The bear has several meanings that will inspire those who have this animal as totem:
The primary meaning of the bear spirit animal is strength and confidence
Standing against adversity; taking action and leadership
The spirit of the the bear indicates it’s time for healing or using healing abilities to help self or others
The bear medicine emphasizes the importance of solitude, quiet time, rest
The spirit of the bear provides strong grounding forces.
-Ted Andrews-Animal Speak
There’s something about bear that speaks to us of power and strength, yet at the same time she is nurturing and protective of her young. I dream of bears quite often. She knows the power that she holds and operates in its full force. She’s provider, protecter, nurturer; yet those who cross her path have a deep respect for her boundaries. Many are intrigued by her power and both fear her yet often hope to encounter her in her wild fierceness, she is intriguing to say the least.
Yet she is comfortable in her solitude. Not only comfortable but a necessity. She speaks to us of deep introspection and awareness; a blend in equal balance of both masculine and feminine qualities. Comfortable both in water (feminine, emotions, intuition) and on land (masculine- Earth, grounded, focused, hunter, protector) foraging for wild berries and honey deep in the woods . There’s much to learn from bear.