The Hidden Meanings Of Animal Dreams

animal dreamsVia InnerSelf, Robert Moss reveals how the animals in your dreams can help you:

Our ancestors believed that we are born with a connection with a particular totem animal; this was the raison d’être of the clan system. Some Australian Aborigines believe, up to the present day, that when a human is born, its “bush soul” is born in the form of an animal or bird.

Dream animals come to claim us as powers of the deeper world, revered and inhabited by our ancestors and still vitally alive in the deep cave of ancestral knowing, to which each of us has access if we are willing to go below the surface levels of consciousness.

Whatever animal is stalking you in your dreams, unfold its significance. Study its natural characteristics. Is it diurnal or nocturnal? What does it eat? You may find your dreams are giving you excellent tips on how to follow the natural path of your own energies.

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  • Lars Kram

    I frequently dream about cats, frogs, lizards and sometimes dogs. I always feel like the animals are trying to tell me something. Has anyone else dreamt about particular animals ? What do you think they represent/signify? I have my own theories, but it would be interesting to hear other’s takes.

    • Iuwus

      rat, panther, dog (during sleep) lion, cat, insect (during waking dreams) have been striking in mine. i had a pokemon obsession for ages so certain pokemon have strong presence for me too (mew).

      in mew’s case i was warned from visiting a dangerous destination i was unprepared for whilst lucid dreaming. the panther was definitely more of a ‘stalk and watch’ situation, he was superimposed on the fabric of dream in a way none of the other animals i remember have been so far, he seemed to arrive and depart outside the edges of the scene (Into apparent void). and his eyes! nothing else has looked at me with such clarity and penetration before. i dream of rats all the time since i live with them, usually they are all escaping and i have to put them back to avoid impending grievous injury. i *loathe* keeping animals in cages, mainly through reoccurance of this dream. it occurs to me my desire to keep them safe is at war with their desire for freedom as we sleep. the dog is my friend lottie from childhood, i didn’t see her again after i left home awake or in dreams but she visited a few nights in a row a few years later, at a time when it struck me she must either be dying or newly dead. she followed me around loyally in whatever dream situation we were in, and then after a few days she ceased to visit me again.

      so, the animals that i see while asleep tend to interact with me as ‘separate’ figures, leaving me intact. during waking dreams, such as trips and trances however, any animal manifestations that happen i become. the animals that happen during asleep dreams don’t show up in trips and trances and vice versa. a weird nuance of the different dreaming states methinks. i find it hard to give interpretations of what they ‘actually mean’ or whatever, they seem such complex assemblages of desires and fears, environmental factors, personal associations, collective/cultural associations, memory and god knows what else. it seems somehow arrogant to me though to suppose that they are nothing more than condensed symbols of various states of being.

      • Iuwus

        hmmm let me addend: perhaps the rat dreams are reflections of an exchange that is happening all the time whilst i am awake but am not usually aware of.

        • atlanticus

          Come to think of it, you could be infected with toxoplasmosis, as well…

          • Iuwus

            yeah i was just reading the wiki for it. it’s possible, that would be a connection i hadn’t considered before – how shared microbes affect consciousness while dreaming. morphogenic fields theory similarly opened my eyes to the possibility that my memory could also contain microbe memory, potentially accessible.

          • atlanticus

            They say that we think with our guts and our guts are 70% bacteria…or something like that. What I want to know is how did my toxoplasmosis know I would get stuck living with two grey cats before they were even born? Psychic Pathogens? (Should be a band name!)

          • Calypso_1

            They maintain hyper-dimensional links via Halicephalobus mephisto.

          • Iuwus

            “And I’m not the only Jedi that’s fucking with you~ (it’s true…!)”

          • atlanticus

            *Gets nauseous* is…there…a chance that that thing is in my guts right now? Do I even want to know?

            (Wikis) OMIGOD I AM SO RELIEVED.

          • Iuwus

            they speak to you through your dreams. ia!

          • Calypso_1

            I misidentified that. I don’t even think it’s been classified yet. Its a deep sea polychaete.

    • atlanticus

      I think my cat dreams just mean I’m infected with toxoplasmosis. So there’s that…>_>

  • jimpliciter

    I often dream of humans, does that count?

    • Calypso_1

      are they evolved humans or created humans?

