Just a few days ago I had a conversation during a yoga session regarding dreams. A lady commented that she was really tired and shared some of the dreams she had been having. I noticed I actually had a bit of ‘dream envy’ having not had any vivid dreams for a long while. They were in abundance when I was younger and I miss the strange and interesting stories that used to unfold whilst I was sleeping.
And then, lo and behold, there it was …!
I awoke this morning during a very vivid dream, in which I was looking at a beautiful rainbow coloured snake wrapped around the branch of a tree … a tree which I recognised with fondness from my childhood. The scene was quite alluring and so peaceful. I was simply gazing at the snake – and I felt no fear, just an overwhelming sense of admiration for its sheer beauty. Then, as dreams do, the scene changed abruptly and my lovely cat Celia was walking towards me, carrying the snake ever so gently in her mouth. The snake was totally unharmed and Celia was bringing it to me as if it were a precious gift. Then my emotions changed and the peace and serenity I had experienced shifted to a mild sense of unease and perhaps a little fear …
And then I awoke.
I was immediately curious, as is my nature!
What was all that about? What does it mean? What is a dream anyway? And how bizarre to have this dream, just as we are planning our Sleep Well … Naturally event!
Just looking at a picture of a snake can evoke a whole range of reactions … some of us are terrified and fearful, others are indifferent and some of us simply adore them.
What is YOUR perception of a snake? What emotions came up for you, when you looked at the photo in this blog or just the mere mention of a snake? And where might you have felt it in your body?
And what actually IS a dream? I know that we only dream when we are in a particular sleep state known as Rapid Eye Movement (REM) – and I found this definition helpful:
“Dreams are stories and images that our minds create while we sleep. They can be entertaining, fun, romantic, disturbing, frightening, and sometimes bizarre” Medical News Today
So what does it mean when a snake features in a dream? In case you are interested, interpretations include:
• A snake is a symbol of the unconscious.
• It can indicate you are in the process of healing and resolving issues.
• It could be a symbol for an untamed part of yourself or an untapped resource. How exciting!!
• Snakes could represent your intuition or spiritual aspects of yourself; your instinctual drive, what moves you from the depths of your soul.
• Dreaming of snakes could also mean healing and transformation are taking place.
• A snake featured in a dream means you are dealing with a difficult situation or unsettling emotions in your waking life.
• Snakes move close to the ground and are associated with the Earth.
All of the above resonate for me personally, for sure.
I recognise parts of my dream are surreal – such as the rainbow snake, whereas other pieces are snippets of reality, which my mind has put together to create this ‘story’.
Jayne and I at Be … Naturally think this topic is fascinating!
We would love to share some of the interesting science behind sleep – and how to improve the quality and duration – with you, at our exciting new Sleep Well … Naturally event. You don’t even need to have any problems sleeping, as you will benefit from the nourishing and restorative practices and stimulating discussions, all within the special Pines Calyx environment.
Please feel free to share any views and comments on my first blog. This is new to me so any feedback would be most welcome.
I am not sure about my Kundalini rising (a whole different subject!) but it sure was an awakening seeing Celia with the rainbow snake!