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Shapeshifter or Shape Shifter

The shape shifter is the part of you that has lived through every experience from conception through to where you are at the moment. It doesn’t have a face or even a recognisable shape because it can be any age and in fact anything. What part it plays in your dream is that it says, “Do not get lost in being just one shape, just one age, just being the body, because I am a shape shifter.”

A man who was practising relaxation said that one day while practising he lost all his body awareness, and seemed to fall into a huge space where his ego felt as if it melted into a vast ocean of consciousness. He realised afterwards that he had fallen asleep while maintaining awareness, rather like a deep-sea diver breaking through the surface of the sea and diving into the depths.

Science still cannot define what consciousness is, or what mind is. But such experiences as those mentioned suggest that in some way, when we move beyond the boundaries of our senses, our mind leaps beyond time and space. It is at its core a shape shifter, male, female, animal, and in all probability whatever else we can make of it. It is as mysterious and wonderful as life itself.

You are a shape-shifter in dreams, and can be any of the characters in your dream. That is how you get their power and wisdom. The femaleness or maleness we usually feel ourselves to be must not be confused with personality. The conscious personality is a very flexible and shape shifting thing. It can be male or female in quality no matter what the body gender.

Example: My dream starts with myself and couple of other people next to a fire. I notice a rat beside the fire; it tries to scurry off into the darkness. Next moment I am an owl swooping down upon the rat, I catch it in both my claws, swooping back up in the air. At this point I notice the entire dream is in an old building almost like a barn, with thick wooden rafters. I circle the fire just below the rafters; I notice one of the people beside the fire is my brother. I also come to the realisation that I am the owl, which I am very proud of. It is like I am a shape shifter and have been trying to transform into owl form for a long time. I also want to show my brother I have caught the rat, so I land and start to change into human form. I try to show my brother the rat but I cannot look at him. I try to a couple times to look at him but just can’t. I haven’t fully changed yet either, as there are still a few feathers on me. This is when I wake up face down into the pillow. I feel positive about this dream.

See Archetype of the Shapeshifter



-kirby 2016-02-05 14:17:33

I had a dream where I wasn’t the shapeshifter but he/she was. it was a dog turned wolf, turned lion, turned a motorcycle gang. when I woke up I was scared and had a pounding headache. I feel negative about the dream.


-Mercedes 2016-04-11 14:58:27

I’ve been having dreams where I shift into various animal forms, typically while either chasing or running from some unknown assailant. In this last dream, It was more of a mother and child experience, where me and my son were both shifters, and I was trying to train him to shift beyond just 2 or 3 forms. For the most part, I feel positive about the dream, except when In others I am killed while in other forms.


-ariana 2016-04-25 0:06:08

what does it mean when i shape shift into animals? because first i was a leopard and i wen’t up a tree and i had complete control over my body like i could move my tail. and then i was a lion and i roared at a crowd but then i was a shark and i swam in some murky water and still had the power of a shark.


    -Anna - Tony's Assistant 2016-04-28 15:30:49

    Dear Ariana – What it means is that in your dream you are exploring those characteristics and abilities that you associate with these animals.
    Climbing a tree as a leopard could symbolise exploring or becoming aware of the directions and facets of your personal growth and being able to have some control over it.
    Roaring at a crowd as a lion may symbolise exploring your own power (of communication).
    How did the crowd respond? Were the people afraid of your “roaring approach” or did they feel at ease with it?
    What does it feel like to swim in some murky water? Do you sometimes “muddy the water”?
    To explore and reflect on your different inner animals and their approach you can use “Being the animal”; http://dreamhawk.com/dream-encyclopedia/acting-on-your-dream/#BeingPerson
    See also http://dreamhawk.com/dream-encyclopedia/archetype-of-the-animal/
    Anna :-)


-Koreana Bennett 2016-06-10 12:38:13

I keep dreaming of an evil shape-shifter trying to kill me. I often am the one killing it in most forms such as; tree, human female, human male, a black cat, etc. What doespecially that mean?


