Animal Totem – The Bear (drawing by Lita)
Bear is my totem. This is my lesson:
Bear is the epitome of the protective mother. She represents your hidden strength. Bear says to look inward in order to know ones
self. Her medicine awakens the power of the unconscious. Bear’s cycle of power is the spring and summer.
Bears are considered to be a highly desired ally and spirit helper because of its fearless power. It is believed that the power of
Great spirit lives though the bear. The bear holds the teachings of introspection. When it shows up in your life pay attention to how
you think, act and interact. Use discernment in all that you do and discriminate with care. Bear teaches you how to make choices from
a position of power. In some traditions bear is the spirit keeper of the West. The place of maturity and good harvest. The gifts that
bear offers to those with this totem are strength, introspection and knowledge. Bear teaches the importance of appearance by
gathering inner strength and presenting it outwardly.
Unlike other animals who are active during a specific time of day, the bear is active both day and night. This symbolizes its connection
with solar energy, that of strength and power, and lunar energy, that of intuition. It enhances and teaches those with this totem how
to develop both within themselves.
Bear can sometimes be too quick to anger and too sure of it own power. While they have little to fear they can forget caution, which
is an important trait to have. If bear is your totem be careful that you don’t throw your caution to the wind. Being unaware of your
limits in certain settings can be disastrous. – From Native Bear Spirit
What is your animal totem?