Cat Dreams

Pootsie the cat

Pootsie in Dreams & Waking Life

Many people dream about cats, especially people who own and/or care for cats.  It is perhaps one of the most commonly searched dream themes that bring people to my blog so I decided to write a blog just on dreams about cats!

If you do a search on the Internet about the meaning of cats in dreams, you will find various offerings that run from the ridiculous to the profound.  Stay away from explanations that offer pat answers and answers related to superstition.  Our feline friends have had a long and rich relationship with humans collectively and us personally so they deserve much more careful reflection when they appear in our nocturnal journeys of the psyche.

A good starting point for researching the meaning of cats in dreams is to be found in Cloud Nine: A Dreamer’s Dictionary by Sandra A. Thomson which associates a type of psychic energy with the cat: feminine power.  I like this explanation because I personally believe that all images and symbols in dreams represent types of energy within our psyche.  Thus in considering a cat dream symbol I need to ask myself what part of my energy makeup does this dream cat remind me of?  Is it my desire for or joy in independence?  Is it related to the abilities of feminine intuition?  Is it related to a personality trait such as being “catty?”  In a man’s dream would it be related to feminine aspects of his psyche?

In waking life, I do have a tabby cat that is very assertive, curious and smart.  When I dream of her, I not only think of how the dream might relate to or tell me about her as my pet, but also how her energy relates to some kind of energy within me.  In dreams, I am always glad to see her acting boldly and running freely because the dream is probably telling me she is healthy and strong while those aspects of her that live in me are also healthy and strong.

And conversely, when I dream of her being hurt or unwell, it causes me to ask all sorts of questions not only about her well-being but my own as well.  For example, I had a dream that she had a wounded leg which caused her to be immobile.  A while later, that actually did happen and I had to care for her as if she were bedridden.  The dream also was warning me that my own ability to make my way through life with catlike grace and knowing was impeded by wrong turns taken that just weren’t for me.

For additional reading, please see my other blogs:

A Source of Spiritual Insight: The Appearance of Animals in Dreams and Intuitive Inspiration

Working with Dream Themes: Wounded Animals

Catharsis and Atonement As Seen in Dreams

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Yesterday I had an interesting conversation with a Reiki healer who made the comment that her clients often experienced vivid dreams after she did a healing on them.

I began thinking about this and saw that this was only natural–perfectly in keeping with what dreams are all about.  One of the many purposes of dreams is to show us what is going on inside us, so a healing process, no matter if it is physical, emotional or spiritual will be reflected. 

Reiki healing works with the universal energy around us and the body’s own energy field.  I have always observed that dreams reflect through symbol and story the working of energy within us and the energy coming from outside of us.  So if there is a significant shift in energy this will be seen in dreams of catharsis and atonement, catharsis meaning a purging of negative emotions and atonement meaning a bringing back into a state of at-one-ment, or wholeness. 

Dreams of Catharsis

In terms of symbols catharsis may be expressed in dreams related to the bathroom such as toilet dreams, of having to urinate or defecate, of needing to take a bath or shower–or actually doing these things.

Dreams of Atonement

Atonement, or the process of realignment to one’s true self, may be expressed in dreams of being at a barber or hairdresser’s where one’s hair is being redone expertly by a professional in the business, of being coached or of being forgiven.

A successful catharsis and atonement may be reflected in bright lights in dreams, either coming from or through the dreamer, or dreaming that such a light passes through a symbol for the self such as a Christmas Tree.  However it is symbolized, it is powerful.  Have you seen your Day of Atonement in dreams?

Trump Politics and Absence of the Wise Old Woman Archetype

Crone Wisdom

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The archetype of the Wise Old Woman (Crone) is an important one both in our dreams and in the mythologies of the world. She is the psychic energy counterpart of the Wise Old Man, imparting feminine wisdom from age and the ages. Ideally, our world should have both energies functioning in the wonderful harmony of yin and yang among the female and male elders of our society.

In an age of patriarchy, this archetype is often oppressed because it rises up to challenge male energy when the Wise Old Man’s shadow side and negative characteristics become particularly strong or dominant. This oppression can be readily seen outwardly in the world around us with the subjugation and second class treatment afforded to women in so many places, and especially where wise feminine style leadership is needed to bring balance and harmony. Inwardly, it can be seen in our dreams if we dream of a woman, especially an older one, being oppressed or neglected.

