In the dream, I’m returning to a house I used to live in where my family still lives. But in real life, it’s not a house we actually lived in. I discover a Mama kitten who’s had babies hiding in the walls of the house and I bring her and her babies out to a warm spot with hay in the barn. When I get there with this litter I find there are two other litters in the barn. One kitten looks so malnourished that it’s near death. Also the babies were in a cold area so I brought them over to the warmth. Then I go inside, get cat food & water, then bring it back out to the kittens. I tuck them all away in boxes that they can climb in and out of with hay and blankets and food and water and then I have to leave.
My sister, her high school best friend, as well as my ex-husband and my boyfriend of 3 years are in the driveway getting ready to go. There’s a big ordeal about someone taking someone else’s cigarettes and where to go to get more and there is a lot of tension. All I’m thinking is to go so everyone will leave and I can return with my boyfriend to save the kittens’ lives. Finally we get in the car, go downtown to the store and then I help get them cigarettes but they use fake ID which I’m uncomfortable with.
When I go back to the barn & house I’m showing my boyfriend where the kittens are. They are all black. And I’m showing him where we can put them so they will stay alive. The kittens are all playful now that they have had nourishment and warmth so I’m happy to see that what I did for them helped. But there is still one who appears like he was too cold and sort of froze and won’t eat on his own so we hand feed him and he licks the wet cat food off our fingers and begins to take water with a dropper. We then find a place to put the cats but the carload of people are back and now they are saying we can’t take the kittens.
Even though they are putting up a fight I keep loading the kittens into the car. I’m terrified of what they will do to me but I keep going anyways. There’s about two dozen kittens; it’s an arduous task. My sister, her friend and my ex all argue with me but yet they realize they can’t win this because the state of the kittens reveals they were neglected and dying in their care so I know I can take them because I’ll nurture them back to health. So I just keep loading the car.
WordPress has a new feature called My Story. This is my first attempt at making a story.
You would think that a “story” about dogs as a metaphor would have only photos with dogs in them. I assure you I was with Chloe in every scenario but sometimes she wouldn’t pose for the camera. Haha.
But that’s how loyalty and friendship work. Sometimes you’re together and sometimes you’re not and that’s ok.
When a dog shows up in a dream if the dream is positive it means the dreamer has no issues with friendliness & loyalty so they can keep moving forward in life using these qualities often.
If the dream is somewhat negative (like mine have been) it means there’s an issue around loyalty in real life and it’s a good time for the dreamer to consider and explore where the issues came from in the past and start working through it. I’ll be exploring this in more detail in upcoming posts.
In the dream, a super-large elephant-sized bear is approaching me. I’m terrified. I’m in the woods and see a small cage, like a dog crate and I crawl in. For some reason my Mom is there and she lunges on top of me squishing me, breathing in my ear. The cage closes behind us and I turn to look over my shoulder (while I’m on my stomach with my mom on top of me) and I see the bear is right at the cage door but she’s sitting in a non-threatening position just watching me. My dog Chloe is beside her, blocking her from getting to the cage lock. I tell Chloe “Good Girl!” and that’s the end of that dream.
When there is a message of warning in the dream, such as the one I describe below, it means that when you do the inner work to transform the negative emotion in the dream into something new then if something potentially negative happens in real life you will have the ability to create a really positive outcome. In this way, you can shift your reality into something truly amazing. It takes time and daily effort and the really incredible results will shock and amaze you!
The reason trauma can be healed when you understand the secret messages of your dreams is because dreams exist outside of time & space. When we understand a message in a dream we can learn something about ourselves, our circumstances, and the people around us and we can begin to see negative things coming before they happen. This helps us become more prepared and it empowers us to use our skills, capacities, talents & strengths to create extremely positive experiences for ourselves, our families and our communities.
Truth be told, if there were a reward for having the most foreboding dreams in a row, I think I would win. In the past two weeks in my dreams I am:
canoeing in a river swarming with hungry alligators
hiking on a trail with snakes and lions
confronting an enormous bear trying to get in my house
running to rescue my dog who’s been attacked on the face
watching a herd of gazelles run from an unknown predator
Readers familiar with the way I do dreamwork (which was created & developed by author Richard Hastings), will remember that the many animals showing up in these dreams carries a lot of meaning. Here are four things to keep in mind when dreaming about animals.
Like humans, animals have two sides – a positive expression of their qualities & also a negative expression. Think of how a dog can by loyal and friendly but also vicious & attacking. Dreams about animals signal where some work can be done for the dreamer to be more of the positive & less of the negative.
