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Tigers 😔 Lions 😔 & Bears 😀 yes please

Have you ever heard of spirit and totem animals? Research indicates that a spirit animal may refer to a shamanic belief which guides, to help and protect individuals of which spirit is incarnated as human beings. The subject leaves behind much skepticism and fact driven humans may claim that there is no proof something like this even exists. On the other side you can easily drift off into the world of make belief and live by the motto that everything you can imagine, is real. I say it’s up to us which route we choose and it sounds a little like anything in life and the choice is ultimately always ours.

Being a dreamer, my only choice was to believe that it was the year of 2010 that I got introduced to my first spirit animal. I don’t mean my personal spirit animal and further research revealed that we all have a spirit animal based on our beliefs. What I’m talking about is the sighting of a spirit animal, not once or twice, not even three or four times but a total of 23 times during that year that I was given the incredible honor to see this animal in the wild. The funny thing was that I never even realized it at the time and the revelation of the spirit animal and it being a potential sign came a few years later as more events started to unfold. But it was definitely strange how it all came to be and it only happened once in my lifetime. That year in 2010 ranks pretty high as one of my favorite years.

You are probably sitting on edge wondering what I’m talking about and what I saw. Just imagine, 23 times I got to see my favorite animal in the wild. The Bear….strong, wild and free. Besides their cuddly teddy bear appearance, a pretty powerful one I might add, I admired their attributes, to be in nature, to live in peace and solitude. While most people would take off and run the other way, imagining horrible nightmares of being mauled, I loved them. I was seeking them out, followed them and the hope to be blessed with new encounters is always in the back of my mind when I’m out there.

2010 was also a great year of travel and besides visiting Yosemite National Park, which is about a three hour drive from my house, I got to go see beautiful Canada. Flying go Seattle and continuing the journey per rental car allowed much freedom to explore this beautiful majestic country side. Driving the Icefield Parkway was my absolute favorite and the scenery was astonishing. Every turn a new mountain higher than the previous one, turquoise waters and streams, lush dark green forests and then there it was….the first bear and the world stood still. “Slow down, stop please, I have to get a picture and watch”. For hours I wanted to stay and I didn’t want to leave as long as the was any bear present. Throughout the day, along the journey of passing glaciers and visitor centers, there were also other bears, fully aware of humans, just strolling along the highway, grazing on vegetation growing along the road. I remember one particular spot where other cars where pulled over and people had gotten out to see a bear further up the road. He or she was just walking down the street, grazing, uninterested in having a delicious meal interrupted by nosy bystanders. As the bear neared, a slight hysteria broke out as people scurried along to get inside their cars to lock the doors. Silly in a way as I’m sure the bear could have easily ripped the door off or bent it like a sardine can with minimal effort. But I guess in the end I can’t blame them and it remains a wild, strong and free animal. For myself, I felt no threat, no fear, nor did I feel for the slightest moment that I was in danger. It seemed like the most natural thing to me and I just stood there with the bear on the other side of the car. There had been a similar incident in Yosemite earlier in the year as a cub crawled up a ravine and walked right by me to cross the road. I felt like reaching out and touching it, but of course I didn’t. I’m sure Mama was close by, but neither she or the cub considered me as danger. 

Seeing this many bears in the wild, I found it hard to dismiss to coincidence and I once read that coincidences are signs from the universe. So with all of these signs and so many bears in just one year, what was it exactly that the universe was trying to tell me. If one thing was for sure, it was that I felt incredibly lucky to have seen these bears and here is what I found about the bear spirit animal meaning. 
The primary meaning of the bear spirit animal is strength and confidence 

Standing up against adversity by taking action and leadership 

The spirit of the bear also indicated a time for healing and using such abilities for yourself and others 

The bear medicine emphasizes the importance for solitude, rest and quiet time

And the spirit of the bear provides strong grounding forces
Have you heard of such spirit animals? Are you a dreamer like me or do you find it hard to believe in the power of these totem animals? I can’t wait to see what you think xoxoxo ❤️


