I may have told this story in here before but here goes anyway.
I have had a grizzly bear on my right deltoid for years. When my dad was dying of cancer in the early 90s I started having these nightmares of being chased by a bear. The venues changed, for example, one of the places he chased me was on a riverboat, sometimes it was an abandoned building or out in the woods. Even after he died the nightmares continued. One of my friends at the time was a guy who was Blackfeet and was regarded as a shaman within his circle. I told him about the dreams and asked him how I could maybe reduce or eliminate them as they were causing some sleep disturbances. He told me that I had to make the bear my ally. I asked him how I should go about that and in true shamanic fashion he replied "how the F**K do I know?". So one day I was sitting around the house with nothing to do. I was tired because I was being visited by the bear every night and a light went on and I thought, YEAH! I'll get him tattooed on me. So I wasted no time getting to my local tattoo parlor. The bear was flash but it was a black bear, I had the artist change the color to brown and had him put it on me. That night I went to bed and it was the first time in about 2 years that I didn't have the nightmare and have not had one since and it's been over 10 years.