It is not surprising that in all the photos of Donald Trump’s family you do not see a female counterpart to Donald Trump. It is very telling. This lady should be the emerging matriarch, possibly to become the matriarch of the Republican Party. And what is even more telling is that the current reigning matriarch, Barbara Bush, recently came out in a TV interview as being against Donald Trump.  She echoed so many women’s concerns when she asked what woman would want to vote for him?  It makes you wonder what wisdom of age and the ages will be missing if Trump becomes president? Wake Up America!

Can We Make the Term Priestess Respectable?

A prietess is a woman who helps others connect to the divine.

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While surfing on Pinterest I saw a definition of priestess and realized that I am truly one, along with some amazing ladies I know.  It is what I have been attempting to do ever since I began teaching dreamwork and meditation years ago.  Here is the definition:

A priestess is a woman who helps others connect to the divine so that they can heal and/or actualize their soul’s path.

I have found it interesting that women priests in the Episcopal Church are called priests and not priestess.  Perhaps the term resonates with witchcraft, and the wild things beyond the control of civilized constructs such as organized religion.  For sure, the term is connected to what the Hawaiians would call mana, or power.  Such power, no matter if it is a force of nature, or a force of our own souls or the force of a divine power, is indeed outside the control of humans.  Yet, this energy is what drives real spiritual enlightenment, healing, growth and conversion.  It is what religion is truly all about.   In resurrecting the term priestess, we can perhaps also bring back, or let back in again, the sacred life-giving energy that is needed to rejuvenate a person or a congregation.

I think all great priests, men or women, truly act out their calling when they serve this sacred function of connecting people to the divine, especially in a highly personal way such as attending to the needs of a dying person, doing spiritual direction, or healing a community conflict in such a way that it brings out the best in everyone.   However, nowadays,  sadly, emphasis is usually put elsewhere so that people are first more readily to identify priests as the performers of rituals and homilies that may or may not inspire and functionaries of religious organizations, not much different from a corporate CEO.   No wonder people, so many people, have a hard time finding life in a church!

All people hunger for an experience of the sacred.  Perhaps it will take priestesses to do the job, if the priests (male and female) don’t measure up to the job.  If this is the case, organized religion perhaps can expect to see a decline in attendance.

Do Dreams Deal with the Past, Present and Future?

From many years of working with dreams, I find that most of them deal with current issues, a few deal with past issues and some deal with issues of the distant future. For other people it may be different, but this is the conclusion I get when I experience them, write them down and reflect on them. Perhaps it is just me in that I feel I have few issues from the past that need resolving. I certainly have some in the future that I prepare for, or are trying to work out with resolution now. However, as with a lot of people, my so-called “burning issues” are the ones that I am dealing with today and the day after.

Usually, I have found, a dream is about either the past, present or future, but not all three at once–unless it is a dream that is covering a great deal of one’s life and is highlighting a major theme in one’s life. These are often the Great Dreams which give insight on one’s life purpose in light of the greater picture.

The Dreamscape: Out-of-Body Dwelling or Testing Ground for the Here and Now??

One of the many things we often take for granted every time we dream is the marvelous world we enter into when we dream: the Dreamscape. It is a landscape in another dimension often populated by people and places we oddly know, and by many we don’t know or have yet to discover in the waking dimension. One thing for sure is that it is a fascinating place if you begin to think about it seriously.

Some dream thinkers consider this dimension the place we go after we die. They suggest that you consciously get to know the dreamscape better by requesting dreams that will help you 1) remember your dreams and 2) be awake and aware in your dreams (lucid dreaming.) They say that doing these practices will be good preparation for dying. If you are comfortable and familiar with working with the dreamscape, death and what comes after will be easier to handle when you can no longer return to your body.

Others consider the dreamscape as a sort of universal virtual hologram where our energies meet with the energies of other forces, places and people who are destined for interaction on the earth plane. The purpose of this hologram is to set up the energetic dynamic and interchange before manifesting these energies on the physical plane. This is why observing the choices we make in dreams in so important. If I don’t like the choice I make in dreamtime, I can make another choice when that situation manifests in waking life. That is the real power of dreams. It ‘s not that they foretell the future, it’s that they give you an informed choice! This is my own view after forty years of working with dreams since I believe that everything has its source in the spiritual plane. But who can really say? Maybe I will ask for a dream that will give me the answer! 🙂

A Source of Spiritual Insight: The Appearance of Animals in Dreams and Intuitive Insight

Jesus likening himself to a mother hen

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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.

Dreams Help Heal Grief

One of the many healing functions of dreams is to reconcile or heal the profound pain of the loss of a loved one. The grieving process is helped along by insights that come with dreams as well as the actual visit of a loved in a dream that quite often conveys a message of comfort or helpful information.

