Did you know approximately 98% of the grizzly bear population in the U.S. lives in Alaska. This brings us to the next question. Why did a bear enter your dream realm?
Our dreams like to uses specific images metaphorically bringing our attention to things that we are not aware of in our lives. What makes the bear so symbolic is the fact that it is the world’s largest land carnivore that’s known to be ferocious when provoked.
In fact its wild untamed nature brings the dreamers attention to their unconscious behaviors, traits or urges — or relates to a dominating force in their lives. However its powerful nature may also be used to direct the dreamer to the honey (success) in their lives.
Find out if the bear in your dream is your friend or enemy.
Bear Dream Symbolic Meaning
Understanding a bears behaviour is an essential part when it comes to decoding your dreams. Similar to the wolf, these are wild animals that are seen as a threat once provoked. Despite how intimidating they appear in our dreams it needs to be recognized and confronted no matter how scary.
Often times when the bear shows up its never a happy camper, often emerging as aggressive manner or pinning you down to attack you. They are commonly known to be lurking outside your house reflecting your mind, or behaviors or instincts that are not fully understood within.
Remember this is not a bear but a reflection of a large hidden presence in your life that overpowers you. It wants you to acknowledge its presence and if you continue to ignore the bear it will become more dangerous.
Bear Dream Meaning
Did you know that Bears are not mean or malicious, in fact they quite gentle and tolerant animals. Since bears are associated often with power, strength, sociability and intelligence it might hinting at these personal traits within in. Another clue is their ability to form hierarchies and have structured tight relationships within groups.
There strong sense of smell and curious nature might have lead them to you. Could the bear display strong and aggressive qualities that lead you to the top of you hierarchy group? Perhaps it might suggest that you are aggressive and territory that uses these abilities to reach to the top. According to Carl Jung he thought of bears to be linked to our unconscious feelings and emotions.
Bear Dreams: Mama Bear
We know that bears are very territorial of there cubs and family that might be a metaphor for a mother who is extremely protective of a child or children. Could the bear relate to the possessive nature of your mother? Known in psychology as the devouring mother trying to control and protect its young but ends up doing more damage.
The mother develops a complex as she is afraid of being alone; scared of solitude in the guise of loneliness. She is inevitably afraid of herself. Like the bear its with its food and young its protective, obsessive and controlling. The aggression appears when you try and challenge or move away from the bear grip.
Could this dream be a reflection of your family life? Many dreams revolving around bears seem to attack the family. Could it suggest you are seeing a threat that is consuming the family? The bear falls under the category of symbols that connect with the toxic mother.
Bear Dreams – Our Wild Side
Bears like humans walk on the heels of their feet and move both legs on each side of their body. Could there be a threat to your primal instincts? Our built in drive or survival tends to become aggressive when it is provoked.
The bear in your dream might be hinting at a threat towards your basic human instincts; food, water, survival, and love? These feelings may be wild like the bare but might be in the back of our minds. The fight or flight response might be connected to being chased and how you handle it.
Aggressive Bear Attack & Chase Dream
The majority of bear dreams involve one being attacked by these massive creatures. These dreams bring your attention to a threat that you are unable to overcome. This threat might be unconscious or unknown to you.
The location and who is around you can give you insight to what the dream might represent. If the bear is attacking your family it might suggest an unknown threatening force that you see as a problem. The threat could present itself as an outside force or possibly issues within the family. You might want to explore if you have the same characteristics of that of the bear.
A common dream symbol is being chased. These dreams bring your attention to fears of the unknown. The inability to understand and face what is threatening to you. The bear is a manifestation of hidden fears or agreeable nature. You might not be able to face your own problems or that of others that pose a powerful force in your life.
Black And Polar Bear Dream
The color black can represent the unknown part of the dreamer – the shadow. However the black bear is displayed may alter the meaning. Is it threatening or just minding its own business. A black bear is a very powerful animal that represent strength, power and Independence.
Polar bears dwell in planes no human can endure suggesting something frozen in your life. They represent endurance, strength, determination, protection, and peace. Its white coat embodies invisibility, purity, peace and acceptance. When they appear in your dreams they are symbolic of the unconscious. Snow and fish are two powerful symbol that they associate with.
Brown, Grizzly and Cub Dream
These dreams bring your attention to the wild side of the dreamer. Depending the context of this dream the interpretation may alter. However they are very intelligent and courageous animals displaying strength and unity.
Could dreaming of cubs relate to you and your family life? Could it suggest that you have a devouring mother? (see above). Cubs are innocent however they are protected by a strong mother. If you get too close you wouldn’t get out of the grip of the mother. You will be eaten alive!
Killing A Bear Dream
These are actually positive dreams that reflects challenging a threat that used to once scare you. It was once a powerful force in your life, possibly that of others or insects that had possession over you.
Teddy Bear Dream
Not so much of a threat but that of protection from fear. This dream might be connected to emotional dependency. Something that comforts during difficult times. It might be a symbol of immaturity and an inability to face your fears as you are considered to soft. A symbol to develop a stronger less agreeable nature.
Did You Know?
- Bears are among the biggest and powerful animals on earth.
- You can determine the age of a bear is to count the rings in a cross section of its tooth root under a microscope.
- They live up to 30 years in the wild that see in color.
- The American black bear is the world’s most common bear species.
- Koala bears are not bears at all and are not related to the bear family. Who would have thought?