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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




-emily blackwood 2015-04-14 22:44:36

My dream last night was I was in a beautiful muggy forest full of amazing trees. But little did I know my sis was a bear. I ended living with my sister in the forest and we met another bear. She was so loving. And then we went looking for fruits that fell off of trees but a man tried to capture the strangerd bear.

And that is all I can remember.


-Jaz 2015-05-28 12:57:05

I woke up from a bear dream that was quite disturbing. I was in a house running around climbing up and down trying to get away from the bear. I did not see the bear but felt a bear’s presence sensing me. I was scared out of my mind & felt trapped. No where to escape there were people in the house & one volunteered to help. I had no way to defend myself from the bear if caught up to me & attacked. That’s when the person (a woman) grabbed a big knife & started stabbing it. It was pretty brutal. When she was done I looked over & saw a cub with the bear! I heard the bear moaning trying to survive & the baby cub crying looking at the blood & liking itself. I felt horrible watching that in my dream. Then I woke up feeling weird.


-Sherry Brown 2015-06-07 14:29:50

I dreamt that I was sitting along a river shoreline fishing. To my right I seen a dark figure making its way towards me along the shoreline through the thick foliage. As it came closer I realized it was a large boar black bear. I unclipped my large hunting knife that I always carry with me as a primary tool.
I had no intentions with having any conflict with the bear, but before I knew it he was charging at me and before I knew it he was on top of me. I was fighting for my life. I had my knife in my right hand and as the bear lunged for my face and head I raised my knife and drove it deep into the soft underside gap of his jaw, driving my long blade into his brain. The boar collapsed dead on top of me. I was badly injured in my deam. My dream seemed so real, real as in feeling and smelling the hot breath of the bear. I have no idea what this dream means.


-Amber 2015-06-19 17:40:39

My dream was not fear. A friend had found a cub and was raising it. Obviously in very little time he got HUGE. The bear attacked my friends husband and he was gone, we tried to hide it from my friend for fear of her reaction. While trying to talk to her about what had happened the bear attacked my dog and I was standing next to the bear smacking it on the nose and yelling no like it was a puppy. I was terrified but needed to protect my dog. I’m not sure what this means but it was real enough to have woken me from my sleep.


-Jason walters 2015-06-22 4:26:21

My dream was of the girl I loved and I …. I was sitting in a couch opposite her inside a house with a big door to my right… when a big brown bear came to the door and started clawing, banging and ripping at it. It was injured and bleading from the gut area and had a cub. I pushed my self against the door to keep the bear out, too protect the people around me…. The bears claws kept breaking through the seam of the door cutting me… I looked over and my girlfriend had no emotion what so ever. I screamed, begged and pleaded for help as I fought to keep the bear out, but she sat there looking at me like there was nothing wrong.


    -Anna - Tony's Assistant 2015-06-24 16:48:53

    Dear Jason – The way I understand your dream is that this situation is merely like a re-play of (some of) your childhood experiences.
    Our inner child often tries to resolve issues with our mother by for instance projecting “mother” onto the girl or the woman we love.
    This means that the way you perceive this girl “my girlfriend had no emotion what so ever. I screamed, begged and pleaded for help as I fought to keep the bear out, but she sat there looking at me like there was nothing wrong” might be merely re-experiencing the feeling that your mother was not there for you when you were a child and when you needed her.
    Uncovering the ‘past’ that is still with you here in the ‘present’ takes real work and needs dedication over a fairly long period of time. It is a work that is desperately needed in the world and in society. Very few people, even those in high positions of government or society, have actually grown up in the full sense. They are still operating in the world either from promptings and fears from their earliest babyhood, or from social conditioning that is out of date and needs upgrading.
    Please continue reading at
    and see also
    I do suggest you explore this dream yourself as well using the techniques which are described in this article:
    Good Luck!
    Anna :-)


-Tina Garcia 2015-06-27 15:51:12

I had this dream that I was outside in a wood like camping area where I was sitting outside with my oldest son (16 months old) and saw a bear coming our way at first it felt friendly but at the same time it turned aggressive and I ran with my son inside our cabin and put my son down I tried to close the door behind me but couldn’t I kept struggling and asking for help from my boyfriend who eventually got the door shut.
What does this mean?


