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?
I dreamed that my husband and I owned a white polar bear. It was attached to my husband and followed him everywhere in our home. eventually, I became fearful (I could feel my fear in the dream) of the bear and kept trying to get away from it but it followed me everywhere around the house. In one particular scene in my dream, I was holding my grandson and ran into the bathroom to try to get away from it and it kept charging towards the door and eventually got through, but didn’t harm us. It was as if I… Read more »
I had a dream of a small black bear was in my room. I was scared my mom was there I was yelling her to go get out of the room. While a big black bear was trying to come in the other door. I was holding the door closed. Then I woke. I wasn’t scared when I woke. Just wondering what happened
I had a dream this morning with a big black bear attacking me. The bear had thick fur and the material was kinda artificial like. I was on a scooter driven by someone. I was able to push the bear and dodge him a few times. He did not have claws. He became a human and thrown money at us. I said “we don’t want money. Just wanted to go to my mom’s”.
….. what is the deal about!?
I had a dream that I was outside on a snowy day on a particular road, that’s called Salem Lake Rd. All of a sudden when I turned left I saw a brown momma bear and the baby bear cub on top of the momma bear’s shoulders and behind them was their owner and they all took off running down the snowy street.I took off running as I saw them from a distance. As I was running I felt the happiest I ever felt in my life; like a kid out in the snow. People that lived on that street… Read more »
I dreamed there was a big flash of white light and then I saw a big brown bear run through our Christmas tree farm.
Not sure I would need more information about your dream.
I dreamed I was holding a pillow and walking on a road that snaked between mountains. I was on a curve when I saw trees shaking high up on the steep mountain across from me. I stopped and watched because I knew something big was there. As I waited something slid down the mountainside and when it finally hit the bottom it was a large black bear. She shook herself off and ran across the road straight at me but didn’t see me. I stood frozen, praying she wouldn’t see me if I didn’t move. She stopped at the embankment… Read more »
You see, unlike hills, mountains only appear in our dreams when we are faced with a major obstacle, one in which wants you to get to the top. At the top is higher awareness. So something seems to be in your way. I am thinking that the bear is someone as opposed to you. Its color is black because it may be unconscious to you.
I dreamt a huge bear was outside my front door. It was behind a gate Also to go with my last comment, when I tried to get back into my house after walking away from the bear it was locked, and I was struggling to unlock it.but the gate didn’t completely enclose it. I came out periodically to check on it like it was my pet, but I would speed walk away from it because I was still a little afraid of it. Also to go with my last comment, when I tried to get back into my house after… Read more »
I think the bear is you. If its is locked and you are trying to unlock this within you what could this be? Well what are the traits of the bear?
I dreamt that my husband was sitting on the front steps of our porch and I was on the other side of the porch and a brown bear came onto the grass in front of him. It was peaceful but then my husband poked it and it turned and looked at me and began to growl. I thought of picking up the patio chair to start freaking out to scare it away but awoke.
If you notice you are on the other side. This seem to me like a clue pertaining to your relationship. I believe the bear is you but you are unaware of these feelings that arrise when he provokes you in some way; points towards the feminine, instinct, aggression.
Thank you. I had a dream last night about walking in a deep dark forest full of bears chasing me. I was not afraid for my life but I knew I had to eventually confront them. I was scared to death about meeting them and I knew that how to do this safely can’t be learnt in theory, it has to happen. I walked scared and night fell. In the end I felt the bears nearby and was terrified but they never crossed my path. This is a night before new moon and solar eclipse.
I am not sure if you had this dream because of the solar eclipse is occurring on the 4 of December. Did you have any prior knowledge about this before? If not the dream is hinting at a off balance of your unconscious energies. Anytime we enter the woods or forest in our dreams we are actually entering the unknown or unconscious part of ourselves. Essentially by confronting this unknown or fear is a very positive symbol. Both the bears, night, and solar eclipse might be related to the feminine or your relationship with your mother. A devouring mother is… Read more »
I dreamt of being in a camp ground and a grizzly was in a rage. We had just arrived and weren’t set up my daughter was with me and we ran hide behind a tent and I covered her as the bear approached and was about to attack me and I awoke.
