The Ocean And Its Meaning As A Dream Symbol

Mother Ocean - Austin Dream Interpretation by Ahstin

The ocean symbolizes purification. Just as emotions are released through salty tears, much is released though the colossal depth, power, and mystery of the sea. The ocean’s size reminds us of the Creator’s immensity. Mother Ocean, Yemanja, embodies this energy, cleansing through the force of the water and the purifying potential of the salt.

True of any dream symbol, the meaning applies holistically to all aspects of life: mental, physical, emotional, and spiritual. Physical weakness is made stronger in the presence of something so mighty. Emotional weight is made lighter in the presence of something so buoyant. Mental complexity is simplified in the presence of something so freeing. All of our troubles are made small in the presence of the ocean–so big!

The Ocean Symbolizes Purification.

Affirmation: Through the symbol of the ocean, I am purified in body, mind, heart, and soul.

Water is the fountain of life, linked to cleansing and sustenance. The Standing Rock Movement, for example, recognizes that water is sacred and essential to all living beings. “Mni Wichoni” is the Lakota rallying cry, meaning: “Water Is Life.” This Movement is a fight to keep the water clean. Stories of “The Great Flood” describe the cleansing of humanity, and the emergence of new life. Yes, and water’s symbolic purification power is well understood in the act of baptism.

Cleansing is a necessary destructive force, and the ocean is the ultimate destroyer, for the sake of good. The salty seas shake, tumble, and rinse the earth clean. So, when the ocean appears in our thoughts, dreams, and visions, it may be an indication of something related to hygiene or disease prevention that requires physical purification. Or it may be an invitation to let go of an emotional attachment. Or it may be an important reminder to keep our thoughts simple and clean.

–Cabe Erin Lindsay, M.A.

Calling In Prosperity, With The Wild Goose

Wild Goose - Austin Dream Interpretation by Ahstin

The goose is a symbol of prosperity. In the “Jack and the Beanstalk” story, Jack climbs to the heights, seeking his treasure in the sky. Up there, he finds his fortune when he meets the goose who lays the golden eggs. The goose who lays the golden eggs represents abundant prosperity, like the gift that keeps on giving. A related expression is: “Don’t kill the goose who lays the golden eggs.”

Another way of looking at the above story is this: Jack aspires to rise in his consciousness, breaking through the upper limits, where he discovers his highest-self. Yes, and the goose represents divine opulence, which refers to every level of treasure in heaven and earth. The goose is a sign of good fortune.

The Wild Goose Symbolizes Fortune.

Affirmation: Through the symbol of the goose, I embrace my natural talents and God-given gifts, appreciating these blessings, also opening myself to receive what’s next for my highest good.

Remember, prosperity goes hand-in-hand with gratitude. According to the law of attraction, our positive thoughts create positive experiences, and vice-versa. Often times, the difference between fortune and misfortune is the attitude, i.e. optimism or pessimism. True prosperity is experienced in the present moment, when we recognize our blessings.

The Provider provides for us at all times. This Truth is expressed as follows: “Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them.” This story continues with an invitation to focus our thoughts on the present moment, resting in the attitude of gratitude. The opposing force is worrying, due to a fear of lack, which causes this lack to be the focal point of the moment.

One winter weekend in Wyoming, during my childhood, my dad returned from a hunting trip. He told me the story of his fortune and misfortune: he landed seven snow geese with three shotgun blasts. He was a conscientious hunter, and he knew that three birds was his daily limit, but he fired into a blizzard and took down seven full-grown snow geese. He then had to choose whether to leave the extra birds in the field, or else bring them home and face a poaching fine. He hiked for hours out of there, dragging all seven birds through the snow, deciding that the right thing to do was to bring them home and share the bounty. True story.

–Cabe Erin Lindsay, M.A.

Receiving Multi-Dimensional Cleansing, With The Frog

Frog King - Austin Dream Interpretation by Ahstin

“Frog medicine” refers here to the holistic healing and purifying of the body, mind, heart, and, soul. This medicine is actualized in the physical form as “Kambo,” which is an immunity-boosting medicine that comes from a frog secretion. Similarly, in the dream form, the appearance of the frog signifies an opportunity to release stagnant energy and toxins that stand in the way of our optimal health and well-being.

The first step in receiving the gifts of frog medicine is this: surrender. For example, if there are areas in our life situations where we are struggling to swim and stay afloat, we must surrender, in order to sink into the experience more fully. Then, when we realize we can breathe underwater, we receive the transformation we seek. The frog opens our energy channels, so the Source Energy can flow through us.

