Bears in general teach us to slow down and reserve our energies. Bear medicine also has to do with awakening from within. Bear teaches us that life's answers are no further than your own subconscious. There is no need to look outside of yourself when bear is nearby. Bears are also climbers and can teach us to reach new heights. Bears love honey and teach us to appreciate the sweetness life offers.
The Grizzly Bear is possibly the bear best known for its fierceness. When Grizzly stands on its back haunches its sheer presence and the shadow it casts can be quite alarming. Grizzly teaches the importance of taking a stand and commanding power. Because its large size the Grizzly as a totem represents an especially keen sense of knowing.
Pandas are cute and cuddling in appearance yet they are very strong. The contrasting coloring of black and white of a Panda's fur is representative differences in cultures. The Panda as a totem represents diplomacy because of the history of China gifting Giant Pandas as diplomatic gifts to other countries.
Polar bears are known for their fearlessness and aggressiveness. Polar bears are good hunters and strong swimmers. Humans are their only predator. Because Polar bears are so high up on the food chain it is understandable why they are so fearless. When polar appears you will want to evaluate your fears by looking at the things that make you reactive or act out. Or, you may need to strengthen areas of personal weakness.
Reclusive and withdrawn in nature, black bears tend to keep themselves in isolation. Black bears are also excellent climbs. All bears climb tress, but because the black bear is smaller he can climb to higher branches without the burden of extra weight. Black bear teaches you to unburdon yourself to reach higher knowledge.
Adorable Koala bear resembles the teddy bear, otherwise it is not at a bear-like. Koala bears originate from Australia and are marsupial mammals. Marsupials in general as totems teach the importance of mother-child bonding in earliest stage of life. If Koala bear appears consider what your relationship is to your mother (or child). Is the bond a good one, or does it need work?