It’s possible the grizzly could be aspects of what is unconscous with you; a symbol that might emerge with your relationship with your daughter. Remember something wasn’t “set up” by your daughter. What does this mean to you? If you are running and hiding suggests that this is not only unconscious but possibly repressed (see hiding dreams in search bar).
Last night I dreamed that I was sitting in my home when I saw a mother bear and her two cubs outside our window. My husband got up and opened the front door and the bears came in and made themselves at home on our bed. There was no aggression. I was afraid to go into the bedroom with them, but my husband sat on the bed and played with the cubs. My overall feeling was that the mother was happy with this and that it was a sweet connection that they all shared. There was no aggression at all… Read more »
Houses in dreams often connect the person to the psyche/mind or inner architecture. Beds are symbolic in the sense that it connects you towards intimacy, relationships and the unconscious part of you (see bed dreams in the search bar). So it sounds as if this dream might have something to do with you (unconscous aspects of the mother bear) and your family. You may have encountered this part of you – or – you allowed this part of you in (no aggression) to the bed. Doors are symbolic in the sense they have the ability to open parts that may… Read more »
In my dream I met a brown bear cub. In the first instant I was worried about its mother but the cub (a somewhat large cub, not tiny) was very affectionate with me, an absolute love fest. Something like a big puppy, kissing me, snuggling my face. I wasn’t afraid at all.
Is this something like— someone in my life that seems to be a threat but isn’t?
Or maybe someone that is actually a big threat but appears to be acting affectionate as a front?
I’m not sure how to interpret it.
Is this something like— someone in my life that seems to be a threat but isn’t? Maybe. It seems to be a feminine force if anything “mother & cub” emerges – mother and daughter. The big puppy might connect to the masculine or father. Could this have to do with affection between you to for your fathers love? If not maybe you can explore the ANIMUS in the search bar, a symbol that connects you to your own masculine within the feminine. The dog might connect to these traits you are developing or in search for. The bear might in… Read more »
I have had many “stalking bear” dreams in the past. Last night I dreamed that several members of a family that I didn’t know were killed and that the bear was relentless. I remember thinking, where can I hide that this bear can’t smell me or see me.
Could the bear reflect particular members of your family or perhaps someone in your family that has affected the psyche of these other members? Bears are known to attach themselves to the feminine. If you hide it implies you are escaping this “relentless” aspects of them.
I had a dream last night and a grizzly bear was walking but was tangled up in ropes and some type of wreckage it was pulling. It was strange and it kept slowing it down and impeding it’s movements and even pull it under in a river which I thought was the end of the bear but it dragged itself out and the tangled wreckage with it and I woke up. Strangely this dream disturbed me which is why I’m writing this. Any opinions would be appreciated?
What you would need to do is to figure out who and what represents the bear in your life. What we know from the symbols that emerged so far is the fact that a wild grizzly bear belongs in the wilderness – drawing your attention to the unconscious instincts, behaviors, emotional states that are metaphorically “tangled up”. The rope tells you whatever this is has you feeling tied up, restricted that is “pulling” “slowing down” and “impending its movements”. The bear being of feminine energy the river ties in with emotional state that are constantly flowing. The bear has always… Read more »
Hello I had a dream a white bear was chasing animals into the rural area. 2 giraffes and a wolf or coyote to be exact. It was really trying to eat the giraffes. People in cars were honking their horns to scare the bear off and save the giraffes. The bear wasn’t aggressive,just hungry. Even the wolf which was between them tried to save the giraffes. The wolf was taking down the bear because the bear was so weak,hungry and non-aggressive. The schools announced that children couldn’t walk to school because of the bear threat.
