Spirit Animal Bear

Spirit Animal Bear

At the start of a new year I like to reflect on the accomplishments of the past year to see how far I’ve come. Doing this helps me create better goals for the brand new year.  To accomplish any goal, focus is required, and this has been something that I’ve struggled with often. I’ve discovered over the years that I like to have multiple projects going on at the same time, but to be the most effective, I have to make one of them my primary goal if I want to be productive and achieve results (get it done).

Whenever I see a bear I am reminded to spend some time in meditation to contemplate the goals that I currently have in mind, so I can figure out which ones are the most important. The bear is a wonderful Spirit Animal for helping you with project planning because it is a symbol for your goals and visions.

The bear is an ancient and powerful symbol in mythology and it has a lunar association with the goddess Diana and Artemis; it is also the emblem of the kingdom of Persia and Russia. In China, it is seen as both bravery and strength. Bear cubs were once thought to represent the transforming and regenerating power of Christianity over heathen beliefs. Many Native American tribes see the bear as the guardian of the West direction, which represents your inner world. Some Shamans regard the bear as a messenger of the forest spirits.

If a bear appears, it signals a time to isolate and go within to a place of quietness and solitude. The bear is symbolically tied to the cave, which represents the pineal gland (third eye) and meditation. Spending time connecting with bear in this way can offer healing, regeneration, and strength. It is time to find your own answers by following your intuition and trusting your internal guidance. When you symbolically enter the ‘cave’ with your thoughts, plans, and ideas, allow them to percolate during meditation. This will allow the right idea or answer to emerge when you exit the cave.

The bear is the perfect ambassador for your goals and visions, and like a fiercely, protective mother bear with her cubs, she is a reminder to protect your own cubs (ideas and goals) until they are old enough to be on their own.  


There are eight different species of bear, with the polar bear being the largest. Bears are omnivorous and will eat mostly plants and fruit; only 10% of their diet is meat. The only exception is the polar bear, which is strictly carnivorous. Bears will hibernate in caves and live on their stored fat, and during the long winter months, their kidneys will shut down. The female will birth her cubs during deep sleep periods of semi-hibernation. On average, mother bears will have two cubs and she will nurse them during that time; in the spring, the cubs and mother will emerge from the cave. 

Affirmation: I trust myself, and my intuition; I am confident in my choices and decisions



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Shelley Shayner

Also known as the Artistic Mystic, Shelley is a published author, an award-winning artist, and an intuitive. She has written and illustrated children’s books, adult non-fiction books, and journals. She has a B.A. in Illustration and there is always a painting in progress on her easel; her favorite subject matter is animals, nature, or some kind of fantasy. Shelley is also a spiritual advisor, a Reiki master, and a dream expert. She teaches workshops on Spirit Animals, Dreams, and Art.

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