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.