Dreaming is not just ‘the thing you do when you’re sleeping’. All dreams have a meaning, one deeper than you’d first expect. It’s the place where fantasy meets reality. Where you travel beyond borders to reflect, heal, experience, learn and grow. Infinite wisdom can be found once you start interpreting dreams, let me show you how…
Dreams are the most magical things we can imagine
It might not be for everyone, but I love dreaming. I’m starting to become more and more aware within my dreams. You know, that Inception moment when you wake up in your dream, realising that you’re dreaming? I’ve had a couple of experiences. Some in which I saw a person, realising that the person symbolised my subconscious, trying to tell me something. So I’d ask him who he was (a few weeks ago, Kevin-fucking-Bacon told me he was ‘my wisdom’, a week later it was Johnny-fucking-Depp) and what message he had for me.
But it’s not just people I’m noticing in my dreams, there seem to be reappearing animals as well. I have this tiny yellow-isch sparrow that every now and then returns in many dreams. I somehow know that the little guy reflects my inner self. Freedom from restraints, longings to move beyond limitations, imagination, the mind, intuition and love. He always has a message to share and always appears in the moments that I need to be reminded of my true self.
The sight of animals has multiple meanings and they always carry a message. Animals symbolize the untamed and uncivilized aspects of yourself. For example, to dream that you are fighting with an animal signifies a hidden part of yourself that you are trying to reject and push back into your subconscious. …
Life is symbolic… Start interpreting!
Animals in dreams are strong communicators and reflect what our subconscious is trying to tell us. When they make the effort to surface in our dreams, it is our responsibility to discover what message they are trying to communicate to us. To properly interpret the message of your dream animal you need to question all aspects of the appearance. Not just the animal is trying to tell you something, the way they are telling it is of mutual importance. Ask yourself these questions:
– Is it a wild or tame animal?
– Is it healthy, what color does it have?
– What’s the environment?
– Are you interacting or viewing from a distance?
– Is the animal moving towards, or away from you?
– Is it moving fast, or slow?
– Is it talking to you? If so, what is it trying to say?
Interpreting your dreams is actually pretty straight forward. Think about the characteristics of a situation or an animal. How can you link these things to your life? Take your time to interpret and try to grow your lucidity whilst dreaming.
What is your subconscious actually trying to tell you?
Ants (or other bugs) may symbolize that something is “bugging” or irritating you. If they are crawling on your body, this could mean you have unfinished business that you need to tend to. Ants are a hard-working community so dreaming of ants may be a tale-tell sign it’s time to dig out of your excuses and make that goal or dream into a reality. Ants are stronger than they look and they show up in dreams to remind you that the smallest steps and efforts can go a long way to success. Sometimes it’s the tiny things that create big results.
Bears are symbols of power, calm and stoic strength. Bears hibernate and with this they can indicate a time of introspection. Is the bear chasing you? You might be avoiding a big issue in your life, and the bear is simply showing you that it’s time to deal with it. Is the bear standing up? He might try to tell you that it’s time to stand op and defend your beliefs.
It is a positive dream to see birds. Birds often represent professional or social ambitions which have been attained. If you are a woman and you dream of birds, it is an indication that you are likely to be in a happy and content relationship, or find your love very shortly. Birds symbolize ideals. Depending on the environment and the behaviour of the bird it might try to show you your hidden desires. A flying bird can refer to your regained freedom, while a caged bird can refer to the opposite.
The independent but relationship oriented cat symbolises healing, survival and the profound journey of self-discovery. Cats also deal with self awareness, inner knowledge, and spiritual guardianship. Dreaming of cats often prompts a look into our shadow selves…those veiled areas in our personality that hold magic, wonder and total potential. It can be a spooky place because of the unknowns, but the cat is savvy with dark places, and will guide you as you deeply explore your inner psyche.
To see a crab in your dream signifies your perseverance and tenacity. The crab is flexible and moves in any direction but forwards. It might refer to being clingy and dependant, or you might have been pulling back from situations to get yourself in safety.
If you see a crow in your dream, it may represent intelligence as long as it is flying free or roaming freely and is not in any danger of becoming prey. As it is very uncommon to dream of a crow, you have a special sort of wisdom and intuition that surpasses many other people. Trust the decisions you have been making recently. Your subconscious is telling you to lean on your logic and trust what you think is right.
