I Am Menaced By Animals

"Animals" in the dream world are a frequent metaphor of the dreamer's instincts -- those vital energies that are alive and active in the dreamer's psyche, but which are not conscious. The more menacing or problematic the relationships with animals are in the dream -- or the more ill, injured, or distressed the animals appear to be -- the more likely it is that the dreamer is at odds with his or her instinctive energies, and needs to find a way to channel creative, positive expression of those same instinctive drives into his or her waking life. The fact that such a dream has been remembered is a reliable indicator that the dreamer will be able to give creative, responsible expression to his or her instinctive energies -- otherwise, the dream would not have been remembered.

© Jeremy Taylor, 2000
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