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“Praise God for this fella” – the beauty of an Arizona Black Rattlesnake

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.

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.

Dream: Receiving a Precious Gift

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.


Dream: My Mom Smiles on the Outside But Digs her Nails into my Skin When No One is Looking

20160422_141822Last 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.

Dream: Bugs, Mobile Home

Dear Richard,
I dream I am working in a mobile home (which is common out here in Fort Mac)  which is a medical clinic for children. There are staff changes and new people coming on. A strong male friend of the family works there. The inside of the mobile home is comfortable, well-maintained, well supplied, purposeful, effective.

There is a small plant, like an asparagous plant, and it has been eaten by bugs and yet is now coming back to life and sprouting small green leaves. Someone tells me it is still infested and doesn’t know what to do with it. Because it is showing some signs of recovering there is the temptation to nurse it back to health but I see a big insect nest, like a spider’s, with hundreds of eggs, and I say it will likely spread and he doesn’t seem worried. I say, well, the whole plant has to go in the garbage now. It feels really good to just wrap the cloth around it and throw it out. The bugs cause no more harm to any of the other plants.

Then we go out. We are walking in public and I am shirtless. I love the feeling of open-ness, beauty, femininity, grace and I don’t think anything of it until we get into the store to order chinese food and then one of the men look at me. So i am leaning against a wall covering my chest with my arms and just looking at what food I want to order. Others chose greasy fast-food and I choose a yummy nutritious dish and replace the hot dogs with veggies. As I lean against the wall, I notice now I have a shirt to cover my chest now and although I am not wearing it, it is in front of me and I can hold it against me to cover me.

We walk in a big city, feels like Montreal, and there is a huge water slide, looks fun and I imagine I’ll go down it soon. I have no resistance to going on it and am looking forward to that.

We return to the medical clinic and we are having a staff meeting. All is well but the pediatrician wants to tell us that a disturbing document is on the website making the clinic look bad. She says it’s just when the kids were young and cranky and it reports on their worst time. She’d like to report on their best time. We all agree and she moves forward.

There’s just a few more scenes – one is when we were returning we saw a young child playing by herself and a co-worker went to get the parents while I sat with her. There were several kids playing in the sand. Then there was an eager-to-learn 18 year old mother with a baby, Then there was a guy who was new to the team and I was chatting with him telling him I was new to the team too but been in Fort McMurray for years. and at one point, some women came by and was doing a survey to try to find drug dealers. We laughed and said not us. They just laughed back and said they’d find them eventually. They were a type of under-cover police.

The following night there was an extension on the police theme…I was friends with two female police officers and trusted them. I get into the back seat of the cop car and am making a joke about them not letting me back here if there was a criminal back here. They are standing in uniforms outside the open backseat door. I must be feeling suspicious that something is not quite right so I look around the seat area to make sure there really isn’t any threat and there is no one there. I reach my hand back to the back seat (like in a station wagon how there is an area behind the back seat) and then I feel a blanket with a person hiding under it. I put my hand beneath the blanket to explore who or what it is. I feel someone’s hand and as I am wondering if it is a threat or not then the person starts cutting my hands with very sharp razor blades. The pain is very acute and travels through my entire nervous system and I do not move or shout. He continues cutting my right hand and then goes to my left hand. I have no awareness of blood or anything, just an acute sensitivity to the sensation of straight line cuts. Somehow the dream ends with my telling the police that I had found the person they were looking for. Something like that.
Hi Rachel,

     Hope you are doing well up there and it isn’t too cold yet.    I do sessions with people on Skype.  The payment is made through paypal.  It is pretty straightforward.    Oftentimes I start with a dream, but I mostly deal with the most difficult issues that someone is facing.    The method is to find a spiritual solution and then to go forward with it.   The only tricky part with Canadians is finding a time that matches up with the time change.

I would be happy to work with you especially knowing some of what you have been through.


Dear Rachel,
There is a lot to process in the dreams which could go on for awhile and which will probably come up when we do the work face to face.  There are a number of positives in the dream such as the water slide and walking shirtless.  These are reminders to you that you have these amazing qualities.    Usually the reason you get reminded of about the positives in a dream because where you are going next puts you in a position where you are likely to forget them.  So in this case you have the qualities of playfulness and openness.The context of the qualities you are about to develop happen in medical clinic for children, which is a symbol of helping people heal from their childhood traumas.   The work is actually working well, but there are some tweaks you need.

When you have a plant in a dream,  the first thing that should come to your mind is its essential quality, growth.     This is because all true healing depends upon growth.   If there is no growth, then there is no healing.    So your plant, the symbol of growth was attacked by bugs that seem to work without being easily detected.   The bugs are what kills the plant or kills the growth.   So then you can ask yourself,   what are the insects working under cover that kill the growth.     The answer to this is gossip and criticism that is often undetected at first.   It is a huge killer.   Well in the dream you find the source of the killing of the growth and then you throw out the gossip and criticism, but you also throw out the plant.    This means that while you may get rid of the negative, you are not promoting the growth.The key to the growth is the insects.   This is another principle of dream work that is crucial.   Whenever you have an animal that is negative in a dream, it means that you really need to have the positive opposite.    What is significant about insects is their numbers and ability to reproduce rapidly.    This is what happens with gossip and criticism.  It is quick to kill the growth because it spreads so much.So you have to think about something that is small like an insect that can spread really rapidly and cause a lot of growth.   The answer is encouragement which is basically promoting the process of finding the positives and acknowledging them.

So you have two other problems in the dreams.  One is with the website receiving criticism and the other is being cut up when you are with under cover police.   Being cut up means the same as being cut up or sliced up which is what criticism and gossip do.   So the solution to everything in all of the dreams is to let go of the criticism and gossip and bad press and focus on recognizing and acknowledging the positives.

It is hard to get rid of the criticism in a group or organization because usually it starts as an uncover kind of thing, but what kills it is encouragement.   The focus does not have to be on elimination of criticism, but rather on the promotion of encouragement.

Encouragement is what lets growth happen.   This is what you need in a dream.   It is a process that requires remembering positives and acknowledging.   They are usually easily forgotten in the face of criticism.

So these are a few thoughts.