A deer symbolizes grace, compassion, gentleness and natural beauty. It has feminine qualities and may point to the feminine aspect within yourself. It also represents independence, alertness and virility. Alternatively, the dream represents vulnerability and naivety. As a result, others may take advantage of you and your gullibility.
As you might guess, dogs in dreams deal with friendship and loyalty. Hearing dogs bark in your dream may represent damaging gossip in your life. Being bitten by a dog in a dream indicates you may be dealing with a guilty conscience. The dog is also a dream symbol for instinct so if you’re dreaming of dogs – you may want to follow your gut instinct in making decisions you’re struggling with at the moment. If you are being led by a dog in your dream, it suggests you are comfortable with yourself and/or you are in a good place to move forward with your plans.
Dolphins symbolize spirituality. Spiritual guidance, intellect, mental attributes and emotional trust. Dreams of dolphins are mostly inspirational, encouraging you to utilize your mind to it’s full capacity. It suggests that a line of communication has been established between the conscious and unconscious aspects of yourself. Dolphins represent willingness and ability to explore and navigate through emotions.
A dream is a microscope through which we look at the hidden occurrences in our soul – Erich Fromm
Animals in dreams such as elephants come into our dreams it is a message that we are able to deal with any obstacle we are faced with at this time. Elephants represent power, sovereignty, stability, and stead-fastness. The old adage ‘the elephant in the room’ is as true in dreams as in daily life. Sometimes, dreaming of elephants is a call to pay attention to something obvious in your life
Dream hawks represent a yearning for freedom. If your dream hawk is flying in the air, it suggests your plans are ambitious and you need to courage to see your vision to the end. If your hawk is in a cage or trapped, you may be feeling like you are not allowed to express yourself at this time or you are caught in a restricting relationship. Hawks have generations of history in helping humans hunt. In this light, dreaming of hawks may indicate a goal needs to be sought with a partner, mate or friend before the reward can be caught. The hawk in your dreams is a message to use your intellectual power to obtain the freedom you desire in life
To see a horse in your dreams symbolizes strength, power, endurance, virility and sexual power. It’s a strong physical energy and needs to tame the wild forces within. Horses often symbolize a part of your sexuality, power or strength. The wild, untamable nature of the horse can reflect to a current situation in life that you need to break free from, or the desire of releasing this inner-wildness everyone possesses.
A lion symbolises great strength, courage, aggression and power. You will overcome some of your emotional difficulties, or you’re ready to win that struggle that has been going on in your life. As king of the jungle, the lion also represents dignity, royalty, leadership, pride and domination. You are in an influential stage of your life and you may also need to exercise some restraint. Alternatively, a lion can represent your need for control over others; you have to be in charge.
The monkey in your dream symbolizes deceit, insight and intuition. You, or someone might be playing tricks or those around you might be working to advance their own interest. Alternatively, monkeys indicate an immature attitude, a playful nature and the mischievous side of your personality.
Dreams are as simple or as complicated as the dreamer
– Brian Herbert
Seeing a mouse in your dream indicates fear, insignificance and lack of assertiveness. It refers to feelings of inadequacy and fears that you are not measuring up. It might be telling you that you’ve been spending too much time hiding in the shadows of someone else. Alternatively, a mouse symbolizes minor irritations and annoyances. Perhaps you are letting petty problems or insignificant issues eat away at you?
To see a rabbit in your dreams signifies luck, magical power and success. You have a positive outlook on life. Alternatively, rabbits symbolize abundance, warmth, fertility and sexual activity. Perhaps your sex life needs to be kept in check? In particular seeing a white rabbit symbolizes faithfulness in love, while a black rabbit refers to fear of intimacy. Often, the white rabbit also serves as a guide to steer you toward the right direction.
To see a shark in your dream indicates feelings of anger, fear, hostility and fierceness. A long and difficult emotional period may form you to be an emotional threat to yourself or to others. You might be struggling with your individuality and independence. Alternatively, the shark represents a person in your life who is greedy and unscrupulous. The shark may also be an aspect of your own personality with these qualities.
Serpents in dreams represent psychic energy. When you dream of the serpent, it is a message for your to awaken your unconscious energies that influence your feelings, urges, and instincts. By bringing these energies up to the surface, you will further shape your personality and destiny. It’s important to note that serpents and snakes are extremely sensitive to their environment. Dreaming of serpents may be a prompt to be aware of your surroundings.
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