Lick Licking

Because of the way the tongue and mouth are sometimes used in oral sex, the tongue can depict the penis, or at least, the drive to penetrate or to make contact through that sensitive organ; this sensitivy is a way of touching the core of another. Another side to this is that we can express a lot of care and love through the tongue, as when a mother animal licks its child, so can express healing. But the tongue in all mammals is a way love and care is given, and so kissing is probably a return to this.

Mothers Tongue: Because we are a mammal and have arisen from a long line of mammals also because all mammals give caring love to their offspring with their tongues, as humans we too, if we are caring mothers, we have tongues that have enormous healing abilities. For our tongues and the saliva are excellent for healing cuts on our children and ourselves, for the tongue spreads saliva which is a natural antibiotic. Because of this the tongue and saliva serve as a natural means of cleaning the teeth.

Licking: If an animal is licking you in some way it is an indication of love. But if it is an aggressive type of animal it might suggest anger is being transformed into love, or strength being expressed as love or care. When dogs or mammals get their mouth near you it often is a sign or bonding as is licking, which is the way dogs beg for food.

 Example: I pulled the child out from his attempts to hide. He had no idea of his danger. Two of the dogs – perfectly harmless and friendly when not hunting, were coming close to me and trying to lick me. They had huge mouths. I got very angry with one man, a farmer type, who I thought had been careless in the way he was urging the dogs to hunt. I swore at him in public, calling him something like a ‘fucking idiot’. There was a large public gathering and I wondered what the public would think of me swearing. D.G.

There is an obvious reference in this dream to the unconscious urges some people have to hunt and hound others. The dogs especially depict this unleashed aspect of human nature, harmless when not set into motion. It also shows how such actions by others threaten the child in us, or the areas of personal vulnerability.

 Example: ‘My lover Terry, myself and another woman were all on our bed. The other woman seemed very sure of herself and kissed Terry in a very intimate way, he doing the same to her as I lay very near to both of them. Then Terry stuck his bottom in the air and started to lick my chest and breast. I found myself licking around his penis, felt I was under some kind of pressure from both the other two to do so but didn’t feel too shattered as I did it with love for Terry, but I had a bitter taste in my mouth.’ Sally P.

In talking about this dream Sally said she often struggled with what she wanted, and what her partner wanted in sex. She might go along with his needs, but not find it palatable. Even if she did do it with some love, it might leave a ‘bad taste in her mouth’.

 Example: A shadowy man led a small horse from out of the building. It was to draw a cart. When the horse saw me it ran to me and become very excited and loving, rubbing against me and licking me with a very long tongue. I was both pleased and slightly threatened. Threatened because it was so intense. At one point though we rubbed against each other with a degree of sexual pleasure.

Example: My husband was making love to me and our dog was in the room. When my husband was finished I was still lying with my legs open and our dog began to lick my vagina with great tenderness. It felt wonderful and blissful and I and my husband allowed the dog to carry on.

Idioms: a lick and a promise; lick your wounds

Useful Questions and Hints:

Did I lick or was I licked – and where?

Was it with care and love?

Have I felt love when an animal licked me?

See Active PassiveLevels of the BrainAutonomous ComplexBeing the Person or Thing

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