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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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-Haris 2014-06-24 12:16:46

Greetings Tony, i’ve been going true many changes in my physiological and psychological state since my “awakening” or new consciousness implementing.

After many dreams regarding lion, few days ago i had a dream with wolf in it, i was standing beside a row of trees on meadow, and wolf appeared in front of me, as if he appeared on meadow. He was large, but skinny, stealthy, big teeth, also i could see his eyes, but don’t remember the color, and all of a sudden i found myself climbing a nearby tree, and i knew the wolf will go after me, and as he started somehow climbing the tree, i woke up.
Now i understand, and i can see a part of me that is suppressed from childhood, that contains these wolf “characteristics”, but what are the ways to implement them, i somehow feel i am doing it, but is there any direct conscious way to do it.

Thank you for every article.

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    -Tony Crisp 2014-06-26 8:09:28

    Haris – The wolf often depicts our feelings or fears, but by meeting the wolf as described in http://dreamhawk.com/dream-encyclopedia/acting-on-your-dream/#BeingPerson you can change the way you relate to it. Or you can use your imagination by imagining yourself in your dream and meeting the wolf face to face without running away. It doesn’t matter if the wolf attacks you or eats you – it is all ways that dreams express their message.

    As an example: “I later did active imagination. I allowed the panther to eat me, and I thus became the panther. Then I, as the panther, noticed a tiger. Feeling enormous temper – anger – hate I leapt up on the tiger to claw and devour it. I really felt strong temper. It kept really appearing to get smaller and smaller. Eventually I saw it as just a toy cuddly tiger. Then its head came off as a pantomime horse does, and I was amazed to see that my cousin Sidney inside it, who I felt had teased me as a child. It was all the anger I felt about being teased by my cousin Sidney”.

    So you might find interesting information in the following – http://dreamhawk.com/dream-encyclopedia/secrets-power-dreaming/ and http://dreamhawk.com/dream-encyclopedia/example-15-life-changes/

    Tony

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-sung 2014-06-29 6:11:19

Hi… I had a dream of a black bear and a white wolf. The bear cub seemed to be playing with the somewhat small and timid wolf. But actually the bear was biting him causing great pain and was crying. It was like I was watching a video and felt really sad for the wolf. Then later a huge black mother bear came and killed the white wolf dragging it through a puddle of water to eat it and the bear cub followed . what could this possibly mean?

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-Corina 2014-07-24 9:28:11

So, I’ve beem having the same dream for about three months. Im in an old house in the woods and im running with a gray wolf by my side and then i look again at the wolf and and its me that has turned into the wolf…it runs so fast that it leaps into the sky and flies with no wings. Can anybody tell me what this means

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    -Tony Crisp 2014-07-28 9:47:03

    Corina – There is so much that needs to be explained about dreams. So first of all read http://dreamhawk.com/approaches-to-being/questions-2/#Summing

    Also something that needs remembering is that dreams are a half way house between your central self/core self and our personal awareness. It is a form of communication between what has no recognised form as far as our personality or reasoning mind is concerned. So to do this it uses images of people, things and animals, as well as scenes that we might understand if we explore what we associate with the dream images. See http://dreamhawk.com/dream-encyclopedia/association-of-ideas-with-dreams/#Working and http://dreamhawk.com/approaches-to-being/questions-2/#Arising

    The old house is realisations, abilities that came with you into this lifetime. It represents your natural unprogrammed self. The wolf is an expression of a part of your brain that you have allowed full expression to. See http://dreamhawk.com/dream-encyclopedia/brain-levels-and-dreams/ . It is the mammal side of all humans, but very few are at home with it as your dream says you are. That you shape-shift into the wolf shows you gaining a whole new awareness of yourself and what you see around you. The brain levels piece will explain some of that.

    The flying wolf/you is a wonderful thing. In its flight it is showing how you can leave behind all the small visions and thoughts of so many and enter an inner world that is transcendent and free.

    Example: Particularly I miss coming alive for the first time – really alive and with a knowing and awareness that was like quicksilver and penetrating. I was flying – out of the heavy almost blind body still lying on the bed, and below me I cold see great radiations coming from places on the surface of the earth. Was it prayers reaching out?

    Gradually you will see this new awareness becoming apparent in your daily life.

    Tony

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-Gail 2014-08-07 0:21:12

What is it when you dream that shows you a beautiful lake and a sparkly field and an Owl big one and wolf are standing over you..like they are watching over you and you are woke up by something touching you softly on your right shoulder.everything I saw and felt was so real

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    -Tony Crisp 2014-08-07 7:57:36

    Gail – You know from what you felt in the dream what it means. You know you were touched by and awoken to a beautiful new sense of yourself.

    But what most people do not realise is that the images in your dream are like icons on a computer screen – they remain lifeless images unless clicked on. You can have a hundred different opinions when you have an interpretation, because interpretations are only peoples thoughts. But if you enter it/click on it the dream opens up its wonders for you. So see http://dreamhawk.com/inner-life/clicking-on/ and http://dreamhawk.com/dream-encyclopedia/acting-on-your-dream/#BeingPerson

    Tony

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-Carlene 2014-08-20 2:35:10

Hello Tony,

A few weeks ago I had a dream (my second wolf dream). I woke up because I felt something jump onto my bed by my feet, but when I looked at the bottom of my bed there was nothing there. I fell back to sleep and once again I felt something jump onto the bed by my feet and it felt like paws, but when I looked at the bottom of my bed I still did not see anything. I fell back to sleep and I awoke to snoring and I assumed it was my boyfriend so I fell back to sleep. I awoke awake again because of the snoring and I looked at my boyfriend and I realized it wasn’t him because it was an animal like snore. I tried to move it but it would move and it kept snoring. I fell back to sleep, and I began to dream of a black wolf. I can’t seem to get the dream out of my head, because it felt so real.

Carlene

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-Austinn bill 2014-09-06 0:00:08

Hello my name is Austinn, and last night I had a dream that is somewhat disturbing. I had a dream where I was in this beautiful forest. Standing on a moss covered bed, but as I looked down at where my feet should have been I saw in stead of seeing my feet I say these white paws. Suddenly I look up and I’m standing near a creek made of the purest water, so clear that I could see the bottom. As I look down at the reflection I see these golden colored eyes staring back at me, and that I’m covered in white fur. As I look up I see a large, larger than normal stag standing on the opposite side of the creek from me. It had gold antlers and pure white fir with tan spots. Next thing I know I’m running through the woods chasing this stag. But no matter how fast I run or how hard I try it’s always just out of my reach… What does this dream mean?

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-bridget ward 2014-09-15 9:36:30

I was just falling asleep but I wasn’t all the way sleep yet and I started dreaming wasn’t nun there then all of a sudden a black and brown wolf jumped out in front for me and it scared me and I woke up! What does this mean???

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