About 5 years ago, during a guided meditation, a bear showed up. I didn’t think too much of it until the bear showed up again in another meditation a few months later.
Before this, if you had asked me what my “spirit animal” was I would have definitely said, tiger.
So I was unsure about this bear. I did a little research to discover the energy associated with bears.
Bear Animal Guide Characteristics
At this time in my life a lot of change had been going on and I had been struggling a bit. Just reading the words associated with bears soothed me. I knew I needed this energy in my life.
I began taking more alone time and focused on getting grounded on a regular basis. In the beginning, I would imagine myself in a field and bear coming and putting its arms around me. Protecting me.
It felt good to have this strength and confidence surrounding me.
I decided I was going to call it “Bear” instead of a name. I don’t always associate Bear with being male or female. None of that seemed to matter in this instance.
As time went on, I started to bring “Bear” into my daily life. During my life coaching training when we were doing our first sessions with each other I would imagine Bear right behind me putting its large paw on my back.
This gesture reminding me that I was supported. Sometimes I would even lean back into a bit to connect to this energy even more.
Now I imagine Bear supporting me like this on a regular basis.
When I started wearing flower crowns for videos and events, I started to imagine Bear wearing a flower crown too.
When I start worrying, I ask Bear to take my worries away. I again imagine and almost feel the paw on my back. I visualize worries going from me to Bear. I feel lighter and also cared for.
My phone screensaver is a painting of a bear hugging a woman that reminds me of me. I love and appreciate our connection.
Sharing With Others
Everything I just wrote, I used to be nervous to share with others.
Would people think I was crazy?
I have learned who to share more with and who to keep my mouth shut around. I have also learned that I don’t care too much about what others think so that helps a ton. It took me about 40 years to get to this point and honestly I feel like I have Bear to thank a bit for this too.
Doing this work has benefited me tremendously without hurting anyone. I have always enjoyed taking the path less traveled and here I am.
Would my parents worry that I was replacing God with a bear?
I was raised Irish Catholic so the idea of working with an animal guide was more something I had heard about but not experienced. My Bachelor’s Degree is in Religious Studies and I have spent a lot of time studying religion and spirituality. However, I did not feel religious or spiritual for most of my younger life. I felt disconnected. Teaching yoga led me to more spiritual pursuits are not necessarily Catholic and they actually brought me back to using the word God and believing in a higher power. I am grateful for it. I also say Universe and Spirit.
We are all on a journey. I believe animal guides are simply a way for God/Universe/Spirit to connect with us and lend us support. My parents support me as I explore my own spirituality and are happy that over the years I have become closer to the divine instead of further away.
Is any of this real?
This has been a HUGE sticking point for me when it comes to sharing about working with animal guides. I have ultimately learned that what I have experienced is real. I have felt comforted, healed, and connected. I believe it is a combination of my imagination, intention, and energy. The universe is mysterious. I could spend all of my time worrying instead of allowing these experiences to help heal me. I could worry about what others think or help those who feel drawn to me and this work.
Where I am Now
I now insist on taking alone time daily. I even hibernate sometimes from social media and the world. I have a few solid grounding practices that I used daily too. I know how to connect with Earth energy and how to protect my own energy.
I embrace being a mama bear to my family and have increased my strength and confidence a ton over the years.
When Bear first came into my life, I NEEDED the energy. Now I embody the energy.
Bear Painting by my super talented herbalist friend, Kimberly Kling of Joyful Roots!