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Of tattoos and tribes: Dreaming of Snake

The lore of the snake. What is it about this creature that’s both attractive and yet so terrifying? And, even more importantly, why do we dream of snake?

Our relationship to snakes is as old as we are and just as rich and complex as the myths that revere them. But those myths have long disappeared and lay dormant in our daily subconsciousness.

Yet snake uncoils when we least expect it, coming out to play in our nightly adventures.

Perhaps the answer lies somewhere buried in what Jung calls our collective unconscious.

That Snake is calling her tribe! 

Are you from my tribe?

In June, I gave a talk on dreams of the bereaved at the annual IASD conference in Berkeley. Little did I realize Snake would be joining me there. The conference started with a reunion with JFKU dream students gathering together. I greeted one woman and fellow DTer Judith McEnroe who had a most fascinating tattoo on her wrist…it was a snake.

I was dumbstruck because only a week before I had dreamed of snakes, and Judith’s snake tattoo and my dream snakes had the exact intricate pattern!

I begged her to share the meaning of her tattoo which I later learned came from a dream.

This was Judith’s dream:

I was sitting across the table from an elderly Native American man. A fairly large snake was curled up on my lap. As I pushed away from the table to give the snake more room it began to slowly unfold and wrap itself around my body. Is it dangerous?, I ask the man. No, he says and tells me to raise my left arm above my head.

The snake coils itself around my arm and rests it’s head on the back of my hand. It has a wide red band around its neck that is at the level of my wrist. The snake has wide black and yellow bands on the rest of its body. I wake up hearing a voice (my own voice) telling me that I must get a tattoo of the snake so that my tribe will recognize me. ….I now have a tattoo of snake around my wrist.

I smiled, shook her hand and said. “I believe I am member of your tribe.”

Snake is awakening

Dreaming of snakes is a regular occurrence, but what made this encounter special was not only the shared dream with Judith but the continued snake encounters throughout the conference of people who were also asking…why am I dreaming of Snake?

It seemed my shared dream with Judith was shedding light on the mystery of these encounters.

I am walking in a forest and come across a natural enclosure. I suddenly see one very long snake resting in a tree, at first camouflaged. I see the body, the markings and head-it rises up becoming “awake.”

Then all the tree branches come alive with snakes, awakening! It’s like now that I “see” one, I can see them all. It’s also understood that the seasons were turning (weather warming) so the snakes were more animated, more visible.

I am then startled by a giant snakeskin dropped at my feet from a high branch. I look up and notice a Leopard in the trees. We lock eyes. I realize she has dropped it there and is a mother with two cubs. In the dream, I am telling this story to someone—it is liked I’ve walked this path many times-now the animals have awakened…were always here but now were becoming visible.

Like the snakes in my dreams, I was beginning to find others who were ‘snake people,’ too, at least drawn to its essence.

The snakes were becoming more visible. It was like finding my tribe.

Snake as Divine Feminine

During my presentation titled “When Orpheus Looked Back: Dreams of the Bereaved” I used the myth of Orpheus as a template for the stages of initiation for those who experience the death of a loved one. Orpheus who mourned the death of Eurydice, (who was bitten by a snake!) grieved her so profoundly that he followed her into the Underworld to get her back.

Because of his music and clear dedication to Eurydice, he was able to tame the three headed Cerberus and melt the heart of Persephone, Queen of the Underworld. Orpheus’ only task was to lead Eurydice out of the Underworld and not look back.

But Orpheus looked back.

One woman in the audience asked “Why isn’t there much information on Eurydice? And why was she bitten by a snake?”

Why indeed.

Talking with Jungian oriented psychoanalyst and professor, Lynne Ehlers after the presentation (who also happened to give her presentation on the archetype of Snake!), we both agreed that Snake’s connection to the Divine Feminine (Eurydice bitten by a snake) ‘went underground’ or “into the Underworld” as more patriarchal religions and politics took over and Snake has lay dormant ever since…until now.

