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Wolf

Although the wolf can depict a feeling that ‘things’ are out to get us, the wolf in our dream often depicts just our fear. Fear is one of our instinctive reactions to situations, so is shown by an animal. We may find ourselves a prisoner of such feelings, as Anna in the example below. The wolf, as is suggested by such fairy stories as Red Riding Hood, also represents the female fear of powerful male sexuality; repressed sexuality or anger; emotions and drives that frighten you. See Animals

Also whenever we dream its images are not like real life. Because a dream is nothing like outer life where things could hurt you, but is an image like on a cinema screen that even if a gun is pointed at you and fired it can do no damage – except if you run in fear. So all the things that scare you are simply your own fears projected onto the screen of your sleeping mind.

But the wolf also appears in our dreams as a master of life in the wild. It is a group animal and has tremendous loyalty and protectiveness to its family and group. As such it can depict your intuitive understanding of life on earth, the seasons of life and death, and the deep wisdom of group relations. In some dreams the wolf is a protective companion on your life journey – what in the past has been called a spirit guide or totem animal. This sort of wisdom tells us that aggressive urges are natural to us, but sometimes they can turn back on ourselves and injure our wellbeing. You might then even dream of killing the wolf or animal in you. But love can resurrect that vital animal life and consciousness within you and the world. The following dream and commentary illustrates this.

Example: I dreamt two great wolf like dogs were on a headland. They had to be killed for some reason. I shot them. They seemed to take a long time to die and I felt compassion for them. Now horses seemed to be lying with them. The death struggles became the horses – mares – struggles to give birth. I saw the vagina parted to show a head. Birth would follow. Nathan.

Nathan explored his dream and had the following intuitive response to it as if someone was explaining it to him:

“When you were trying to murder the lower animal forces in yourself they would not die, they only thresh about, trying to survive. Try bringing life to them. The bringing of love is represented by your desire not to have them suffer. Great love turns the destructiveness of the lower forces into creativeness. The gun was the destructiveness of the fears and angers in you turned against yourself. The love redeemed this power, directing it in a new way. Love enables new life to emerge. The new life promises strength where there was only fear. When you love yourself, you lift parts of your being into new life.”

EXAMPLE: “I was in a caravan in the middle of a field and in this field was a large black wolf. Every time I tried to run from the caravan to the edge of the field, the wolf chased me back, so I was a prisoner in the caravan. It all sounds so simple now, but at the time I was truly terrified.” Anna S.

This next example from Oliver, a boy of six, illustrates how such fears can be met with a little courage. It is a dream which recurred several times, so his description is of a series of dreams.

EXAMPLE: “I am in my bed in my own room and I hear what I know to be a wolf wearing the sort of clogs worn in Lancashire. When the wolf gets to a certain point, there is a bang, and I wake terrified. My Mother’s reassurances do not help. Each night he gets a bit nearer before my panicky awakening. The night came when I know he will reach me. Sure enough he arrives, and the bedroom door – in my dream – is flung wide open with a tremendous bang. There is no one there. I never dreamt it again.”

When something gets nearer to us in a dream, it means that it is moving nearer to consciousness. So Oliver’s wolf – or at least, what it represents, namely his response to his childhood fears – is becoming ever more conscious. This means he is facing his fear and thereby dealing with it. If he had run away or fought to keep the door closed, then it would have gone on haunting him.

The wolf can also be a protective and life-giving symbol as in the following dream. In the dream Cathy is demonstrating a loving and unified relationship with her natural or instinctive feelings.

Example: I dreamt about a white wolf. I know you won’t believe this but I actually feel like I touched its fur in my dreams. I was protecting it and it was protecting me, and it was so real I woke up looking on the floor next to my bed to see if it was there. Cathy

IDIOMS: Wolf at the door; wolf in sheep’s clothing; cry wolf; throw to the wolves; a wolf – meaning a man who lusts after women and pursues them like a predator.

Useful questions are:

Am I still dealing with anxiety with my dream wolf – if so how can I change this?

Do I relate to the wolf as an ally or an enemy?

Is my dream wolf showing a negative relationship with my fears and aggression?

Are you accepting the wolf as a protector and giver of wisdom?

See Programmed - Levels of the Brain - Being the Person or Thing

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-Brianna 2015-05-27 2:10:50

I had a dream where I was wolf but I was running to meet people. I was racing with another person, but I was so fast I made it there first… Is there a meaning of why I was a wolf myself and not just seeing a wolf or hear it?? I need to know what’s going on!