Very symbolic. You would need to figure out if these animals belong to someone or some situation in your life – or relating to the unconscious part of your personality. If the bear is weak and hungry it shows neglect – this might be connected with instincts based off of doing what it is supposed to do. Wolfs are also wild that might be pointing you towards the unconscious masculine energy (see wolf dreams). It is taking own something that can see far away (giraffes) .. Maybe the feminine unconscious is being neglected in your life (bear) and it has… Read more »
I was going on vacation with a small group, possibly family. We hiked into a mountainous area and crossed a narrow bridge over a small canyon-like area. Then we were in a house, maybe cabin, and I had a daddy bear and a cub with me inside. I kept reassuring everyone the bears wouldn’t harm them. I checked rooms to put them in. There were pets in the rooms but the bears paid no attention to them. Later I came to check on the daddy bear and he came from under something that had a cloth over it hiding the… Read more »
I think this dream shows you where you are on your life’s journey so far. The mountain is symbol of a challenge/spiritual (see why mountain’s are significant in dreams). Bridges are also symbolic showing joining or bridging something relating to you and the family. The bears are the symbol of your mom and dad (i think) – (see bear dreams). The dog is usually masculine within you that also connects to your animus .. It seems you might be developing the inner masculine but a lot of the contents are unconscious. Seems like you need to do some digging.
I was at work and this girl and I were at someone’s house, the job site I wanna say. But we were struggling for work. This girl had a bear she was letting run around the inside of the house. It kept biting my arm and trying to nudge me a certain direction. I kept resisting.
What areas in your life do you keep resisting? Are you struggling to find work? See house dreams.
I dreamed I was in a field with bales of hay there were honey stands where people were selling the honey. I was walking around d with my dog and a bear showed up . I dropped to the ground to play dead and my dog got on my back and covered me to protect me. The bear came close and smelled of my head but never hurt me. For some reason I wasn’t afraid of the bear
To me it seems as if it could be related to the past, a specific individual or something that might occur in the distant future. Now you have to figure out who is the bear. The honey is telling you something you are around that is attracting a threat. The dog can be look at as your instincts, friend or behaviors that seem to connect more to the masculine. Now bears are also known to be connected to a feminine threat or mother (see how a toxic mother appears).
I was playing with a young polar bear and was tickling it and he was delighted
I dreamed a week ago that my husband was in a bear suit or had transformed into a bear (much like a werewolf) and was chasing 5 women including me. Finally, he had us cornered and there was a frail old lady in our group who could not walk who was laying down pretending to play dead. And since he wasn’t really a bear (just pretending to be one or morphed into one but actually a very smart human being – not to say bears aren’t smart but this somehow was very strong in the dream – that he was… Read more »
Sorry to hear about your situation as I understand people who suffer from NPD are quite difficult to treat. I hope you receive the help you need. Pertaining to your dream I think the “old lady” might be you, or perhaps relates to the feminine/ his mother (see toxic mother dreams if you find a connection). Reasons why I think it might be you was the fact it might reflect how you stand in the relationship – frail, cornered, submissive (laying down to play dead), laying down beside her (sleep/bed) – no threat as it can devour. If your eyes… Read more »
Wow, thank you so much for the interpretation. I recently discovered that he may also be bipolar. But I had omitted one thing from my first post – in the dream the old lady was initially being carried by a younger woman/older teen on her back. And as the bear cornered us, the young woman lay the old lady down. So that made it all the more disturbing. The old lady couldn’t move because she was so old and pretended to play dead and then was devoured. So if the old lady is me, who could the younger woman be… Read more »
You are most welcome Cherise. I heard that narcissistic traits sometimes overlap with some cases in bi polar. It seems you are in a tricky situation for now. I hope you have the right assistance and support during these difficult times. As for your dream it is pointing at something however I cannot be 100% sure who the old lady is representing. She might be a manifestation of the archetypical symbol of the feminine, wisdom and maturity (unconscious that remain within you). She is threatened weak and venerable. I cannot say who the younger girl could be. She is something… Read more »