I see the snake as very ancient and wise with its power held closely to the Great Mother. Perhaps the reemergence of Snake in our dreams is this energy awakening within us and leaving her mark so we may recognize our tribe.

The mark of Snake

 United States public domainAlso like Judith, I have had dreams of being marked by snake, namely from a bite or tattoo.

In one dream I was sitting with a mysterious elder woman who was tattooing a Giant Snake that wrapped around my entire body.  The intention of this ceremony was for my initiation and a healing for a woman who was raped. After the ritual, I looked at my reflection and was both terrified and in awe…I had completely transformed and somehow knew there was no turning back to ‘the old ways.’

I explored this dream over the years and found snake symbols associated with ancient mystery cults like the Orphic Egg and the Mithraic figure: That of a half human half lion with a snake wrapped around its body.

And Like Judith, other DT’ers in the article “Snake Dreams and Initiation” have shared similar snake dreams of being marked in some way that felt both initiatory and healing.

What might Snake mean as dream medicine?

  • Snakes and healing have been considered synonymous since ancient times, especially in exploring the caduceus, Pythian priestesses of Delphi and its connection to Aesculapian temples. Perhaps those who are drawn to Snake are natural healers.
  • Another characteristic is intuition. Many snake people sense things that others might not. They are literally tuned into the subtle worlds and energies around them.
  • Snake may be calling those who are drawn to the mysteries and secret knowledge as illustrated in many esoteric teachings and symbolism. Repelled by the injustices and inconsistencies in the world and being drawn to inner wisdom that can be found in dreams.
  • I also see Snake as consciousness and mindfulness of the Now. The snake’s steady gaze reminds me of being fully in the present moment and grounded in the earth. This awareness means carrying incredible focus and passion and when the moment is right, you strike!

What can Snake tell us of our true Natures?

Is she something to fear like we learned from western biblical teachings or should we look deeper beyond our limited view of what she represents for us?

Considering the history of the many deaths and persecutions of those who are on the Snake path, it is understanding that there is fear tied to these practices. From witch burnings to ethnic cleansing of indigenous cultures to our own politics today that control certain populations, namely women’s bodies: Snake has a lot to be afraid of.

But paradoxically, those who try to control or repress Snake are the ones who are truly afraid.

Snake is not only divine she is the divine power in us all. This is what is feared the most. Snake is the gateway to healing and awakening ourselves to possibilities if we can face it with courage.

Let’s continue sharing Snake together, let’s find our tribe!

About the Author:

Linda believes dreams can transform individuals & bring communities together. Her research, art & therapeutic work run the gamut from spiritual alchemy to ancestral knowledge to altered states of consciousness. SF Dream Research Examiner SF Examiner and Empact Institute

When are snake dreams actually dream medicine?

There are dreams with snakes in them …

… and then there are Snake Dreams.

These dreams can signal a major life shift.

They can help you transform negative traits into positive power.

In fact, some snake dreams are so powerful they can affect you for weeks, months or even years.

Well, in this post I’m going to talk about the potency of snake dreams …

… and then I’m going to show you how to work with your own snake dream medicine.

Snake Medicine: Understanding the Potency of Snake Dreams

Most people have frustrating emotional patterns they don’t like, for instance anger, depression, bitterness, or low self-esteem.

But lying dormant in these negative emotions are great gifts. Working with your dream medicine is one way to transform those energies into helpful allies who can give your life more meaning.

According to Christina Pratt, shaman and founder of the Last Mask Center,

Our medicine is first a poison — like emotional oversensitivity or a hot, righteous temper that ends relationships and loses jobs.

As we mature spiritually and psychologically in response to our suffering, we are actually being transmuted by the poison. In that inner transmutation, we become able then—and only then—to transmute the poison in the outer world and bring it as medicine to others. The anger that once lost you friends, lovers, and jobs can become the medicine that makes you a potent, astute and trusted negotiator on an international stage.

