Caution, Healing, Leadership
The power of the Bear totem is the power of introspection. The answers
to all our questions lie within us. Each of us has the capacity to
quiet the mind, enter the silence and know. Just as the bear hibernates
during the winter, people with a Bear totem will be quieter during the
winter months. But they must awaken in the spring and seek whatever
opportunities are around them. When you have a Bear totem, you are
being guided to a leadership role. You must be fearless in defending
your beliefs. The Bear also encourages you to exercise your abilities
as a natural healer.
bear totem or spirit guide symbolizes great strength, security and
determination for the Shaman. Understanding and working with a bear
Animal Totem Definitions
The bear as power animal is intuitive and can
often manifest healing. Imagine a bear hug. While one might not wish
for such a real life encounter with a grizzly bear, the all
encompassing strength of a bear animal familiar is a safe and
reassuring environment for restoration of both body and spirit. The
bear spirit guide thus helps his shaman companion to heal mental,
physical and spiritual wounds with intuition and self-assured courage.
bear is a symbol of invincibility, offering a secure refuge for those
who enjoy the company of a totem bear spirit guide. The Shaman of bear
power animal has a determined ally in spiritual work, loyal and utterly
The bear is an introspective creature, independent
and apparently aloof. He has with little need for fraternity, rather he
is self-contained and strong-willed. A Bear spirit guide is of great
support and comfort to those who crave human company simply for
personal reassurance rather than for the simple pleasure of being with
friends. He makes lonely periods of life far easier, and can help the
Shaman to work in isolation to gain deep insights.
represents female energies, hibernating to reconnect with the earth
each year, and emerging with answers to spiritual dilemmas. Those with
a bear spirit guide can harness this natural connection with the earth
to seek insights within.
n addition to the universal
characteristics of bear spirit guides, each species brings its own
special qualities to the Shamans they guide in the spirit world:
Brown Bear, including the Grizzly bear has powerful life force, and a
shaman with a grizzly bear power animal takes on this characteristic,
becoming almost invincible when faced with physical or psychic attack.
Beware the grizzly’s temper however, the dark side of this power!
Black bear is a practical power animal, discerning and wise, less
aggressive and more discreet than the Brown Bear. A well balanced,
helpful and warm companion on shamanic journeys.
The Polar bear
is perhaps the most powerful bear spirit guide, but also the most
stubborn and determined. Little surprise he is such a force to be
reckoned with given his harsh polar environment. A Polar Bear spirit
guide is a very willful power animal, who can help his shaman charge
achieve much, hunting out the desired result with a dogged
single-mindedness. It is, however, important to discipline and direct
his powerful instincts.