Bears are magical woodland creatures, linked to ancient healings, spiritual power, intuitive sight, and harmony in nature. Throughout history and mythical folklore, bears play a vital role in the larger link between humans and the collective world in which we live. The appearance of a bear in your life can help you learn deep spiritual lessons, or open up to a new primal part of yourself. So, what does it mean if you have a bear encounter? And what is their deeper spiritual or symbolic meaning?
A bear represents bravery, strength, protection, and defending energetic boundaries. Being a creature of the forest, bears have dominant earth energy and can represent parts of the self that reside in the 1st/root chakra. Bears enjoy the sweet pleasures of life, bringing up important lessons of enjoying life to its fullest, being curious, and having fun.
Excerpted gratefully from https://crystalclearintuition.com/bear-meaning