What upsets us the most in every day life and drives us to ask for help is the dormant energy of our unique genius and the key to our soul’s purpose.

Source: http://www.pr.com/press-release/359673

Your dreams can help you access this powerful process.

I’m Being Swallowed by a Boa Constrictor

In 2004, I was going through a particularly difficult and emotional time, and I needed to find a new channel for my emotions.  I was about to be ordained as an interfaith minister when something unexpected happened that sent me into deep resentment. That’s when I had the snake dream of all snake dreams.

In the dream I am standing ankle-deep in a river. I see a giant egg that is about 2 feet long and 1.5 feet wide. The egg is resting on top of a giant snake head.

The snake body is immersed in the water, but I can’t see it.

I feel a moment of panic because I know I have to let the snake eat me.

Now I am inside the belly of the snake. I can feel the humid moisture of the tight muscles as the enormous snake swallows me alive.

I am uncomfortable, to say the least, and deeply afraid as the muscles pull me through the snake’s digestive tract.

It was a terrifying, but soulful experience. One I am likely to remember forever.

Snake Dreams and (Shamanic) Initiation Ceremonies

Although snakes fulfill many roles in mythology, the Rainbow Serpent, an Aboriginal mythic deity, views this particular snake as initiator and teacher:

“The Rainbow Serpent is a gigantic serpent which has its home in deep and permanent waterholes and represents the element of water … In some tribes it is the object of … the cult of the initiation ceremonies. In a considerable number of tribes it is the chief source or one of the chief sources of the magical powers possessed by the medicine-men.”

Source: The Rainbow Serpent: A Chromatic Piece edited by Ira R. Buchler, Kenneth Maddock, page 126

During such ceremonies, dismemberment and death are common steps of the initiation process.

“The male snake-group … swallows the initiates into the ritually pure masculine age grade: from mystification through ingestion to intelligibility in defecation is the path that we are set upon.”

Source: The Rainbow Serpent: A Chromatic Piece edited by Ira R. Buchler, Kenneth Maddock, page 126

Although my dream snake was not rainbow-colored, it certainly shared many similarities with the Rainbow Serpent: it was enormous, lived in a waterhole, and swallowed me.

Without realizing it, I’d been initiated into snake medicine. At the time, I didn’t know what that meant, but years later I had another powerful dream experience that helped me understand.

This time it happened while I was meditating.

As I sat on my floor in a trance state, I suddenly felt a tangible presence behind me. I turned to look, thinking it was my cat, but with my inner vision I saw a very large snake slither by me. It was about the same size as the snake I saw in my dream and I wondered if it was the same one.

This snake had a distinct feminine presence. I asked her what her name was and she said, “Bethesda.”

My mind immediately thought of Bethesda, Maryland, but that seemed an unlikely link!

My deeper intuition, however, made a connection with the Pool of Bethesda. Admittedly, I didn’t know anything about it, other than to know the name, so I quickly researched it.

I’m glad I did …

The Pool of Bethesda is in Jerusalem and it is the healing pool referred to in the Gospel of John:

“Now in Jerusalem next to the Sheep Pool there is a pool called Bethesda in Hebrew, which has five porticoes; and under these were crowds of sick people, blind, lame, paralyzed waiting for the water to move; for at intervals the angel of the Lord came down into the pool, and the water was disturbed, and the first person to enter the water after this disturbance was cured of any ailment from which he was suffering.” (John 5 2-4)

I continued my research and found something even more intriguing and relevant. In the 1st century BC, natural caves to the east of the pool of Bethesda were turned into small baths as part of an asclepieion.

Source: Jerome Murphy-O’Connor, The Holy Land, (2008), page 29

An asclepieion was a temple where people went to be healed. Snakes were sacred to Asclepius, the god of healing, and he often was depicted as carrying a staff with a snake coiled around it. The temple floor was graced with the presence of snakes that were allowed to roam freely through the rooms where the sick and injured people came to heal. Non-venomous, of course.

