Grizzly Bear Totem
A bear totem or spirit guide symbolizes great
strength, security and determination for the Shaman. Understanding and
working with a bear power animal.
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.
The 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
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.
The bear 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:
The 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!
The 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.