I’ve done the usual totem tests, guided imagery and discovered my totem animal is a bear. This is not an animal I’d stumble across in my city. How did I confirm a bear was my totem? Well, all I had to do was look around at my house at the bear figurines, stain glass bear hanger, even jewelry. I’ve always been drawn to the bear, but never thought anything about it. Your personal spirit animal might be a dragon, unicorn, or a dolphin. While you might spot the last in Florida, the other two, no.
Dreams, personal preference, even guided imagery can help you determine your totem. Examine the characteristics of the various totems and decide if it sounds like you, Better yet, read the list to someone close and ask if it sounds like you. Often we don’t always have a good grasp on what we are like. People can be much kinder and generous than they believe they are.
The bear has always been a popular totem because it symbolizes strength and courage. Not necessarily the mindless killing machine that Stephen Colbert refers to them being. If a bear is your totem, then you’ll have a tendency to stand for what is right, especially those without a voice.
The bear is a strong healing force too. Unfortunately, some bears’ body parts and fluids make certain folkloric medicines. The bear stands for both physical and mental healing. If you are in medicine or fancy a career in the healing field, then a bear is a great totem to have.
The bear is also a teacher. The same name that denoted a female shaman in Siberia also means bear. We teach through actions and not necessarily in front of a classroom.
Bears are solitary creatures. They don’t hang out in packs like wolves. If a bear totem appears in your life, it could be an indication that you need a period of solitude. Having a bear totem can mean that you enjoy your solitary moments. You could even have a vocation where you spent long periods alone. This type of life isn’t for everyone.
The bear is a creature that lives in harmony with the earth, which makes it a strong ground force too. In nature, the bear enjoys a leisurely life of finding food and often soaking up the sun. If the bear were a human friend, we’d refer to him as being laid back or chill. Even though we think of bears as carnivores, they eat plants and berries too. Probably more so since they don’t have to catch a plant.
If a bear appears if your dreams what does it mean? This is the part where you have to examine your current life. There are different messages for different people.
*Patience. Remember the bears often hibernate and sometimes giving birth in their sleep. Plans, ideas, desires may need to hibernate before seeing the light of the sun.
*Bravery. Stand up for your beliefs. Not only will you feel more authentic, but also you’ll inspire others. Early Germanic Berserkers wore bearskins assimilating the fearlessness of the bear. Be fearless.
*Confidence. The more we stand for what we believe and give voice to it the more confident we’ll be.
*Authority. We may not feel that expert, but we may have more knowledge and experience than those around us.
*Nurturing. Mother bears are known for their great care of their cubs. The cubs stay with their mothers up to two years. People with the bear as their totem do want to take care of others. They are usually generous and compassionate.
*Protective. Everyone knows better to get between a mother bear and her cub. Bear people value their family and friends. They won’t tolerate bad treatment of either.
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