Perhaps Bethesda, my snake friend, was from this place.

Working with Snake Medicine

I didn’t realize it then, but these two events – my dream of being swallowed by a snake and my introduction to Bethesda – were initiations into my role as healer.

Not only did the experience help me understand the potency of my emotions, I am now able to call upon snake medicine to help transform my anger into healing energy.

Today, Bethesda is one of my main spiritual guides. She is more than a snake. She feels infinitely wise, loving and gentle despite her enormous size.

In my personal life and while doing healing sessions, I ask her for guidance and receive useful help from her in times of need. I even send her to help my clients when they need extra and ongoing healing help; they tell me they can perceive her presence.

Embracing dream medicine, whether it is from a snake dream or any other dream, is a process of integrating sleeping and waking dream information. It requires paying attention to outer and inner senses, which are often underdeveloped in Western cultures. But anyone who wishes to can learn how to develop these senses.

Developing Your Dream Medicine

1. Pay attention to your dreams, especially Big Dreams that capture your attention for long periods of time.

2. Notice waking dreams from shamanic journeying, meditation, or imagery that pops into your mind and acknowledge what happens.

3. Research your experiences to find out if there is a history that is foreign to you.

4. Work with your dream medicine. Ask your snake or other images how you might work with them to get guidance and help.

5. Then stay open to their visitations and dream guidance. You might be surprised. Even though you can call on them for assistance, they may show up when you least expect it. Just remember to pay attention to your inner senses. If you’re new to this, you may start seeing things you’ve never seen before.

Have you ever been swallowed by a snake or other creature in a dream? If so, share your experience below.

Also share if you’ve ever had an initiation dream that helped you on your lifework journey.

P.S. Please respect other people’s wishes and refrain from interpreting their dreams unless they specifically ask for your assistance.

About the Author:

Amy Brucker helps people heal their ancestral wounds so they can free their purpose, passion, and inner power. She offers a one-on-one, private healing/mentoring program Healing the Ancestral Wound. See link "Work with Me" on main menu for details.

Answering the Call to be a Big Dreamer

When you realize you’re an intuitive, Big (Shamanic) Dreamer, it’s not uncommon to feel a bit alone in the world.

That’s because Western culture is not set up to help people who have strange experiences and see invisible things.

We’re often labeled as weird or woo-woo or any number of pejorative terms.

But I’ve met countless people who have crazy dreams and unusual waking life experiences who are quite sane and grounded, yet who have no idea how to work with these gifts.

I know what it’s like. I was one of them.

Called to be a Big Dreamer (also known as a Shaman)

My dreams have called me to a magical, mystical path, but for most of my life, I didn’t know what was happening.

My initiation into dreaming was hypnopompic. When I was five, I woke to find an animated farm scene on my bedroom wall. Horses were neighing. Cows were mooing. I was afraid, yet the imagery stayed locked in my mind, drawing me deeper into a life spent living in two worlds.

Walking and Waking Between Worlds

The more I dreamed, the more my dream life took center stage. But when I was 22 something strange started happening to me.

I started doing shamanic journeys without knowing that’s what they were, and received verifiable information during my quests.

I received psychic information in my dreams and in waking life.

I had spontaneous OBEs (out-of-body experiences) while asleep. I’d wake up in a liminal realm, where the world was blue and I was neither awake nor asleep. While in that space, I heard alien voices that asked me who I was. I told them I didn’t know.

I was confused. I felt alone. I had no idea what was going on. And the only people I could think of to ask for help didn’t know either.

Finally, I met a friend who suggested I read Robert Monroe’s books on OBEs. It helped tremendously, but still, I didn’t know why this was happening to me and I definitely didn’t know what to do about it.

Maybe these experiences are common, but I don’t think so. Rather, they may be an indication of a calling to become what we at the DreamTribe call a Big Dreamer – someone who has an innate ability to dream for information and healing purposes. In this context, I am not referring only to sleeping dreams, but waking dreams (visions) and shamanic dream journeys.