The Frog Symbolizes Cleansing.

Affirmation: Through the symbol of the frog, I dive into the waters, dark and deep. And from the mud I bloom, like a pure white lotus flower.

The frog is closely associated with the water, making it a symbol of cleansing, along with renewal and refreshment. When we discover a frog, whether it be outdoors or inner visions, we are called to cleanse ourselves from the inside out. It’s time to address those old wounds, through self-care, trusting our frog medicine to work its magic.

Let the teardrops flow like rain! The frog brings wellness, by inviting us to dive deep into the dark and murky waters of our conscious, subconscious, and superconscious minds, where lily pads and lotus flowers spring up. One way to achieve this transformation is to listen to music that moves us to dance. Another way is to sing out loud. When we visualize the frog in our dreams, we bathe in the green light, where healing happens.

–Cabe Erin Lindsay, M.A.

Embracing The Great Mystery, With The Dragonfly

Dragonfly Triad - Austin Dream Interpretation by Ahstin

The dragonfly is a reminder of the Great Mystery. “Great Mystery” refers to the Creator, or Source Energy, and the mysterious creation and expansion of all that exists. The Great Mystery can be visualized as a “ruby string” that connects all things, from the people to the animals, from the earth to the stars, and so on. It is the common thread that reminds us: we are one.

We are not God, but we are created in that likeness. In this way, each of us is invited to co-create with the Creator, through the power of natural talents, God-given gifts, and our own free will. So let’s be the change we wish to see in the world. Let’s work together.

Clearly, we are all related, and we are all in the right place at the right time, exactly as assigned by Divine Order. There is freedom in this! Let’s remember to give thanks for the interconnection, because it means that we will smile, and the world will smile right back at us. We will enjoy nature, and nature will enjoy us. We will teach the children and the children will teach us. Viva Karma!

The Dragonfly Symbolizes The Great Mystery.

Affirmation: Through the symbol of the dragonfly, I ask my higher self, “Will you wake up in me?” And so it does.

The dragonfly reminds us to stop putting energy into illusions that are clouding our life situations. It’s an opportunity to look past the clouds of our thoughts, where we can access the superconscious. Here is where the Great Mystery wakes up inside us, and frees up our energy and expressiveness.

To me, the dragonfly is mystical and enchanting. It is a living rainbow, often carrying an iridescent sheen of blue, green, violet, and other colors. Dragonflies are attracted to shiny surfaces, including star children, like us! One day, seven separate dragonflies landed on me as I spent an afternoon tubing down the Comal River, about an hour’s drive South of Austin. Such a treat to feel the feather-light touch of these precious little flying dragons.

–Cabe Erin Lindsay, M.A.

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Setting An Emotional Shield, With The Armadillo

Rainbow Armadillo - Austin Dream Interpretation by Ahstin

During times of worry, when our life situation tests our sense of security, it’s a reminder to look inside ourselves, concentrating on the first chakra–the root chakra. The root chakra is the energetic focal point that relates to our essential worldly needs: food, shelter, safety, etc. The root chakra is red, the color of blood, the stop sign, and other symbols demanding our alertness.

One remedy for any imbalance in the root chakra is to breathe in the realization that the Provider provides. Truly, the surplus and the scarcity are only temporary peaks in any wave. Breathing in, I witness the extremes of these waves, reaching up and down, cresting and crashing, continuing to waver, and I hold no judgment. Breathing out, I firm myself in the continual wavering. Breathing in, I am safe. Breathing out, I am sound.

The Armadillo Symbolizes Protective Cover.

Affirmation: Through the symbol of the armadillo, here and now, I visualize my own protective armor, as a way of establishing clear boundaries. Like the armadillo’s shielded body, I shield myself in this moment.

When the armadillo shows up, it highlights a life situation that requires some protective measures. It might be best to retreat from an invasive energy, rather than being defensive. It’s important to be vigilant, seeking truth and looking for the deeper meaning that may exist beneath any deceit, for example, while staying firm in your values. Keep quiet, except when necessary to state what you don’t want, or, more importantly, to ask for what you do want.

Dream Reader’s Statement, Intention, and Re-introduction

A few months ago, I discovered a natural dream interpretation ability in myself. This is aligned with the Carl Jung method of interpreting dreams as valuable messages from the subconscious. This week, I started seeking messages in “Dream Animals” or “Spirit Animals,” with a similar type of interpretation. Today, I am inspired to sketch an animal each week, or possibly even every day, as it spontaneously arrives in mind, seeking the messages inside.

–Cabe Erin Lindsay, M.A.

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