I had a dream last night that was just as weird as it could be. I kept waking up and as I drifted back to sleep, the same dream kept coming back. Usually I don’t remember much about my dreams but on a few occasions there are some that have affected me so much that I remember almost every detail. Last night was one of them so I decided to refer to the Dream Dictionary. This resource always freaks me out at how accurate it is in regards to the dreams I’ve had.
Let me begin with telling you about the dream…
I was in my house and there was a giant black bear outside in my yard. This bear was trying desperately to get into my house and I was trying desperately to keep him out. At the same time I was trying to keep the bear out, I was also trying to take care of my dog Louie who’s stomach had been slashed by someone no longer in my life. Pretty soon, the bear was coming through the sliding glass door but the glass wasn’t broken, it was just coming through like a ghost would come through a wall. By the time the bear got all the way in, I woke up and stayed up.
It boggled my mind so, as I said before, I went to the Dream Dictionary for some insight. WOW! Here’s what I found (I only selected the parts that I felt may be related to my dream):
To see a bear in your dream represents independence, strength, death and renewal, and/or resurrection. Bears are symbolic of the cycle of life. You may also be undergoing a period of introspection and thinking.
The dream may also be a pun on “bare”. Perhaps you need to bare your soul and let everything out into the open. Or there is a situation where you just need to “grin and bear it”.
To dream that you are being pursued or attacked by a bear denotes anger and your uncontrolled aggression. You are feeling trapped. Perhaps you are in an threatening situation, some overwhelming obstacle or domineering and possessive relationship.
To see glass in your dream symbolizes passivity or protection. You may be putting up an invisible barrier to protect yourself in a situation or relationship.
To dream that you are looking through glass represents your openness and non-defensiveness. Alternatively, you may be putting up an invisible emotional barrier around yourself.
To dream that you are entering through a door signifies new opportunities that are presented before you. You are entering into a new stage in your life and moving from one level of consciousness to another. In particular, a door that opens to the outside signifies your need to be more accessible to others, whereas a door that opens into the inside denotes your desire for inner exploration and self-discovery.
To dream that the door is closed or locked signifies opportunities that are denied and not available to you or that you have missed out on. Something or someone is blocking your progress. It also symbolizes the ending of a phase or project. In particular, if you are outside the locked door, then it suggests that you have anti-social tendencies. If you are inside the locked door, then it represents harsh lessons that need to be learned.
To dream that you are locking the door suggests that you are closing yourself off from others. You are hesitant in letting others in and revealing your feelings. It is indicative of some fear and low self-worth.
To see a sick dog in your dream symbolizes a neglected friendship. If the dog is dead or dying, then it means a loss of a good friend or a deterioration of your instincts. Also consider common notions associated with the word dog, such as loyalty (“man’s best friend”) and to be “treated like a dog”.
If you dream that you give or send your dog away, then it indicates that the decisions and choices you are making now may be misinterpreted as disloyalty. You have to do what is right for you and not worry about what others think of the decision. Alternatively, it signifies rejection of friendship.
So here’s my take on what my dream is telling me:
I am going through many changes right now and my subconscious may be trying to protect me (as a dear friend pointed out to me this morning). The Bear is my independence as I move forward in this new season of my life. I seem to be struggling with it a bit, as way in the back of my mind, I really don’t want to be alone. What I have to adjust my thinking to is that independent does not mean alone. I also do have some anger and there really is no release for that accept to process it and move on. Well, maybe smashing some dishes or something, hahahah.
Maybe I’m locking the glass door to keep this independence/change/new season (whatever you want to call it) out and try to protect myself. I do know that I have been isolating just a bit.
As for the dog, I did speak to someone, no longer in my life, about taking my dog Louie. I have too many animals as it is. I do feel like I have been “treated like a dog” and have suffered a loss of a friend in this person.
Well, that’s my take on it. I found it very eye-opening and somewhat freaky.
I also found this article on Native American symbolism of the bear and found it very interesting. I like the bear!
Here’s the like to the Dream Dictionary if you want more information on your bizarre dreams. Hope it provides you with some insight. Have fun!