-Amanda 2015-07-12 19:22:40

I keep dreaming of bears. What does this mean? The first dream I had was of grizzly’s chasing me, my now ex, my brother, and sister down a mountain. The second dream last night was of a mother and child on the side of the road calling a bear, saying go away bear, they would turn and walk away and the mother black bear would charge toward them to defend her cub. (In my dream I was thinking they were caught too close while taking photos). I tried helping by stopping my vehicle and backing up and as I was doing this more vehicles showed up, one was coming at me from the front and was about to hit me. As I backed up the second vehicle was behind me so, I turned to avoid the side of the hill and turned onto the road then I suddenly stopped. I got out and looked under the tire to see that I had run over the mother bears body and the only part that was left was her head as I was getting back into my vehicle I heard people screaming and I felt something grabbing at my foot and then I woke up.


-cayenne 2015-07-13 21:22:28

I had a dream that me and a couple of my sisters and friends were gathered up behind this huge fence it was a wire fence and very tall. Everyone was staring at this pure black bear that was on the other side of the fence and the bear was growling and started climbing the fence to i assume attack us.
I was standing there and i felt scared but i wouodnt move i kept watching it and it seemed to get more mad and trying to get over the fence to us and some people even ran away. My friend that was standing near me, she had crawled through the little fence that was right in front of us and the bear almost bit her and she climbed back just in time. I was shocked and wondering why the bear was so angry. When i woke up i felt curious as to why i had dreamed of that…


-Marie 2015-07-22 3:07:43

I dreamt I saw a large Black Bear at my old childhood home. I was trying to coax it into the porch way and shed with honey then trying to barricade the door so it couldn’t get out. It wasn’t angry or viscous but I remember being a little weary of it as I knew it could be given the chance.


-heddie 2015-07-23 8:09:23

I come from a cultic like family, where if you do not agree with everything they say, they will slander and persecute you and your family members in an attempt to push you down, destroy you or otherwise obliterate you. I have many dreams of bears and snakes associated with these family members who want total control over your lives.


-jon 2015-07-25 19:12:17

My dream took place during the day in the woods. Much like the woods near my home. I was with my wife, her brother & sister in law. They were standing by a small smokey fire & I was chopping wood. A small animal came into our camp. I believe it was a groundhog or beaver. I remember wondering why the animal was wandering so close. A big bear suddenly appeared and started attacking the animal. It looked like it was trying to swallow it whole. I picked up a small shotgun leaning against the wood pile & pointed it towards the bear. I don’t remember feeling scared. I felt more protective. I looked over at my family & they had blank expressions. Then the bear growl towards me. So I shot it 3 times but nothing happened. The bear just turned around & left. I looked over and saw my family. Everyone seemed fine except my sister in law. She was crying. She came towards me and said “in this family we…” Then I woke up.


-robin 2015-07-29 12:55:26

Dreamt there was a large bear that was chasing me. My father and my brother were in the dream as well but the bear wasn’t paying attention to them only me. It was a wooded area initially but there were beds there and I was very tired, just wanted to sleep. I got on one of the beds to get away from the bear but it kept trying to get on the bed with me. Then I got off that bed and ran to a different area and climbed on another bed. At that point the bear put his head on the bed and he was initially trying to bite me (but in a playful way like a puppy) then I was rubbing his back. My dad came to where I was and I shouted to him shoot him shoot him, in real life my dad never owned a gun or shot one. Then I jumped off the bed and shot the bear in the back leg, there was a lot of blood. In the dream I was very matter of fact about it. I told my dad he had to put another bullet in the bear so he didn’t feel any more pain. He then told me to scrap the skin off of him. I then woke up. The dream disturbed me what does it mean?


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