I recently dreamed that I was really good at handling a rattlesnake so that it couldn’t hurt anyone. In the dream, someone else with a lot of confidence but lacking competence also wanted to handle the snake but she did so in such a way that it got agitated and was squirming ready to bite or attach.
This dream has left me awe-struck at the beauty of the dreamworld, the perfection with with dreams are designed.
Not knowing much about black rattlesnakes before this dream I researched them a bit online and found this great video. There’s lots to learn about these beauties but here are a few which stick out because I saw these qualities about the snake in the dream even before I learned they have these real qualities in real life.
- The name is Black Arizona Rattlesnake – This is interesting because the “blacker-than-black” quality of the snake stood out for me in the dream and helped me in my research afterwards. The Black Rattlesnake lives in Arizona and for me this is one of the places on earth which I really want to experience in real life. But symbolically, Arizona is a warm country full of natural mystery and wonderment so the Black Rattlesnake from Arizona is inviting me in my dream to experience the warmth of wonderment.
- These snakes like to curl up – In the dream, the snake was curled up at the beginning and I discovered that in real life these snakes do like to curl up and hide out waiting for their next meal. If they sense a threat they will retreat before resorting to attack. They are actually mild-mannered snakes as you’ll see from this video. They only start their rattle going if they cannot escape and they will shake their rattle until they lunge and bite. They don’t want to attack though and if given the chance will retreat instead of attack.
- Handling them with care lessons the risk of attack – In the dream, someone provokes the snake and it tries to bite my hand but I am skilled at dealing with it and I demonstrate how I can take a fang to the hand without getting bit and can remove the fangs while calming the snake. The other person takes the snake and holds it high over her head, flaunting that she believes she knows best. However this agitates the snake and it prepares to bite.
What I like about learning about the Arizona Black Rattlesnake is that I discovered that even though it is poisonous a bite from it would be painful but not likely lethal. I also liked learning that it is a docile creature who retreats when feeling threatened and only attacks if provoked.
The dream was a good lesson for me and a good reminder that sometimes I can be relating to someone who thinks they know what they are doing even when they do not and this can cause hurt to a lot of people.
Someone wise said to me recently that, “Hurt people will hurt people.” And that is what this dream is about.
Someone who has a lot of confidence but not a lot of competence is likely hurting inside and their actions result in hurting others.
Someone like that would benefit from therapy.
10 February 2017
In the dream, I am sitting on a window seat looking out at the bright afternoon sun.
Others are there engaged in some sort of ritual which they are familiar with and they bring little trinkets, stones and talismans to a spot on the window sill and leave them there, like it’s an alter.
Then C.B. approaches and instead of leaving his trinket in the bowl he gives it to me. It’s hard for me to tell what it is at first. But later I look at it closer and see it is like a thimble with a cross on it. He tells me it’s passed down from his grand-mother. I know it means a lot to him.
At first I am focused on something else and I just put it in my pocket and when I go back to it later I can’t find it and really panic. But then I find it and hold it tight in my hands. I decide to keep it forever.
Later two things happen. One I’m in a shower room with a lot of others getting ready for something and some boys are goofing off but eventually they get ready. Then also I am on the floor and kissing Y.E. When I realize what’s happening I jump off of him and tell him off. He’s annoyed that I didn’t go along with his game and I’m freaked out that he got me that close to him when my guard was down.
In another part of the dream I am in a house with D.N. She is being in her cruel way and I go out to the hallway to decide what to do next to help clean the house and then decide to just leave. So I leave but then G.B. and I are talking and G.B. does not want to believe that anything is wrong with D and she is just continually trying to point out what I’ve done wrong. She pushes all my buttons but I stay really strong. You are wrong. I tell her with my words and actions. She doesn’t want to believe it.
Last night I had a dream that my mom lost her car keys and also she messed up her taxes. Someone came to collect money from her which she owed and she started wailing, making up excuses, crying and telling stories about how wronged she had been in her life. The person was baffled. They wanted their money but there was no way to deal with her outlandish behaviour.
The next thing you know they believe her excuses and lies to be valid and true and they let go of expectations of her. I just can’t believe it.
Then she is saying a lot of things about losing her car keys and she rallies a bunch of people together to look for her keys. No one can find them anywhere and then she starts to rage.
We are in a hallway, perhaps of her home, with a few other kind-hearted people who are trying to help. She reaches across and grabs me by the hand and her nails dig into my skin.
She is smiling while she does this and even having a conversation with the others. She makes it look like she is holding my hand but really she is torturing me with deep and painful nails.
I gather all my strength and then I bend her arm and I reveal to the person beside me where the nails are clawing in.
They see at last.
They look at her.
They tell her to stop.
Later, I was walking with someone outdoors and I found my mom’s keys. The girl I was with wanted to take credit for it though. She was excited to bring something back to her to calm her down.
I didn’t mind others taking credit for my achievement. The point was for her to find her keys not to get attention for finding them.
This was my dream.
I’ll write more about how to flip something really negative like this to the really positive and share it on this blog soon.