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A Polar Bear
I Dream I See a Polar Bear, Then a Cougar Fights Cats
I'm standing on a beach where there is not much sand; I'm standing on grass on a small hill nearby, looking down at the pebble-covered beach. The feeling is pure pleasure, like "wow look at this". I turn my head and see a polar bear on a bigger hill next to me; it is jumping into the river inlet that separates us. I can see his underbelly as he leaps gracefully into the water and I again think “wow”. Even though a part of me is in awe of the polar bear’s majesty, I run as hard as I can and turn into the bend of the mountain behind me. I run into a cave that is like a tunnel which leads to my parents’ bedroom.
Inside my parents’ house, I close a sliding glass door which keeps the polar bear at bay; it does not look angry but it had chased me. Now it stares blandly at me through the glass.
My parents don't notice the giant white bear; they are distracted by their two cats who are fighting with a cougar under the bed. I accidentally shoot my dad's cat, then scream at him to take the cat to the vet. The dream ends with me shooting the cougar in the face at point blank range, which is odd, because usually in my dreams, guns misfire or don't fire at all.
Pleasure and accomplishment; then fear and panic.
Main Life Issues:
In the first part, someone notices something that is not in its natural habitat and could be dangerous. The second part is a confrontation between what is wild and what is tame and someone who tries to end the confrontation endangers the tame creature and hurts the wild one.
Animals as dream symbols: Animals in dreams often reflect traits in ourselves that need attention.
Polar bear: A large, noble creature normally found in cold terrain, which is out of place in this dream.
Sliding glass door: Item provides a barrier but still feels vulnerable.
Cougar and cats: Wild versus domesticated felines who are at odds with each other; metaphor for dreamer at odds with herself.
Accidentally injuring dad’s cat: Though wanting to do something good, a hurtful by-product happens; metaphor for trying to live up to parents’ or society’s standards, but hurting oneself in the process.
Unexpectedly shooting cougar at point-blank range: Trying to protect self from a wild creature that threatens but not expecting to do injury.
What the dream Means:
The polar bear represents a hidden or unused talent you, a great talent not yet under your control due to lack of training or discipline. Because the polar bear follows you, something inside of you feels the urge to acknowledge and use that talent; however, you fear that part of yourself even though it is not threatening.
The dream suggests that you need to make an important decision about your career and follow true inclinations and talents rather than do what others expect of you. Until you do that, you won’t be happy.
The confrontation in your parents’ bedroom suggests a battle in yourself between your upbringing and your true destiny and inclinations – pitting the tame, domesticated part of you that accepts the standards of parents and society against the wild, unexplored side that holds creativity and talents that desperately seek expression.
Bottom Line: The dream hints you are trying to run away from your true talents because a part of you fears what society or family or might think if you pursue your true passion. The dream indicates you have a huge and talent that would feel like a “wow”, if mobilized. It suggests a need to change your career track.
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