When new energy is opening up in the dreamer, oftentimes animal dreams show up which provides guidance and clarity. So I can say that the negative energy I’m dealing with is anger, jealousy, hurt, fear – especially of being attacked by someone/something lurking hidden beneath the surface. The positives opening up for me are: empowerment (bear energy), flexibility (snake energy), strength/courage (lion energy), and … I’m still working on the alligator and the gazelle…
When we flip the negative emotion of the dream to its positive opposite then we shift our perceptions and can go for opportunities which can change our circumstances. I suspect the positive of the alligator is being able to be patient and wait for the right time to leap at a goal or opportunity.When I am a Positive Alligator then I don’t react to every passing whim or fancy or emotion. I can be clear-headed, focused & patiently waiting for the right opportunity to go for my goal.
When the dream is positive and outcome is good then it’s a good idea to try to incorporate the qualities of the animal because they will help with the real life situations. If the outcome is negative, then it means some work needs to be done on the issues so the outcome can be positive.
Gazelles are fast (known to run up to 60km/hr) but in the dream when I see the gazelles run by signaling that a predator is coming I turn to run with them but I know I could never keep up with their speed and in fact my running slowly would make me more vulnerable if it’s a bear or mountain lion. So I turn back to see if anything is coming but it’s just a dark path. I wonder if I can hide or maybe climb a tree. Without knowing what the gazelles are running from I find it hard to know how to protect myself.
Running in dreams usually means wanting to escape something fearful in real life. Often times, the object of the fear is a person in a perceived position of power. Facing the fear means standing strong, having clear boundaries, and having the Courage to be really big to the task. People who are addicted to power have a lot of ways of trying to make their targets feel small. When we stand in our Truth & our own Empowerment then we can be really big to the task and not allow anyone to make us feel small or threatened.
There are a number of potentially negative situations which can happen, at home, in the workplace or in the community. There are a few things I’m facing right now – all of us are facing something to one degree or another. When we remember to hold a clear vision of a bright future in our mind & we take positive action towards our goals then we never need to fear any predator. We have all the skills, capacities, talents & tools needed to overcome ANY obstacle or challenge that faces us. When we dream about animals it’s a sure sign that great big new energy is opening up and exciting things are happening! We need not be afraid of the change and we can trust ourselves and our inner guidance to move us through any difficulty or deal with any challenge.
Ask your Self: What am I invisioning happening in the future that scares me?
If the negative thing you imagine happening has HAPPENED to you in the past and you are afraid of it happening again, then this is a REAL FEAR and the solution is to have A LOT of Courage and to learn something new to deal with your current life circumstance.
If the negative thing you imagine happening in the future has never happened to you before but you have seen it happen to others (in real life, or movies, or on the news, etc) then the issue is ANXIETY. The solution for anxiety is to look back into your past, remember what you’ve done well & succeeded in before and then repeat those actions again with A LOT OF CONFIDENCE.
I will be writing a lot more about working with Fear & Anxiety in upcoming posts.
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On July 23, 2018 I dreamed I was in a house which was being invaded by bears the size of Sasquatch. Someone told me to not worry they know what they are doing, and they had some sort of trick to get them out, but it seemed to me the bears were going to attack. I felt so small. The presenting feeling was being over-powered – standing close to the bear and it looking down on me. But when I saw it that close it looked like a person in a bear costume who stood about 7 feet tall.
Author Richard Hastings says empowerment is the ability to be able to finish what you set out to achieve by doing what it takes to get where you are going. It means that you are using your power, your strength, your skills to get to the positive end. You need strength and skills because any goal worth achieving puts up a lot of obstacles that makes it challenging to get to. Bears, especially in northern climates, represent empowerment because they are big, powerful creatures who go unchallenged.
In this dream, someone is trying to dominate me with a show of false power or strength. They are just human but dressed up as a threatening bear. This is a metaphor for the way some people get so addicted to power they let their ego take over. Then there is very little left of their True Self as they are covering it up as though by a costume.
In my real life, when I had this dream there were a number of people in my life who were acting like the big bears in this dream – trying to invade my life, my home, my sense of Peace. At times, I felt as though I did not have what it takes to withstand the aggression but then, just like in the dream, I discovered strategies to remain Peaceful and Determined despite the negative behaviours people were demonstrating around me. I learned to avoid the conflict, which Buddha describes as The Middle Way, and I learned to detach. It was not easy and it didn’t happen over night but dreams like this were helpful reminders to stay the course, learn as I go, and not to feel threatened by people who were putting on a false show of strength out of their own sense of fear and insecurities.