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Animal – Being Neglected or Killed

Animal neglect in dreams is a common theme

Such neglect usually shows how we misunderstand our own basic needs. After all we are an animal, with all the needs for care, sexual expression, affection, shelter and food. Considering how much society makes such needs and meeting them terrible difficult, it is no wonder we dream of neglecting or torturing our animal. Remember that our body is an vary ancient thing, and in its growth went through all the stages of life from a tiny cell, an amphibious creature, toward humanness. So in meeting such dreams we need to treat our animal with care and love. This can be done by visualising the animal and creating a different feeling and situation in your imagination. This will gradually change the dreams or neglect.

In the example below, Lynda’s feelings show how she senses what she is doing to her inner nature, but she dismisses this by convincing herself such feelings are not ‘true’. But we have a responsibility to care for our animal drives, to see our sexual, nutritional and body needs are met, and the neglected animal shows us failing in this.

 Example: ‘I am given an animal to look after, usually somebody’s pet while they are away on holiday. I then completely forget the animal, go away and when I return the animal is either dead or very dried up or has been got at by another animal and is in the throws of dying. When I wake from the dream I feel most dreadful and it is only when I am fully awake and realise it is not true do I feel better.’ Lynda E.



-Kurvin 2013-02-09 20:33:47

Hi tony
I had dream this morning of my old dog, Blacky who was barking at my parents front gate. I ran outside to see what was up and notice my neighbours puppy chained up and all tangled. Blacky was actually trying ti save the puppy… So i helped out careful of my neighbours other dogs watching and despite them not attacking me, i felt a bit frightened.
Once i got the puppy, i took it to my dad. As i turned around, i heard blacky running and kinda fighting. I looked for gim and realise he seemed to be fighting with the neighbours other dog. Then i saw dad had a little smile and realise dad had put the tiny puppy back over the fence onto the neighbours. Blacky seemed to be fighting the neighbours other dogs to save the puppy again. Thats when i woke up.
I would be grateful if you would interprete this dream for me.


-Deepika 2015-06-13 17:41:52

I dreamt that I was witnessing dog’s being tortured. I couldn’t see who was torturing them and I had to stop them. it was almost like a race against time to get that guy. in the end I did and killed him instead of letting the cops have him. I am not particularly bothered by the fact that I had killed a person but I was very upset with the fact that the animals were being tortured and then killed. what does this mean?


-Deepika 2015-06-13 17:43:32

atleast that is how I felt in the dream.


    -Anna - Tony's Assistant 2015-06-15 10:20:21

    Dear Deepika – Every image and person in your dreams is an expression of your own life process. As such it is alive and intelligent and is something sent to help you. A dream is like a projection from a movie projector, except that you are the projector.
    Everything you see as outside you is coming from you, your emotions, your fears, your beliefs, your joys and explorations and are all you, clothed in the dream images and drama. So when you dream of someone you should not feel you are dreaming about that actual person. As with most dreams, the person in the dream is not the person themselves, but is a collection of memories, associations and feeling about him or her.
    This dream shows you killing urges or needs you have that are natural and instinctive. The killing also point to feelings of pain and conflict, as when we kill out something in us that is natural or even beautiful; like when we are trained to be nice to everyone even though our instinctive reaction is to avoid certain people.
    Torture depicts the internal pain, or fear of retribution, that occurs inside us due to conflict between our social training and internal drives.
    See also http://dreamhawk.com/dream-dictionary/dog/
    Our inner parts that are involved in moral conflicts tend to have great difficulty in imagining a win-win resolution of the conflict at hand, which I feel your dream expresses as well for either the dogs are tortured or the guy has to be killed.
    Conflicts we feel or meet in our dreams are nearly always conflicts with ourself. This is not usually recognised at first, although the way you describe your dream might give an indication in that direction; “I couldn’t see who was torturing them and I had to stop them. it was almost like a race against time to get” that guy”.
    Who is “that guy”? Could it be your “inner father”?
    See http://dreamhawk.com/dream-dictionary/father-dad/#InnerFather
    “Being the guy” and “Talking as the guy” are wonderful means to explore which part of you is involved in torturing and killing your inner dogs.
    You can use Power Dreaming to explore if there is also another path available to transform this situation; a path where you do not have to kill this male aspect in yourself.
    “Letting the cops have him” could be for instance about exploring which approach is right and which approach is wrong for you in your inner world.
    See http://dreamhawk.com/dream-encyclopedia/archetype-of-the-animus-jungs-view-of-the-male-in-the-female/
    While awake and relaxed imagine yourself back in the dream and continue it as fantasy or a daydream and move it toward satisfaction. Alter the dream in any way; experiment with it; play with it, until you find a way to fully feel at ease with it. In doing this you must not ignore the feelings of resistance and spontaneous emotion and fantasy that may occur. Satisfaction comes only when you have found a way of integrating these into your conscious imagining.
    See http://dreamhawk.com/dream-encyclopedia/secrets-power-dreaming/
    Good Luck!
    Anna :-)


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