I had a dream about elephants last night. I can’t quite recall what happened, only that there was a very very big elephant in the imagery.
One’s dreams, especially those that feature animals, are always indicative of your subconscious/emotional state/spiritual growth/what you are manifesting in your waking life. Dreams are personal and so with dream interpretation, it is ultimately about how you were feeling relative to the imagery during the dream and how you feel about it in your waking life I.e. your preconceived notions about that image, what it means to you. It just so happens that there are certain images and beings that most of us feel the same way about, which is what allows for dream interpretation books/dream dictionaries to often be accurate. They can be very helpful and illuminating tools.
With animals, I always look to the Shamanic response (as well as my own for the aforementioned^ reasons) because Shamanism is a very wise and Earth orientated spirituality, which means it is very in touch with the truest essence of what the various beings upon and within Mother Earth represent. And, obviously, I simply have a personal, heart connection with it.
What does shamanism have to say about them?
Elephant by Ina Woolcott
(excerpts taken from http://www.shamanicjourney.com/article/6034/elephant-power-animal-symbol-of-commitment-royalty-strength – an awesome website!)
“Elephant’s medicine includes strength, royalty, connection to ancient wisdom, removal of obstacles and barriers, confidence, patience, using education opportunities, commitment, gentleness, communicating in relationships, discernment, intelligence, compassion. Deeply committed to all creatures with whom they have relationships, elephants are tough when protecting others and gentle when nurturing them. The matriarch (the oldest, most experienced female leader of a herd) leads in a way that is both gentle and inclusive. Elephants are able to communicate telepathically. This can teach us how to truly listen to others.
Elephants show us that by supporting and loving one another, our own ability to thrive in the physical world is enhanced. We learn from them to pass on the gift of nurturing we received in our early years, be it from our biological family or others who helped us grow into who we are now.
Elephants communicate telepathically with herd members as well as other elephants. As we choose to become closer and more open with those dear to us, our ability to understand them can deepen to a level that transcends speech.
Having an elephant totem (or if elephant simply appears in your reality or in a dream) gives you ancient wisdom and power to draw upon. They are the embodiment of strength and power. People with this power animal often have a very strong sex drive. Through using fragrances and incense, elephant can take you to new energies and power.
Elephant tusks point backwards. They use them as weapons and for digging edible roots. From a spiritual point of view this hints at an ability to uncover the hidden memories and bring them to the fore for evaluation and healing. Let go.”
What do they mean to me?
Family connections (their herd behaviour and the way they look after one another is very intimate and beautiful), honour (I feel very honoured when I consider them…if I were to be in the presence of one…it’s sort of like that ‘in awe’ feeling that a lot of people have relative to whales. They are just so big and beautiful and I marvel at their existence), majesty, inspiring, gentleness, kindness, nature, earth connected, loving, relationships in general.
It is interesting that I should dream about elephants after soaking my feet in warm water with some of the red earth I have from Ayers Rock/Uluru added, last night. (My feet were very sore from walking around all day) (Also added quartz and amethyst crystals).
I take this dream to be partially representative of the strong effects of utilising that red Earth to connect to ground myself, heal and to connect with nature and Gaia. Yay 🙂
Also, the fact that elephants are matriarchal is particularly relevant because I was thinking last night, as I was going to sleep, about how nice and supportive my mum is and how grateful I am for her. Aw.