Perhaps if I had been born into another culture, to people who lived close to the earth, my abilities would have been recognized by my elders, signifying something meaningful. I will never know.

What I do know is that the shamanic path is the only one that has ever felt authentic to me, but as a white Westerner I didn’t know how to pursue this path with integrity.

In my late twenties, I dabbled in Lakota pipe ceremonies and sweat lodges, but it felt wrong, even though I participated with reverence and initiated Lakota leaders.

I missed my own indigenous heritage. I wanted to know what my Nordic-Germanic ancestors would have done. What my Jewish ancestors would have said. How my Celtic and Anglo-Saxon ancestors would have initiated me.

So I started dreaming about them.

Dreaming of my Ancestors

They came to me and showed me drums and ceremonies. Nordic ritual drums. Jewish mystical dances. Welsh ceremonies to help pass down power from generation to generation.

But I also had sleeping dreams of American Indian medicine people. They taught me, protected me and led me on vision quests. I dreamed of Sun Dances and ceremonies and wondered what it meant.

I even had a series of dreams about Huichol shamans, even though I know nothing about them. The curious thing about these dreams was that the shamans weren’t actually Huichol. One was a red-haired Scot and the other was Japanese. This juxtaposition seemed to be a message: we are people of the earth, and although our cultural heritage can shape and inform us, more important is the willingness to heed the call, regardless of cultural inheritance.

So after many years of fighting it, of denying it, of pretending like I didn’t know, I answered the call. I am a Big Dreamer. A soul healer. Or what some cultures might call a shaman.

What does it mean to be a Soul Healer in modern times?

In my work, I travel between worlds to gather information. In the process I help my clients retrieve lost soul parts, confront their demons and clear energetic blocks that prevent them from living in alignment with their soul’s purpose.

Many of my clients are healers in their own right, who like me were at one point (or still are) confused about how to navigate this tricky calling.

That’s because people called to this path have little context for it. Our culture doesn’t recognize this role. There is no obvious training, so many people end up following other cultures’ traditions, which can lead to feelings of resentment and appropriation, while other people choose a path of denial and end up ignoring their soul’s callings.

But then there are those who attempt to walk an authentic path, even though they have no teachers or guides to help them. It can be a solitary journey, in many ways, and sometimes quite lonely.

One of the reasons I founded the DreamTribe was to help usher in a new era of dream healers; to provide sanctuary for those who do not understand their initiation experiences, or their wild and crazy dreams. To create an authentic pathway that is not steeped in other cultures traditions, yet honors the old ways.

All of us on the DreamCouncil have our own version of this story. We — Atava, Katrina, Linda, Ryan and I — are committed to helping people like you explore your own path toward becoming a full-fledged Big Dreamer.

That’s why we’re sharing our dream stories with you. It’s our way of calling together a new tribe: a global group of healers, of dreamers, of conscious people who are ready to step more fully into the role of Big Dreamer.

It’s time. And we’re here to help.

What do you think? What is the role of the Big Dreamer in today’s society?

Share your thoughts below.

And, remember to share your own dream story here.

*Photo collage by Amy E. Brucker using Flickr.com images by Drown (butterfly), Chez Sugi (woman statue).

About the Author:

Amy Brucker helps people heal their ancestral wounds so they can free their purpose, passion, and inner power. She offers a one-on-one, private healing/mentoring program Healing the Ancestral Wound. See link "Work with Me" on main menu for details.

Initiation Dreams: Ancestral Communication

Right now, I’m a traveler.

I’ve been on the road for three months visiting Scotland, England, Norway, and Switzerland. Back home, I don’t have a job or a house; I’m truly a vagabond.

You could say I’m on the heroine’s journey, an initiatory journey to find my true self.

Before I left, I set the intention to connect with my ancestral lands, and hopefully, in some way, my ancestors.

I haven’t been disappointed.