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    -Anna - Tony's Assistant 2015-05-27 11:10:29

    Dear Brianna – Thank you for such an interesting question.
    To answer it, yes, I believe there is a difference between being a wolf in a dream and hearing or seeing a wolf.
    The difference is found in being moved by your mammal brain without awareness – “I need to know what’s going on!”( http://dreamhawk.com/dream-encyclopedia/conditioned-reflexes-or-responses/) and being moved by your mammal brain with awareness.
    It is a wise decision from you to not overlook the fact we are largely moved by our mammalian (and reptilian) brains. In the first place we are our own victims when we are directed by our reptilian and/or mammal brain only. Other people can become victims if they are directed by the same brains too. If they manage to become aware they can leave the dance of interaction with another person who has triggered a response in us, they can outgrow the game in which we trigger each other to re-act from our animal brain rather than to act with AWARENESS from our human brain. See http://dreamhawk.com/dream-encyclopedia/brain-levels-and-dreams/
    and
    http://dreamhawk.com/dream-encyclopedia/self-observation/
    Anna :-)

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-Aaron 2015-05-29 8:50:20

This time I dreamt I had awoken in a field surrounded by trees that circled me. I hear the howl of a wolf and from the left is a white wolf and is coming towards me an circles me then growls at me as if I was some threat and before it lunges I hear another wolf howl and from the right is a black wolf then stands in front me then circles the white wolf and both wolves attack each other. The white wolf was bloodied and limped away an the black wolf was unscathed and sits in front of me then I awake. A week after I end up in the same place where the wolves fought but there was drumming and singing that surrounded the whole area. I see the black wolf but I avoided him and tried to find a way out but made no results in finding an exit. An the black wolf was watching with patience and gets up as I gave up on finding a way out an brushes his tail on my leg hinting me to follow. I do and I get to a certain area where the singing and drumming got louder with blankets covering every branch on every tree, the black wolf shows me how to walk around the blankets without touching them till I reach two giant blankets that almost resemble gates and the black wolf open the blankets with the singing and drumming got louder and fast and a white light drowns my sight till I wake up. What does it mean ?

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-Jennifer 2015-06-17 22:44:43

I had a dream I was living in a house full of family and friends including my own children. And one day I took a walk down a long path beside my house and at the very end of it I came across I pack of wolves and I could hear there thoughts I knew the wanted to attack me for a reason unknown but for more than I was human. I ran back towards the house and they followed all I could think about was warning the people I loved and making sure they was safe inside the house because when I left they was all in the yard. There was a fence around my house and I had to get past it and once I did I warned everyone of the pack coming and for them safe inside. Then grabbed two knifes and ran back outside to confront the pack. Once there it started to get dark they was surrounding the house I ran and slide under the fence where there was a hole. They started to surround me but I wasn’t afraid I was in full “battle mode” you could say ready to defend myself and others. As they closed in on me the moon started to rise and out of no where I became one of them but not only was I one of them I was there leader. I was the biggest the strongest the most beautiful. This is why they were after me the leader knew who and what I was and wanted to stop the change before I could take over. I remember standing tall (as a wolf) and them bowing there heads to me. I remember looking back at the house knowing there was people I loved in there but that I could never turn back my life was forever changed. So I went to them as a wolf said my goodbyes in my own way and left with the pack.. This is a recurring dream what could it mean?

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    -Anna - Tony's Assistant 2015-06-18 11:57:33

    Dear Jennifer – Occasionally dreams occur that directly questions our beliefs and ways of living/relating or even gives us experience of a completely different belief system or paradigm. If we remember that dreams might be a sort of virtual reality we create ourselves, formed out of unconscious fears, hopes, intuitions, attitudes, beliefs, and the mass of our experience, then it seems likely that in this virtual world there are boundaries to the landscape, people and things we create. Not only do we spend time within the graphically projected beliefs, formed as they are into events and situations, but we might also at times venture beyond the creation of our own imagery into discovery of fresh worlds. In doing this we may realise that there are no boundaries except what we create.
    See also http://dreamhawk.com/dream-encyclopedia/archetype-of-the-paradigm/
    You shared that this is a recurring dream and in general dreams recur because there are ways the dreamer habitually responds to their internal or external world. Because their attitude or response is unchanging, the dream that reflects it remains the same. It is noticeable in those who explore their dreams using such techniques as described under processing dreams, that recurring themes disappear or change because the attitudes or habitual anxieties that gave rise to them have been met or transformed.
    The way I see your dream is that it reflects an inner transformation process “in a nutshell”
    and when you “respond to the inner Call” of individuation your dream will change or stop recurring at all.
    See http://dreamhawk.com/dream-encyclopedia/individuation/
    So please use http://dreamhawk.com/dream-encyclopedia/processing-dreams/
    and
    http://dreamhawk.com/dream-dictionary/practical-techniques-for-understanding-your-dreams/
    and “answer the inner Call”, for your dream does show that you have the leading inner qualities of the Alpha female wolf; which I see as an expression of your authentic (True) self.
    D. Winnicott used “True Self” to describe a sense of self based on spontaneous authentic experience, and a feeling of being alive, having a “real self”.
    “False Self” by contrast Winnicott saw as a defensive facade — one which in extreme cases could leave its holders lacking spontaneity and feeling dead and empty, behind a mere appearance of being real.
    Anna :-)

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