For example, the night that my mother died, I dreamed that she came to me and said she now understood me in a way she hadn’t before, and she could see how special I was. This was a comforting surprise to me because while I understood that she loved me and accepted me; I always had the nagging feeling she didn’t really know where I was coming from. While we spent a lot of time together and got along peaceably together, she was not a talker and I usually didn’t bring up subjects that would make her even more reticent.

It is true that we were very different personalities. She was German-American haus-frau who was devoted to family, giving up her nursing career after she married. She expressed her love in what she did for us. I, on the other hand, was a career woman all of my life expressing my love in creative work such as writing and teaching. She often wondered why I never got married–even when I told her I stayed single because I had taken her advice of not settling for anything less than the best! The best just never came my way.

Having this dream made me feel that my relationship with her was now complete. There were no more loose strings or vague musings about what might have been. What dreams helped you resolve any issues with a person who has passed?

Working With Dream Themes: Riding Trains and Planes

Interpreting Dreams

A Dream Scene: Hopes Rising or a New Life Phase Taking Off?

Riding in or observing trains and planes are common dream themes which suggest something about the direction our lives our heading.   In times of transition, it is common to dream of planes landing, taking off, or crashing. Being at a train station, changing trains or boarding a train are also common scenarios in dreams. Questions to ask around these dreams might be:

  • Who is riding the train or plane? If it is me, how is the train or plane an analogy for my life journey at the moment? If the person is someone else, does the train or plane may represent my hopes or expectations for that person?
  • What is happening to the train or plane? Is it analogous to something that is happening in my life at the moment? For example, a plane lifting off suggests the start of a new project. A plane crashing suggests the crashing of hopes about an endeavor.
  • If I am changing or getting off a plane or train, what are the circumstances in the dream and how do they relate to things happening in my life now? Am I changing a career or have I come to the end of a project?
  • Is there a conductor, policeman or pilot acting as a helper in my dream to help get where I am going? This person may be spiritual guide or may represent an actual person who is trying to help me get where I need to go. What does he or she do to help me?
  • Does this dream refer to an actual trip? If I travel a lot, the dream may be trying to give me specific information about a particular trip. For example, missing a plane may be a warning to tell me to double check the departure time for the flight or it may suggest that the trip will not be worthwhile because I will miss the opportunity the trip affords.

In any case, further reflection and questioning about the dream can bring about added insights for your life transitions. Let the dream speak to you and you will go far!

Working with Emotional Energy Hooks in Dreams

Dreams Can Warn about manipulation

Recognizing the Emotional Hook in Dreams

Have you ever felt that someone was trying to “hook” you in making a particular response by making appreciative comments or gestures that subtly projected a threat if you did not comply with what this person wanted?

We all want to be loved, appreciated or complimented. However when someone sends a signal of so-called love or appreciation that contains a hidden hook, watch out!  It is easy to be snared and the gesture may be interpreted as “that person really admires or likes me.”  Actually, what is really being sent is the message that “I want to control you.” Sometimes, only your gut or dreams will know the answer when this person is a proficient manipulator.

Dreams Get below the Surface, See the Threat and Provide Solutions

One of the great advantages of being in tune with dreams is that our dreams can see through any phony affection that attempts to dominate. Also, they can alert us when we might be vulnerable to manipulation by this form of control because some of our own internal archetypes need healing.

Recently, I had the experience of someone trying to control my actions. This person sent me a most charming and affectionate email requesting that I be at a certain gathering.  I was not attending—something I had already talked about with this person. However, as soon as I got the email, I didn’t feel missed or appreciated. I felt an icky feeling that was the warning this person had tried to “hook” me. I checked my response out with an astute and emotionally intelligent friend who agreed there was a hook in that email. I began to think it wasn’t my imagination.

The experience recalled to me a dream I had just had of this email sender aiming a big ray gun at me. The icky feeling I had in the dream was just this icky feeling I got when I got the email, making me realize I had been “x-rayed” with a bolt of negative energy. Later, I was blessed with another dream that gave advice on how to deal with this person: in groups and never alone. So now, I do group emails with this person and am never alone dealing with this person.

With Dreams, Inner Often Equals Outer

The dream of the ray gun made me realize that person had awakened an archetype of negative energy within me that could harm me if left gone unchecked. Essentially, a part of me could hurt another part. My dream of dealing with this person in groups inspired me to enlist the help of all the wise and good parts of myself and my spiritual guides to help dealing with this potentially self-destructive energy within myself.

For more information on dreams and intuition, see my website at http://www.healingdreamgarden.com.