It’s not in waking life that I have encountered my ancestors; instead, they introduce themselves in dreams and meditations, bringing me guidance and support.

Take, for example, this dream, which I had on May 17.

I am at prom. It’s partly outside and partly inside. I’ve come here alone. There’s a buffet I peruse. Then at some point there’s a big pool outside and in it swim orcas. A Hawaiian-looking man is working with and swimming with them, and he has an amazing connection with them. Somehow, I do too.

How can I tell this dream has an ancestral bent?

  • The setting of the dream. Prom is our modern culture’s equivalent of an initiatory ritual.
  • The location of the dream: the prom is half inside and half outside, indicating a threshold between the two worlds of the conscious and unconscious. The point of going on an initiatory journey is to travel, leaving behind the old and stepping into the new.
  • The characters: whales and a Hawiian-looking man. Although I do not have blood ancestry in Hawaii, I see the Hawaiian man as a representation of someone indigenous and ancestral.

And whales, as we’ve been exploring at the Dream Tribe, often represent the record keepers of the collective unconscious, a world the ancestors knew well.

This dream has become the harbinger of what I could expect to learn on my trip and it is showing me my progress in my heroine’s journey.

First, I am at prom. In waking life, prom sucked. Friends and family nagged me until I found a date at the last minute and I was bored for 80 percent of the time. So much for a powerful initiation ritual.

But in the dream, I am at the prom because I chose to go. I went alone. No one else was involved in my decision to attend. Just like this trip.

I peruse the buffet, a representation of all the choices I have now. The ancestors show me that because I have decided to do this alone, I have a whole buffet of options.

And that’s not even the best part.

Here’s the cherry on top: I am gaining access to a new power, one that is more intuitive and connected with nature. One that the Hawaiian man knows well. An ancestral way of knowing.

In the dream, the man works with and swims with the whales. He stands at the side of the pool, his arms up to the sky, communicating with the whales non-verbally. The dream demonstrates that I can communicate with the unconscious and attain ancestral knowing by utilizing non-verbal communication. Like, for instance, in dreams.

The ancestors seem to say, “Let go of your Western, logical, aggressive, goal-oriented thinking. Follow your own path. And follow it by learning to relax, go with the flow, swim in the unconscious, and seek guidance from the ancient ones.”

This dream was my initiation into indigenous mind.

So what does it mean to live in flow with ancestral knowing?

  • I make decisions from the heart and not the mind.
  • I trust that I am held and supported in my decisions.
  • I constantly express my gratitude for the ancestors, the land, and the friends helping me along the way.
  • I listen to my dreams and ask them for guidance.
  • I trust my gut instincts, my intuition.
  • I pay attention to signs and synchronicities.
  • I center myself within love and not fear.
  • I slow down and become present to the moment and the place where I am.
  • I let go of material things and goals.

Ever since I had the orca dream, I have watched my old habits unravel. I see myself sinking more into the uncertainty and trust that is required to live in this new way.

Sometimes I stumble.

But I have also opened my heart, made many deep connections, and discovered that every day is a chance to practice this new way of being. And that is exciting beyond measure.

How have you tapped into indigenous ways of knowing?

Have your ancestors come to you in dreams in forms other than you would recognize as your blood ancestors?

About the Author:

Katrina's work involves illuminating the soul and reconnecting with nature through her artistry with a camera, talent with words, expertise in dreamwork, compassionate teaching style, and ability as a clairvoyant. Visit her here: KatrinaDreamer.com

Initiation dreams: meeting the keeper of the records

As heroes and heroines across the ages embarked on the archetypal journey of initiation, they often encountered a sea monster or other creature as they entered the Underworld or the underbelly of Mother Earth.

This perilous journey is clearly not for everyone.

Of course, there are those who actively seek out the mysteries of the universe. For others it is not a choice, rather it is a calling they must heed out of responsibility for the tribe, or one that comes to them unbidden in dreams.

