#FWF: Spirit Bear

A girl after my own heart!

Source: We Heart It
Source: We Heart It

(This image is so full of meaning for me I hardly know where to begin.)


There are no coincidences. This is something in which I have firmly believed for some time. For good, or ill, life gives us what we need to learn and develop as spiritual beings in a mortal experience. It also makes available the tools we need to negotiate each challenge. It is up to us to be open of mind and heart so we can recognize them when they appear.

Here’s an example from my own life.

As all who follow this blog will know I have a horse whose registered name is “Shakespeare.” This is a beautiful and meaningful name in its own way, however it’s a bit cumbersome as an every day name at the barn.

So, while I was waiting for him to come home for the first time nearly eight years ago, I spent a bit of time noodling over what name I could give him that would evoke his larger than life personality, cuddly nature and solid physical form.

The name “Bear” came to mind fairly quickly. My home is populated with several collectible bears, and “Bear” includes a letter formulation of “ShakespEARe.” On the surface it made perfect sense, so I soon decided this was going to be his barn name.

Still, I had no idea of the deeper meaning to be held here.

During my trauma-filled childhood I comforted myself with stuffed bears. I’ve always had them around me. I guess they are, and always have been, a totem of some kind.

A couple of months after Bear came home and while I was studying natural horsemanship, I was introduced to the idea of the bear’s spiritual meaning. When I considered the trajectory of my life and the healing that was already in progress, things began to make sense.

According to www.spiritanimal.infoย the bear can be described spiritually as follows:

Bear Meaning

The bear has several meanings that will inspire those who have this animal as totem:ย 

  1. The primary meaning of the bear spirit animal is strength and confidence
  2. Standing against adversity; taking action and leadership
  3. The spirit of the the bear indicates itโ€™s time for healing or using healing abilities to help self or others
  4. The bear medicine emphasizes the importance of solitude, quiet time, rest
  5. The spirit of the bear provides strong grounding forces


Let’s look at the list again and how it relates to my experience.

The advent of my horse, Bear, acknowledged a significant time of healing in my life (no. 3). A time where I’ve had to go to ground (no. 5) and practice solitude and get rest (no. 4). Doing this has brought a greater sense of self-awareness and helped me to reclaim my life. Mr. Bear, as he is often called, has helped me to find the strength I need (no. 1) to smile in the face of adversity (no. 2) as I take action to manage, and heal from, the traumas released by therapy. And he’s helped me to find the confidence (no. 1) I need to move into a new and exciting phase of personal growth.

Bear is an incredible catalyst for positive change. I throw my arms around his neck and thank him every day for the beautiful healing role he plays in my life.

Is it a coincidence my beautiful dream-come-true should attract a name that represents healing on so many levels? I think not.

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again, our passion ~ whether it’s golf, sailing, horses, knitting, music or whatever ~ is our teacher. At a deeper level it speaks a language that touches our hearts and can heal us. All we need to do is choose to listen and respond in ways that lift us up, not tear us, or our passion, down.

My teacher, my catalyst for positive change is my horse ~ my Spirit Bear.

I am blessed.

Bear and me
Bear and me


This is my response to this week’s free writing challenge with Kellie Elmore. Slightly off the beaten track, but I don’t question these things in a free writing format. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Thank you for stopping by,



ยฉDorothy Chiotti, Aimwell CreativeWorks 2013

10 thoughts on “#FWF: Spirit Bear

  1. This really touched my heart; most especially the part of how our passion is our teacher and our healer. Having been through the trauma of an abusive marriage, I count running and yoga as the passions that both taught me about myself and acted as catalysts for healing and growth. I feel blessed like you. ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. We are fortunat when we can make that connection. I feel that whatever speaks to us on a heart and soul level is going to teach us who we are and be the ship that safely carries us through the buffeting storms and calming seas of life. Horses have always been there for me, even when I tried to deny them for a time. Embracing their healing role in my life was one of the most important things I’ve ever done…. Thanks for stopping by. … and enjoy your journey of healing. Be well, Dorothy ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. A very heartfelt piece. Bear is a fabulous spirit to have around you. It sounds like you are been helped on a very deep level. ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. This was beautifully written. Thank you for sharing it with us and for being brave enough to not only start the path of healing, but to share it with others as well.

    1. Thank you for visiting, I’m glad you enjoyed this post. … Brave? Yes, I would agree with that. I don’t think a person can know how brave they are until they stand up to a life time of illusions placed on them by others, wrestle with them a bit and let them go and, in the process, discover their own truth. It is a hard road but one well worth travelling. … Thank you for stopping by and leaving a comment. Be well, Dorothy ๐Ÿ™‚

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