We are the co-creators of our life and the time is now. More than ever are we needed to support Mother Earth and each other. Together we discover and explore our unique gifts in times of strengths, in times we lean on each other, and in times when we learn from each other. This blog started as an outlet and what I ultimately called my “Warriors Journey.” It was a way to document the ups and downs of my life, sharing my hardships as well as my successes. It showcased the struggles, but more important the ways of how to overcome them. Although we are warriors each and every day, I realized that having to be a warrior, comes from a place of pain. I decided to rename this blog, and “Phoenix Rising” now stands for the story of overcoming such a painful place. My motivation for this blog hasn’t changed and I hope to share inspiration and hope, to create a sense of belonging, a space of being heard, and connecting with like minded beings who instill a sense of oneness. We are never alone, and we are unstoppable in the pursuit of what sets our soul on fire. Who I am in a nutshell... 
I am an energy healer and Reiki Master. I am surviving a chronic disease that I’ve sent into remission three times since my initial bout, 15 years ago. I continuously challenge the status quo and by doing so I change my stars. I am a believer that anything is possible. I am a hopeless romantic and I believe that true love exists on various levels. I am an optimist that will always see the glass as half full. I am a dreamer, believing in endless possibilities. Not even the sky is the limit. I have jumped off of the hamster wheel, and I am writing a new chapter. I am chasing my Nirvana to support my most authentic self. This is my story, I am that Phoenix and I am rising from the ashes. Namaste 🙏🏼💙🦋

12 thoughts on “Tigers 😔 Lions 😔 & Bears 😀 yes please

  1. As always beautifully written, you are so lucky to have seen bears in the wild, the biggest thing Isaw in the wild was a Stag, and that was many many years ago. It must have been and incredible experience to be that close to these magnificent creatures, I can only imagine how it felt.

    As soon as I started reading this post, I instantly knew your spirit animal would either be a bear or a wolf.

    This is something that I do believe in, although I like to think that we have more than one depending on what we need in life at that particular time. For example when we need to be strong its a bear, or when we need to be caring its a small fluffy bunny, just my thoughts on it.

    This is something I have thought about for a while and have had several conversations with friends about it, and I’m pretty sure my spirit animal is Bobby from Supernatural. (Strong, tough, willing to go to the ends of the earth for those he loves and always tries to do what’s right) or Oscar the Grouch.

    Thank you for sharing this post it’s given me a lot to think about today

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    1. Awe thank you so much and your words are kind as ever. I’m glad it gave you much to think about and I’m glad to know that you are right there alongside with me and have had thoughts about spirit animals as well. I will never forget this year and being blessed to have seen so many in the wild, in their natural habitat. I will have to gather a few pictures to post at a later point. The experience was amazing and I had similar ones with different animals, causing some of my friends to say that I. Just be an animal whisperer. (A later post 😉).
      I have taken a test to see what my peso nail spirit animal is and I will, have to keep you in suspense just a little longer. (Another post lol). However just like you, I do believe we can have more than one and the one that reveals itself to us in various times is the one yo signal the path of our lives. The Bears were a signal to gather up all of my strength for what was lying ahead of me and I realize that now.
      Thank you so much for your great comment and taking the time to read. Hugs

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      1. I’m afraid you are right 😉. Luckily I work late today and may have enough to time to put another one about it out there. Or I could write about something totally different. Hahaha just kidding, I most likely will follow up on this one.

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  2. I have a few spirit animals. One was found for me by a partner during a shamanic journey…a peacock…and the other three…a jaguar, a deer, and an owl came to me during shamanic journeys. I love the idea of spirit animals and the shaman I work with, says even if it happens in your imagination, it’s real and meaningful. I just heard something from MT…there are more neurons in your brain than there are stars in the universe, therefore, the universe is in you. Somehow, that and spirit animals and shamanic journeys all together makes lots of sense to me.

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    1. That is so amazing and I would love to have a shamanic session. I’m curious and do believe in the spirit world. I have had others encounters I will share at a later time and you will need to write a post about it some time or tell me more. Hugs xoxoxo


    1. Of course it’s a choice we all make and for some of us it resonates and for others it doesn’t. Just like anything in life. I believe In Buddhism and it’s many values as I believe in native American wisdom. For me I don’t need to be either, a Tibetan monk or Native American, I just relate. 🙏🏻💙


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