Monday, January 5, 2009
Some Scary Bird
Last night I dreamed about scary animals, polar bears and polar lions (is there such a thing?) and a scary crow-like bird (raven ?). They all had one thing in common, they were out to get me. First I saw the polar lions, (hey they were lions and there was snow on the ground, so they had to be polar lions). I saw them at a distance, they were looking for food - (I thought I might be that food so I ran away). And I found some stones which I picked up and was going to use against them but they never came closer to me.
Next I saw a helicopter, which was carrying a polar bear in a net. The copter opened the net and the polar bear came out and not to far from me (and he looked hungry). But I saw a cabin nearby and I ran there and walked in.
Inside the cabin, there was a contraption (something similar to what you build in the Mouse Trap game, only it was life size). This contraption was not working properly and on top of it sat a scary looking bird. There were several people running around, saying things like 'Oh crap what can we do' and 'the bird, look out for the bird'. There was one man determined to get the bird but he kept walking away from the bird.
So I decided to shoo the bird away and get the contraption working. The bird was sitting right where things had gotten all bottled up - so I figured I could kill two birds with one stone so to speak.
As i got close to the bird, he flew away and I started to get the machine unstuck. The contraption started to work but the man came at me yelling 'What are you doing" and the other people were yelling "the bird, the bird - behind you". I turned around and the bird had been behind me but flew away again. In the meantime, the man climbed up to me and threatened me: "I am going to stop you from getting this machine going," At this point, I did not know what to do but the bird did - he buzzed the man and the man ran away. The bird landed next to me and began to talk.
"Thank you for getting the machine going again. Now I don't have to stand guard anymore. Here is a token of my appreciation." The scary bird gave me a feather. It was black but when I touched it, it turned white.
And at that moment, I realized what the dream meant.
The scary lions and scary polar bear were just that - things that should scare me away but in each instance I found that I was not terrified and I found a peaceful way past these obstacles. The cabin was my heart and the contraption was my creativity. The scary bird was my totem animal who was helping me get my creative flow going again. I am not sure who the man was, either an internal mechanism that no longer worked for my good or an external demon who was gumming up the works or a hybrid of both.
The point is I was able to stand up to scary things and get the process going and I found a friend, a scary looking friend, but a friend nonetheless. So the morale of the story is, Don't judge a bird by its feathers but by its actions.
And the second morale to the story is - don't eat spaghetti and meatballs late at night.
Hope you have your creative flow going,