  • atlanticus

    Cats. Two cats, grey. They circle me at night. Now i live with two actual grey cats, and i didn’t even intend to…have yet to surmise whether they are the same cats…

    • Iuwus

      how are they circling you, what impression are they giving off by doing this? if i may ask. does it bear much in common with your waking relationship with them?

      • atlanticus

        A few years ago, the dream cats were always a portent of an approaching demon figure, though they seemed more warning than omen…they always circled clock-wise…I haven’t seen them for a very long time (if they aren’t the same ones).

        However, one time, after I got one of these cats (real cats now) he appeared in a waking dream…no demons this time, but the theme song to “Alvin and The Chipmunks” was playing somewhere…I realized the song and the way the cat was acting was very strange and so I attempted an OBE…got about half-way out (like, sitting up), but then woke up.

        Got about half-way out again last night, actually, but this time…well, I got up to let the “real cat” out of the bedroom, started to fall back asleep and started hearing crashing in the kitchen. I was thinking “damn cat, knocking over things” until I realized it was too much commotion for one cat…rather than become alarmed at the possibility of burglars, I realized it was another waking dream and managed to get my legs and arms out.

        So, yeah, for me the cats are always about sleep paralysis / OBE potential…

        I’m having real difficulty getting completely out of body…I’ve heard rolling over, or pulling a rope…but that never works for me. Any tips, anyone?

        • Iuwus

          unfortunately i have only rare experience with OBE – once during the first acid trip (and not fully out), then on salvia (strong dose, found myself completely outside for a few moments). i also have fair amount of trouble lucid dreaming with any regularity. i tentatively suggest mental blocks and walls that must be lifted? for my bit i’m fairly confident suppressed memory has a part to play, something i’m working on slowly whilst awake without chemical assistance. remembering dreams/lucid dreaming and directed introversion seem dynamically related.

          edit: ah interesting memory – during the salvia OBE i saw myself apparently seated on a lotus-in-motion. a clue maybe.

          • atlanticus

            I don’t know how one can even tell if they are “in” or “out” during a salvia trip…but of course, that’s all subjective…

            I do quite often get the strangest feeling that there’s something I used to know that I’m supposed to remember…

            I used to find it easiest to lucid dream when sleeping somewhere unfamiliar. My cousin also finds this to be true, but more with sleep-walking than lucid dreaming. Unfamiliar surroundings definitely cause general sleep disturbances.

        • Calypso_1

          Getting up with the dreaming body to ‘put on’ an article of clothing or shoes can work. If you can program a trigger so that it is a special piece of clothing only for dreaming will help. Any object that you can associate only with the dreaming body can work – a key, pocketwatch, piece of jewelry. Never use the objects in the waking world but train through visualization/meditation to move out of your body to retrieve them. Start paying attention to how little consciousness one often has when you actually awake in real life. Unless you are a ‘bright eyes & bushy tailed’ morning person, most people go through several stages of highly unconscious behavior. You kind start doing mindfulness practices upon real awakening to bring your consciousness more fully into the body before engaging in routine behavior on autopilot. Not only does it lead to better real-world awakening you are creating the pathways necessary for better conscious dreaming control.

          PS:
          Are you sure the ‘Alvin & Chipmunks Theme’ was not in fact a demonic manifestation?

          • atlanticus

            Ah yes, the “Inception” method. Well, I’ll give it a try and let you know if it works out…

            That’s funny that you’d ask whether the song was a demonic manifestation. I told one of my more woo-woo friends this story and he immediately said “oh, ‘they’ were messing with you because you were getting cocky”. *shrugs* :P

  • emperorreagan

    I converse with animals when I meditate.

    • Cortacespedes

      I converse with animals when I hike.

      Recently I conversed with a very pissed off rattlesnake at 3am; bit of a one sided conversation.

      However, I did receive and understand its implicit message loud and clear.

  • Dingbert

    The only dream I’ve ever had involving animals included a pack of Alf/grizzly bear hybrids that had hypnotizing swirls for eyes, and were controlled by a mysterious, laughing lumberjack. I would like a different dream animal, please.

  • NeuroticExLOL

    Animals are used in many meditative forms. Many times seen under psychedelic influence. LIKE OXYGEN!!!!!!!

  • Frédéric Plante

    Our ancestor use to believe that the Earth is flat and the Sun turn around it also. Please don’t believe every thing our ancester believed. They would not of believed what they believed if the knew better.

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