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Wow… another odd dream, followed by even stranger Waking State:
I dreamt I was interacting with a really playful bird; something like a little parakeet, but not a parakeet. Maybe something like a Conure? Or maybe a baby parrot? The bird was really affectionate, as most birds are (and unless you have cared for a bird, you probably don’t know how amazingly affectionate and sweet a bird is). It would ride on my finger, clamp his beak onto my finger, gently, and make those sweet bird noises I remember so fondly. At one point the bird was walking about and around a little dog’s ears and head, grooming the hair on the dog, and the dog would just nuzzle the bird. I don’t know whose dog this was, but the bird and the little dog got along just fine. I was laughing and just feeling really good about all of this cross-species affection and kindness. The little dog would occasionally open his mouth to try to lick the bird, but the bird would open his own mouth and try to pick at the dog’s tongue. It was hilarious (in my dream).
I then made some kind of joke out loud about how the little dog had better be careful because he could hurt the bird unwittingly, and I put my fingers on the back of the bird’s neck to kind of mimic an accidental attack, and to move the bird a bit away from the dog’s face. The bird freaked out in a loud squawk and then collapsed!!
I could not believe I just killed this little bird! It just lay there. I picked the bird up and felt this horrible wash of sadness and regret and shame for killing it. And then I just decided this can’t be happening…
I put the bird to my face and blew into his beak. I kept blowing in rhythms and could feel the bird’s belly fill, then empty as I breathed. I then took my finger and thumped it gently against the bird’s chest in a rhythm, too. I did this for about a minute… and then lay the bird back down to leave him alone. I was devastated.
And then the bird shook on his side, lifted his head, eyes bleary, and then shook himself to his feet, feathers ruffling, and going back into place. He looked up at me, ran his little feet over the few inches to me, and just started nuzzling and making bird noises! I was SO HAPPY!
So that was the dream… but tonight, as I went to do my laundry, I was putting my clothes in the washers, and suddenly I saw something right in my face at the edge of the washer’s top. My eyes focused and it was a BIRD!!!
A teeny, adorable little sparrow! He just sat there. I didn’t want to scare him because he is already apparently trapped in a basement laundry room, so I just looked at him for a second and stood still. The little bird walked toward me, so raised out my finger very gently and reached for him to pet him. He let me! It then dawned on me that he may be really sick or something and I started thinking of ways I may be able to catch him and help him, but before those those thoughts could finish, the little bird flew up on my shoulder, chirped really happily, and then flew incredibly acrobatically out the door of the laundry room, around the corner, and then out a crack in the door that led from the basement to outside.
What the…!?? Any dream/symbols of life interpreters out there?