaming about a bear stalking lying in wait for its prey. I remember going inside a cabin with my husband and three kids i felt scared like we were running from something I remember making my kids sit down in a room with my husband and I remember walking around the house I opened the door and this bear was lying down at the foot of the stairs maybe a basement or living room area I remember seeing this bear and I was so afraid I yelled for my husband to take my children and run next thing I know he was behind me trying to talk to this bear, and down so that me and the kids kick it away I remember trying to run to a door with my three children I took them put them inside of a cabinet and then I woke up I was deathly afraid I was afraid for my family I don’t know what happened to my husband and I wasn’t going to stay sleeping to find out what does this mean


-Krissie B 2015-11-26 18:51:29

I don’t usually dream of animals but last night I had a pleasant one. I was travelling with a group, independently ( meaning I had my own ride some times). it was to share all these precious animals ( that couldn’t go back to the wild or they die) to the public like a circus or rodeo but it was more like a travelling zoo. But it wasn’t to do out of the entertainment, it was to show how amazing, interesting these animals were. To educate people. I didn’t see in my dreams being at a place educating and showing off animals. But I knew that’s what we’re doing. We are happy and so are the animals, we all love each other. The humans took care of the animals with comfort and freedom. Before I woke up in my dream, I was at a highway rest stop, it was big and lucious of green open spaces completely away from traffic. Enough room to stretch the animals my husband and I were transporting at the time. On our way to the next public stop. I decided go stretch the 2 animals we had around the place. We had a gorgeous rare albino ( pure white) fresian ( horse) and a rare albino grizzly bear. My hubsand walked the horse around and I rode the bear up to my travelling group. They were amazed and in awe. The bear gentle loving and loved being rode. All I had was a gentle light harness halter on him due to the law ” in public you need a leash”. The bear and horse both very happy healthy tame kind and gentle never aggressive. None of the animals were aggressive I felt. Then I woke up just after making my way back to the trailer. I never dreamnt of bears or of riding one. But these gorgeous creatures were so breathtaking so gentle that I wonder what it means. I am about 97 to 98% Native American. Wonder if that has anything to do with it. But why now? I’m in my 30s and never dreamnt of anything like this. Cept when I was a kid I dreamnt of having horses and being a retired pro equestrian athlete. But it was just a hobby it wasn’t just the dream itself ( which I dreamnt 7 times). It wasn’t focused on me having horses( just a hobby in dream even though in real life I was an advanced equestrian athlete pro) it was focused on a different story line that had to do with feud business family and the mobsters. But the dream of the white grizzly and riding him like we’re besties is puzzling me.


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