Break away from the usual patterns of behavior, the usual habits, the ideas that bind and restrict, the thoughts that repeatedly hold you back from accomplishing your dreams. Dreams are not just inventions of the imagination; they are real lifetime goals. Remember them? They may be long forgotten, buried under the vicissitudes of life. Bring them back to life and give them some attention. It’s never too late to bloom.
Find your calm center and get to know how it feels. Curl into its calmness and learn its possibilities. Retreat into it during stressful times, when fears arise, and when you feel lost. The world around you is rapidly changing and more changes are on the way, but don’t give up hope and don’t lose yourself in the chaos. It’s extremely important to hold a strong center within yourself, a peaceful and determined heart, and an attitude of responsibility, gratefulness and determination. Your own personal inner stability during times of outer instability will make all the difference.
Hold yourself accountable for your own life, the playbook of your journey. For though you may feel pushed and pulled by circumstances, lost at times, and completely at the mercy of those around you, the moment you grasp that everything is in your control, that everything is your own doing, then everything will change. Once you realize that it’s your own life to live, conquer and enjoy, you will understand what it means to be accountable, to take responsibility for your life. Take back your own life, perhaps for the first time ever, by fully owning it, by taking control and by finally living to the fullest, as you wish.
Enacting change can seem to take eons, yet all of a sudden it is upon you and you aren’t sure how it happened. You almost forgot your longing for it and yet before you know it you are swept up in it. “Is this what I asked for?” you wonder. Better to focus on navigating what has arrived than going down the rabbit hole of regret. Learn to navigate the changes in your own life by staying present in each moment, by being honest with yourself and by accepting your new reality without resentment or sadness. Life changes and yet it goes on in new fashion. Make it as meaningful as ever and you will not be disappointed.
Two very common dream scenarios, related to new life, are encounters with snakes and with children, which I will explore separately.
Snakes molt. They regenerate by letting go of their old skin, literally. To be bitten by a snake or chased by a snake in a dream, or to house a snake beneath the floorboards of one’s dream home all herald the message that it’s time to let go of an attitude, belief, or habit that has been dominating one’s life.
Snakes seek a remote, hidden locale that allows for total exposure to the heat of the sun to facilitate the release of old encasement. Our world is now heating to record levels, forcing humankind to let go of old ways of living.
The sun, our ultimate source of light on Earth, symbolizes the penetrating light of consciousness we apply to discern truth. The truth is the stuff of the new skin that will contain us as we shift into new life.
Arriving at truth is like lying in the sun, relaxing in a fixed posture, allowing the rays of the sun to penetrate our rigidity, as we soften and receive its transformative impetus.
The release of old attitudes and attachments allows the crusted-over energy of our old skin to be revamped and redeployed for new life. Letting go is a breakdown phase that does require the destruction of beliefs that have served in the past but no longer promote new life.
The universal symbol for new life is the child. Whenever children appear in our dreams, some part of our unborn self is seeking to come to life.
Carl Jung was careful to point out that the shadow in the human psyche is both a place of repressed experience but, more fundamentally, is also the home of our unfolding inherent self. There are parts of our core seed self that may not be ready to be born in our human life until we are well into the second half of life.
If your actual child appears in a dream, the dream might refer to your child but more likely it refers to a quality of that child seeking to evolve within your own self. Pregnancy in a dream, however unrealistic to waking life, strongly hints at the coming birth of new life and new potential.
Too often, we are apt to interpret the appearance of our child self in our dreams to mean our actual inner child. This then associates to childhood, with its focus on trauma and unmet needs, that beckons ego, or someone else, to take better care of its neglected inner child. Though of course this might be true, more likely the child might represent a vital potential within one’s core seeking to find its way into life.
The Greek god Kronos was the father of Zeus. Kronos had the habit of eating his newly born children to ensure his safety and continued rule. Kronos operates in all of us through our judgments and attitudes that refuse the change into new life. Eating the children can take the form of entrenched habit that disregards any new possibilities that contradict one’s ruling beliefs.
“The King is dead, long live the King!” This cry expresses the necessity for the ruling, anachronistic attitudes in the psyche to die for the new King to emerge and bring new life to the personality. This is the true fountain of youth.
When we heed the call of the snake to allow for the breakdown and letting go of Kronos, we open the way for the innocence of the child to be born, as we regenerate, renew and become new life.