Dreams are very much about healing at all levels, spiritual, emotional and even physical, if we would only be aware of them and attend to their efforts. If you are going through a rough transition that is taking a toll emotionally, dreams may come to let you know you are cared for and to let you know you are not yourself. Here is an example:
Dream: I am in a clinic and see my usual buoyant, optimistic, smiling self in a mirror. Then I let myself feel my real feelings. I am feeling unusually grim and pessimistic.A doctor comes up to me and uses a stethoscope to examine my heart. I ask why he’s doing this. He tells me I am not in my usual emotional state and he just wants to check me out. I know he is right and intuitively feel in the dream he is mainly concerned about my emotional heart, not necessarily the physical one. Then another doctor does the same, focusing more on the left side.
When I woke up I was touched that some dream physicians were taking care of me and my emotional situation. It made me focus more on what I was feeling at the moment and not on the breezy, upbeat persona I was reflecting to the world. I needed to look at the left side (the intuitive side) of my emotional heart.
Since I just finished teaching a class this past semester, I have time to rest and spend a little more time with myself and getting in touch with those feelings that are dragging me down. Maybe the dream doctors were tell me I needed to manifest their thoughtfulness and concern for myself.
The animal-human relationship has had a big influence in human psychological development. One way this can be seen is the deep attachment and communication that can happen between a pet owner and the pet. Even with animals in the wild, humans have long looked on magnificent and tiny creatures and wondered at their various gifts such as speed, flight, cunning or strength. It is no wonder that animals often appear in our dreams or intuitive insight. Perhaps we are either being given, or given insight, into that animal’s energy to meet a particular challenge of the moment. It is no wonder that ancient people worshiped animals. They wanted the particular energy associated with that animal to face the tasks ahead so they called upon the spirit of that animal to help them.
Even Jesus recognized the special energy that each animal exhibits. In Luke 13:34 he resonates with the deep caring nature of the mother hen as he compared himself to that humble bird who gathers who her brood under her wings. He could have compared himself to a grand animal of any sort like an eagle or a horse. Instead, he feels great compassion for his people and wants to protect them from the many dangers. Perhaps he is calling on this energy within himself for the tasks lying ahead for him.
Notice when an animal appears in your dreams or meditation. Ask yourself what energies you associate with that animal and then ask why you might need this energy at this time in your life. As a follow-through, try to act with the energy of that animal to meet the challenge facing you.