I am curious about the symbolism of dolphins. I often have dreams about water
and water creatures, such as whales and other sea-life. But one summer I had
a dream where I was playing with dolphins and having so much fun. In my
dream I am lying on my back on the floor of my living room with my arms
crossed over my chest. I feel myself transforming into a dolphin, my arms
melting into my body, my body gliding in the water. I woke up having the
sense that I would
have become the dolphin if the dream had continued. I was terrified but also
felt seduced by the feeling of my metamorphosis into this other creature.
It was so real that some part of me still believes I would not be here as a
human if I hadn't awaken when I did. Do dolphin dreams mean something special?
Dolphin dreams are not only quite common, but usually quite delightful for
the dreamer. Although the particular meaning of your dream will be unique to
you, some examples of dolphin symbolism through history may enrich the dream
image. Not only are dreams, dolphins and dissolving a part of the symbolic
grouping of the Greek god Dionysos, but there are found dolphin and dream
stories throughout Western history. Dolphins are found in many grouping of
the gods, including Apollo, Poseidon and Athena. Generally speaking, the
dolphin is seen by the ancient Greeks as a guide to worlds unknown.
It doesn't escape observation that since dolphins keep people from
sinking too deeply into the sea in waking life, that they can also do the
same in dreams. The exploration of the boundaries of what it means to be
human and non-human are commonly mediated by dolphins.
Researcher Trisha Lamb Feuerstein has been studying the connection between
dolphins and dreams for years and has noted several interesting themes. One
is that dolphins will often communicate they will *always* be there to
protect the dreamer. One dreamer reported dreams of dolphins (and whales) when she is
going through a crisis and finds they soothe and calm her.
This kind of communication is often reported as deep, wordless, telepathic,
profound, reassuring and anciently wise. It can extend to other deeply moving
experiences which can put the dreamer in contact with a deep spiritual
nature. Awakening from these dreams is often described as serene, peaceful,
happy, energized and blissful.
In some of the dreams, the dreamers become a dolphin and feel what it is like
to have a dolphin body, but not usually dolphin consciousness. They are
accepted as a member of the dolphin social group and invited to return.
Dolphins seem to emerge for humans in countless forms and offer us many
opportunities. Dream dolphins allow us to feel connected to the world of
nature and spirit, and can guide us into waters that would normally be to
deep for us to travel.
For more on dreams and dolphins, visit the Trisha Feuerstein's Cetaceous
Dolphins, Whales, and Dreamtime, A Research Report by Trisha Lamb Feuerstein (San Francisco, CA: DreamGate Publications, 1996)
Richard Wilkerson is general editor for The
Internet Dream E-zine, Electric Dreams, and director of DreamGate, the Internet
Communications and Dream Education Center. He writes the Cyberphile column for
the Association for the Study of Dreams Newsletter.