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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Dreams about animals show us the positive and negative qualities of an animal as a metaphor. All animals have good and bad sides to them. People do to- we can call it our lower & higher natures. When we understand the way a quality is showing up in a dream then we can begin to integrate the positive more and more into our life.
So a dog has the quality of friendship & loyalty. A car is a symbol of the way to get to where you are going. A mall is a symbol for many possibilities & options. Water is a symbol for relationships & life. So to see a dog in a car going no where which needs more water, is a message to you that your True Self, your Higher Self, is very loyal and friendly. But something right now is sort of making you feel like you are going no where (because the car is parked & not driving.) What your friendly & loyal self wants now is lots and lots of opportunities for building positive relationships. Then it will be like the dog getting all the water it wants and needs.
A good description of how to understand the metaphor of an animal in a dream is in this radio show. To listen to it, you can click here.
Animals are really good metaphors for dreams because every animal has certain distinct qualities. You can think about the qualities of an animal and think about where in your life there are the negatives qualities of the animal showing up but also think about where inside your self do you have the positive qualities of the animal. You can find ways to show the positive qualities and your life will keep getting better and better.
A good example is a German Shepard dog. The positive qualities of the German Shepard are loyalty and friendliness. The negatives are fierceness and aggression. If there has been negatives in our life like abuse or aggression then we might have a dog in a dream showing aggression. This just means there is some work to do to let go of the old memory of that experience. The solution is the positive. To be friendly and loyal will help solve the aggression issues.
In this way as the dreamer shows more and more friendliness and attracts more friendly people into their lives then the dogs in the dreams might be more and more friendly and positive too.
Any animal dream works with this same principle. Understand the negative; notice where in life it might be showing up; and use the positive quality to make things better.
If you try out a few things and want to share examples, please leave a comment. I’d be happy to read it and see how it goes for you.