I’ve been recording my dreams for over 30 years, keeping journals & reflecting on the meaning of my dreams for I believe they are messengers that can inform our lives. In the past few years, I’ve extended my dreamwork wisdom to workshops & women’s groups, with the intention of helping others use their intuitive wisdom to interpret their own dreams.
Our inner council (intuition, gut, guardian angel, etc…) works for our highest good. It’s up to us to acknowledge that & make changes as needed.
In a recent dream, a white alligator protected a younger version of myself. The alligator sat half-submerged in the water, unmoving yet vigilant & alert to her surroundings. Nothing escaped her notice. I sat timidly in the shelter of some exposed tree roots where the water met the shore. I was hiding but never saw what the danger was. The alligator knew… she would make sure I stayed safe.
When I awoke, I referenced Animal Speak by Ted Andrews. This resource is full of animal facts & symbolic interpretations that have guided me well for years. Even if I dream about the same animal more than once, I’m able to get something different & relevant from this book. This time, the part that resonated for me was a few sentences on the alligator’s eating habits & how it digests its food very slowly. That spoke to where I am now. I’m taking in a lot of new information from a variety of sources. Some is worth retaining & applying to my life. Other information is merely that endless stream of garbage from the internet, the news, & print media.
If the alligator dream wasn’t enough of a message, I read Grandmothers Counsel the World by Carol Schaefer. The passage I read aligned perfectly with the dream. In it, Schaefer quotes a Yupik elder (a tribe of indigenous people near the Arctic Circle) who said, “Yupiks believe it is significant that we are born very small & grow slowly, not eating right away, slowly developing our awareness of the world.”
Synchronicity… I’m hearing the same message to “slow down & be deliberate with my actions” from more than one source. I take this to mean that I need to limit the intake of information so I can slowly process what I’ve already learned. Digest what I’ve already bitten off before taking another bite. To stay in balance, I need to proceed at a pace that’s right for me. These messages alert me to the fact that I’ve been so eager to learn, grow, & move on to a new project that I’m at risk of making careless mistakes. Instead of working shallow & broad, I need to work deep & narrow, focusing on what truly matters. What I do is meaningful & I need to take it to a new level without being distracted by the rest of the information bombarding my mind, heart, & soul.
Dreams are powerful. I’ll honor my own inner wisdom & heed what they have to say.