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Dream of the Month (January 2005)
Dr. Holloway's Comments:
Striking Characteristics: Precious or whimsical animals in dreams often reflect special properties in the dreamer’s potential.
This dream is about the discovery of something wonderful and magical while going about your normal life. Often through accidents or disappointments, we experience unanticipated gifts. When we see these magic moments for what they are, it is as if the spirit of the day follows us home.
The dreamer is the only one who sees and recognizes the elephant at first. So we can infer that she already has the gift of recognizing the special and magical when she encounters it. We can also infer that in her circle, she is sometimes the only person who “gets it” when beautiful things happen. Special creatures in dreams can represent our divergent thinking, creativity, intuition or faith.
Like cartoon animals, they are often wild and tame at the same time; possessed of animal skills and human intelligence. The climax of this dream shows the magical elephant delivering an even more extraordinary gift, almost at the dreamer’s feet. This is a strong metaphor for trusting in your instincts and feelings and welcoming their gifts. Don’t be dismayed if others “cannot see” the big picture initially. Trust the magic.