-Leticia 2016-06-13 9:53:32

Hello. I have been reading various articles on dreams with shape shifters etc but have yet to find an answer to me dream. I had a dream abput three years ago around this time June and I had recently found out that I was pregnant with my first child. My husband and I went to stay at a family member’s home while repairs were being made to a house we were renting. I was always tired during my first trimester and I had laid fallen asleep in the guest bedroom. My husband had gone down stairs to watch TV and told me that he heard me shouting for help so he ran upstairs. I didn’t know I was yelling for help but in my dream I was dreaming about sleeping but everything in the room was very dark and only the slightest bit of light showed through the blinds in the room. An all black figure in the shape of a child was staking in the door way. I became frightened and felt my heart start racing. I turned over quickly and closed my eyes. Then I turned back to see if it had gone but it transformed or ahifted into an adult sized black figure. It called over to me and stood at the side of my bed and told me everything was okay and I closed my eyes and said you are not real and then when I opened them again it was shaped like my husband and it got on top of me and told me I would be okay talking as of it were my husband but he loomed different. At the time my husband had not looked like the way the dark entity shaped itself. I was afraid and started screaming no get away from me and the figure changed back into a blacl figure and then I awoke and my husband was there shaking my leg for me to wake up and asking me if I was okay. I still don’t understand this dream well and would love to get some answers….thank you for reading – Leticia


    -Anna - Tony's Assistant 2016-06-17 12:56:59

    Dear Leticia – The perinatal period (pregnancy, birth and postnatal) in a psychological understanding is a ’normative crisis’ in the female life cycle. Similarly to puberty and midlife crisis, it is also a transitional phase when crisis forms an inherent, natural part of personal development. In Western society these states of psychological crises have a negative connotation as something undesirable, something to avoid.
    Native and premodern societies, however, have different rituals to help transitional periods in life, viewing them as a natural, inherent part of personal development and growth whereby society supports the individual; http://dreamhawk.com/pregnancy-childbirth/childbirth-as-initiation-2/
    What you meet in your dream is a shadow part of you that you may split off when you were still a child.
    The shadow develops in us, according to Jolande Jacobi, because as we grow and absorb our culture, we naturally repress parts of our nature as they are not acceptable to ourselves, our family and/or society.
    These grow and mature (from a black figure in the form of a child into an adult size black figure) in just the way our conscious personality does, through experience and further information – except the shadow has a life under the surface – in the darkness – like any socially unacceptable organisation, criminal activity or individual. But often it is the functions or instincts in us that date from prehistory, when present day social and sexual restraints did not have survival value, that make up a large part of the shadow;
    You can still explore your shadow part if you feel like it. Try being the “all black figure in the shape of a child”; http://dreamhawk.com/dream-encyclopedia/acting-on-your-dream/#BeingPerson
    Because you experience that the man is “shaped like your husband” you can also read http://dreamhawk.com/dream-encyclopedia/archetype-of-the-animus-jungs-view-of-the-male-in-the-female/ to get a better understanding of the aspect that asks to be integrated.
    Let me know if you have any questions.
    Anna :-)


-Siomara SancheZ 2016-06-29 13:38:17

I had this rare dream where I was like in some sort of activity that required me to sit at the bleachers and in my head I was being told that I should head home as soon as posible because something was going to happen to me and I did as I was told but once I reached my house, house seemed very easy to walk through the some stairs and later when I saw like a black football player from my school but I didn’t know who it was and out of nowhere he shapeshifted into like a black dog but the dog had no ears, no tail and the fur wasn’t fur it was like a seals skin and the animal kept trying to attack me and bite me but I kept throwing him off of the balcony like several times


-anonymous 2016-07-03 13:24:26

I had a dream of 3 shape shifting type girls, a red one, a blue one, and a yellow one, i dont remember the red ones name, but the blue one was bot, the yellow one named Alice. they made me promise not to forget them. WHAT DOSE IT MEAN PLEASE ITS BRINING ME TO TEARS!!!


-Issaih Ruben 2016-07-23 15:49:07

I can’t exactly find an explanation to my dream. You see I had a dream where I was on the beach and by the beach there were stairs that I was close by. I was telling someone about a horse who liked walking by this beach and as if on cue theres a horse walking down the railing by the stairs and he looks at me. He looks at me for a good while and then jumps onto the platform where the stairs lead. I started walking up to him and then he turned into a very tall male. My feelings about him felt as if I could consider him handsome and I also felt as if I knew him or something like that. I ended up running to him burrying my face in his chest as held onto him, like I missed him and hadn’t seen him for a long time. As the dream progressed I noticed that its seemed like I had a good relationship with this being and it seemed a tad romantic. I ended up waking up and being left very confused.
-very confused male teen


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