Earlier this week I shared a story about a recurring dream I have had since childhood and how it has given me a fear of lions.
In this dream I am being stalked by a lion who I can’t escape from.
I had a couple people private message me since I shared that story, telling me how they have had similar dreams also.
One particular message stood out though.
It comes from an individual who is part of my StoryAthlete group who offered to share his interpretation of how he sees my lion.
“I actually believe differently of the lion’s presence.
I think the Lion was friendly and cared for you, even loved you.
The way you wrote of the lion, how it was always present, never chased you or was aggressive, .. to me, it was there for you, not to chase you.
It was a “strong presence” to hold the place of strength, pride, respect, and all the other positive things a Lion could represent.
It was there to remind you, that these aspects of you, are always with you! And I think a part of you does recognize the Lion’s presence as benevolent and beneficial to you.
My hypnosis teacher told us a story, of a little girl, that had a nightmare that she was being chased by a monster. Actual chase, lots of running. while she was in trance, as she was running in this nightmare/dream, my teacher states to her: “Stop running! Turn around! And Ask what the monster wants!” the little girl did exactly as my teacher instructed. and the monster said to the girl:”I wanted to warn you, of something dangerous in your life!” Turned out the monster just wanted to warn her, not harm her.
And I see that of the Lion, in your dream here!
That Lion is here for you!”
This interpretation of my dream has had an impact on me.
I had never considered that the lion could be positive character who cared for me and was there to protect or warn me of something.
I always saw that lion as a predator who was out to harm me, an antagonist to my life in some way.
This interpretation of my dream reminded of one of my favorite moments in Star Wars.
It is a scene where Obi-Wan Kenobi returns to Luke Skywalker as a Force Ghost after Luke has found out that Darth Vader is really his father.
Luke: Obi-Wan. Why didn’t you tell me? You told me Vader betrayed and murdered my father.
Obi-Wan: Your father was seduced by the dark side of the Force. He ceased to be Anakin Skywalker and became Darth Vader. When that happened, the good man who was your father was destroyed. So what I told you was true, from a certain point of view.
Luke: A certain point of view?
Obi-Wan: Luke, you’re going to find that many of the truths we cling to depend greatly on our own point of view…
Prior to this revelation, Luke believed that Darth Vader had killed his father and Luke was determined to avenge his father’s death.
This scene quietly changed the direction of movies and the protagonist/antagonist relationship between 2 of the main characters. It is in this moment that we realize there is more to Darth Vader than we previously thought, and Luke is no longer set on killing Darth Vader. Sensing the good still in him, Luke is now determined to save his father.
In much the same way, the interpretation of the lion that was laid before me made me consider that there may be more to what that lion represents than I previously thought.
That the lion is a positive presence in my life who is there to help and guide me, instead of the monster I had always believed was out to harm me.
The truth is often what we make of it. We hear what we want to hear and believe what we want to believe.
Maybe my biases and fears have gotten in the way of allowing me to see the true intentions of the lion and what he represents.
If anything, this has been a reminder to be fluid in what I believe to be true in life. Often times there is much more beneath the surface if we take the time to look and see things from a different point of view.
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