The brown bear is one of those symbols that pose a special challenge to dream interpretation. The brown bear is considered a symbol of femininity, the primal instincts, the exuberant power, but also of the consuming love. As such, it is particularly important for men, whom he indicates that they suppress their female parts, their anima, too much.
But a second interpretation means that the brown bear stands for a person who is very dominant, or who has a difficult relationship for other reasons.
Often, the mother of the dreaming comes into play, but this can also be the father or a father figure. The brown bear symbolizes an elemental power and the fear that the dreaming feels in front of it. If he runs away from this supposed danger, the fear will grow.
If he stands up to her, he has the opportunity to learn how to tame this power, how to domesticate it. Thus, a dangerous animal of the wilderness becomes a faithful companion, giving courage and self-confidence as well as a deep attachment to one’s own instincts.
It must be distinguished, however, what kind of brown bear it is: about a grumpy brown brown bear, which also often indicates the power of transformation in fairy tales and myths; or a cool polar brown bear that symbolizes the “freezing” of a relationship.
What is important is what you, as a dreaming person, personally associate with the particular brown bear type.
Developing brown bear forces and confidence
The interpretation of dreams of brown bears is always dependent on the dreamer’s gender, the exact nature of the brown bear and of course the context in which the animal appears.
For example, is it just a brown bear or does an entire pack appears in the dream scenario? Which breed does the animal belong to? Is it a brown brown bear, a polar brown bear or even a cute teddy? Does the brown bear act peacefully or aggressively? Do you feel threatened or safe during the encounter? Have you ever seen a brown bear in real life?
All these factors play an essential role in the interpretation of brown bear dreams. Depending on the context and type of dream, a positive or negative interpretation approach is possible. The teddy bear is a childlike companion who signals protection and security. But as adults, we know how dangerous bears can be in reality. Bear dreams usually contain both components.
They symbolize a danger in which we are real or supposed. And they indicate a way for us to resolve this situation, how to find shelter.
Dreaming of brown bears
The brown bear in the dream is a symbol of power and power. He also stands for the primal instincts in man and for femininity. He is thus a possible embodiment of the anima and especially for men of importance.
A man dreaming of a brown bear may point out that the female parts in him are too much suppressed. It may also indicate a difficult relationship with a dominant person, such as mother, sister, or partner.
Especially when the animal appears threatening, it can also indicate a crushing, distressing motherliness or love that the dreamer feels exposed to or that he himself exerts on others, such as his own child or partner. If the brown bear appears good-naturedly in the dream, this indicates maternal security and security.
The brown bear is therefore one of the archetypal dream symbols. Although brown bear dreams are more significant and symbols for men, they can also provide women with important clues to their own sexuality, such as allowing them to fully express themselves and not let others dictate them. In addition, a brown bear dream in women can also indicate a difficult relationship with the father or another dominant person in the circle of family or fellow human beings.
On the spiritual level, the brown bear symbolizes strength, courage and power. The latter can be based either on that oppressive, possessive power that one experiences on the part of the female side or exercises on one’s own initiative, or on one’s own energy and assertiveness with which one can master difficult life situations.
The dream symbol can also be understood as a warning of the impetuous power inherent in the dreaming – as a warning to use that power carefully so as not to overshoot the target. The other way round, it can also be understood as a call to trust oneself more, not to pretend and to be one’s self.
Ultimately, the powerful animal symbolizes a tremendous elemental power and the fear that the dreaming feels before it. If you run away from the animal in a dream, and thus get out of the way of your elemental power, this fear will intensify even more.
On the other hand, when one is facing the animal, one is already in the process of learning to control one’s own elemental force symbolized by the brown bear. In this way the dangerous animal becomes a faithful companion, which leads to new courage and self-confidence. The brown bear thus becomes a soul mate who gives strength, vitality and courage in difficult situations.
By the way, the childish need for security is reflected in the dream of a teddy brown bear. The cuddly Teddy brown bear in the dream is not only a typical dream symbol in dreams of children, but can also occur in dreams of adults. He stands for the childlike companion who symbolizes security and maternal protection.
Dreams of brown bears in other cultures
In the Arab interpretation of dreams, the brown bear stands for a rich and powerful but simple-minded enemy. If you kill the brown bear in a dream, you will overcome an enemy in real life too. Riding on a brown bear predicts limited power.
If an Arab in the dream sees a brown bear, then this can either mean luck in the game or have a rather negative interpretation. The animal here symbolizes the proverbial brown bear, so you will suffer much injustice.
Seeing a white brown bear, however, means that the dreamer is about to receive an honorable award.
Even in India, the dream of the brown bear can be a sign of imminent luck in the game. If this happiness is fulfilled in real life, one can speak of a precognitive dream. However, the dream symbol always contains the message of not overdoing it and not getting cocky.
Psychological / Social Meaning
Apart from the interpretation of the brown bear as an archetypal dream symbol, he is also considered a very important force animal.
In the dream interpretation of Europe as well as in shamanism the dream symbol is in close connection with the female forces of nature, thus the “mother earth”. The close contact with the earth mother is particularly illustrated by the brown color of the animal.
A brown bear stands for love of nature, natural ability, instinctive and a calling to, or awareness of, their own primal instincts. According to Carl Gustav Jung, the brown bear also embodies a negative aspect of the superordinate personality. This is characterized by the proverbial “brown bear power”. This indomitable power slumbers in each one of us.
Ultimately, the task of the brown bear in the dream is to become aware of our deep primal power to use it purposefully in life and to allow the power of the subconscious, which the brown bear also symbolizes.