Animals in Initiation Myths

In his book Rites and Symbols of Initiation, anthropologist and scholar, Mircea Eliade discusses the role of animals in terms of initiation and rites of passage. One such common motif is the act of being swallowed by a sea monster, digested fully, and then appearing out the other side. This act is one of rebirth and the hero emerges newly born and fully transformed.

Eliade writes: “(We) need only remember the situation of the novices shut up in initiatory cabins in the shape of some marine monster, they are supposed to have been swallowed by the monster and be in its belly, hence they are “dead,” digested and in process of being reborn. One day the monster will disgorge them-that is, they will be born again.” This “beyond is also a place of knowledge and of wisdom…and is imagined as entry into the body of a fish or a sea monster…”

The act of being swallowed was sometimes played out in rituals, often practiced in caves. Other times, the initiate received a vision or dream with a similar motif, like being dismembered and put together again, reborn or digested by a monster and then later emerging anew, often with ‘supernatural’ abilities.

The Big Dream as Modern Rite of Passage

In our modern times, we are sadly removed from the indigenous practices of our ancestors and it is the dream, the last frontier that bestows us access to esoteric knowledge: namely in the form of the ‘Big Dream.’

Many of us experience the Big Dream or exceptional human experiences (EHE) (a term coined by researcher Rhea A. White) for a greater purpose than we realize. With these experiences comes new knowledge that may alter us in a profound way. These dreams are often spiritual awakenings or initiations and may lead to a dramatic transformation in the dreamer.

But how does this dream stand out from others and what is its purpose in our lives?

I believe the most important aspect of “Big Dream” is its emotional impact on the dreamer. The feelings of pure joy and love, even to the point of ecstasy rarely experienced in waking life, are an indication that you may have had a spiritual awakening or initiation. I’ve woken in such a state of mind, and find that I can return to it for weeks if I put myself back into the dream state.

As far as content is concerned, there are certain common elements to these “big dreams” such as apocalyptic scenes, encounters with guides or otherworldly beings, alchemical death and rebirth motifs and of course being confronted by a whale.

When these dreams occur, the dreamer may transcend into a higher awareness or higher reality that can be directly reached in the sleeping state.

Whale Knowledge

There have been many recordings of whale dreams, both archaic and modern. The Dream Tribe has been paying attention to such recordings on our site and each dream or waking vision carries that feeling of awe and a sense of ‘largeness’ than its creator.

Here is one of a series of whale dreams I recorded:

I am on a boat or barge that is docked. The waves are rough and stormy, pushing hard against the boat. People are afraid all around me but I’m not. I want to stay.

Suddenly I hear this loud wail-like moan that makes the boat vibrate. I look out into the water and see a beautiful but fierce orca whale, shining a brilliant black and white. He is the one calling and I watch and listen with awe and fascination.

In this particular dream, an orca whale is vibrating the entire boat with its moan-like wails, calling to me. Later I awoke feeling ecstatic, as if initiated into the deeper mysteries of life.

I also noticed during this time a strange sensation near the bottom of my ear and that I could pick up ‘higher frequencies’ during the hypnagogic state.

Whale as Keeper of the Records

In many cultures, whales have been given the role as the ‘keeper of records” or holder of what Carl Jung called “the collective unconscious.” It is not surprising since whales been around for millions of years and like their dolphin friends, they are mammals that had to adapt to the sea. Interestingly, they can communicate using high frequencies through sonar and echolocation, just like in my dream.

Perhaps the whale dreams offer us a special gift, a way to receive this ancient knowledge with new “ears” and with reverence to preserve these awesome creatures.

Have you ever been swallowed by a dream creature?

If so, what type of creature and what happened in the dream?

How did this transform you?

Share below and leave a comment.

About the Author:

Linda believes dreams can transform individuals & bring communities together. Her research, art & therapeutic work run the gamut from spiritual alchemy to ancestral knowledge to altered states of consciousness. SF Dream Research Examiner SF Examiner and Empact Institute