The lizard usually depicts your most fundamental and inbuilt responses, such as the fight or flight response, drive to procreate, territorial feelings, ritual behaviour. These are part of your primitive brain functions, and are very necessary. Because of this, the lizard and more so the snake, can represent the very process of life in you. This life activity flows through your functions and expresses as what you experience. So emotions for instance, are a particular expression of this life process. But emotions can be crippling when they are all to do with fear, guilt and self-incrimination. Therefore the lizard or snake can be shown as deadly, poisonous, and it then needs to be led in another direction. i.e. your emotions and anxieties, those basic responses, need re-channelling.


-Purvi 2017-10-30 2:26:33

Hi ,
I dreamed that a lizard was standing on its two legs and beginning to walk like a biped human.It is trying to follow me and I am scared of it especially as it’s learning to walk on two legs.
My father arrives in time and very gently places some earthy material ( like mud) over the lizard and a turban to give its head some weight and makes it lie down to rest and sleep.

I am very curious what this dream is about?
Is the reptilean brain getting more human….what does that imply…is it a step towards evolution?

    -Tony Crisp 2017-10-30 12:40:09

    Hi – The answers I give arise not out of me thinking up things to say, but from fifty years of exploring dreams in depth. So some of what I write may seem wild. But it would help you to understand your dreams, if you would read – and also which has so much information in.

    Nothing can replace your own ability to understand your dream. With a little effort you can do this by practising what is described in – or


    Purvi – It isn’t that the reptilian brain is becoming more human, it that you are becoming more aware of that part of your own life. Have you read

    For us humans, who have evolved from a long line of animals? In fact “You ride an ancient beast.” The ancient beast is your body, and your conscious self is the modern and recent rider of it. The human personality – the You that you call yourself, with a name, is only a tiny thing. It is moved and tossed around by all manner of drives, ambitions, emotions, fears, temptations, worries, love and desire with its pains and hopes.

    But we have to remember that having a personality with self awareness is a very new thing and has only existed for a short time. Before that we were like animals that lived only in the Life Will – what we usually call instincts. So the development of self awareness was an immense step, and left us very vulnerable, and still does.

    Many people as their awareness reaches beyond what they feel are their normal self feel scared. Such resistances cause us to create awful dreams and fears as a means of avoiding our own inner world and its wonders. We feel that we will be swallowed up and we will die. It is important to say that when we meet the experience of powerlessness through becoming aware of the hugeness of your Life, which we are usually unaware if, it feels like something alien or attacking, and it is a shock.

    Your dream shows how the responses to difficulties your father past onto you were useful, but it seems he did not himself manage to integrate his enormous animal abilities. So claim the strength instead of using it to paralyse yourself. To integrate another part of you open your heart and your body to feel the creature. Open by accepting it as a part of yourself – just as the blood and guts and faeces are a part of you. Allow yourself to grow emotionally and become strong. That is truly a step in evolution. See

    Literally imagine yourself as the lizard by using

    Also read

      -Purvi 2017-10-30 20:26:49

      Many thanks Tony.
      I journal my dreams daily and have found your work very insightful and extremely helpful in understanding my dreams and finding my way.
      Accepting the lizard as part of myself at this point is quite an unexpected challenge. Wow.

-Courtney 2015-03-05 16:38:50

I had a dream that took place at my cousins house there was a gap of about a foot from the front door being broken or too short & a red nosed venomous lizard that favored a TRex/Raptor it was only about 4-6 inches tall though was trying to get me as i awoke in the dream looked down in the bed say it and i kept trying to cover it with a sheet to get away but i could not cover it up then finally after multiple attempts i woke up to my alarm clock

-Rushalli nair 2014-05-17 9:52:51

I saw lots of lizards in my house. Worried. I had also seen a crocodile couple in my dream in January and a problem had occurred which I solved by keeping myself calm and meditating but now I am really worried

-Khalil 2012-06-23 5:07:31

Hello My Name is Khalil I had a DREAM and in My DREAM There was this little ROOM and the Little ROOM I Went into was Filled with Lizards They Were ALL GREEN and Seemed HARMLESS however I Did not want to Touch Them Because I didnt Kno if it was Safe to or NOT but they didnt Move too Much they jus Pretty much Stayed Still and some moved SLOWLY but Hardly at ALL. Does that MEAN Anything?

-jasir anis 2012-06-22 21:31:10

Hey Tony
I had a very weird dream and it started with me standing in my fathers bathroom and a green lizard was stuck to my right eye top lid and after i pulled it out i had small bleeding cut on my top lid

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